Bobby Darin

Bobby Darin (1936-1973) was an American singer/songwriter.

"Folk music had become a stronghold of popular music by 1962, and Bobby [Darin] had been moving in that direction for some time…. [A]nd he had a genuine feeling for the music…. 'Bobby saw in folk music a sophistication of some kind,' [Walter] Raim recalls, 'a higher calling. He had in his mind that he was doing something more important than singing Las Vegas standards. He was attracted to the realness, the down-to-earth thing….' Bobby had a deeply political side to him, and the events of the 1960s conjoined to move him toward both a more activist role in the civil-rights movement and a different way of expressing himself musically and artistically. 'Darin thought the civil-rights movement was the great revolution of the 20th century…. The man was civil rights conscious long before it became radical chic. It was a passion of his…. Darin put his whole career, and the possibility of getting blacklisted, on the line.' He took part in civil-rights marches anonymously. Bobby took part in the March on Washington in 1963 and many other demonstrations. 'Bobby didn't feel the kind of music he was performing was enough,' says Hesh Wasser. 'There had to be more said about the world, about what was going on.'"

—David Evanier, Roman Candle: The Life of Bobby Darin (2010)

Simple Song of Freedom