51 Weeks: 51 Songs From The Past: Week 14: Doris Day – Que Sera, Sera (Whatever Will Be Will Be)

Back in week 2 of this feature, we celebrated the birthday of Dame Shirley Bassey. This week, we’re celebrating another birthday.

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This is our first visit to the 1950s in my music time machine. Why are we here? To wish Doris Day a happy birthday. OK, it’s not actually Doris’ birthday today, but it was yesterday (Monday 3rd April).

Que Sera, Sera (Whatever will be will be) was a 1956 number one hit for Doris Day, in the U.K. In the U.S.A, the song reached number two on the Billboard 100. While doing research for the song, I was delighted to read that a hero of mine, none other than Mr Alfred Hitchcock, used the song in the 1956 movie, The Man Who Knew Too Much. Thank you, Alfred.

Doris also used the song as the theme tune for the situation comedy, The Doris Day Show, which ran from 1968 to 1973.  However, my favourite memory of Doris is in the 1959 movie, Pillow Talk, where she stars with legend Rock Hudson.

Now, I know we should never ask a lady her age, but there has been some talk about how old Doris actually is. This is no late April Fool’s joke.

How old is Doris Day?

Happy Birthday, Doris. We still love you.

Thank you to everyone who left a link to a favourite song in the comments section of last week’s post. And a big thank you to Ruth, Barbara, and Kat who all joined in with publishing a blog post of a favourite song.

Want to join Hugh in building up your 51 favourite songs from the past? Leave a link in the comments section below and showcase your next song.

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  1. Hi Hugh
    I”m late this week. Doris Day…did you know I turned 71 this week? You posted a song from my youth. How thoughtful of you to remember me. Now I will be up all night trying to get this song out of my brain. THANKS HUGH ;_)

  2. I loved that song when I was younger and Please Don’t Eat the Daisies, lol, am I giving away my age? Well I should think Doris would be in her early 90s now. 🙂 ❤

  3. You’ve stumped me this week, Hugh. I normally can find some connection (even if it’s at a really obscure tangent) to another song or artist, but I’m hitting a brick wall on this one. Then again, my all-time favourite group is Thin Lizzy, so there wasn’t likely to be a strong connection here. Good, uplifting song, though, so I understand why you’ve included it.

  4. Que Sera Sera was a song that kindergarten thought my class over and over. My mum was also big on teaching me that song back then. Interesting to hear it was in a Hitchcock movie. That song certainly has quite an appeal, and many still seem to know it today. Quite the classic. Mid-tempo with a dreamy melody, so perfect for the hope and future sentiments within the lyrics 😊

  5. Thanks so much for including this song, Hugh. It is one of my favorites from my childhood.
    Interesting news stories yesterday about Doris finding out her real age on her 95th birthday!

  6. I’ve always loved Doris Day and the song Que Sera Sera. I used to sing it when I was a little girl while my grandfather played the mandolin. The mandolin sounded better than I. Ha! It’s a beautiful instrument. I still love to sing. My family is musical especially my three oldest grandsons who sing and act. I expect them to be in the theater, movies or Broadway plays. Said by proud grandmother! Thanks for sharing the lovely music. It soothes the soul. Psst, I think Doris may be in her upper eighties!

    1. I love the sound of the mandolin, Janice. It’s such a beautiful sounding musical instrument.

      I agree about what you say about singing and how it soothes the soul. I’m always singing when doing the housework. It helps. 😀

      I look forward to seeing your three grandsons on Broadway and/or in the movies. I have a nephew who is also very musically talented and wants to go and live in London so he can start his journey onto the Westend stage.

    1. 1949. That’s the furthest anyone has gone back in this feature, Willow. I don’t know why, but the song always reminds me of Christmas. Could be because Bob Hope is singing it and he was in a lot of the old Christmas movies.

      1. Yes you have a point there. Bob Hope and Bing Crosby did many films and we all often saw them at Christmas. BTW i am not old enough to have seen Doris in 1949!! 🤗❤️

  7. Good old Doris, she was my stepdad’s favourite! I should think at over 90 a couple of extra years is something to be proud of.
    This week I have gone for a fabulous track by the Kinks. Love the music and singing along to the lyriics too!

      1. I hadn’t heard it for ages, but love the song. Actually I like a lot of the Kinks’ stuff! I don’t know if you could still buy it, probably as I don’t think it was banned or anything.

    1. Don’t you just love the balance power Doris has in the video? I mean, who else could stand on top of a travelling stagecoach and show no signs of losing balance? 😀

      Another great song of hers. Thanks, Adele.

  8. If I hadn’t used this song for a daily prompt a few years ago, I would have used it here so I guess this is our 2nd close call.

    I’ve always been a Doris Day fan- Pillow Talk is a great movie! In addition to loving Doris Day’s singing voice, I think her speaking voice is also very smooth. 🙂

  9. I’m wandering around in the park following my scooter obsessed son, singing Que Sera Sera out aloud now!!! Thanks Huggable Hugh!!!

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