Happy Hits: 1949-1957

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Doris Day fans have reason to celebrate Collectables' simultaneously issued trio of releases of lesser-known Day material: Ballads and Love Songs From the Early Years: 1947 to 1951, The 1960s Singles, and this one, which presents up-tempo and novelty songs. While compilations often serve the needs of casual fans who just want the hits, bigger fans often despair that the same popular songs get anthologized over and over, while obscure tunes languish on out-of-print LPs and singles. Such has been the case with some of the recordings here. The word "hits" appears in the title, and half of these tracks did reach the charts, but none got into the Top Ten. Day was an ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Doris Day fans have reason to celebrate Collectables' simultaneously issued trio of releases of lesser-known Day material: Ballads and Love Songs From the Early Years: 1947 to 1951, The 1960s Singles, and this one, which presents up-tempo and novelty songs. While compilations often serve the needs of casual fans who just want the hits, bigger fans often despair that the same popular songs get anthologized over and over, while obscure tunes languish on out-of-print LPs and singles. Such has been the case with some of the recordings here. The word "hits" appears in the title, and half of these tracks did reach the charts, but none got into the Top Ten. Day was an accomplished singer of just about anything that Columbia A&R directors like Mitch Miller could throw at her, but she remains better remembered for her ballad performances than for the sort of songs she performs here. Miller scored hits on Rosemary Clooney with ethnic novelties like "Kay-Muleta," but Day handles it as well as Clooney might have, and she is equally uninhibited about taking on an onomatopoeic effort like "Ooh Bang Jiggly Jang." She also does fine with country and even polka tunes. By the mid-'50s, Miller has her trying numbers like "Two Hearts, Two Kisses Make One Love" and "Walk a Chalk Line" that, while not exactly rock & roll, certainly display an R&B influence. And she proves willing to share the spotlight with a variety of duet partners, including Johnnie Ray, Donald O'Connor, Buddy Clark, and even orchestra leader Ray Noble on "Save a Little Sunbeam For a Rainy, Rainy Day." This is not the best of Doris Day, by any means, but it shows off a different side of her talent actually, several different sides and is worth hearing to appreciate her fully.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/22/2002
  • Label: Collectables
  • UPC: 090431685723
  • Catalog Number: 6857
  • Sales rank: 142,057

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 When the Red, Red Robin Comes Bob, Bob, Bobbin' Along (1:57)
  2. 2 A Load of Hay (2:51)
  3. 3 A Full Time Job - Paul Weston & His Orchestra (2:09)
  4. 4 Kay Muleta (2:32)
  5. 5 The Comb and Paper Polka (2:48)
  6. 6 Love Me in the Daytime (2:47)
  7. 7 Two Hearts, Two Kisses (Make One Love) - Mellomen (2:25)
  8. 8 (There's A) Bluebird on Your Windowsill (2:05)
  9. 9 A Little Kiss Goodnight (2:34)
  10. 10 No (2:07)
  11. 11 Ooh! Band! Jiggly! Jang! - Paul Weston & His Orchestra (2:26)
  12. 12 No Two People - Paul Weston & His Orchestra (2:31)
  13. 13 Walk a Chalk Line (2:34)
  14. 14 Choo Choo Train (CH-CH-Foo) (2:25)
  15. 15 Save a Little Sunbeam (For a Rainy, Rainy Day) (2:21)
  16. 16 I Said My Pajamas (And Put on My Pray'rs) (3:01)
  17. 17 How It Lies, How It Lies, How It Lies (2:45)
  18. 18 Quicksilver - Doris Day & Her Country Cousins (2:13)
  19. 19 Candy Lips - Paul Weston & His Orchestra (2:06)
  20. 20 Twelve O'Clock Tonight (2:02)
  21. 21 I Didn't Slip, I Wasn't Pushed, I Fell (2:55)
  22. 22 Powder Your Face With Sunshine (Smile, Smile, Smile) - Buddy Clark (2:36)
  23. 23 A Purple Cow (2:16)
  24. 24 Ask Me (Because I'm So in Love) (2:22)
  25. 25 I Enjoy Being a Girl (2:34)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Doris Day Primary Artist
Johnnie Ray Track Performer
Guy Mitchell Track Performer
Page Cavanaugh Trio Track Performer
Mellomen Track Performer
Frank DeVol & His Orchestra Track Performer
Frankie Yankovic & His Yanks Track Performer
Paul Weston & His Orchestra Track Performer
Ray Noble & His Orchestra Track Performer
Technical Credits
Robert Allen Composer
Harold Rome Composer
George Siravo Orchestra Director
Frank Comstock Orchestra Director
Bob Hilliard Composer
Jerry Teiffer Composer
Paul Vance Composer
George Wyle Composer, Orchestra Director
Carmen Lombardo Composer
Lee Pockriss Composer
Harry MacGregor Woods Composer
Stanley Rochinski Composer
Edward Pola Composer
Al Fichera Liner Notes
Joseph Bovet Composer
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