Bobby Darin was on a roll. Beginning in mid-1958, “Splish Splash,” “Queen Of The Hop,” and “Dream Lover” had all reached the top 10 on the BILLBOARD Hot 100, with “Dream Lover” peaking at number two. All were catchy pop/rock performances that made Darin a star.
He went in an entirely different direction with “Mack The Knife” from THE THREEPENNY OPERA. It was more of a Broadway Song that a potential rock and roll hit. Darin didn’t want it released as a single but was over ruled by his label. It became one of the biggest hits of the decade. It reached number one on October 5, 1959, and remained in that position for 9 of the next 10 weeks. It would enable Darin to win two GRAMMY Awards.
He would place 41 songs on the BILLBOARD Pop Chart. He also was nominated for an Oscar for his role in the film CAPTAIN NEWMAN M. D.
Darin would pass away at the age of 37. As a child he had rheumatic fever, which affected his heart and bothered him all of his life. He was inducted into The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame in 1990.