The Early Hits of Doris Day

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Another in the unending series of European compilations taking advantage of the continent's 50-year copyright limitation on recordings, Sepia Records' The Early Hits of Doris Day draws without credit or payment from Columbia Records' discs by Day made up to 1951. "Featuring every U.S. chart entry from 1947-51," reads a legend on the back cover, and the selection is as good as the claim. Simply put, the compilers have consulted the 1986 chart book Joel Whitburn's Pop Memories 1890-1954: The History of American Popular Music and presented Day's first 25 chart hits in order as listed there, starting with "Papa, Won't You Dance with Me?," which, according to Whitburn, ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Another in the unending series of European compilations taking advantage of the continent's 50-year copyright limitation on recordings, Sepia Records' The Early Hits of Doris Day draws without credit or payment from Columbia Records' discs by Day made up to 1951. "Featuring every U.S. chart entry from 1947-51," reads a legend on the back cover, and the selection is as good as the claim. Simply put, the compilers have consulted the 1986 chart book Joel Whitburn's Pop Memories 1890-1954: The History of American Popular Music and presented Day's first 25 chart hits in order as listed there, starting with "Papa, Won't You Dance with Me?," which, according to Whitburn, reached number 21 in a three-week chart appearance beginning November 8, 1947, and ending with "Domino," which hit the same peak during four weeks beginning October 17, 1951. In between come Day's gold-selling number one hit "Love Somebody," a duet with Buddy Clark; "It's Magic," another gold record that got to number two; and five other Top Ten hits. Clark is heard on four selections and Frank Sinatra chimes in on Irving Berlin's "Let's Take an Old Fashioned Walk" from the Broadway musical Miss Liberty. Elsewhere, Day is accompanied by various orchestras conducted by the likes of George Siravo, Paul Weston, and others, and teamed with several vocal groups. The songs range from average Tin Pan Alley fare to tunes from Day's movies and from shows of the day. The only real standards are "Bewitched," the Rodgers & Hart song from Pal Joey, presented here with bowdlerized lyrics, and Frank Loesser's "Bushel and a Peck" from Guys and Dolls. But Day brings the same agreeable quality to any vocal assignment. Of course, she was already a veteran by the time her solo career began, having been a band singer previously, so it's no surprise she sounds so assured on even her earliest recordings under her own name.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/11/2005
  • Label: Sepia Recordings
  • EAN: 5055122110002
  • Catalog Number: 1000
  • Sales rank: 261,872

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Doris Day Primary Artist
Technical Credits
Irving Berlin Composer
Harry James Orchestra Director
Richard Rodgers Composer
George Siravo Orchestra Director
Frank Loesser Composer
Bennie Benjamin Composer
Lou Bring Orchestra Director
Sammy Cahn Composer
Mark Fisher Composer
Joe Goodwin Composer
Lorenz Hart Composer
Bob Hilliard Composer
Buddy Kaye Composer
Herbert Magidson Composer
Lionel Newman Composer
Don Raye Composer
Bob Russell Composer
Carl Sigman Composer
Axel Stordahl Orchestra Director
Jule Styne Composer
Harry Warren Revision
George David Weiss Composer
Paul Weston Orchestra Director
George Wyle Composer, Orchestra Director
Milton DeLugg Composer
Carmen Lombardo Composer
Charlie Crump Remastering
Ralph Blane Revision
John Rarig Orchestra Director
Larry Shay Composer
Joan Whitney Composer
Carl G. Lampl Composer
Stanley Rochinski Composer
Harold Spina Composer
Irving Taylor Composer
Gus Chandler Composer
Elizabeth Clarke Composer
Dorcas Cochran Composer
Henry Cohen Composer
Louis Ferrari Composer
Bert White Composer
Alex Kramer Composer
Jacques Plante Composer
Craig Hewitt Graphic Design
Hans Korbmacher translation
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