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When Bobby Darin and Johnny Mercer teamed up for the 1961 release Two of a Kind, Mercer was a storied veteran who'd made major contributions to the Great American Songbook and Darin was still a rising star. But besides being among the few major artists of the era to record their own material, both men had deep roots in pre-WWII pop music. That common ground provides the basis for much of this collaboration, as Darin and Mercer duet on songs going back at least as far as the '20s. Employing a loose-limbed feel full of lighthearted ad-libs, the two tackle everything from the 1928 Bing Crosby hit "Mississippi Mud" to Cliff "Ukulele Ike" Edwards' vaudeville-tinged "Paddlin' Madelin' Home." But the real stroke of genius on Two of a Kind is the addition of another heavyweight, Billy May, whose swinging arrangements successfully update the older tunes Mercer and Darin dust off. Toss in a handful of Mercer originals, including a title track written with Darin, and Two of a Kind makes for an unforgettable summit meeting between two American musical giants.

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One of the Best Jazz CDs Ever

These two giants of their time, combine their talents though they are a generation apart, to create one of the finest, funnest albums ever. Top notch. I have given this to a lot of my friends. They love it, too. Even though many are not fans of this kind of music.

Sheer enjoyment

What a sensational album! Great chemistry between the performers; it is like being at a top-notch nightclub show. Sensational singing and the orchestrations fit the performers perfectly. Sheer enjoyment!

Two Of A Kind

I love this collection of songs! Have it on an LP (remember those?) and listen to it often at home, but had to have it on my IPOD too! Never gets old!


Born: May 14, 1936 in The Bronx, New York, NY

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '50s, '60s, '70s

There's been considerable discussion about whether Bobby Darin should be classified as a rock & roll singer, a Vegas hipster cat, an interpreter of popular standards, or even a folk-rocker. He was all of these and none of these. Throughout his career he made a point of not becoming committed to any one style at the exclusion of others; at the height of his nightclub fame he incorporated a folk set into his act. When it appeared he could have gone on indefinitely as a sort of junior version of Frank...
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