Special thanks to Don Fasulo for the great pictures!
"...From a Jack to a King, with no regret I stacked the cards last night.
And Lady Luck played her hand just right, to make me King of your Heart
- 1438 Cayuga Parkway: Bobby bought this house
on July 11, 1972. This was around the time he had engagements at the Desert Inn and Las Vegas
Hilton. Look on this page
and you can see Walden Robert Cassotto, owner. If you click "current ownership," it tells the address and the
specifics of the house.
Note: If you take a trip to Las Vegas and drive by this address, be aware
that this part of the city is very different from the way it was in the 1960's & 1970's.
- Sahara Hotel & Casino: 2535 Las Vegas Blvd. South: Bobby
made his first Las Vegas nightclub appearance with George Burns at the Sahara in July 1959.
There is a
special Bobby surprise in the Congo Room!
Flamingo: 3555 Las Vegas Blvd. South:
Bobby performed several times in the 1960's at the Flamingo. Be sure to
look for this
picture of Bobby and Wayne Newton
when you visit.
- Twin Lakes, 3333 W. Washington : Bobby
headlined May 3, 1963. Lorenzi Park (located at Washington & Twin Lakes). Map
- Sands Hotel & Casino: (Imploded/now the Venetian.) 3355
Las Vegas Blvd. South: Visit the Great Hall at the Venetian, an extravagantly large entry room covered with
Italian frescoes and gilded trim. The hall sits atop some of Las Vegas' holiest ground -- the former location of
the Copa Room where Bobby performed. On October 6, 1959, Bobby became the youngest artist to ever headline at
the Sands in Las Vegas.
- The Frontier: 3120 Las Vegas Blvd. South: Bobby was booked in the
(1968-about a month after RFK died). During his act, he sang "I'm on My Way" while sitting alone on
stage with only a stool & guitar.
Click here for history of the Frontier 1967-1969. You can see Bobby's name plus a poster of him.
- Bonanza Hotel & Casino:
3645 Las Vegas Blvd. South:
Performing protest selections and "Simple Song of Freedom" solo on guitar, Bob Darin appeared for one night
only on July 16, 1969. The Bonanza was torn down sometime after 1973 and became the entrance to Bally's
Hotel & Casino on the Las Vegas strip.
- Desert Inn:
3145 Las Vegas Blvd. South: On February. 6, 1971, Bobby recorded his Desert Inn act for a live
album which wasn't released until 1987.
(Check here for history of
the Desert Inn. Bobby's act is mentioned.)
- Landmark Hotel & Casino: Imploded/now Las Vegas Convention
During a May 1970 performance Bobby returned "Mack the Knife" to his show.
- Las Vegas Hilton: 3000 Paradise Road: Bobby performed his last
concert here on August 26, 1973.
(Check here for history of
the Las Vegas Hilton. Bobby is mentioned several times.)
- Mount Charleston: Sometime during Bobby's last
engagement at the LV Hilton in 1973, he and Wayne Newton drove up to Mount Charleston for a picnic.
(Once Before I Go, Wayne's autobiography.)
Le Restaurant 400 East Sahara Avenue:
Bobby Darin's Dream - In 1976, Georges La Forge's talents came
together in the Pamplemousse Restaurant (French for "grapefruit").
The name Pamplemousse was the idea of longtime
friend and intended partner Bobby Darin.
Bobby thought Pamplemousse was the most beautiful word in the French
language (it reminded him of chocolate mousse and champagne).
Though Bobby's untimely death in 1973 precluded
the partnership, Georges kept the name in tribute and memory of his friend.
Location: 400 yards east of
the Sahara Hotel, on Sahara Avenue (on the left).
Hotel & Casino 219 North Center Street: Bobby opened at Harrah's on September 1, 1971. This was his first
performance after having open-heart surgery seven months prior.
Hotel & Casino:
P.O. Box 8, Stateline, Nevada: Bobby opened for George Burns in the old South Shore Room at
Harrah's in May 1959.
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