Beyond The Sea (1959)

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Bobby Darin (born Walden Robert Cassotto May 14, 1936, died December 20, 1973).

His stage name came from him having been called Bobby since he a child, and (allegedly) that he walked by a Chinese restaurant called the "Mandarin Duck", only the sign's first three letters weren't lit, reading "Darin Duck". He thought that "Darin" looked good.

Darin was one of the most popular and versatile performers of the 1950s and 1960s, performing many genres, including pop, rock and roll, big band, jazz, folk, and country. He was an early example of what came to be known as the "singer/songwriter".

Darin was also an Oscar-nominated and Golden Globe-winning actor. He was a "Goodwill Ambassador" for the American Heart Association because of his lifelong rheumatic heart condition, from which he died, due to complications following a heart surgery, at the age of 37 in 1973.

Darin was inducted to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1990.

"Beyond the Sea" is the English language version of the French song "La Mer" (which translates as "The Sea"). It has become a pop standard recorded by many artists, but Bobby Darin's version is the best known. A movie based on Darin's life (titled Beyond The Sea) was released in 2004 and starred Oscar-winning actor Kevin Spacey (who also wrote, produced and directed the film.)

Chart position: #6 (US), #8 (UK).

The Top Ten Songs:
February 29, 1960 (US Billboard Hot 100).
  1. "Theme From A Summer Place" (Percy Faith)
  2. "Handy Man" (Jimmy Jones)
  3. "He'll Have To Go" (Jim Reeves)
  4. "Teen Angel" (Mark Dinning)
  5. "What In The World's Come Over You" (Jack Scott)
  6. "Beyond The Sea" (Bobby Darin)
  7. "Running Bear" (Johnny Preston)
  8. "Let It Be Me" (Everly Brothers)
  9. "Baby" (Brook Benton and Dinah Washington)
  10. "Wild One" (Bobby Rydell)

Written by:
Charles Trenet (born May 18, 1913 in Narbonne, France, died February 19, 2001 in Créteil, France.)

Trenet was a French singer/songwriter most popular in the 1930s, 1940s, and 1950s. "La Mer" is perhaps Trenet's best known song outside the French-speaking world. It has been recorded by over 400 artists.

The English lyrics were written by Jack Lawrence (born April 7, 1912 in Brooklyn, New York, died after a fall in his home March 16, 2009 in Redding, Connecticut.)

Lawrence also wrote/co-wrote songs such as "Play, Fiddle, Play", "If I Didn't Care", "All or Nothing at All", "Tenderly" and the English lyrics for another French song, "La goualante de pauvre Jean": "The Poor People of Paris".

In 1970, Lawrence was inducted into the Songwriters' Hall of Fame.

Originally by: Charles Trenet, recorded in 1946. 

Also by: Harry James and His Orchestra (1948); Lawrence Welk (1960); We Five (1965); The Sandpipers (1966); Robbie Williams (2001); Barry Manilow (2006). Charles Trenet, recorded in 1946.

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