Chart Performance: Pop(#10) and Adult Contemporary (#5); 1963
Story Behind The Song By Ed Osborne
Bobby Darin wanted to do it all: all kinds of music and all types of media. To the outside world he seemed arrogant, yet, there was a secret behind his drive: a childhood disease had left him with permanent heart damage and a shortened lifespan. So, he worked with a vengeance. Musically, he rocked and rolled through Splish Splash and Queen Of The Hop. He tackled foreign standards such as Mack The Knife and Beyond The Sea. He even reworked the old timey tunes Clementine and Won’t You Come HomeBill Bailey. He wrote his own Top 40-style songs as well as That’s All, a gorgeous ballad like the standards of his childhood. When Ray Charles succeeded with the R&B-meets-country I Can’t Stop Loving You, Darin did his own country-pop thing on You’re The Reason I’m Living and 18 Yellow Roses. Both were written by Bobby, and 18 Yellow Roses was arranged by the legendary Jack Nitzsche, who worked on many of the classic Phil Spector productions.
This content and all Song Meaning articles were created and written by Top 40 Contributing Editor Ed Osborne. © 2023 Ed Osborne. All Rights Reserved. In addition to these song meaning articles, Ed has written our “Year in Music 1960s-1990s” articles.
- Nik Venet
Lyrics Written by:
- Bobby Darin