(born Walden Robert Cassotto; May 14,
1936 – December 20, 1973) was an American
singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist,
and actor in film and television. He
performed jazz, pop, rock and roll, folk,
swing, and country music.
He started his
career as a songwriter for Connie Francis.
He recorded his first million-selling
single, "Splish Splash", in 1958. This was
followed by "Dream Lover", "Mack the Knife",
and "Beyond the Sea", which brought him
worldwide fame. In 1962 he won a Golden
Globe Award for his first film, Come
September, co-starring his first wife,