Wednesday, January 26, 2011
Today's cd/Oh! Look At Me Now - Bobby Darin
I feel like I should be wearing a housedress and have my hair tied up in a scarf as I dance around the kitchen to this 1962 album. Oh my, it is wonderful. Anyone my age remembers Bobby Darin and his zillions of hits, but he really shines at singing the standards.
This album is long out of print, but thanks to iTunes I could buy it and listen 49 years later with it sounding as fresh as if it were recorded yesterday. His phrasing, his smooth singing is incomparable. The title song, written by Joe Bushkin and John DeVries in 1941, is just about the best song I've ever heard. I spent a good hour with the song on repeat. I wish there were a video of him singing it, but at least there is this so you can hear his great, great voice.
I did find one of him singing a few other songs on the album like this one, which I'm also exceedingly fond of.
His life was way, way too short. He had a heart condition and died at 37 years old. There's a nice biography of him here.