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Tribute to Doris Day

Updated on October 15, 2016
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Elsie is a music lover, have been singing in my home most of my life, my home wouldn't be home without music filling my day.

Doris Day 1957

Tribute to Doris Day

Doris Day (born Doris Mary Ann Kappelhoff; April 3, 1924, in Cincinnati, Ohio, an American singer, actress.

She intended being a classical musician like her father, but changed her mind a decided on a dancing career.

When she was thirteen she toured in variety, while touring she was involved in a serious accident when a car she was traveling in, hit a train at a level crossing, October 13, 1937.

Miss Doris Kappelhoff spent the next fourteen months in and out of hospitals before her broken leg healed and was able to walk again.

During this time expecting never to dance again she began to study singing.

She was so successful as a vocalist that her family persuaded her that she would be better off as a singer than a dancer.

Doris Changed her Name

At the tender age of seventeen she began singing without pay at the local radio station, WCPO.

It wasn't long before she was signed up as a vocalist with band leader Barney Rapp, but she needed to change her name from Doris Kappelhoff.

She had been broadcasting a balled called "Day After Day" When Barney had first heard her.

So that was were Doris Day got her name.

Tribute to Doris Day - It`s Magic

Yes Doris, it was Magic

Doris Day began her career as a big band singer in 1939.

For a time she sang with the Bob Crosby and Fred Waring orchestras before joining Les Brown with whom she stayed as resident vocalist for three years.

It was then that she enjoyed a big success with a recording of "Sentimental Journey" released in early 1945. It soon became an anthem of the desire of World War 2.

After appearing at the Little Club, New York, Doris Day went to Hollywood.

Her first Hollywood film was "It's Magic" which was a big success and registered her as one of the brightest song and dance girl in the motion picture industry.

Doris Day - Whatever Will Be, Will Be

Doris Personal Life

By the time she went to Hollywood she had had two unsuccessful marriages.

To Al Jorden, a trombonist whom she first met in Barney Rapp's Band, from March 1941 to 1943.

Her only child, a son Terrence Paul Jordon (later known as Terry Melcher who became a successful musician and record producer), was born to this marriage.

George Weidler married 1946-1949, the marriage ended in divorce, he was an American saxophonist and songwriter.

Doris Day marriage to Martin Melcher April 3, 1951. This marriage lasted until Melcher's death in 1968.

Martin Melcher produced many of Doris Day's movies.

After publishing her autobiography in 1975, which detailed her first three marriages.

Doris married Barry Comden, April 14, 1976, they were married for five years.

Day in publicity portrait for Midnight Lace (1960)

High-lights of Doris Days Life

She only had one recording label "Columbia Records" the contract was twenty years from 1947 to 1967 pretty impressive, she was one of the most popular and acclaimed singers of the 20th century.

Doris had her motion picture breakthrough in 1955 - she appeared as a mystery guest on "What's my line" January 23rd, 1955.

Her first Hollywood film "It's Magic" enjoyed a big success and registered Doris Day as one of the brightest song and dance girls in the motion picture industry.

Other musicals followed - Calamity Jane, Tea for Two, Young at heart and Fine and Dandy, are a few of them, her acting career was 1948–1973.

Her strong commitment to animal welfare began in 1971 when she co-founded "Actors and Others for Animals".

Day's interest in animal welfare and related issues apparently dates to her teen years.

While recovering from an automobile accident, she took her dog Tiny for a walk without a leash. Tiny ran into the street and was killed by a passing car.

Since her retirement from films, Doris has lived in Carmel-by-the-sea in California.

She has many pets and adopts stray animals.

As of January 2014, Day is the oldest living artist to score a UK Top 10 with an album featuring new material.

October 2016 Doris Days still alive, there was a hoax that she was not alive but t has been proven she is still alive.

This is Doris Day Singing - You Are My Sunshine

My thought's about Doris Day

Doris had a beautiful voice to listen to on radio in the 1950s.

My teen years 1950-1955 were years when there was no TV.

The radio was the only way to listen to music.

Doris Day was a lady I followed and read every magazine I could find about her.

Her voice was perfect as music goes in those early years of radio.

This video was actually how I heard this song " You are my Sunshine".

I would always be singing this song, every day the sun shone it would bring this song to my memory and I would burst out singing it again.

Thanks Doris it still is a perfect song to sing on a beautiful sunny day.

Doris Day's 90th birthday celebration

My surprise when I started researching Doris Day

Did you know that Doris Day is still alive?

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It's been some years since Doris Day was photographed in public, July 2008, she is now 92

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      Elsie Hagley 20 months ago from New Zealand

      robie2: It's always nice to get a comment like yours, someone that really understood what a wonderful person Doris Day is, so please you enjoyed those videos.

      I was like you, very surprise that she was still alive, as I had not heard or read anything about her for some years, so it made me very happy to do some research and learn more about her.

      Would it be nice to hear her sing a Christmas song?

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      Roberta Kyle 20 months ago from Central New Jersey

      Gosh.... that was a wonderful trip down memory lane for me. Thank you so much. I grew up watching Doris Day cavort across the big screen. She was the girl next door and the girl I wanted to be. I had no idea she was still alive and am ashamed to say, had kind of assumed she was not.... but never mind. She was an icon of my adolescence and reading about her and watching those videos brought back some wonderful memories.

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      Elsie Hagley 20 months ago from New Zealand

      colorfulone: Hope you enjoy the song "Don't eat the daisies" if it stayed in your mind all day.

      I wonder what Doris is doing for Christmas this year?

      It would be nice to hear her voice again.

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      Susie Lehto 20 months ago from Minnesota

      When I think of Doris Day the first thing that pops into my mind is the song, "Don't Eat The Daisies". Now, I will probably have that song in my heart all day! Great memories here and a wonderful tribute to a beautiful star.

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      Ilona E 21 months ago from Ohio

      I always loved this actress. She seemed beautiful within and without.

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      Elsie Hagley 21 months ago from New Zealand

      MGWriter:Yes, you are so right about the memories those days brought us, when life was enjoyed by most people and no worries about who was going to knock on a unlocked door.

      I don't know that Glass Bottom Boat, will have to look around for it.

      Thanks for sharing your thought's about Doris.

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      Marsha Caldwell 21 months ago from Western Washington State

      Thank you so much for this wonderful Hub. It is very uplifting to have the opportunity to read and listen to not just occurrences from our past. But also to recreate those wonderful feelings. In our world today there is so much stress and tension, this Hub took me back to a time when it was ok to not lock the door during the day or if someone came to you home they were there more often than not for the exact reason they told you they were there. I really enjoy all of Doris Day films and projects, one of my favorites was the Glass Bottom Boat, filmed on Catalina.

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      Elsie Hagley 21 months ago from New Zealand

      Lady Lorelei: Writing this article also took me back sixty years, brought back memories I had forgotten over the years, many of Doris Days songs will always be remembered as the years past by, but What ever will be will be is certainly one of those.

      Thanks for the visit, blessings to you my friend.

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      Lorelei Cohen 21 months ago from Canada

      I grew up watching the old black and white classics and Doris Day was one of my favorite stars. One of my favorite songs by her was Whatever Will be Will be. This really was a trip back through memory lane for me.

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      Elsie Hagley 21 months ago from New Zealand

      Yes, there are many who will not remember Doris Day for her perfect singing voice back in the 1950-60s years, most will remember her for her devotion to animals.

      She is looking good for her age, sad we never see any photos of her life now, especially with her animals if she is still doing that, I never found any in my research, such a shame.

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      Jackie Lynnley 21 months ago from The Beautiful South

      I just think Doris Day was the very meaning of "cute". I knew her through my mom who simply loved her. I only saw her in the animal show she had on TV and I can't really remember much of that. She had friends stop by didn't she? I recall Rock Hudson maybe on one. Right before his death maybe.

      Anyway I was not sure if she was still alive or not but knew I had not heard of her death and she sure looks good for her age!

      Great, fun read. Thanks for sharing!