Mike's South Pacific

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Mike's South Pacific was a supper club and night club or "show bar" in Homewood. It was owned by Mike Boackle, former operator of the Highland Park Club. It opened in 1956 and closed in 1959.

From April 8-14, 1957 the club hosted singer Bobby Darin, then a little-known recording artist for Decca Records, which wanted him to mimic Elvis Presley's style. While in town, Darin borrowed money from local radio deejays and rented studio time to record four tracks to pitch to other labels. The demos landed him a contract with Atco Records, where he recorded his first hit, "Splish, Splash".

Other performers at the club were Darin's fellow Decca artist Tommy Charles and dancer Sierra Hall.

References

  • Starr, Michael Seth (2004) Bobby Darin: A Life. Lanham, Maryland: Taylor Trade Publications. ISBN 9781589795983