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(Singer-songwriter, 1936–73)

Aged 20, New York-born Walden Robert Cassotto’s chart career started with the novelty million-seller, ‘Splish Splash’. Leading The Rinky Dinks, he next charted with ‘Early In The Morning’ (later a hit for Buddy Holly), and in 1957 ‘Queen Of The Hop’ also sold a million. His major breakthrough was 1959’s million-selling ‘Dream Lover’, followed by his Sinatra-esque US/UK No. 1 cover of ‘Mack The Knife’, the first of several revamped oldies and novelties. He starred in Come September (1961) with his wife, Sandra Dee. When his popularity fell as British beat predominated, he became a troubadour, singing Tim Hardin songs from 1966–67, but died during heart surgery. Kevin Spacey’s 2004 biopic Beyond The Sea helped keep the memory alive.

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Source: The Definitive Illustrated Encyclopedia of Rock, general editor Michael Heatley


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