Monday, November 08, 2004

Lounge Singers Galore!

Kevin Spacey as Bobby Darin in "Beyond The Sea"
I have been a fan of Bobby Darin for about 15 years. I got into his music about the same time I got into Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and the whole lounge/exotica scene. However, of all of these I probably listen to Darin the most. It's probably due to his versatility - he started off doing rock/pop tunes like "Splish Splash", "Queen Of The Hop" and "Dream Lover". Then he moved into Sinatra territory, doing big band stuff like "Mack The Knife", "As Long As I'm Singin'", "I Wanna Be Around", "The Good Life" and "I Left My Heart In San Francisco". During his final years he did folk rock, like "If I Were A Carpenter" and "Simple Song Of Freedom". Coming soon is a bio-flick called "Beyond The Sea", featuring Kevin Spacey as Bobby Darin. This is a project that he's wanted to do for many years, but had trouble finding a studio/writer to move forward with the project. However, he knew that if he wanted to play the lead he'd have to do it soon. Spacey is now in his mid-40's and Bobby Darin died at the age of 37. I can't believe how dedicated he is to this project. He is singing all of the tunes in the movie with a 70+ piece orchestra and is also planning to go on tour singing these songs (I hope Seattle is a stop on the tour - I'd love to Darin's songs performed live). You can see a trailer for the movie at:

Tom Jones & Neil Diamond
Impersonators At The Silver
Reef Casino This Friday

My wife and I love Tom Jones and Neil Diamond, along with some other lounge-style singers, and we love impersonators, so this is a dream concert for us. We also love drinking and gambling, so it just doesn't get any better than this! We've seen the Neil Diamond impersonator before (I believe his real name is Jay White, and he normally plays at the Riviera in Las Vegas) - he's pretty good, but really funny looking close up (we shook hands with him when we saw him in Bellingham a couple of years ago). I'm not sure how good the Tom Jones impersonator is gonna be, but after seeing the real thing a few months ago I'm looking forward to his act too.

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