The Bobby Darin Song Book...

The BOBBY DARIN Songbook' with Tony Benedict and the Nelson Riddle Tribute Orchestra.

This exciting new show for dedicated fans of Bobby Darin, traces his career from the early Rock’n Roll days, right through his Country & Western era, to his Swinging Big Band and Orchestral recordings.
The playlist ranges from ‘Splish Splash’ right through the songbook, including the breathtaking ‘Hello Young Lovers’ and the beautiful and sensitive songs like ‘Once upon a Time’,  ‘Artificial Flowers’, ‘Up a Lazy River’ and many more.

Accompanied by the world famous Nelson Riddle Tribute Orchestra directed by Greg Francis, the show is a must for all Darin fans, and those who only know him from his number one hit recording ‘Mac the Knife’ !

Musical Director Greg Francis joined forces with BBC 'Young Arranger of the Year' award winning Phil Steel, to transcribe between them, 30 of the original Bobby Darin arrangements. They are superbly portrayed by singer Tony Benedict, who is an absolute authority on the life and works of Bobby Darin, who died at the age of 37.

The Bobby Darin Songbook has appeared at major theatres throughout the UK, and is a regular feature at the Warner Hotels. !

Tony Benedict...

Tony Benedict is a founder member of the Kings of Swing. Born in Leeds and now living in St Annes on Sea, Tony won the Leisure Parcs 'Newcomer of the Year' award in 2002 for his work singing with the Blackpool Tower Big Band. A big devotee of Bobby Darin, Tony has been singing ‘swing music’since before it became fashionable. He started out as singer with ex-Syd Lawrence trumpet soloist Terry Reaney in Blackpool, with the 5th form College Big band.

Tony’s big opportunity to enter the professional world of 'singing with the Big Band' came in 2001 when he was heard by Greg Francis, resident Musical Director at the Blackpool Tower Ballroom. Greg instantly signed him up to sing with the Blackpool Tower Big band, and Tony went on to perform for a successive 3 years at the Tower Ballroom. In 2003, a new 'show' was developed at the Tower ballroom, 'The Kings of Swing'. This was a portrayal of the Rat Pack era, and Tony featured as lead singer of a 3 piece singing group.

In 2004, the Kings of Swing started a nationwide tour, playing to packed houses of devotees of the music. Among the many rave reviews of the show, Tony stood out as the shining new star of swing music.

Upon the release of the recent Kevin Spacey film of Bobby Darin, musical director Greg Francis decided that it would be a good idea to present a tribute to the legendary performer Bobby Darin, and he paired up Tony Benedict with the world famous Nelson Riddle Tribute Orchestra. Riddle himself was the guiding hand behind the Sinatra recordings during the 'Capitol Years', and he had also arranged music for Dean Martin and many others of the era.

Tony had always had a preference for the vocal talents and music of Bobby Darin, and he has become an absolute font of knowledge on the life and career of the singer, who had hits with tunes like 'Splish Splash' 'Dream Lover' 'If I Were A Carpenter ' and as far back as 1969, he had the number one hit with 'Mack the Knife'. (This was never a 'Sinatra' hit as is widely believed).

A plethora of wonderful music was available from the Bobby Darin Songbook. Darin himself wrote over 350 songs, and it is from this vast catologue of music, that Tony has selected the wide variety of music he sings in the show.