This Month in Music History – December 20, 1973: Pop Singer Bobby Darin Passes Away Due to Health Issues

A fever that the young Bobby Darin contracted in his childhood would, ultimately, end his life prematurely. A young boy, just beginning his life, would be given a death sentence that his doctor informed him would be carried out forthwith. That was how Bobby Darin’s life would begin. It would end the way the doctor foretold but not until Bobby did what he had to do. We at LBJBR won’t mourn the anniversary of Darin’s death on December 20, 1973. Instead, we shall honor the musician, his music and the man Bobby Darin.

Though Darin is probably most identified with the song ‘Mack the Knife’ and big band, Frank Sinatra-esque fare, his discography reaches further than just one genre. From early rock and roll to his more introspective folk/country in the late 1960s, towards the end of his life, it wielded an immense amount of talent that at his death was only beginning to be tapped.

Why Darin remains, to this day, one of the most misunderstood musicians is because of how he is interpreted by music scholars. Darin’s accomplishments never go beyo0nd those of his early career, ie ‘Mack the Knife ‘ and ‘Dream Lover.’

Darin had outgrown the previous era as any artist worth his salt would.  Bobby would found Direction Records. Darin would have his  first top  10 hit in two years with the Tim Hardin penned ‘If I was a Carpenter.’

The depth of Darin humanity was on full display and a precursor of what the musician and the man, Bobby Darin,  were capable of achieving.