1960 Bobby Darin – Artificial Flowers
Samuel Hopkins Adams published the novel Tenderloin in 1959. The Tenderloin was a red-light district in Manhattan in the 1890s. The book was a fictionalized version of the life of Charles Henry Parkhurst, an American clergyman who was a social reformer in the 1890s.
The play starred the Shakespearean actor Maurice Evans as Reverend Brock. While he has a long history of acting in plays, films, and television, you most likely would recognize him from his role as Samantha’s father on Bewitched.
Several previews of the play appeared on stage in 1960. Bobby Darin recorded a song from the play, Artificial Flowers, which first charted in September 1960.
The single peaked at #20 on the Hot 100 two weeks after the play opened in October.
Bobby also began working on his first motion picture in 1960. Sandra Dee was one of the co-stars in the film and she and Bobby began dating. They quickly became married December 1.
Tenderloin returned to Broadway in 2000. The role of Reverend Brock went to David Ogden Stiers, the actor who played Major Charles Emerson Winchester on the television version of M*A*S*H.
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