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Doris Day

Doris Day (Doris Mary Ann Kappelhoff, Cincinnati, Ohio, U.S., April 3, 1922 – May 13, 2019) was an American actress, singer, and animal welfare activist. After she began her career as a big band singer in 1939, her popularity increased with her first hit recording "Sentimental Journey" (1945). After leaving Les Brown & His Band of Renown to embark on a solo career, she recorded more than 650 songs from 1947 to 1967, which made her one of the most popular and acclaimed singers of the 20th century.

Day's film career began during the latter part of the Classical Hollywood Film era with the 1948 film Romance on the High Seas, and its success sparked her twenty-year career as a motion picture actress. She starred in a series of successful films, including musicals, comedies, and dramas. She played the title role in Calamity Jane (1953), and starred in Alfred Hitchcock's The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956) with James Stewart. Her most successful films were the bedroom comedies she made co-starring Rock Hudson and James Garner, such as Pillow Talk (1959) and Move Over, Darling (1963), respectively. She also co-starred in films with such leading men as Clark Gable, Cary Grant, David Niven, and Rod Taylor. After her final film in 1968, she went on to star in the CBS sitcom The Doris Day Show (1968–1973).

Day was usually one of the top ten singers between 1951 and 1966. As an actress, she became the biggest female film star in the early 1960s, and ranked sixth among the box office performers by 2012. In 2011, she released her 29th studio album, My Heart, which became a UK Top 10 album featuring new material. Among her awards, Day has received the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award and a Legend Award from the Society of Singers. In 1960, she was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actress, and in 1989 was given the Cecil B. DeMille Award for lifetime achievement in motion pictures. In 2004, she was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President George W. Bush followed in 2011 by the Los Angeles Film Critics Association's Career Achievement Award. She was one of the last surviving stars of the Golden Age of Hollywood.

Her death was announced by her charity, the Doris Day Animal Foundation, on Monday 13th May 2019.


chart hits

YearTitleChart Positions
1945"Sentimental Journey" (w/ Les Brown)1——
"My Dreams Are Getting Better All the Time" (w/ Les Brown)1——
"'Tain't Me" (w/ Les Brown)10——
"Till the End of Time" (w/ Les Brown)3——
"Aren't You Glad You're You?" (w/ Les Brown)11——
"Come to Baby Do" (w/ Les Brown) /13——
1946"You Won't Be Satisfied (Until You Break My Heart)" (w/ Les Brown)4——
"Day by Day" (w/ Les Brown)15——
"I Got the Sun in the Mornin' (and the Moon at Night)" (w/ Les Brown)10——
"The Whole World Is Singing My Song" (w/ Les Brown)6——
1947"The Christmas Song" (w/ Les Brown)12——
"Sooner or Later" (w/ Les Brown)13——
"Papa, Won't You Dance With Me"21——
1948"Thoughtless" (w/ Modernaires)24——
"Love Somebody" (w/ Buddy Clark) /1——
"Confess" (w/ Buddy Clark)16——
"Put 'em in a Box, Tie 'em with a Ribbon, and Throw 'em in the Deep Blue Sea" /27——
"It's Magic"2——
"My Darling, My Darling" (w/ Buddy Clark)7——
1949"Powder Your Face with Sunshine" (w/ Buddy Clark)16——
"Everywhere You Go"22——
"Let's Take an Old-Fashioned Walk" (w/ Frank Sinatra)17——
"Now That I Need You"20——
"Canadian Capers"15——
"Bluebird on Your Windowsill"19——
"I Said My Pajamas (and Put on My Prayers)"21——
"Enjoy Yourself (It's Later than You Think)"24——
"Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered"9——
"I Didn't Slip, I Wasn't Pushed, I Fell"19——
"A Bushel and a Peck"16——
1951"It's a Lovely Day Today"30——
"Would I Love You (Love You, Love You)"10——
1952"A Guy Is a Guy"1——
"Sugarbush" (w/ Frankie Laine)7128
"When I Fall in Love"20——
"No Two People" (w/ Donald O'Connor)25——
"My Love and Devotion"—3110
"The Cherries"—39—
"A Full Time Job" (w/ Johnnie Ray) /202111
"Ma Says, Pa Says" (w/ Johnnie Ray)232812
1953"Mister Tap Toe"1011—
"When the Red, Red Robin (Comes Bob, Bob, Bobbin' Along)"29——
"Candy Lips" (w/ Johnnie Ray) /1718—
"Let's Walk That-a-Way" (w/ Johnnie Ray)—314
"Kiss Me Again, Stranger" /30——
"A Purple Cow"25——
"Choo Choo Train (Ch-Ch-Foo)20——
1954"Secret Love"111
"The Black Hills of Dakota"——7
"Lost in Loveliness"—25—
"I Speak to the Stars"1617—
"Someone Else's Roses"—32—
"If I Give My Heart to You" /324
"Anyone Can Fall in Love"2741—
"Ready, Willing, and Able" /—317
"Hold Me in Your Arms"—39—
1955"Foolishly Yours"—25—
"Love Me Or Leave Me"——20
"I'll Never Stop Loving You"131417
"Ooh Bang Jiggily Jang"83——
1956"Let It Ring"51——
"Que Sera, Sera (Whatever Will Be, Will Be)"231
"Julie" /6440—
"Love in a Home"79——
"The Party's Over"6347—
1957"Twelve O'Clock Tonight"68——
1958"Teacher's Pet"5636—
"A Very Precious Love"——16
"Everybody Loves a Lover"6625
"Tunnel of Love"4353—
1959"Love Me in the Daytime"10051—
1960"Any Way the Wind Blows"50109—
"Please Don't Eat the Daisies"102102—
"A Perfect Understanding"111——
1962"Lover Come Back"98——
1964"Move Over Darling"——8
"Send Me No Flowers"135——
1967"Sorry" *———
* "Sorry" made the US AC charts at #19.


10" LP
You're My Thrill (1949)
Young Man with a Horn (1950, soundtrack with Harry James)
Tea for Two (1950, soundtrack)
Lullaby of Broadway (1951, soundtrack)
On Moonlight Bay (1951, soundtrack)
I'll See You in My Dreams (1951, soundtrack)
By the Light of the Silvery Moon (1953, soundtrack)
Calamity Jane (1953, soundtrack)
Young at Heart (1954, soundtrack with Frank Sinatra)

12" LPs

Love Me or Leave Me (1955, soundtrack)
Day Dreams (1955, expanded re-issue of You're My Thrill)
Day By Day (1956)
The Pajama Game (1957, soundtrack)
Day by Night (1957)
Hooray for Hollywood (2 volumes, 1958)
Cuttin' Capers (1959)
What Every Girl Should Know (1960)
Show Time (1960)
Listen to Day (1960)
Bright and Shiny (1961)
I Have Dreamed (1961)
Duet (with André Previn, 1962)
You'll Never Walk Alone (1962)
Billy Rose's Jumbo (1962, soundtrack with film cast)
Annie Get Your Gun (1963, with Robert Goulet)
Love Him (1963)
The Doris Day Christmas Album (1964)
With a Smile and a Song (1964)
Latin for Lovers (1965)
Doris Day's Sentimental Journey (1965)
The Love Album (recorded in 1967, released in 1994)
My Heart (2011)

Hit records:

(with Les Brown's Band of Renown)
"Sentimental Journey"
5,000,000+ sales
"My Dreams Are Getting Better All The Time"
1,000,000+ sales
(As a solo performer)
"It's Magic"
1,000,000+ sales
"Love Somebody" (duet with Buddy Clark)
1,000,000+ sales
"Confess" (duet with Buddy Clark) (also done by Patti Page)
1,000,000+ sales
"Sugarbush" (duet with Frankie Laine)
1,000,000+ sales
"Mister Tap Toe"
"Secret Love"
1,000,000+ sales
"If I Give My Heart to You" (also done by Denise Lor)
"I'll Never Stop Loving You"
1,000,000+ sales
"Whatever Will Be, Will Be (Que Sera, Sera)" ("Que Sera, Sera")
1,000,000+ sales
"Everybody Loves a Lover"
"Move Over Darling"
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