Saturday, February 27, 2021

James Darren - Bye Bye Birdie - Teenage Triangle

Even more than the typical teen idol, James Darren's roots in authentic rock & roll were tenuous. Darren began recording for Colpix in the late '50s at the beginning of a screen career that saw him star in numerous films, most notably Gidget. More at home with standard MOR, show tune-like material than rock, and not much of a singer in any case, Darren was nonetheless marketed as a pop/rock performer to his predominantly young female constituency. He ran off quite a few novelty-tinged hit singles in the early '60s, of which "Goodbye Cruel World," which made number three, was the biggest and best. Top Brill Building pop songwriters -- including the Goffin-King, Mann-Weil, and Pomus-Shuman teams, as well as Bob Crewe, Gloria Shayne, and Howard Greenfield -- gave Darren material, albeit material that was well below their usual standards. He recorded quite a bit after his early-'60s heyday, reaching the Top 40 in 1967 with "All" and charting as late as 1977 with "You Take My Heart Away." During the '90s, Darren co-starred on the Star Trek spin-off Deep Space Nine as hologram crooner Vic Fontaine, reprising songs from the series on the 1999 album This One's From the Heart.

This two-fer from Collectables features a pair of out of print James Darren LPs: Bye Bye Birdie and Teenage Triangle. Originally issued in 1963, these 24 tracks are made up of well-known compositions from the Broadway hit Bye Bye Birdie and several top pop hits of the era, including "Goodbye Cruel World" and "Gidget." Also featured on both albums are teen idols Shelley Fabares and Paul Petersen.



  1. Hello,
    There is missing track #1: "Put On a Happy Face". Can you please correct it?

    1. 01. Put On A Happy Face

  2. Thanks! But I am not able to collect it. Mediafire each time returns error: "permission denied". Such situations sometimes happen on this server but after several attempts usually it passes ok. This particular link is an exception - I am trying for several days without success...

  3. Try it after a while. This is a common story with Mediafire I got it on the second try.


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