Chapter 9

Doris Day: The Bear Family Records
The Bear Family Records (Germany) Boxed Sets (1992-1997)

Bear Family Records, Germany, issued between 1992 and 1997 a total of four CD collections which included every song Miss Day recorded as a solo artist for Columbia Records. Each of the four boxed sets contains in chronological order each recorded track and the copyright dates of each recording. Each boxed sets houses individual CD’s and a hard bound book replete with photos of Miss Day, movie posters, and vinyl records.

There is a narrative describing Miss Day’s motion picture and recording activities during the period covered in each boxed set. But most significant is the Discography section contained in each book. This section provides details on the recording studios, the dates of the recordings, the song tracks in question, the song composers and best of all the tracking numbers used by Columbia Records for each song track.

The following does not enumerate the song tracks, but the statistics of each track broken down as a commercial release or a previously unknown track or different versions of known Doris Day songs. For the unreleased tracks, the title of the song is identified. This is an important statistic since it identifies previously unknown tracks. These boxed sets are a must have in any Doris Day records collection. It is almost impossible today to find each of these recordings in singles format. The LP albums are available, but at hefty prices when in mint or near mint condition.

A. It’s Magic – Doris Day (1947 – 1950)

CD1 This CD contains the following:

12 tracks recorded in 1947
10 tracks recorded in 1948
1 track recorded in 1950
2 tracks recorded in 1947 and copyrighted in 1993*

Note: There were other tracks recorded during this period but were not copyrighted until 1993 and are contained in CD6.

The purpose of this listing from this point on, is to differentiate the Doris Day tracks recorded and released commercially during this period, and to identify the tracks which became available through the Bear Family Records. The two tracks shown with an asterisk above are:

Tacos, Enchiladas and Beans and No Moon At All

CD 2 This CD contains the following:

4 tracks recorded in 1948
18 tracks recorded in 1949
2 tracks recorded in 1948 and copyrighted in 1993*

Note: Again there were other tracks recorded during this period but were not copyrighted until 1993 and are contained in CD6.

The two tracks shown with an asterisk above are:

His Fraternity Pin and and alternate version of the same song

CD 3 This CD contains the following:

22 tracks recorded in 1949
1 track recorded in 1950
1 track recorded in 1949 and copyrighted in 1993*

Note: There are other tracks recorded during this period which were not copyrighted until 1993 and are contained in CD6.

The one track shown with an asterisk above is:

It’s On The Tip Of My Tongue

CD 4 This CD contains the following:

20 tracks recorded in 1950
3 tracks recorded in 1951
1 track recorded in 1950*

The one track shown with an asterisk above is:

Spesh’lly You

CD 5 This CD contains the following:

20 tracks recorded in 1950
4 tracks recorded in 1951

CD 6 This CD contains the following:

2 tracks recorded in 1950
10 tracks recorded in 1951
15 tracks recorded between 1947 and 1951 and copyrighted in 1993* (Except for Pretty Baby which was copyrighted in 1950)

The 15 tracks shown with an asterisk above are as follows:

Say Something Nice About Me
It’s Magic
Pretty Baby
Thoughtless
It’s Your Or No One
My Darling, My Darling (with piano)
That Certain Party
That Certain Party (alternate)
Let’s Take An Old Fashioned Walk
You’re My Thrill
I Said My Pajamas
Here In My Arms
I Only Have Eyes For You
Do Do Do
I Want To Be Happy

Summary: The Bear Family Record – It’s Magic, Doris Day (1947-1950) contains 103 tracks released commercially in single or album format by Columbia Records, and 21 previously unreleased tracks.

B. Secret Love – Doris Day (1951-1955)

CD 1 This CD contains the following:

19 tracks recorded in 1951
6 tracks recorded in 1952

CD 2 This CD contains the following:

23 tracks recorded in 1952
1 track recorded in 1953

CD 3 This CD contains the following:

3 tracks recorded in 1952
24 tracks recorded in 1953
1 track recorded in 1953*

*Ain’t We Got Fun (remake)

CD 4 This CD contains the following:

14 tracks recorded in 1954
4 tracks recorded in 1955
3 tracks recorded in 1956
2 tracks recorded in 1953 and copyrighted in 1995*
5 tracks recorded in 1955 and copyrighted in 1995**

The 7 tracks shown with asterisks above are:

*Love You Dearly
*I Speak To The Stars
**Whad’ja Put In That Kiss
**When I’m Happy
**Live It Up
**I’m A Big Girl Now
**Love’s Little Island (take 11)

CD 5 This CD contains the following:

23 tracks recorded in 1955
4 tracks recorded in 1955 and copyrighted in 1993*

The 4 tracks shown with an asterisk above are:

Never Look Back (audition)
It All Depends On You
Ten Cents A Dance (short version)
Love Me Or Leave Me (alternate)

Summary: The Bear Family Record – Secret Love, Doris Day (1951-1955) contains 124 tracks released commercially in single and album formats by Columbia Records, and 12 previously unreleased tracks.

C. Que Sera – Doris Day (1956 – 1959)

CD 1 This CD contains the following:

19 tracks recorded in 1956
6 tracks recorded in 1957

CD 2 This CD contains the following:

17 tracks recorded in 1957
4 tracks recorded in 1958
1 track recorded in 1957 and copyrighted in 1996*

The track shown with an asterisk above is:

Wrap Your Troubles In Dreams

CD3 This CD contains the following:

3 tracks recorded in 1957
20 tracks recorded in 1958

CD4 This CD contains the following:

5 tracks recorded in 1958
20 tracks recorded in 1959
3 tracks recorded in 1958 and copyrighted in 1996*
1 track recorded in 1959 and copyrighted in 1975**

The tracks shown with an asterisk above are:

*The Tunnel of Love
*That Jane From Maine (with train effect)
*You’re Driving Me Crazy
**Deck The Halls With Boughs Of Holly

CD5 This CD contains the following:

3 tracks recorded in 1957
8 tracks recorded in 1959
12 tracks recorded in 1960
4 tracks recorded in 1958 and copyrighted in 1996*
2 tracks recorded in 1959 and copyrighted in 1996**

The tracks shown with asterisks above are:

*Everybody Loves A Lover (stereo; w/o overdubbed vocal)
*Possess Me (alternate)
*That Jane From Maine (w/o train effect)
*Makin’ Whoopee (alternate)
**Be Prepared (alternate)
**A Perfect Understanding (alternate)

Summary: The Bear Family Record – Que Sera, Doris Day (1951-1955) contains 117 tracks released commercially in single or album formats by Columbia Records, and 11 previously unreleased tracks.

D. Move Over Darling – Doris Day (1960-1967)

CD 1 This CD contains the following:

17 tracks recorded in 1960
11 tracks recorded in 1961
1 track recorded in 1960*

The one track shown with an asterisk above is:

Daffa Down Dilly (fast version)

CD 2 This CD contains the following:
15 tracks recorded in 1961
5 tracks recorded in 1962
5 tracks recorded in 1961 and copyrighted in 1996*

The 5 tracks shown with an asterisk above are:

Look All Around
In The Secret Place
As A Child
Close Your Eyes
Fools Rush In

CD3 This CD contains the following:

22 tracks recorded in 1962
3 tracks recorded in 1962 and copyrighted in 1997*

The 3 tracks shown with an asterisk above are:

You’re Good For Me
Nobody’s Heart
In Love In Vain

CD4 This CD contains the following:

13 tracks recorded in 1963
11 tracks recorded in 1964
2 tracks recorded in 1963 and copyrighted in 1997*
1 track recorded in 1964 and copyrighted in 1997*

The 3 tracks shown with an asterisk above are:

Let The Little Girl Limbo
Moonlight Lover
Oo-wee Baby

CD 5 This CD contains the following:

28 tracks recorded in 1964

CD 6 This CD contains the following:

10 tracks recorded in 1964
4 tracks recorded in 1965
5 tracks recorded in 1966 (Includes Track 19 Sorry)
8 tracks recorded in 1967 and copyrighted in 1993 (CD Love Album)
1 track recorded in 1965 and copyrighted in 1997*

The one track shown with an asterisk above is:

A Whisper Away

CD 7 This CD contains the following:

1 track recorded in 1960 (Daffa Down Dilly)
7 tracks recorded in 1962 (Jumbo)
3 tracks recorded in 1967 (3 tracks from CD The Love Album)
1 track recorded in 1960 and copyrighted in 1997*
2 tracks recorded in 1963 and copyrighted in 1997**
3 tracks recorded in 1965 and copyrighted in 1997***
1 track recorded in 1966 and copyrighted in 1997****

The 7 tracks shown with asterisks above are:

*The Blue Train (w/o chorus)
**Let The Little Girl Limbo (single vocal)
**Let The Little Girl Limbo (double vocal)
***Catch The Bouquet (alternate)
***Another Go Around (alternate)
***Do Not Disturb (different rhythm)
****The Glass Bottom Boat (alternate)

CD 8 This CD contains the following:

8 tracks recorded in 1962 (Annie Get Your Gun)

Summary: The Bear Family Record – Move Over Darling (1960-1967) contains 168 tracks released commercially in single and album formats by Columbia Records, and 20 previously unreleased tracks.

Grand Summary: The four Bear Family Records of Germany Boxed Sets contain 512 Doris Day tracks released commercially in single and album formats by Columbia Records, and 64 previously unreleased tracks, for a grand total of 576 Doris Day recorded songs.

 

Bibliography

Columbia Records Archives/CBS Inc./51 W. 52 Street, New York, NY
The Bear Family Records of Germany/P.O.Box 1154.D-27727 Hambergen.Germany
A E Hotchner/Doris Day Her Own Story/William Morrow
Les Brown & His Orchestra Discography produced by Joyce Music Corporation/Box 1707/Zephyrhills, FL33599
Joyce LPs produced by Joyce Music Corporation/Box 1707/Zephyrhills, Florida 33599
Hindsight Records, Inc./1299 Ocean Avenue, Suite 800/Santa Monica, CA 90401
Sandy Hook Records/Box C, Sandy Hook, Conn. 06482
Dick Perry/Not Just A Sound-The Story of WLW-Prentice-Hall, Inc./1971
George Morris/Doris Day/Pyramid Illustrated History Of The Movies/Pyramid Communications, Inc. 1976
J. David Goldin/GOLDINdex database
Maurice Terenzio, Scott MacGillivray/Ted Okuda/The Soundies Distributing Corporation of America/ McFarland & Company, Inc. Publishers, Jefferson, North Carolina and London
Doris Day’s Best Friends/Christian Broadcast Network (CBN)
Collector’s Choice Audit CD’s
The Jazz Factory/disconforme sl/P.O. Box BP144-Andorra/Tel-Fax 376-869 222
Zone Records Ltd./P.O. Box 203/Cobham Surrey, KT11 2UG, England
Radio Spirits/www.Radio Spirits.com/P.O. Box 1315/Little Falls, NJ 07424
Jerry Haendiges Vintage Radio Logs/The Doris Day Show
Naught Dog, Frank Sinatra & Doris Day, Young At Heart Raw Sessions, Mybigo@(bigozine2.com)

Copyright 2010. Gonzalo Gamboa III
All Rights Reserved.

 

Page Chapter Links:
1. The Les Brown Years (1940-1946)
2. The Les Brown Years – Non-Commercial Recordings (1940-1946)
3. The Radio Years (1939-1953)
4. The Columbia Records Solo Years (1947-1967)
5. Other Commercial Albums
6. Non-Commercial Transcriptions and Recording Sessions
7. The Soundtrack Songs From Doris Day Films (1948-1968)
8. The Television Years (1968-1986)
9. The Bear Family Records of Germany Boxed Sets (1992-1997)

See also: Doris Day was a sparkling jazz singer – The Daily Telegraph, UK

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