Featuring His Biggest Hits Like Mack The Knife," Dream Lover," Splish Splash" and Beyond The Sea" Plus Duets With Connie Francis and Bobbie Gentry
Of the handful of people who could do it all, nobody did it all the way Bobby Darin did. And when it came to singing, any kind of song he wanted to sing, he could sing."
- Seeing Is Believing producer Joel Dorn
Brooklyn, NY - Bobby Darin - Seeing Is Believing collects 19 video performances of the legendary entertainer for the first time ever on commercial DVD release. Drawing from various television shows over the years, including The Ed Sullivan Show and Darin's own popular variety show, Seeing Is Believing features his biggest hits including Mack The Knife," Splish Splash," Beyond The Sea," Dream Lover," Artificial Flowers" and If I Were A Carpenter." Also included is rare footage of Darin performing songs such as Cry Me A River," Work Song," Got My Mojo Working" and Caravan," plus duets with Connie Francis and Bobbie Gentry. Presented at the height of his career, Darin is captured as the ever multi-dimensional artist he was: singing his heart out, playing multiple instruments, dancing, cracking jokes, covering a repertoire that ranged from Broadway to Blues to Pop hits of the day and ultimately entertaining like only he could. Sanctioned by the Bobby Darin Estate and compiled by the official Bobby Darin archivist, Jimmy Scalia, and Grammy Award-winning record producer, Joel Dorn, this second Bobby Darin installment from HYENA Records follows up the label's hugely-popular and much-acclaimed CD/DVD set, Aces Back To Back. In its sum, it achieves exactly what the title proclaims. When it comes to Bobby Darin, Seeing is indeed Believing!!!
Seeing Is Believing producer Joel Dorn shares a few thoughts with a track by track break down of the songs:
This was a hit jazz instrumental for the Cannonball Adderley Quintet. When the great Oscar Brown Jr. added lyrics, dozens of top singers added it to their repertoires. Bobby's bare bones version is just him with a bass player and a drummer a la Peggy Lee's version of 'Fever.'"
I've Got You Under My Skin"
Take a Vegas big band, add a Motown rhythm feel and you've got a stunning version of Cole Porter's 'I've Got You Under My Skin.' That's some combination: Vegas, Motown and the Sultan of Sophistication - Cole Porter. Only Bobby Darin could come up with that combo, let alone pull it off."
If you're dumb enough to think that songs like 'Hello Dolly' or 'Mame' are corny, you're way off base. These seemingly simple ditties are not only hard to write, they're even harder to sing. Picasso said that 'great art is the act of dealing with simplicity.' Jolson would have been proud of the way Bobby strutted this one."
Cry Me A River"
From Carol Channing to Julie London, Bobby goes from the ghost of the old Palace Theater into one of the great torch songs of the 1950's."
One of the quintessential pop records of his time and his own composition."
Duet Medley With Bobbie Gentry: Proud Mary," Polk Salad Annie," and Never Ending Song of Love"
A long lost gem of a duet between Bobby and the extremely under-rated Bobbie Gentry. She's so much more than just the 'Ode To Billy Joe' girl. They almost melt into each other vocally. This is real singing."
Another thing Darin could do was take a song that belonged to someone else and make it his own."
Higher & Higher"
Nobody is ever going to be Jackie Wilson. When he did what he did, he was in a class of his own. But just like Darin did with the Neil Diamond song, here he takes Jackie's show-stopper and makes it into one for himself. Not easy to do."
The next song confused me at first. It's a good song, not a great song. It's a Michel Legrand melody with Smokey Robinson lyric. What makes this so memorable is not the song, but how Bobby sang it. For me, he sang the 'blank' out of it. You can fill in the 'blank' with your own word."
Got My Mojo Working"
Just when you think you have him pegged, he shows you another piece of his magical puzzle. On Muddy Waters' 'Got My Mojo Working,' we get to hear Bobby Darin the musician. Real blues harmonica a la Sonny Terry and the kind of vibe playing any jazz musician would dig. Once again, only Bobby Darin could add that combo to the existing mix."
You Make Me Feel So Young"
Another duet, this time with Connie Francis. Making goo-goo eyes at Bobbie Gentry is one thing, but with Connie Francis you could tell something was really going on. They were perfect together."
Artificial Flowers" / If I Were A Carpenter" / Beyond The Sea" / Mack The Knife"
As the last third of the DVD come into focus, we get the hits. Each one is a fresh new version of records that remain his signature songs. Vintage wine in brand new bottles."
He takes the Duke Ellington classic to a place it'd never been before. In my thousand or so years in the music business, I've found very few singers who can sing any kind of song there is. Bobby Darin is one of those very few."
A Bread classic and a pivotal song of the 1970's. Listen, any good singer can sing a pop song, a Broadway ballad, a blues and a country song back to back. What Darin did that separated him from the pack was that he became the songs he was singing. If he did a rock and roll song, he was a rock and roller; same with folk rock, blues, big band, show tunes or any of the other musical genres he conquered. This is another example of just how wide a path he cut in his short time on earth."
Come Rain Or Come Shine"
Bobby Darin's respectful bow to Ray Charles. And it's just that: a bow not a cop."
The version of 'Splish Splash' that ends the DVD was the final song he sang at the last taping of his TV series. Unless someone who was there told you, like Steve Blauner (Bobby's longtime manager and friend) told me, you'd never know he was at the last stages of his life. When he came off the stage that night, he was given oxygen and rushed to the hospital. But in the best tradition of 'the show must go on,' he gave that performance every last ounce of strength he had. If you watch carefully, every once in awhile you can see him shake his hands. He did it because he had very little feeling in them. That's the kind of performer he was. Call me when anyone even close to another Bobby Darin, comes down the pike. I'll be by the phone."