Bobby Darin: “Splish Splash”

ON THIS DATE (54 YEARS AGO)
May 19, 1958 – Bobby Darin: “Splish Splash” b/w  “Judy, Don’t Be Moody” (Atco 45-6117) 45 single is released in the US.
“Splish Splash” is a 1958 song performed and co-written by Bobby Darin. It was written with DJ Murray the K (Murray Kaufman), who bet that Darin couldn’t write a song that began with the words, “Splish Splash, I was takin’ a bath”, as suggested by Murray’s mother, Jean Kaufman. The song was credited to Darin and “Jean Murray” (a combination of their names) to avoid any hint of payola. The song helped to give Darin a major boost in his career, reaching No. 3 on the U.S. pop singles charts. It was recorded in a session at New York’s Atlantic Studios on the evening of April 10, 1958. The lyrics mention several characters from other songs of the period, including “Lollipop”, “Peggy Sue”, and “Good Golly Miss Molly”.

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