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One might reasonably wonder what it says about Eisenhower-era America that it made a finger-snapping ode to a cold-blooded German murderer one of the biggest hit records in history, but popstrology's concern is what it says about the innocent babies born in the Year of Bobby Darin. Rest easy, though, children of 1959, for the Dominant Star in the year of your birth was more than just a glamorizer of violence. He was also a member of the constellation Shape-Shifter -- a complicated man who was as unwilling to be defined by Mack The Knife as he was by earlier hits like 1958's Splish Splash. It is directly from Bobby Darin that the children of 1959 derive their tendency to abhor and defy simplistic categorization schemes. It's an attribute that sets the children of the Bobby Darin generation apart from many others, though perhaps the same could be said of their sometimes slippery unwillingness to commit firmly to a single one of the many faces they show to the world.

BirthdatesBirthstar Birthsong
Jan 1-Jan 18The Chipmunks The Chipmunk Song
Jan 19-Feb 8The Platters Smoke Gets In Your Eyes
Feb 9-Mar 8Lloyd Price Stagger Lee
Mar 9-Apr 12Frankie Avalon Venus
Apr 13-May 10The Fleetwoods Come Softly To Me
May 11-May 17Dave "Baby" Cortez The Happy Organ
May 18-May 31Wilbert Harrison Kansas City
Jun 1-Jul 12Johnny Horton The Battle Of New Orleans
Jul 13-Aug 9Paul Anka Lonely Boy
Aug 10-Aug 23Elvis Presley Big Hunk O' Love
Aug 24-Sep 20The Browns The Three Bells
Sep 21-Oct 4Santo and Johnny Sleepwalk
Oct 5-Nov 15Bobby Darrin Mack The Knife
Nov 16-Nov 22The Fleetwoods Mr. Blue
Nov 23-Dec 13Bobby Darrin Mack The Knife
Dec 14-Dec 27Guy Mitchell Heartaches By The Number
Dec 28-Dec 31Frankie Avalon Why

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