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Updated: August 03, 2023

James Darren music career started with "Gidget" in which he performed the title song "Gidget" and the song The Next Best Thing to Love", the previous one became a successful release the same year. In 1961 his song "Goodbye Cruel World" stepped on position three of the US music charts and one year later his song "Her Royal Majesty" was voted into the top ten and he also lent his voice and likeness to an episode of The Flintstones ( 1965 ). He also performed two times at the Academy Awards; 1959 the song "Almost in Your Arms" and 1964 the song "It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World".

After his television experience with The Time Tunnel, which was cancelled after one season, Darren formed a duo with comedian Buddy Hackett and the two toured about ten years through the country. During this time he only stopped the tour for a few film breaks. In 1999 Darren released the album "This One's From The Heart" with songs he performed as Vic Fontaine on Deep Space Nine, his first album after twenty years. The album included the following seventeen songs:

"This One's From The Heart" "The Best Is Yet to Come" "Come Fly with Me" "That Old Black Magic" "All the Way" "It's Only a Paper Moon" "I've Got the World on a String" "You'd Better Love Me" "Sophisticated Lady" "Just in Time" "I've Got You Under My Skin" "The Way You Look Tonight" "Here's to the Losers" "You're Nobody 'til Somebody Loves You" "Dancing in the Dark" "Night and Day" "I'll Be Seeing You" "Satin Doll"

Also in 1999 he performed on stage in Atlantic City after a fourteen year break. After this album, Darren released another studio album, "Because of You", in 2001. Other songs of his can be heard in the movies Down to You ( 2000 ), Hearts in Atlantis ( 2001 ), and Chooch ( 2003 ).

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