500 Greatest Songs of All Time
Bobby Darin, 'Mack the Knife'
Writers: Marc Blitzstein, Bertolt Brecht, Kurt Weill
Producer: Ahmet Ertegun
Released: March '59, Atco
26 weeks; No. 1
Darin first hit in 1958 with the rock & roll bathtub classic "Splish Splash." But he changed his image with this hepcat version of a morbid tale from Weill’s Threepenny Opera, which dates back to 1928. Darin came on as a finger-snapping sophisticate at home in the cocktail lounge, scatting over a jazzy groove; it was easy to forget he was singing about a bloodthirsty Berlin gangster.
Appears on: That’s All (Atlantic)