While he may be gone, Darin's music still lives on.Yainee Alonso Meet beautiful Yainee Alonso; she is the pretty wife of Baltimore Orioles rookie sensation Manny Machado, the Miami native is a shortstop and the third baseman committed to play at …After high school, he briefly attended Hunter College.Darin launched his professional music career writing songs for the Aldon Music label and eventually landed his own record contract with Atco.The doctor said he didn't expect Darin to live past the age of 16.
Around the age of 6 or 7, Darin overheard a doctor's grim prognosis for him.Darin's heart problems finally caught up with him.On December 20, 1973, he died of heart failure in Hollywood, California. He was survived by his second wife Andrea Joy Yeager, whom he had married the previous year, and his son Dodd.In the early 1970s, Darin signed with Motown Records.His later efforts failed to attract much of an audience, but he still remained popular with his live act in Las Vegas.He became a popular crooner, not unlike his hero Frank Sinatra.Yet Darin drew inspiration from a broader musical background and was a more restless and ambitious performer.In 1958, Darin made it big with the lighthearted catchy rock tune "Splish Splash"—a song he wrote that reached the Top 5 of the pop charts.He quickly became one of the teen idols of the era with such songs as "Queen of the Hop." Darin, however, proved himself to be more than another Dion or Frankie Avalon.Darin became such a force in Las Vegas that he reportedly even helped Wayne Newton get his career off the ground there.On the music charts, Darin enjoyed such hits as "Beyond the Sea" and "You Must Have Been a Beautiful Baby." He even had success with his take on country music with "Things" and "You're the Reason I'm Living." A song he wrote for his wife Sandra Dee, "18 Yellow Roses," also proved to be a hit with fans.