One of the Very Last of the Pop Icons Whose Star Rose During the Big Band Era of the 1940s and Continued To Shine for Decades to Come
“Que será, será
Whatever will be, will be
The future’s not ours to see
Que será, será
What will be, will be.”
– Lyrics from what became, for better or worse, Doris Day’s signature song
A Brief One by Doug Draper, Niagara at Large
Posted May 13th, 2019
Before I even begin this one I can just imagine all or most people under the age of 40 who might visit this site saying; “Doris Day? Who the hell is Doris Day, and why would knowing who she is even matter?”
And even people who do know who she is may say; “Hey Doug, I have read the odd tribute you have posted on this site on a rock star, or on a soul or a blues or a jazz artist, but Doris Day? I thought you were a little cooler than that?”
Doris, a little later on, around the time when she was still starring in her own TV show, The Doris Day Show, in the 1970s
Back in the 1960s, when I was still going to school and living at home with the parents, I thought I was at least a little bit cooler than that too. I’d be listening to records by bands like The Rolling Stones, Cream and The Kinks, and my parents would start listening to an old Doris Day song and I would say; “Hey, mom and dad, how un-cool is that?
It wasn’t until later that I found out that Doris Day, who died this May 13th at age 97, had far more gravitas to her than what, in my teenage eyes, that too-squeaky-clean-for-her-own-good image of her portrayed.
One of those entertainers who started out as a big band singer during the late 1930s and 40s (one of her first major hits was a song called “Sentimental Journey” that went over well with young lovers during the Second World War years), and who had enough talent and stage presence to make it in the movies and that then new medium called television, Doris Day emerged as one of the super stars of her generation. Continue reading