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A reissue of two early James Darren albums.
A reissue of two early James Darren albums.

James Darren (born James William Ercolani on June 8, 1936, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) is an American television and film actor, television director, and singer. Image File history File links JamesDarrenAlbums13. ... Image File history File links JamesDarrenAlbums13. ... June 8 is the 159th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (160th in leap years), with 206 days remaining. ... 1936 (MCMXXXVI) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (link will take you to calendar). ... Nickname: City of Brotherly Love, Philly, the Quaker City Motto: Philadelphia maneto (Let brotherly love continue) Official website: http://www. ...



Darren began his career as a teen idol. This encompassed roles in films, most notably his role as Moondoggie in Gidget in 1959, as well as a string of pop hits for Colpix Records, the biggest of which was "Goodbye Cruel World" (#3 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1961). He is also featured in one of the Scopitone series of pop music video jukebox films ("Because You're Mine"). A teen idol is a famous person who generates attention from large numbers of teenagers. ... Gidget was a film starring fifties teen icon Sandra Dee was produced in the USA in 1959. ... 1959 (MCMLIX) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... For Popular music (music that is popular, rather than of a specific genre or style), see Popular music. ... Colpix Records was the first recording company for Columbia Pictures/Screen Gems. ... The Billboard Hot 100 is the United States music industry standard singles popularity chart issued weekly by Billboard magazine. ... 1961 (MCMLXI) was a common year starting on Sunday (the link is to a full 1961 calendar). ... Scopitone was a trendy invention of the 1960s, a jukebox with a 16mm film component, the forgotten forerunner of music video. ...

Darren's role in the gritty 1961 World War II film The Guns of Navarone was an attempt to break out of his teen image. He then achieved success co-starring as impulsive scientist and adventurer Tony Newman in the science fiction television series, The Time Tunnel (1966-67). 1961 (MCMLXI) was a common year starting on Sunday (the link is to a full 1961 calendar). ... Combatants Allies: Poland, British Commonwealth, France/Free France, Soviet Union, United States, China, and others Axis Powers: Germany, Italy, Japan, and others Casualties Military dead: 17 million Civilian dead: 33 million Total dead: 50 million Military dead: 8 million Civilian dead: 4 million Total dead: 12 million World War II... The Guns of Navarone is a 1957 novel about World War II by British thriller writer Alistair MacLean that was made into a film in 1961. ... The Time Tunnel was a 1966-1967 U.S. color science fiction TV series produced by Irwin Allen that lasted for one season and 30 episodes. ...

Later, Darren had a regular role as Officer James Corrigan on the television police drama T.J. Hooker from 1983-1986. Subsequently he worked as a director on many action-based television series, including Hunter, The A-Team, and Nowhere Man, as well as dramas such as Beverly Hills 90210 and Melrose Place. T.J. Hooker was a weekly police drama that premiered in 1982 on ABC-TV and ran on ABC primetime through 1985. ... Hunter was a police drama television series starring Fred Dryer which ran on NBC from 1984 to 1991. ... The A-Team was an action/adventure television show about a fictional group of ex-US Army commandos who are on the run from the military while working as soldiers of fortune. ... Nowhere Man was a 1995 US television series starring Bruce Greenwood. ... Beverly Hills 90210 was a popular primetime television soap opera that aired from October 1990 to May 2000 on the Fox Network in the United States and subsequently on various networks around the world. ... Melrose Place is a TV series that ran between 1992 and 1999, created by Darren Star. ...

James Darren as Vic Fontaine on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine.
James Darren as Vic Fontaine on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine.

In 1998 he achieved renewed popularity as a singer through his appearances on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine in the role of holographic crooner and advice-giver Vic Fontaine; many of his performances on the show were recorded for the album This One's From the Heart (1999). A close friend of the late Frank Sinatra, the album showed Darren comfortably singing in the Sinatra style; the 2001 follow-up Because of You showed similar inspiration from Tony Bennett. Image File history File links STDS9Ep620. ... Image File history File links STDS9Ep620. ... 1998 (MCMXCVIII) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year of the Ocean. ... Space station Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (ST:DS9 or STDS9 or DS9 for short) is a science fiction television series produced by Paramount and set in the Star Trek universe. ... This article is about the photographic technique. ... Bing Crosby crooning to a girl. ... Vic Fontaine is a fictional holodeck entertainer on the science fiction television show Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. ... 1999 (MCMXCIX) was a common year starting on Friday, and was designated the International Year of Older Persons by the United Nations. ... Francis Albert Sinatra (December 12, 1915 – May 14, 1998) was an American singer who is one of the highest acclaimed male popular song vocalists of all time. ... 2001: A Space Odyssey. ... Tony Bennett, 2000 Tony Bennetts heart, left in San Francisco Tony Bennett (born August 3, 1926) is an American popular music, standards, and jazz singer who is widely considered to be one of the best interpretive singers in these genres. ...

Some animation fans may know him as the singing voice of Yogi Bear in the 1964 animated film, Hey There, it's Yogi Bear, on the song "Ven-e, Ven-o, Ven-a". Prior to that, he was the singing and speaking voice of "Jimmy Darrock" on an episode of The Flintstones. Yogi Bear Yogi Bear is a cartoon character (an upright bear) created by Hanna-Barbera Productions. ... For the Nintendo 64 emulator, see 1964 (Emulator). ... The Flintstones, an American animated television series created by Hanna-Barbera Cartoons, is one of the most successful animated television series of all time, originally running in American prime time for six seasons, from 1960 to 1966, on the ABC network. ...

Selected discography


  • 1959 Gidget
  • 1959 Angel Face
  • 1961 Goodbye Cruel World (US #3)
  • 1962 Her Royal Majesty (US #6)
  • 1962 Conscience (US #11)
  • 1962 Mary's Little Lamb (US #39)
  • 1967 All (US #35)
  • 1977 You Take My Heart Away


  • 1960 James Darren No. 1 (reissued 2004)
  • 1961 Sings the Movies (Gidget Goes Hawaiian)
  • 1962 Love Among the Young (reissued 2004)
  • 1962 Sings for All Sizes
  • 1963 Bye Bye Birdie (with The Marcels, Paul Petersen, & Shelley Fabares)
  • 1963 Teen-Age Triangle (with Shelley Fabares & Paul Petersen)
  • 1964 More Teen-Age Triangle (with Paul Petersen & Shelley Fabares)
  • 1967 All (reissued 2005)
  • 1971 Mammy Blue
  • 1972 Love Songs from the Movies
  • 1994 The Best of James Darren
  • 1999 This One's From the Heart
  • 2001 Because of You

Many compilation albums also exist. The Marcels were a doo-wop group known for turning beloved American classical pop songs into rock and roll. ... William Paul Petersen (born September 23, 1945 in Glendale, California) is an American movie actor, singer, novelist, and activist for child stars. ... Shelley Fabares (born January 19, 1944) is an American actress and singer. ...

Notable films

  • Rumble on the Docks (1956)
  • Operation Mad Ball (1957)
  • The Brothers Rico (1957)
  • Gidget (1959)
  • The Guns of Navarone (1961)
  • For Those Who Think Young (1964)

Gidget was an American film starring 1950s teen icon Sandra Dee, released in 1959. ... The Guns of Navarone is a 1957 novel about World War II by British thriller writer Alistair MacLean that was made into a film in 1961. ...

External links

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