The 101 number one song of the day was recorded by an artist who was labeled some as arrogant and conceited because he announced he wanted to be a legend by the time he was 25 years old. But it wasn’t conceit that drove him – it was a rush against time.
Walden Robert Cassoto was born in a Foundling Hospital for unwed mothers. When he was brought home by his 17 year old mother, she assumed the role of “sister” and her mother raised him as her own son. As a child, he suffered from rheumatic fever attacks and as a young adult he had a history of heart trouble and he truly believed that he wouldn’t live beyond thirty. He made it to age 37. But in that span of time, he excelled not only in music but also on TV as host of his own prime time show and in motion pictures where he was nominated for an Oscar for his role in the movie “Captain Newman, M.D.” But most will remember him for the song which reached number one on October 5, 1959 stayed there for nine weeks and earned him two Grammy awards. Bobby Darin “Mack the Knife”