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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