Both legends now gone but never forgotten. Both subjects of biopics and deservedly so!
This was the day (July 5th) 58 years ago that the performing talents of Buddy Holly were intertwined with the writing nous of Bobby Darin.
The net result was a peculiar chart battle and top 40 hits for both of them, with 'Early In The Morning.' It was the seventh of Buddy's mere eight top 40 singles in the US, and the tale behind it takes some believing.
Written by Darin and Woody Harris, the track had a bizarre history, even by the standards of the chart battles that often took place in those days. It was recorded and released by Bobby first, not in his own name but under the alias of the Ding Dongs, on the Brunswick label, owned by his former label, Decca — as a device to conceal the fact that he was now under contract to Atco.
Unsurprisingly, of course, Atco soon recognised “the Ding Dongs” by Darin's distinctive vocal tones, and forced Brunswick to turn the master tape of the song over to them. Atco then released 'Splish Splash,' which entered the charts in June to become his debut smash and led to his contract renewal — but meanwhile, an even more tangled story was developing.
Before it was clear that 'Splish Splash' would make the grade, Atco released Darin's same “reclaimed” recording of 'Early In The Morning' themselves, now under another pseudonym, the Rinky Dinks. But Decca owned not only the Brunswick label but also Coral, for whom Holly recorded, and then rushed Buddy into the studio to produce a carbon-copy of the Darin/Ding Dongs/Rinky Dinks release.
On 5 July, 1958, Holly's version of 'Early In The Morning' was released on Coral, and it entered the bestsellers a week after the Rinky Dinks' recording, in early August, on Billboard's very first Hot 100 chart. By the time Darin's earlier take entered the magazine's final Top 100 Sides list, he was in the top five with 'Splish Splash' — so now, naturally, Atco changed the credit on the other 45 to “Bobby Darin and the Rinky Dinks.”
With many thanks to UDiscover.
Gary Busey as Buddy Holly
Kevin Spacey as Bobby Darin.
Picture credit - RSVLTS.
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