MUSIC, MUSIC, MUSIC "I hear music, when I look at you" (click audio player below:)
"She can make a record sound like there's a smile or some kind of tear behind it."- Terry Melcher
She may be the Top Female Box Office Star of All time, but FIRST AND FOREMOST, she was a singer, and one of the best there ever was. Singing that will last forever...
A RARE FIND...Here is a song sung by Doris in 1944 when she just started with the Les Brown Band. Forgive the surface noise, but it is certainly well worth a listen. (LINK) It is called "OLD MR. MOON". Thanks to Dan C. in the UK for locating it. Wonder how many other such rare recordings are around on youtube? DD fans...check it out and let us know.
OUR DORIS DAY MUSIC PAGES HAVE BEEN RE-DEFINED AND RE-WORKED. YOU CAN NOW READ THE MAIN PAGE, AND THEN MOVE INTO SOME VERY SPECIFIC CATEGORIES BY CLICKING ON THE SUBPAGES FOR HIT SINGLES AND HIT ALBUMS . (FOR CAREER HIGHLIGHTS, SEE THE HIGHLIGHTS PAGE IN THE MENU)
TRY THIS DORIS DAY JUKEBOX ON YOUTUBE. WE DIDN'T MAKE IT, BUT IT'S COOL... (CLICK HERE)
AND HERE IS THE ONE WE MADE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
CONTINUING TO SET THE RECORD STRAIGHT:
IT IS A KNOWN FACT that Doris Day retains the title as ALL TIME FEMALE BOX OFFICE CHAMP, and #6 in the list of all time box office champs...the only female in the top 10. but did you know that Doris is also the All Time Female Album Seller of the 20th Century? Here are the stats:
YEAR ALBUM TITLE PEAK POSITION WEEKDS ON TOP OF CHARTS 1949 YOU'RE MY THRILL 5 4
1950 YOUNG MAN W/A HORN 1 12 1950 TEA FOR TWO 9 3
1951 ON MOONLIGHT BAY 2 4 1951 LULLABY OF BROADWAY 1 8 1951 I'LL SEE YOU IN MY DREAMS 1 9
1953 BY THE LIGHT...SILVERY MOON 3 4 1953/54 CALAMITY JANE 2 11 1954 YOUNG AT HEART 2 2 1955 LOVE ME OR LEAVE ME 1 17 TOP ALBUM OF 1955
1956/7 DAY BY DAY 1 6
1957 THE PAJAMA GAME 9 5
1958 GREATEST HITS 10 STILL BEING CHARTED/GOLD
2011 MY HEART * 1 (JAZZ) 15 *NEWLY RECORDED MATERIAL FROM 1968, AUGMENTED AND RELEASED IN 2011
IN THE 1950's, NO OTHER female singer charted a hit album in the top 10 albums of the year. So that decade belongs solely to Doris Day. (Some mention is made of Patti Page,but her major successes were with singles rather than albums.)
In the 1960's, the closest competition came from Barbra Streisand who charted twice in 64 but for no longer than 6 weeks total. In 1961, JUDY GARLAND AT CARNEGIE HALL charted for 13 weeks, the album peaking at #9. Bobbie Gentry charted with ODE TO BILLIE JOE for 2 weeks in 1967.
In the 1970's, long after Doris Day had stopped recording on a regular basis, the longest chart record came from Janis Joplin whose album PEARL charted for 9 weeks. Others who charted in the 70's were: Roberta Flack (5 weeks), Linda Ronstadt (6 weeks/ 5 in 77 and once in 78), Streisand again for 2 weeks in 74 and 3 weeks in 79 and 3 weeks in 1980. Donna Summer also charted twice, for 6 weeks in 79 and 1 week in 1980.
It was not until the 1980's that any form of solo female competition made any kind of dent in doris day's recording position, but by that year no one had bested her long run chart record with LOVE ME OR LEAVE ME. Here are some of those who topped the charts in the 80's:
1981 Kim Carnes 4 weeks pat benatar 1 week stevie nicks 1 week 1985 madonna 3 weeks
1986 streisand 3 weeks/ whitney houston 14 weeks/ janet jackson 2 weeks/ patti labelle 1 week/ madonna 5 weeks
1987 Whitney Houston 5 weeks
1988 tracey chapman 1 week / anita baker 4 weeks
1989 debbie Gibson 5 weeks/ madonna 6 weeks/ paula abdul 10 weeks/ janet jackson 4 weeks
In the 90's, only one other female artist surpassed Doris Day’s single album longevity accomplishement from 1955's "love me or leave me". That was Whitney Houston in 1992 with the soundtrack from the film, "The Bodyguard", which charted for 20 weeks. The only other female artists to chart for longer than 5 weeks were: Janet Jackson 6 weeks, mariah carey (8 weeks and 6 weeks/two separate years), alanis morisette 12 weeks and britney spears for 6 weeks.
Go back and add up the totals on charted weeks in the Top Ten, and you will see that from 1949 through 2000, no one even comes close to breaking this usually ignored record!!!
IN 2012, THERE WERE NOT ONE, NOT TWO, BUT THREE NEW CD RELEASES BY DORIS (AND ONE IS A 2CD SET!) click on video below
WITH THE AMAZING SUCCESS OF "MY HEART" AS IMPETUS, SONY MUSIC RELEASED ITS FIRST NEW COMPILATIONS OF DORIS MUSIC IN MANY, MANY YEARS. CHECK OUT THE ARTICLE AND THE SONG LIST DORISDAYTRIBUTE.COM. (link) NOT ONE, BUT TWO! (LINK)
ON 4/22/12, "WITH A SMILE AND A SONG" WAS IN THE TOP TEN BEST SELLERS IN VARIOUS CATEGORIES OF AMAZON.COM. DORIS ... BACK WHERE SHE BELONGS....RIGHT ON TOP!
AVAILABLE FOR CHRISTMAS 2012, A NEW COLLECTION ON CD OF ALL DORIS' RECORDED CHRISTMAS SONGS (22).
In 3/19/2012: DORIS WAS WELL REPRESENTED ON THE MUSIC CHARTS IN THE FOLLOWING CATEGORIES:
First, keep in mind that "MY HEART" was released in November,2011. "THE ULTIMATE COLLECTION" was not officially released until April 3, 2012 (Doris' birthday), but was selling through pre-order. "WITH A SMILE AND A SONG/2012" was released 3/17/2012. "DORIS DAY'S GREATEST HITS" was released in 1958. "DORIS DAY" (new/red cover compilation) release 4/24/2012.
At Amazon.Com (most popular purveyor of cds in the US):
HOT NEW RELEASES: Broadway & Vocalists:#15 "WITH A SMILE AND A SONG" Vocal Pop: #11 "WITH A SMILE AND A SONG" #89 "ULTIMATE COLLECTION" (pre-order/release 4/3) Easy Listening: #2 "WITH A SMILE AND A SONG" *84 "DORIS DAY" ( pre-order/release 4/24)
TODAY'S BEST SELLERS: Vocal Jazz: "MY HEART" #8 "GREATEST HITS" #36 Overall Jazz: "MY HEART" #25 Broadway & Vocalists: "MY HEART" #33 Vocal Pop: "MY HEART" #48
HOT NEW RELEASES: #1 "With a Smile and a Song" Most Wished For: #1 "With a Smile and a Song" Easy Listening: #2 "With a Smile and a Song" Vocal Pop: #13 "With a Smile and a Song" #46 "My Heart" #82 "Doris Day's Greatest Hits" Contemporary Vocal Pop: #13 "My Heart" Vocal Jazz: #7 "My Heart" #13 "Doris Day's Greatest Hits" Oldies: # 24 "My Heart " #48 "Doris Day's Greatest Hits" "Ultimate Collection" seems to have gotten lost in the shuffle, but 3 collections going at one time on the charts is a great day for Doris!
BE SURE TO READ THIS ARTICLE FROM MUSIC NEWS. COM.(LINK) AND IN ITS FIRST WEEK OF RELEASE, THE ALBUM HIT THE TOP 40 CHARTS. (LINK)
"QUE, SERA, SERA" WAS FINALLY INDUCTED INTO THE GRAMMY HALL OF FAME. MAYBE THE FOLKS WHO PICK OSCAR WINNERS WILL SOME DAY GET IT RIGHT! LONG OVERDUE AND WELL DESERVED. CLICK THIS LINK.
This return to the charts has sparked sales of other Doris Collections, especially:
"Doris Day's Greatest Hits" currently in Traditional Pop and in Traditional Vocal Pop as well as "Daydreaming:The Very Best of Doris Day " in Easy Listening and Pop Oldies.
Doris and son, Terry Melcher "HAPPY ENDINGS" from the "MY HEART" album by Doris
CHECK OUT THE "MUSIC! MUSIC! MUSIC!" PAGE FOR A RARE TREAT ...DORIS IN THE EARLY YEARS. YOU WON'T WANT TO MISS IT!
THIS PICTURE WAS TAKEN AT THE COLUMBIA STUDIOS IN NEW YORK THE DAY OF HER FIRST SOLO RECORDING SESSION:
IN 1948, DORIS BEGAN SINGING WITH BUDDY CLARK, AND THEY HAD A STRING OF HITS. ONE OF THOSE WAS DORIS' FIRST MILLION-SELLING SINGLE (WHEN SHE WAS NOT ATTACHED TO A BIG BAND). IT WAS ALSO A GIGANTIC TWO-SIDED JUKEBOX HIT: LOVE SOMEBODY and CONFESS
THREE YEARS LATER, DORIS WITH HARRY JAMES ON A HIT SINGLE FROM 1951>>>
NOBODY DOES IT BETTER....
"THE LULLABY OF BROADWAY":
AND THIS VERSION IS THE FINALE FROM THE FILM, "LULLABY OF BROADWAY". TAKE NOTE OF THE DANCING. OTHER DANCERS HAVE SAID THAT BOTH DAY AND NELSON DID SOME DANGEROUS THINGS IN THIS DANCE WHICH THEY MADE LOOK EASY. UP AND DOWN STAIRS IN HIGH HEELS AND LONG DRESS IS A FEAT. DORIS AND GENE WERE BOTH UNDERRATED. IT IS TIME TO GIVE CREDIT WHERE IT HAS BEEN LONG OVERDUE.
FROM HER #1 SELLING ALBUM, "DAY BY DAY" COMES TWO OF 12 GREAT SONGS from that album still considered one of her most outstanding compilations:
"I REMEMBER YOU"
"I SEE YOUR FACE BEFORE ME"
THIS IS A TERRIFIC ALBUM STILL AVAILABLE. ANYONE WHO WANTS A TRUE COLLECTION OF THE CLASSICS MUST HAVE THIS ONE IN A COLLECTION. LUCKILY FOR YOU, IT IS AVAILABLE TODAY AS A TWO-CD IN ONE COLLECTION ALONG WITH "DAY BY NIGHT".
FROM THE MOVIE JUMBO, TWO MORE GREAT ONES:
"LITTLE GIRL BLUE"
THE TITLE SONG FROM HER SECOND MOVIE, 1949 "MY DREAM IS YOURS"
THERE WERE LOTS OF GREAT SONGS IN "MY DREAM IS YOURS"/ THIS ONE WAS A HIT FOR DORIS WITH BUDDY CLARK:
"I"LL STRING ALONG WITH YOU"
C'EST SI BON... DO YOU LIKE DORIS WITH A FRENCH ACCENT? This one was featured in her 3rd film, " IT'S A GREAT FEELING" from 1949. It's called: "AT ZE CAFE RENDEVOUS"
THE ONES THAT SOMEHOW GOT AWAY...
A WONDERFUL SONG FROM THE LATE 50'S WHICH IS RARELY HEARD; IT WAS RARELY HEARD BACK AT THAT TIME, TOO. WHO KNOWS WHY?
IT SHOULD HAVE BEEN A HIT...it was recorded in 1963 but it was NEVER RELEASED.
In a tv interview, arranger Frank Comstock (who was also a sometime neighbor and good friend to Doris) told the interviewer that there had been plans afoot for Doris to record an album of songs based on a classical theme. How cool would that have been? We do have one example of how it might have sounded. Here, from "Young At Heart" is a song based on Felix Mendelssohn's classic air, "On Wings of Song". This one was called
Sometimes a great song goes unnoticed because the flip side happened to be a big hit, and very often it is the fault of a deejay who does not play both sides. In 1947, Doris had a big hit with "PAPA, WON'T YOU DANCE WITH ME", deservedly so. HOWEVER, THERE WAS A GREAT SONG ON THE OTHER SIDE! It WAS popular on the jukeboxes; it just did not get the airplay it should have. So...here for your enjoyment is
Yet another missed flipside came in 1952; the flip side of "A Guy is a Guy". It was called "WHO WHO WHO"
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ANOTHER FLIPSIDE: back in 1952, Doris had a hit with a song called "Hoop Dee Doo". But...if you turned the record over, the flip song was much better in almost every way. It was called
THIS ONE WAS ON THE FLIPSIDE OF "LOVE ME IN THE DAYTIME" FROM 1959 and now, a fitting dedication to Hugh Jackman
From 1954's movie YOUNG AT HEART co-starring Frank Sinatra comes this exceptionally beautiful song. In the movie, Frank sang the song and Doris just did the finish of the song with him. Here she does the entire piece by herself, and it is definitely one of her best recordings and a great love song for anytime. (By special request from one of our forum regulars from the Deep South!)
"YOU, MY LOVE"
"I Enjoy Being A Girl" was a hit for Doris in 1961. Personally, I liked the flip side:
BIG MOVIE HIGHLIGHT SONGS
"IT'S MAGIC"from "ROMANCE ON THE HIGH SEAS" 1948 1st film 1st Oscar Nominated Song
HERE IS ANOTHER GREAT SONG FROM "MY DREAM IS YOURS "; A REAL WINNER AND TOP JUKEBOX HIT CALLED "CANADIAN CAPERS"
THIS ONE GOT DORIS HER FIRST MUSICAL GRAMMY AWARD FOR BEST SONG FROM A MOTION PICTURE. THE MOVIE: "CALAMITY JANE" THE SONG? A super hit from 1953/1954:
"SECRET LOVE" from "CALAMITY JANE" Academy Award Winning Song for 1953
THIS ONE GAVE DD HER SECOND GRAMMY AWARD FOR BEST SONG FROM A MOTION PICTURE. THE MOVIE: "THE MAN WHO KNEW TOO MUCH"
"QUE SERA, SERA" (WHATEVER WILL BE. WILL BE) 1956"THE MAN WHO KNEW TOO MUCH" ANOTHER ACADEMY AWARD
"JULIE"1956 Title Song from the film was also nominated for an Oscar that year. Here are the screen title credits and first two scenes from the movie, which feature Doris singing the song. Co-star: Louis Jordan. The movie got its first "official" release on DVD and BLUERAY in 2011... It is a good thriller!
Big Production Number from "LOVE ME OR LEAVE ME". 1955 Soundtrack album wasTHE #1 Selling Album for the year, and an all-time top seller.
RARE RECORDING BY DORIS WITH BOB HOPE ON A 1949 RADIO SHOW. A LIVE TRANSCRIPT OF A GREAT SONG, "BABY-IT'S COLD OUTSIDE"
HERE IS ANOTHER DORIS SONG TOO LONG FORGOTTEN/NOW ON YOUTUBE:
"LOST IN LOVELINESS"
DO YOU REMEMBER THIS WONDERFUL SONG FROM HER 1954 MOVIE "LUCKY ME"? (IT WAS THE BEST THING IN THE MOVIE)
ANOTHER GREAT TREAT, THANKS TO C.S. SOME FOLKS HAVE THE KNACK!
Doris sings in the mid 40's with Les Brown And His Band, "OH WHAT IT SEEMED TO BE"
AND ONE MORE GREAT VIDEO FROM CS DONE TO A BEAUTIFUL AND SENSUOUS DORIS SONG (WRITTEN BY NONE OTHER THAN COUNTRY SINGER WILLIE NELSON!!!!)
Remember this one from 1949? Listen to all the beautiful and haunting images throughout this song:
"YOU GO TO MY HEAD"
FROM TV SPECIAL, FEATURING MANY OF DORIS' FILM CO-STARS
AN AMAZING BUT NOT WELL KNOWN SONG BY DORIS (songs of faith)
NO RHYME OR REASON......... Sometimes, we wonder why some things just did not happen. FIRST: WHY DIDN'T "IT'S MAGIC" win the Oscar over "Buttons and Bows" in 1948. No logical explanation.
ANOTHER: In 1949, the top hit song from "IT'S A GREAT FEELING" was the title song. Why wasn't it this?
"BLAME MY ABSENT-MINDED HEART"
THAT WAS THE SAME YEAR DORIS HAD A GIGANTIC MILLION SELLING HIT WITH A SIMILAR SOUNDING SONG CALLED
"AGAIN" (featuring the Mellomen)
BETTER LATE THAN NEVER.......... HERE IS A GREAT SONG BY DORIS FROM 1952 THAT SHE SANG ON HER RADIO SHOW; IT WAS NEVER RELEASED AS A SINGLE.
MORE NEWS ABOUT THE STILL POPULAR CD, "MY HEART" (over 6 months on the hit charts). Here from "TODAY SHOW" and "THE VIEW" at its initial release:
"IF I GIVE MY HEART TO YOU"--MUCH MORE POPULAR THAN YOU EVER IMAGINED! (CHECK OUT 26 DIFFERENT VERSION OF DORIS' BIG HIT!) THE LINK
SIMPLY AMAZING....HERE IS ONE OF THE MOST BEAUTIFUL OF ALL DORIS DAY RECORDINGS AND VERY FEW PEOPLE HAVE EVER HEARD IT. WONDER WHY?(COULD IT HAVE BEEN THE TYPICAL COLUMBIA RECORDS NON-PUBLICITY APPROACH TO DORIS' RECORDINGS AFTER 1958? )
AND HERE IS ANOTHER ONE. HOW DO YOU LIKE IT?
THIS ONE COMES FROM 1953/ THE FLIP SIDE WAS THE MORE POPULAR SIDE
ANOTHER MOSTLY FORGOTTEN FLIP SIDE, THIS ONE WAS WRITTEN BY IRVING BERLIN FOR THE MUSICAL "CALL ME MADAM" WHICH ORIGINALLY STARRED ETHEL MERMAN
MORE RARITIES....THE FLIP SIDE WAS CALLED "FESTIVAL OF ROSES" (THE MORE PLAYED OF THE TWO SIDES...BUT NEITHER OF THEM WAS PARTICULARLY POPULAR.) WHAT A SHAME.
"THE THREE RIVERS (Allegheny, Susquehanna, Monangahela")
FLIPSIDE: "(IT HAPPENED AT) THE FESTIVAL OF ROSES"
WHICH SONGS BY DORIS WERE THE MOST POPULAR OF HER ENTIRE CAREER? (SEE THE HIT SINGLES PAGE. WHAT WERE HER TOP SELLING ALBUMS? SEE THE ALBUM PAGE.