Saturday, April 14, 2007

One Curious Bullfrog, A Search For Several Toads: Bobby Darin, C.W. McCall

There's not much connection between these two songs other than affinity for amphibians, but I'm incapable of thinking of one without thinking of the other.

Now it's your turn.

Bobby Darin was a legend of showbiz, cramming several phases of a long career into a short span of years before dying so young at 37.

He released his fine, very personal album 'Bobby Darin Born Walden Robert Cassotto' in 1968, during his 'introspective drop out' period, before returning to the 'big rooms' and the hairpiece prior to his death in 1973.

C.W. McCall began his music career in 1973, creating his name and persona to cash in on a successful TV ad campaign he'd created in Omaha, Nebraska.

His 'Rubber Duck' album was released in 1976, following on the heels of his biggest hit, 'Convoy', released at the height of the CB radio craze.

Listen to: Bobby Darin - Bullfrog (click for audio)

Listen to: C.W. McCall - Nishnabotna (click for audio)

1 comment:

Mr Alarm said...

When I was in high school, as an anti-peer person (AKA a "geek" to those very peers), I was into Bobby Darin and found this LP ('Bobby Darin Born Walden Robert Cassotto') in an old tchokie shop. I always liked it, though, it's really only a pean to Bob Dylan and other folk- rockers. Not unlike Electric Light Orchestra and other bands that were wanna-be Beatles. But sometimes, these kind of 'pale imitators' help those neophytes - like me - get warmed up to the real thing.Thanks for the great picture (I still have the LP, and it is now available on CD, as a double CD, via Amazon. I'm getting it to relive those memories). "Change" is a very strong song, and "Questions" is pretty strong too.

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