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Once She Had A Secret Love: Legacy, Real Gone Celebrate Doris Day’s 90th Birthday With Classics and Never-Before-Heard Music

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Doris Day - The EssentialUPDATE 3/18: Whether on record, the silver screen or television, the name of Doris Day has always been synonymous with grace, class, charm, tenacity and artistry.  The singer, actress and animal rights activist will celebrate her landmark 90th birthday on April 3 of this year, but two days earlier, Real Gone Music will mark the occasion with two brand-new releases filled with both classics and rarities.  Music, Movies & Memories celebrates the entirety of Day’s career as one of America’s preeminent song stylists, covering the period between the 1940s and the 1980s with hidden gems and previously unissued performances.  It’s joined by the first-ever stand-alone CD reissue of the 1966 compilation album Doris Day Sings Her Great Movie Hits, which has been expanded with bonus tracks and now features music from every one of the films in which Day sang between 1956 and 1967.

Columbia Records and Legacy Recordings don’t wish to be left out of the festivities for Doris’ landmark birthday!  On March 25, the label will commemorate the occasion with the release of The Essential Doris Day, a 2-CD, 36-track remastered anthology of many of Day’s greatest hits for Columbia.

Born Doris Mary Anne Kappelhoff in Cincinnati, Ohio, Day rose to prominence as a big-band singer, captivating World War II audiences with the Les Brown Orchestra.  Even today her chart-topping 1945 recording with Brown of the bandleader’s “Sentimental Journey” is instantly transporting to that era.  Day was a natural to be snapped up by Hollywood, and so in 1948, after a grueling schedule of touring, recording and performing on radio, she made her feature film debut in Romance on the High Seas opposite Jack Carson.  The film’s “It’s Magic,” written by Sammy Cahn and Jule Styne, gave Day another No. 1, this time as a solo artist.  Day’s versatility soon became evident, and she was cast in musicals, comedies, dramas and thrillers, investing each role with her down-to-earth appeal.  Doris worked with a “Who’s Who” of Hollywood, including Alfred Hitchcock, Frank Sinatra, James Cagney, James Stewart, Howard Keel, Gordon MacRae, Clark Gable, David Niven, Gene Kelly, James Garner, Jack Lemmon, future President Ronald Reagan, and of course, Rock Hudson.  Real Gone’s Music, Movies & Memories promises to excite listeners with its first-time presentation of tracks that have never appeared on an album or compact disc as well as several newly-unearthed songs.

Music, Movies & Memories features album debuts of pre-recorded soundtrack recordings from the movies Lullaby of Broadway, Starlift, The Glass Bottom Boat and Young at Heart, the latter of which debuts on Blu-ray on April 8.  Day’s immortal “Que Sera Sera” from Alfred Hitchcock’s The Man Who Knew Too Much is represented in a live performance.  Among the previously unreleased offerings here are a 1947 take of Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein II’s Show Boat standard “Can’t Help Lovin’ That Man,” a vintage fifties ballad entitled “How Well I Know,” and five songs from Doris’ final recording session in 1985: renditions of “Best Friends,” “Everyone’s Gone to the Moon,” “Wildfire,” “Stewball” and even The Beatles’ “Octopus’ Garden.”  These tracks, newly remixed, were recorded for the 1985-1986 Doris Day’s Best Friends television show devoted to animals; a number of other songs from the program premiered on 2011’s My Heart (which in its U.S. issue gave Doris her first entry on the Billboard 200 in 47 years!).  This version of “Stewball” differs from the one heard on My Heart, as it’s a duet between Day and her late producer-writer-performer son Terry Melcher, well-known for his work with The Byrds and The Beach Boys, among others.  A promotional radio interview from the 1960s has also been sourced from Doris’ own archives for this collection and a montage of studio chatter with Doris from the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s closes out the set.

After the jump: a look at Doris’ Great Movie Hits and The Essential Doris Day, plus pre-order links and complete track listings for all three titles!

Doris Day - Sings Her Great Movie HitsReal Gone’s second release for Doris’ birthday, Sings Her Great Movie Hits – Expanded Edition, marks the first time that the 1966 album, originally issued on Columbia imprint Harmony Records, has been released on standalone CD.  It’s grown from 10 tracks to 24 to create an overview of Day’s entire singing onscreen career between 1956 and 1967.  You’ll hear the title songs from the comedies Pillow Talk, Lover Come Back and Send Me No Flowers, all three of which co-starred Rock Hudson.  Two more tracks come from Day’s films with Rod Taylor (Do Not Disturb and The Glass Bottom Boat), while the title track to 1963’s Move Over Darling – a Top 10 U.K. smash – found  Doris in rock-and-roll mode with production by Terry Melcher and an arrangement by Jack Nitzsche.   The original hit version of Jay Livingston and Ray Evans’ Academy Award-winning “Que Sera, Sera”  is featured here alongside selections from such diverse motion pictures as Jumbo, Julie, Please Don’t Eat the Daisies, It Happened to Jane – and its reissue title Twinkle and Shine – The Pajama Game and The Tunnel of Love.  archive and some personal anecdotes.

The Essential Doris Day, produced by Didier C. Deutsch and remastered by Mark Wilder at Battery Studios, commences with one of Doris’ signature recordings, “Sentimental Journey.”  Over the course of its two CDs spanning 1944-1964, The Essential offers an overview of the legend’s tenure at Columbia filled with hit recordings and fan favorites alike.  Alongside Oscar-winning classics like “Secret Love” (Calamity Jane) and “Whatever Will Be, Will Be (Que Sera, Sera)” (The Man Who Knew Too Much), you’ll find a diverse array of songs from composers and lyricists like Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart, Jule Styne and Sammy Cahn, Irving Berlin, Frank Loesser, and Antonio Carlos Jobim.

The Essential also trains the spotlight on many of Day’s creative collaborations.  Doris duets with Broadway stars John Raitt, Buddy Clark and Robert Goulet – the latter on a delightful studio cast recording of Annie Get Your Gun – as well as recording greats Frank Sinatra and Frankie Laine.  She’s also at her most vocally intimate on a stunning reading of “Fools Rush In (Where Angels Fear to Tread)” with Andre Previn on piano.  And no Essential Doris Day would be complete without “Move Over Darling.”  The 1964 U.K. Top 10 pop hit produced and co-written by her son Terry Melcher and arranged by Jack Nitzsche featured Los Angeles’ Wrecking Crew musicians (including Glen Campbell on guitar) plus Darlene Love leading The Blossoms on backing vocals – a new Day, for certain.  Nancy Sinatra joins the chorus of those saluting Doris on her birthday by providing the liner notes for this release.

Be sure to visit Doris’ own website at for more information on the festivities surrounding her 90th birthday including marathons on both Turner Classic Movies  and MeTV, the first-time DVD release of 1960’s Midnight Lace, and a coffee table picture book entitled Doris Day’s Best Friends about her lifetime love of animals.  Whatever will be, will be…but one thing remains certain: Doris Day will always remain a national treasure.

The Essential Doris Day hits stores on March 25 from Columbia/Legacy.  Music, Movies and Memories and Doris Day Sings Her Great Movie Hits both arrive in stores from Real Gone Music on April 1.  All three collections can be pre-ordered below!

Doris Day - Music, Movies, Memories

Doris Day, Music, Movies & Memories (Real Gone Music, 2014) (Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K.)

  1. Can’t Help Lovin’ That Man  (previously unreleased)
  2. Some Sunday Morning – with Les Brown and His Orchestra (previously unreleased)
  3. You’re Getting to Be a Habit with Me (from Lullaby of Broadway) (first time on album or CD)
  4. You’re Gonna Lose Your Gal – duet with Gordon MacRae (from Starlift) (first time on album or CD)
  5. ‘S Wonderful (from Starlift) (first time on album or CD)
  6. How Well I Know (previously unreleased)
  7. Ready, Willing and Able (from Young at Heart) (first time on album or CD)
  8. Hold Me in Your Arms (from Young at Heart) (first time on album or CD)
  9. Que Sera Sera (Live Charity Version) (first time on album or CD)
  10. Soft as the Starlight (from The Glass Bottom Boat) (first time on album or CD – first time stereo)
  11. The Gypsy in My Soul (from The Doris Mary Anne Kappelhoff Special) (first time on album or CD)
  12. Medley: Secret Love/Who Will Buy/The 59th Street Bridge Song (from The Doris Mary Anne Kappelhoff Special) (first time on American CD)
  13. The Way We Were (from Doris Day Today) (first time on American CD)
  14. Best Friends (from Doris Day’s Best Friends) (previously unreleased)
  15. Wildfire (from Doris Day’s Best Friends) (previously unreleased)
  16. Octopus’ Garden (from Doris Day’s Best Friends) (previously unreleased)
  17. Stewball – with Terry Melcher (from Doris Day’s Best Friends) (previously unreleased)
  18. Everyone’s Gone to the Moon (from Doris Day’s Best Friends) (previously unreleased)
  19. A Word from Doris (1960s radio interview) (first time on album or CD)
  20. In the Studio (1950s-1970s) (previously unreleased)

Doris Day, Sings Her Great Movie Hits (Harmony LP HS 11192, 1966 – reissued Real Gone Music, 2014) (Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K.)

  1. Pillow Talk (from Pillow Talk)
  2. Please Don’t Eat the Daisies (from Please Don’t Eat the Daisies)
  3. Do Not Disturb (from Do Not Disturb)
  4. Send Me No Flowers (from Send Me No Flowers)
  5. Twinkle Lullaby (from Move Over Darling)
  6. It Happened to Jane (from It Happened to Jane)
  7. Move Over Darling (from Move Over Darling)
  8. Caprice (from Caprice)
  9. Any Way the Wind Blows (from Please Don’t Eat the Daisies)
  10. Teacher’s Pet (from Teacher’s Pet)
  11. Julie (from Julie)
  12. Lover Come Back (from Lover Come Back)
  13. Au Revoir is Goodbye with a Smile (from Do Not Disturb)
  14. Should I Surrender (from Lover Come Back)
  15. Glass Bottom Boat (from The Glass Bottom Boat)
  16. Be Prepared (from It Happened to Jane)
  17. Tunnel of Love (from The Tunnel of Love)
  18. This Can’t Be Love (from Jumbo)
  19. Possess Me (from Pillow Talk)
  20. Run Away, Skidaddle, Skidoo (from The Tunnel of Love)
  21. I’m Not At All in Love (from The Pajama Game)
  22. Twinkle and Shine (from Twinkle and Shine)
  23. Que Sera Sera (Whatever Will Be, Will Be) (from The Man Who Knew Too Much)
  24. We’ll Love Again (from The Man Who Knew Too Much)

Doris Day, The Essential Doris Day (Columbia/Legacy, 2014) (Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K.)

CD 1

  1. Sentimental Journey (Columbia 36769, 1944)
  2. My Dreams Are Getting Better All The Time (Columbia 36779, 1945)
  3. Till The End Of Time (Columbia 36828, 1945)
  4. You Won’t Be Satisfied (Until You Break My Heart) (Columbia 36884, 1945)
  5. It’s Magic (Columbia 38188, 1947)
  6. Love Somebody (Duet with Buddy Clark) (Columbia 38174, 1947)
  7. My Darling, My Darling (Duet with Buddy Clark) (Columbia 38353, 1948)
  8. Again (Columbia 38467, 1949)
  9. Let’s Take An Old-Fashioned Walk (Duet with Frank Sinatra) (Columbia 38513, 1949)
  10. Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered (Columbia 38543/38698, 1949)
  11. The Very Thought of You (Columbia 38729, 1950)
  12. On Moonlight Bay (Columbia CL 6186, 1951)
  13. (Why Did I Tell You I Was Going To) Shanghai (Columbia 39423, 1951)
  14. Sugarbush (Duet with Frankie Laine) (Columbia 39693, 1952)
  15. A Guy Is A Guy (Columbia 39673/Columbia 39729, 1952)
  16. When I Fall In Love (Columbia 39786, 1952)
  17. Mister Tap Toe (Columbia 39906, 1952)

CD 2 

  1. By The Light Of The Silv’ry Moon (Columbia CL 6248, 1953)
  2. The Black Hills Of Dakota (Columbia 40095, 1953)
  3. Secret Love (Columbia 40097/Columbia 40108, 1953)
  4. If I Give My Heart To You  (Columbia 40300, 1954)
  5. Shaking The Blues Away (Columbia CL 710, 1955)
  6. Love Me Or Leave Me (Columbia B 540, 1954)
  7. I’ll Never Stop Loving You  (Columbia 40505, 1955)
  8. Whatever Will Be, Will Be (Que Será, Será) (Columbia 40704, 1956)
  9. The Man Who Invented Love (Columbia 41015, 1957)
  10. There Once Was A Man (Duet with John Raitt) (Columbia OL 5210, 1957)
  11. Teacher’s Pet (Columbia 41103/41123, 1957)
  12. Everybody Loves A Lover (Columbia  41195, 1956)
  13. Pillow Talk (Columbia 41463, 1959)
  14. Fools Rush In (Where Angels Fear To Tread) (with André Previn, piano) (Columbia CS 8552, 1961)
  15. My Romance (Columbia OS 2260, 1962)
  16. They Say It’s Wonderful (Duet with Robert Goulet) (Columbia OS 2360, 1962)
  17. I Got The Sun In The Morning (Columbia OS 2360, 1962)
  18. Move Over Darling (Columbia 42912, 1963)
  19. Desafinado (Slightly Out Of Tune) (Columbia CS 9110, 1964)

All dates pertain to recording dates.

Written by Joe Marchese

March 18, 2014 at 14:22

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  1. Sometimes when people say unissued, they overlook whether the recordings were in the Bear Family boxsets. Were any of these “unissued” tracks in Bear Family sets?


    February 18, 2014 at 08:01

    • Kevin, none of the tracks indicated above as previously unreleased appeared on Doris’ four Bear Family boxes (five, counting the “Pillow Talk” set). Many of these fall out of the purview of the Bear boxes including all of the tracks from the “Best Friends” television show. Hope this helps!

      Joe Marchese

      February 19, 2014 at 16:25

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