Flashback Fridays: Tribute to Doris Day

I have listened to Doris Day’s songs since she passed away. What an incredible voice she had. She sounded soft and sweet. However, there were times where she sang with passion. [Examples] She knew how to hit the notes at the right moment.

This week actress and singer Doris Day passed away May 13, 2019. She was 97 years old. She had a singing and acting career that ranged from 1939 to 1989. She retired afterwards to focus on her foundation work at the Doris Day Animal Foundation. I was more familiar with her work as an actress than a singer. However, I have heard her sing in her movies, including the famous scene from The Man Who Knew Too Much where she sang Che Sera Sera (Whatever Will Be, Will Be).

I have two examples of Doris Day singing in a movie. The first one goes back to the clip in the film The Man Who Knew Too Much, the scene where Doris Day sings Che Sera Sera. She sings the songs while playing the piano beautifully. Then her son (in the movie) whistles along with her, and she stops playing when she realizes he’s safe. His whistling and her singing are in sync with one another. The second example is from one of the three movies she acted with Rock Hudson, Lover Come Back. The clip to which I’m referring is her date Jerry goes to sleep, while she puts away the food, and she starts to sing “Should I Surrender.” It’s romantic and sweet. She seems vulnerable because she’s falling in love, which is different from the character’s strong exterior personality. Doris Day’s singing adds a special touch to her films.

I will remember Doris Day for her talent as an actress as well as her sweet smile. She leaves behind a wonderful legacy.

Rest in Peace, Doris Day. 🙁

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