I was ten years old when Bobby Darin came to prominence with his first hit song, “Splish Splash.” I remember liking it at the time. It was the spring of 1958.
He co-wrote the song with radio DJ Murray Kaufman (“Murray the K”) after a phone call from Kaufman’s mother, Jean, a frustrated songwriter. Her latest song idea was “Splish, Splash, Take a Bath.”
Kaufman bet Darin that he couldn’t write a song that began with the words, “Splish Splash, I was takin’ a bath.” Both Kaufman and Darin felt the title was lackluster, but Darin rose to the challenge. “I could write a song with that title,” he said.
Within one hour, Darin had written “Splish Splash” and the single sold more than a million copies.
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