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• Despite the success of his previous two Atlantic albums of film and show tunes, in the summer of 1966, Bobby Darin ditched his tuxedo image and for a while became a fully-fledged folk hero.
• His first album to feature this dramatic change of style was “If I Were A Carpenter”, issued in December 1966. Darin's touch proved masterful and his interpretation of the Tim Hardin-written title track reached # 8 in the US, his biggest hit since 1960. It also reached # 9 in the UK. A further four hit singles were taken from these two albums.
• Both these albums were produced by Charles Koppelman and Don Rubin, managers of Tim Hardin and the Lovin' Spoonful's John Sebastian. As a result both albums feature many songs by both writers, including Hardin's “Reason To Believe”, later a hit for Rod Stewart, and “Misty Roses”, a hit for Colin Blunstone. Darin also covers John Sebastian's “(Sittin' Here) Lovin' You” and songs by Randy Newman, John Denver and Buffy Sainte Marie, as well as the Rolling Stones' “Back Street Girl”.