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Bobby Darin
Bobby Darin
(born Walden Robert Cassotto; May 14, 1936 – December 20, 1973) was an American singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and actor in film and television. He performed jazz, pop, rock and roll, folk, swing, and country music. He started his career as a songwriter for Connie Francis. He recorded his first million-selling single, "Splish Splash", in 1958. This was followed by "Dream Lover", "Mack the Knife", and "Beyond the Sea", which brought him worldwide fame. In 1962 he won a Golden Globe Award for his first film, Come September, co-starring his first wife, Sandra Dee. During the 1960s he became more politically active and worked on Robert F. Kennedy's Democratic presidential campaign. He was present on the night of June 4/5, 1968, at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles at the time of Kennedy's assassination. During the same year, he discovered he had been raised by his grandmother, not his mother, and that the girl he thought was his sister was actually his mother. These events deeply affected Darin and sent him into a long period of seclusion. Although he made a successful comeback (in television) his health was beginning to fail, as he had always expected, following bouts of rheumatic fever in childhood. This knowledge of his vulnerability had always spurred him on to use his musical talent while still young. He died at the age of 37 following a heart operation in Los Angeles.


1 Early years 2 Music career 3 Acting career 4 Later years 5 Other interests 6 Personal life 7 Health 8 Death 9 Legacy

9.1 Biopic 9.2 Musical

10 Discography 11 Filmography 12 Books 13 References 14 External links

Early years[edit] Born Walden Robert Cassotto in the East Harlem
East Harlem
neighborhood of New York City,[1] Bobby Darin
Bobby Darin
was reared by his maternal grandmother, who he believed was his mother. Darin's birth mother, Vanina Juliette "Nina" Cassotto (born November 30, 1917), became pregnant with him in the summer of 1935 when she was 17. Presumably because of the scandalous nature of out-of-wedlock pregnancies in that era, Nina and her mother hatched a plan to pass her baby off as Nina's younger brother. Years later, when Nina finally told Darin the truth about his upbringing, she refused to reveal the identity of his biological father, and kept the secret to her death in 1983. Darin's maternal grandfather, Saverio Antonio "Big Sam Curly" Cassotto (born January 26, 1882), was of Italian descent and a would-be mobster who died in prison from pneumonia a year before Darin's birth. His maternal grandmother, Vivian Fern Walden (also born in 1882), who called herself Polly, was of English ancestry[2][3][4] and a vaudeville singer.[5] From his birth, Darin always believed Nina to be his older sister and Polly his mother. But in 1968, when he was 32, Nina told Darin the truth, reportedly devastating him.[6] By the time he was a teenager, Darin could play several instruments, including piano, drums, and guitar. He later added harmonica and xylophone.[7] Darin moved to the Bronx
early in his life (with a rented summer home in Staten Island)[8] and graduated from the prestigious Bronx
High School of Science. In later years he attributed his arrogance to his experiences there, where he was surrounded by brighter students who teased him.[9] He then enrolled at Hunter College
Hunter College
and soon gravitated to the drama department. After only two semesters, he dropped out to pursue an acting career.[10] Music career[edit] Darin's career took off with a songwriting partnership, formed in 1955 with Don Kirshner, whom he met at a candy store in Washington Heights. They wrote jingles and songs, beginning with "Bubblegum Pop".[11] In 1956 his agent negotiated a contract with Decca Records. The songs recorded at Decca had very little success.[clarification needed] A member of the Brill Building
Brill Building
gang of struggling songwriters, Darin was introduced to singer Connie Francis, for whom he helped write several songs. They developed a romantic interest of which her father, who was not fond of Darin, did not approve, and the couple split up. At one point, Darin wanted to elope immediately; Francis has said that not marrying Darin was the biggest mistake of her life.[12] Darin left Decca to sign with Atlantic Records' Atco subsidiary, where he wrote and arranged music for himself and others. Songs he recorded, such as Harry Warren's "I Found a Million Dollar Baby", were sung in an Elvis style, which did not suit his personality.[citation needed] Guided by Atlantic's star-maker Ahmet Ertegun, Darin's career finally took off in 1958 when he recorded "Splish Splash". He co-wrote the song with radio D.J. Murray Kaufman after a phone call from Kaufman's mother, Jean, a frustrated songwriter. Her latest song idea was: "Splish, Splash, Take a Bath". Both Kaufman and Darin felt the title was lackluster, but Darin, with few options, said "I could write a song with that title." Within one hour, Darin had written "Splish Splash".[13] The single sold more than a million copies.[14][15] His partnership with Kirshner, who was not involved in the writing of that song, ended at that time.[11] He made another recording in 1958 for Brunswick Records
Brunswick Records
with a band called "The Ding Dongs". With the success of "Splish Splash" the single was re-released by Atco Records as "Early in the Morning" with the band renamed as "The Rinky Dinks". It charted, and made it to number 24 in the United States.[16][17] In 1959, Darin recorded the self-penned "Dream Lover", a ballad that became a multi-million seller. With it came financial success and the ability to demand more creative control of his career. So he meant for his That's All album to show that he could sing more than rock and roll.[18] His next single, "Mack the Knife", the standard from Kurt Weill's Threepenny Opera, was given a vamping jazz-pop interpretation. Although Darin was initially opposed to releasing it as a single,[18] the song went to No. 1 on the charts for nine weeks, sold two million copies, and won the Grammy Award for Record of the Year
Grammy Award for Record of the Year
in 1960. Darin was also voted the Grammy Award for Best New Artist
Grammy Award for Best New Artist
that year, and "Mack The Knife" has since been honored with a Grammy Hall of Fame Award. Darin followed "Mack" with "Beyond the Sea", a jazzy English-language version of Charles Trenet's French hit song "La Mer". Both tracks were produced by Atlantic founders Ahmet and Nesuhi Ertegün
Nesuhi Ertegün
with staff producer Jerry Wexler
Jerry Wexler
and they featured arrangements by Richard Wess. This late-1950s success included Darin setting the all-time attendance record at the Copacabana nightclub in Manhattan and headlining at the major casinos in Las Vegas. Darin's 1960 recording of "Artificial Flowers" – a song by Sheldon Harnick and Jerry Bock
Jerry Bock
from the Broadway musical Tenderloin, about the death of a child laborer – featured a jazzy, Big Band
Big Band
arrangement (by Richard Behrke), that was in sharp contrast to its tragic lyrics.[19] In the 1960s, Darin owned and operated—with Terry Melcher, Doris Day's son—a music publishing and production company (TM Music/Trio). He signed Wayne Newton
Wayne Newton
and gave him the song "Danke Schoen", which became Newton's breakout hit.[citation needed] Darin also was a mentor to Roger McGuinn, who worked for him at TM Music and played the 12-string guitar in Darin's nightclub band before forming the Byrds. Additionally, Darin produced Rosey Grier's 1964 LP Soul City, and Made in the Shade for Jimmy Boyd.[citation needed] In 1962, Darin began to write and sing country music, with hit songs including "Things" (US No. 3/UK #2) (1962), "You're the Reason I'm Living" (US No. 3), and "18 Yellow Roses" (US No. 10). The latter two were recorded by Capitol Records, which he joined in 1962, before returning to Atlantic four years later. Darin left Capitol in 1964.[20] In 1966, he had his final UK hit single, with a version of Tim Hardin's "If I Were A Carpenter", which peaked at No. 9 (No. 8 in the US). He performed the opening and closing songs on the soundtrack of the 1965 Walt Disney
Walt Disney
film That Darn Cat!. "Things" was sung by Dean Martin in the 1967 TV special Movin' With Nancy, starring Nancy Sinatra.[21] Bobby Darin
Bobby Darin
is not related to James Darren. This confusion sometimes arises because their names are pronounced similarly, they were born in 1936, they started their careers as teen idols with similarly styled songs, they both later sang some of the same standard pop-jazz ballads, and they are both associated with Gidget. James Darren starred in "Gidget" films as Gidget's (Sandra Dee) love interest. In real life, Darin was the love interest: he married Sandra Dee.[22] Acting career[edit]

"Deadeye" and Darin in a 1965 Red Skelton
Red Skelton
Show skit

In the fall of 1959, Darin played "Honeyboy Jones" in an early episode of Jackie Cooper's CBS
military sitcom/drama, Hennesey
set in San Diego, California. In 1960, he appeared twice as himself in NBC's short-lived crime drama Dan Raven, starring Skip Homeier
Skip Homeier
and set on the Sunset Strip
Sunset Strip
of West Hollywood. In the same year, he was the only actor ever to have been signed to five major Hollywood film studios. He wrote music for several films in which he appeared. His first major film, Come September
Come September
(1961), was a teenager-oriented romantic comedy with Rock Hudson
Rock Hudson
and Gina Lollobrigida
Gina Lollobrigida
and featuring 18-year-old actress Sandra Dee. They first met during the production of the film, fell in love, and got married soon afterwards. Dee gave birth to a son, Dodd Mitchell Darin (also known as Morgan Mitchell) on December 16, 1961. Dee and Darin made a few films together with moderate success. They divorced in 1967. In 1961 he starred in Too Late Blues, John Cassavetes' first film for a major Hollywood studio, as a struggling jazz musician.[23] Writing in 2012, Los Angeles
Los Angeles
Times critic Dennis Lim observed that Darin was "a surprise in his first nonsinging role, willing to appear both arrogant and weak." [24] In 1962, Darin won the Golden Globe Award
Golden Globe Award
for "New Star of the Year – Actor" for his role in Come September.[25] The following year he was nominated for the Golden Globe Award
Golden Globe Award
for "Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama" (Best actor) in Pressure Point. In 1963, he was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role as a shell-shocked soldier in Captain Newman, M.D.. At the Cannes Film Festival
Cannes Film Festival
he won the French Film Critics Award for best actor.

In October 1964, he appeared as a wounded ex-convict who is befriended by an orphan girl in "The John Gillman Story" episode of NBC's Wagon Train western television series. Later years[edit]

"Now my attitude is very simple: I must do what artistically pleases me."

Bobby Darin, 1967 Pop Chronicles
Pop Chronicles

Dean Martin
Dean Martin
Presents: The Bobby Darin
Bobby Darin
Amusement Company, L-R: Dick Smothers, Tom Smothers, and Bobby Darin
Bobby Darin
as the Marx Brothers
Marx Brothers

Darin became more politically active as the 1960s progressed, and his musical output became more "folksy." In 1966, he had a hit with folksinger Tim Hardin's "If I Were a Carpenter,"[18] securing a return to the Top 10 after a two-year absence. Darin traveled with Robert F. Kennedy
Robert F. Kennedy
and worked on the politician's 1968 presidential campaign. He was with Kennedy the day he traveled to Los Angeles
Los Angeles
on June 4, 1968, for the California
primary, and was at the Ambassador Hotel later that night when Kennedy was assassinated. This event, combined with learning about his true parentage, had a deep effect on Darin, who spent most of the next year living in seclusion in a trailer near Big Sur. Returning to Los Angeles
Los Angeles
in 1969, Darin started his own record label which was titled Direction Records, putting out folk and protest music. He wrote "Simple Song of Freedom" in 1969, which was recorded by Tim Hardin, who sang only three of the song's four verses. Of his first Direction album, Darin said, "The purpose of Direction Records is to seek out statement-makers. The album is solely [composed] of compositions designed to reflect my thoughts on the turbulent aspects of modern society."[26] He later signed with Motown. Beginning on July 27, 1972, he starred in his own television variety show on NBC, Dean Martin
Dean Martin
Presents: The Bobby Darin
Bobby Darin
Amusement Company, which ran for seven episodes ending on September 7, 1972. Beginning on January 19, 1973, he starred in a similar show on NBC
called The Bobby Darin Show. This show ran for 13 episodes ending on April 27, 1973. Darin subsequently made television guest appearances and remained a top draw.[27][28] Other interests[edit] Darin was an enthusiastic chess player.[29] His television show included an occasional segment in which he would explain a chess move.[30] He arranged with the United States Chess
Federation to sponsor a grandmaster tournament, with the largest prize fund in history,[31] but the event was canceled after his death.[28] Personal life[edit] Darin married actress Sandra Dee
Sandra Dee
on December 1, 1960.[32] They met while filming Come September
Come September
(which was released in 1961).[33] On December 16, 1961, they had a son, Dodd Mitchell Darin[34] (also known as Morgan Mitchell Darin). Dee and Darin officially divorced on March 7, 1967.[35] Darin's second wife was Andrea Yeager, a legal secretary whom he met in 1970[36] and married on June 25, 1973 after the couple had lived together for three years.[37][38] Four months later, in October 1973, the couple divorced[37] amid strain caused by Darin's worsening health problems.[39][40] In the summer of 1957, while performing in Detroit,[41] Darin met a waitress named Lillian Sweet, who secretly gave birth to the singer's child. The baby was adopted as an infant and named Sam Tallerico.[42] Health[edit] Darin suffered from poor health his entire life. He was frail as an infant and, beginning at age eight, was stricken with recurring bouts of rheumatic fever that left him with a seriously weakened heart.[28] During his first heart surgery, in January 1971, he had two artificial valves implanted in his heart. He spent most of that year recovering from the surgery. During the last few years of his life, he was often administered oxygen during and after his performances on stage and screen. Death[edit] In 1973, after failing to take antibiotics to protect his heart before a dental visit, Darin developed an overwhelming systemic infection (sepsis). This further weakened his body and affected one of his heart valves. On December 11, he checked himself into Cedars of Lebanon Hospital in Los Angeles
Los Angeles
for another round of open-heart surgery to repair the two artificial heart valves he had received in January 1971. On the evening of December 19, a five-man surgical team worked for over six hours to repair his damaged heart. Shortly after the surgery ended in the early morning hours of December 20, 1973, Darin died in the recovery room without regaining consciousness. He was 37 years old. Darin's last wish in his will was that his body be donated to science for medical research. His remains were transferred to the UCLA Medical Center (now known as Ronald Reagan Medical Center) shortly after his death. Legacy[edit] In 1990, Darin was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, with singer and close friend Paul Anka
Paul Anka
announcing the honor.[43] In 1999, Darin was voted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame. Songwriter Alan O'Day alludes to Darin and his recording of "Mack the Knife" in the song, "Rock and Roll Heaven" (made a hit by the Righteous Brothers), a tribute to dead musicians, which O'Day wrote shortly after Darin's death. In 1998, PBS aired a documentary, Bobby Darin: Beyond the Song, produced by Henry Astor and Jason Cilo. In a 2003 episode of the NBC
television series American Dreams, Duncan Sheik portrayed Darin and performed "Beyond the Sea" on a fictitious American Bandstand. On May 14, 2007, Darin was awarded a star on the Las Vegas Walk of Stars to honor his contribution to making Las Vegas the "Entertainment Capital of the World" and named him one of the twentieth century's greatest entertainers. Fans paid for the star. Darin also has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Darin drove a custom-made "Dream Car" designed by Andrew Di Dia,[44] that is on display at the St. Louis
St. Louis
Museum of Transportation.[45] On December 13, 2009, at its 2010 Grammy Awards
Grammy Awards
ceremony, the Recording Academy awarded Darin a posthumous Lifetime Achievement Award. Biopic[edit] Main article: Beyond the Sea (film) In 1986, director Barry Levinson
Barry Levinson
intended to direct a film based on Darin's life, and had begun preproduction on the project by early 1997. He abandoned the project, the rights to which were subsequently bought by actor Kevin Spacey, along with Darin's son, Dodd. The resultant biopic, Beyond the Sea, starred Spacey as Darin, with the actor using his own singing voice for the musical numbers. The film covers much of Darin's life and career, including his marriage to Sandra Dee, portrayed by Kate Bosworth. With the consent of the Darin estate and former Darin manager Steve Blauner, Beyond the Sea opened at the 2004 Toronto International Film Festival. Although Dodd Darin, Sandra Dee, and Blauner responded enthusiastically to Spacey's work and the film was strongly promoted by the studio, Beyond the Sea received mixed-to-poor reviews upon wide release, and box office results were disappointing. Spacey, however, was nominated for the Golden Globe Award
Golden Globe Award
for Best Actor—Motion Picture Musical or Comedy, but the award that year went to Jamie Foxx for his portrayal of Darin's musical contemporary Ray Charles. Musical[edit] In September 2016, Dream Lover: The Bobby Darin
Bobby Darin
Musical had its world premiere at Sydney Lyric
Sydney Lyric
Theatre, Australia. This production featured the story of Darin with an 18-piece big band. Darin was played by David Campbell[46] Discography[edit] Main article: Bobby Darin
Bobby Darin
discography Filmography[edit]

Pepe (1960) Come September
Come September
(1961) Too Late Blues
(1962) State Fair (1962) Hell Is for Heroes (1962) If a Man Answers
If a Man Answers
(1962) Pressure Point (1962) Captain Newman, M.D.
Captain Newman, M.D.
(1963) That Funny Feeling
That Funny Feeling
(1965) Gunfight in Abilene (1967) Stranger in the House (1967) The Happy Ending
The Happy Ending
(1969) Happy Mother's Day, Love George
Happy Mother's Day, Love George


Book: Bobby Darin

Dodd Darin and Maxine Paetro: Dream Lovers: the Magnificent Shattered Lives of Bobby Darin
Bobby Darin
and Sandra Dee. New York: Warner Books 1994. ISBN 0-446-51768-2 David Evanier: Roman Candle: The Life of Bobby Darin. Albany, NY: SUNY Press, 2010. ISBN 978-1-4384-3458-2


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Studio albums

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Bobby Darin
(1958) That's All (1959) This is Darin
This is Darin
(1960) For Teenagers Only
For Teenagers Only
(1960) The 25th Day of December
The 25th Day of December
(1960) Two of a Kind (1961) Love Swings
Love Swings
(1961) Twist with Bobby Darin
Twist with Bobby Darin
(1961) Bobby Darin
Bobby Darin
Sings Ray Charles
Ray Charles
(1962) Things and Other Things
Things and Other Things
(1962) Oh! Look at Me Now (1962) You're the Reason I'm Living (1963) It's You or No One
It's You or No One
(1963) 18 Yellow Roses
18 Yellow Roses
(1963) Earthy!
(1963) Golden Folk Hits
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(1963) Winners (1964) From Hello Dolly to Goodbye Charlie
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(1964) Venice Blue
Venice Blue
(1965) Bobby Darin Sings The Shadow of Your Smile
Bobby Darin Sings The Shadow of Your Smile
(1966) In a Broadway Bag (Mame)
In a Broadway Bag (Mame)
(1966) If I Were a Carpenter (1966) Inside Out (1967) Bobby Darin Sings Doctor Dolittle
Bobby Darin Sings Doctor Dolittle
(1967) Bobby Darin Born Walden Robert Cassotto
Bobby Darin Born Walden Robert Cassotto
(1968) Commitment (1969)

Live albums

Darin at the Copa (1960) Live at the Desert Inn
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Compilation albums

The Bobby Darin Story
The Bobby Darin Story
(1961) Aces Back to Back (2004)


"Splish Splash" "Early in the Morning" "Dream Lover" "Mack the Knife" "Beyond the Sea" "You Must Have Been a Beautiful Baby" "Things" "You're the Reason I'm Living" "If I Were a Carpenter" "Darlin' Be Home Soon"

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(1967) "Up, Up and Away" by The 5th Dimension
The 5th Dimension
(Billy Davis, Jr., Florence LaRue, Marilyn McCoo, Lamont McLemore, Ron Townson) (1968) "Mrs. Robinson" by Simon & Garfunkel (Art Garfunkel, Paul Simon) (1969) "Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In" by The 5th Dimension
The 5th Dimension
(Billy Davis, Jr., Florence LaRue, Marilyn McCoo, Lamont McLemore, Ron Townson) (1970) "Bridge over Troubled Water" by Simon & Garfunkel (Art Garfunkel, Paul Simon) (1971) "It's Too Late" by Carole King
Carole King
(1972) "The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face" by Roberta Flack
Roberta Flack
(1973) "Killing Me Softly with His Song" by Roberta Flack
Roberta Flack
(1974) "I Honestly Love You" by Olivia Newton-John
Olivia Newton-John
(1975) "Love Will Keep Us Together" by Captain & Tennille (Daryl Dragon, Toni Tennille) (1976) "This Masquerade" by George Benson
George Benson
(1977) "Hotel California" by Eagles (Don Felder, Glenn Frey, Don Henley, Randy Meisner, Joe Walsh) (1978) "Just the Way You Are" by Billy Joel
Billy Joel
(1979) "What a Fool Believes" by The Doobie Brothers
The Doobie Brothers
(Jeffrey Baxter, John Hartman, Keith Knudsen, Michael McDonald, Tiran Porter, Patrick Simmons) (1980)


"Sailing" by Christopher Cross
Christopher Cross
(1981) "Bette Davis Eyes" by Kim Carnes
Kim Carnes
(1982) "Rosanna" by Toto (Bobby Kimball, Steve Lukather, David Paich, Jeff Porcaro, David Hungate, Steve Porcaro) (1983) "Beat It" by Michael Jackson
Michael Jackson
(1984) "What's Love Got to Do with It" by Tina Turner
Tina Turner
(1985) "We Are the World" by USA for Africa
USA for Africa
(1986) "Higher Love" by Steve Winwood
Steve Winwood
(1987) "Graceland" by Paul Simon
Paul Simon
(1988) "Don't Worry, Be Happy" by Bobby McFerrin
Bobby McFerrin
(1989) "Wind Beneath My Wings" by Bette Midler
Bette Midler
(1990) "Another Day in Paradise" by Phil Collins
Phil Collins
(1991) "Unforgettable" by Natalie Cole
Natalie Cole
with Nat King Cole
Nat King Cole
(1992) "Tears in Heaven" by Eric Clapton
Eric Clapton
(1993) "I Will Always Love You" by Whitney Houston
Whitney Houston
(1994) "All I Wanna Do" by Sheryl Crow
Sheryl Crow
(1995) "Kiss from a Rose" by Seal (1996) "Change the World" by Eric Clapton
Eric Clapton
(1997) "Sunny Came Home" by Shawn Colvin
Shawn Colvin
(1998) "My Heart Will Go On" by Celine Dion
Celine Dion
(1999) "Smooth" by Santana (Rodney Holmes, Tony Lindsay, Karl Perazzo, Raul Rekow, Benny Rietveld, Carlos Santana, Chester Thompson) featuring Rob Thomas (2000)


"Beautiful Day" by U2 (Bono, Adam Clayton, The Edge, Larry Mullen Jr.) (2001) "Walk On" by U2 (Bono, Adam Clayton, The Edge, Larry Mullen Jr.) (2002) "Don't Know Why" by Norah Jones
Norah Jones
(2003) "Clocks" by Coldplay
(Guy Berryman, Jon Buckland, Will Champion, Phil Harvey, Chris Martin) (2004) "Here We Go Again" by Ray Charles
Ray Charles
and Norah Jones
Norah Jones
(2005) "Boulevard of Broken Dreams" by Green Day
Green Day
(Billie Joe Armstrong, Mike Dirnt, Frank Edwin Wright III) (2006) "Not Ready to Make Nice" by Dixie Chicks
Dixie Chicks
(Martie Maguire, Natalie Maines, Emily Robison) (2007) "Rehab" by Amy Winehouse
Amy Winehouse
(2008) "Please Read the Letter" by Alison Krauss
Alison Krauss
and Robert Plant
Robert Plant
(2009) "Use Somebody" by Kings of Leon
Kings of Leon
(Caleb Followill, Jared Followill, Matthew Followill, Nathan Followill) (2010) "Need You Now" by Lady Antebellum
Lady Antebellum
(Hillary Scott, Charles Kelley, Dave Haywood) (2011) "Rolling in the Deep" by Adele
(2012) "Somebody That I Used to Know" by Gotye
featuring Kimbra
(2013) "Get Lucky" by Daft Punk
Daft Punk
featuring Pharrell Williams
Pharrell Williams
& Nile Rodgers (2014) "Stay with Me" (Darkchild version) by Sam Smith (2015) "Uptown Funk" by Mark Ronson
Mark Ronson
featuring Bruno Mars
Bruno Mars
(2016) "Hello" by Adele
(2017) "24K Magic" by Bruno Mars
Bruno Mars

v t e

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
Class of 1990


Hank Ballard Charlie Christian Bobby Darin The Four Seasons (Tom DeVito, Bob Gaudio, Nick Massi, Frankie Valli) Four Tops
Four Tops
(Renaldo Benson, Abdul "Duke" Fakir, Lawrence Payton, Levi Stubbs) The Kinks
The Kinks
(Mick Avory, Dave Davies, Ray Davies, Pete Quaife) The Platters
The Platters
(David Lynch, Herb Reed, Paul Robi, Zola Taylor, Tony Williams) Simon & Garfunkel (Art Garfunkel, Paul Simon) The Who
The Who
(Roger Daltrey, John Entwistle, Keith Moon, Pete Townshend)

Early influences

Louis Armstrong Ma Rainey

Non-performers ( Ahmet Ertegun
Ahmet Ertegun

Gerry Goffin and Carole King Holland–Dozier–Holland

Authority control

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