* Bobby Darin grew up in a tough neighbourhood, the slums of New York's Bronx.
* As a child, Bobby Darin suffered with severe rheumatic fever, which scarred his heart for life. Heart problems later in life would eventually lead to his death.
* Bobby Darin's family encouraged his interest in music. He would often spend time writing songs & taking his music to different record companies. He also spent many hours learning to play musical instruments. He taught himself to play the piano, guitar & drums.
* It is rumored that Bobby's surname "Darin" was inspired by a faulty neon sign at a Chinese Restaurant. The sign featured the word "Mandarin" & the first three letters in the word were not working properly & thus "Darin" was born.
* In 1958 Bobby Darin performed the song "Splish, Splash" on "Dick Clark's American Bandstand". The song was a smash hit & went on to sell over 1 million copies. Not bad for a song that took him only 12 minutes to write.
* In 1959 Bobby Darin won 2 Grammy Awards. He was voted Best New Artist & his song "Mack the Knife" won best record.
* "Mack the Knife" was the number 1 song for 9 weeks & stayed in the top 10 all year.
* In 1961, Bobby Darin appeared in his first feature film "Come September", for which he wrote the title song. It was during the making of this film in Rome, that he met & later married, co-star Sandra Dee.
* In 1962 Bobby & Sandra had a son named Dodd.
* 1964 was a high point in Bobby Darin's career when he was nominated for the "Best Supporting Actor" Oscar for his performance in the movie "Captain Newman, M.D.".
* In 1967 Bobby Darin & Sandra Dee divorced. After this, Bobby's career began to decline.
* In 1968, Bobby Darin helped Robert Kennedy with his presidential campaign. When Kennedy was assasinated in June 1968. Bobby became reclusive & lived in a mobile home on the "Big Sur". His career continued to slide.
* In 1971 Bobby Darin had heart surgery & his health was never the same again. Despite ill health he continued to do nightclub acts.
* Sadly in 1973 Bobby Darin passed away at Cedars-Sinai Hospital, following open heart surgery.