1950s EASY-POP Songs and Singers...on the verge of Rock 'n Roll
Whatever Will Be, Will Be (Que Sera, Sera) recorded by Doris Day introduced June 23, 1956
Written by Jay Livingston & Ray Evans
Orchestra conducted by Frank DeVol
Alfred Hitchcock assigned the gifted team of Jay Livingston and Ray Evans to write a simple lullaby for his suspense film ‘The Man Who Knew Too Much’ and it proved to be the biggest hit of Doris Day’s recording career. The phrase came from the Italian family motto, ‘Che, Sera, Sera’ in the film ‘The Barefoot Contessa.’ The motto in the movie was Italian, but the writers switched the Italian ‘Che’ to the Spanish ‘Que’ because more people spoke Spanish in the US. Que Sera, Sera received the 1956 Academy Award for best original song.
Quintessential Fifties lyric:
"Que sera sera, whatever will be will be, the future’s not ours to see, que sera"