Originally Published: January 7, 2013 10:09 p.m.
Versatile singer Bobby Darin may not have been as "ubiquitous" as other well-known stars, but his music will get a celebratory salute in a performance by Robert Shaw on Sunday, Jan. 13, at the Elks Opera House.
"History hasn't dealt with him quite as well as other icons," Shaw said this past week. "He's not as ubiquitous as Johnny Cash or Elvis. It's kind of a shame. His music was phenomenal. He has lots of fans. His fans come out of the woodwork."
Darin's music covered a range of music genres, including pop, rock, jazz, folk and country.
"He blended the best of rock and roll and the jazz swing era," Shaw said. "He bridged the gap between those two worlds."
Shaw regularly brings his Lonely Street Productions shows from Tucson to Prescott, performing his version of many of the music world's greats.
How did Darin come to be a part of Lonely Street's repertoire?
"We were dabbling in swing and music from the American song book and we stumbled on Bobby Darin," Shaw said. "It was a natural choice to present that kind of music."
On the play bill are such Darin big hits as "Dream Lover," "Splish Splash," "Beyond the Sea," "Mack the Knife," as well as other's that Darin had great versions of, including "Lazy River" "I Got Rhythm," "As Long as I'm Singing," and more.
Shaw spent the recent holidays doing five Johnny Cash shows in two days in New York and a New Year's Eve gig in Illinois.
His "salutes," he says, are "all about the music and not so much about the people" whose music he brings to life on stage.
The people "come through the music," he said. "It's really all about music and getting inside the song."
Shaw will bring a six-piece swing band, with a horn section, to Prescott for "Dream Lover - A Salute to Bobby Darin."
Costuming "will be nothing elaborate," Shaw said. "We will stay true to what he did - a nice suit and tie or a tuxedo. He was in nightclubs. That was his bread and butter."
Darin was born in 1936, and began his career as a songwriter for Connie Francis. His first million-seller was "Splish Splash" in 1958. "Dream Lover," "Mack the Knife" and "Beyond the Sea" brought him world fame. He won a Gold Globe for his first film, "Come September," which co-starred his wife, Sandra Dee.
Darin died in 1973 after a heart operation in Los Angeles.
Lonely Street Production's tribute to Darin begins at 7 p.m. Tickets range from $22 to $25 and are available from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday through Friday at the Elks Opera House box office, by calling the box office at 777-1370 or logging onto www.elksoperahouse.com.