Tim Rice tells the story of singer. songwriter musician and actor Bobby Darin (born Walden Robert Cassotto ), who caught the ear of the public first in 1958 with Splish Splash but then hit big as a stylish crooner with Dream Lover, Mack the Knife (Top US single of 1959) and Beyond the Sea - his
Sinatra-like treatment of the French ballad La Mer. A protest-minded
Las Vegas star, he straddled many genres, including country (Things, 1962) and folk (a 1966 hit with Tim Hardin 's If I Were a Carpenter).
Plagued with heart trouble since childhood, Darin died in 1973, aged 37, and was the subject of Kevin Spacey 's 2004 biopic Beyond the Sea. Featuring new interviews with Darin's manager, second wife, valet, pianist, mentor and many others. Producer Graham Pass
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