1950s EASY-POP Songs and Singers...on the verge of Rock 'n Roll
Doris Day (born April 3, 1924)
Famous EASY-POP hit: Whatever Will Be, Will Be (Que Sera, Sera) 1956
Doris Day also had hits with A Guy is a Guy in 1952, Secret Love in 1954, and Everybody Loves a Lover, Tunnel of Love, and Teacher’s Pet in 1958.
Recording career with hits on the charts: 1947-1962 Record Label: Columbia
Kappelhoff was born in Cincinnati where her dreams of being a dancer
ended in an automobile accident when she was 14. She began taking
vocal lessons and before she was 20 she was a singer with Les Brown’s
band. In 1956 and 1957, she was voted ‘most popular singer’ in the
national disc jockey poll. Her recording success was over-shadowed by
movies, as Doris Day became the #1 box office star of the late 50s and
early 60s. Playing the quintessential all-American girl, the
perpetually pure ingénue was cast opposite masculine icons Rock Hudson
and Clark Gable. Her forty films were as varied as ‘Calamity Jane,’
‘Pillow Talk,’ ‘Love Me or Leave Me,’ and ‘The Man Who Knew Too Much’
directed by Alfred Hitchcock. Doris Day displayed a relentlessly
bright, sunny persona. Ironically, her personal life was troubled. She
entered into abusive marital relationships and in 1968 pursued legal
action against corrupt managers who lost all of her career earnings.
Ultimately, she recovered 22 million dollars in the largest civil suit
ever awarded in California. Her fresh-faced looks, sensual innocence,
and strikingly pure vocal style summed up a glamorous era. She retired
to Carmel, California.