The day finally arrived. The show started about 8 minutes late and I had concerns that I had missed the beginning of the broadcast. But alas around 4:08 pm Central Time, Sinatra began the show with the song Without A Song. Nancy introduced the show, and Sinatra's lyrics of Without A Song continuted. Then Sinatra sang Secret Love. It was odd he did not hit the high notes Doris did even though she thought they were a bit high for her. Doris Day followed with her rendition of Secret Love, and it was great to analyze both interpretations. Nancy Sinatra expressed her nervousness especially since she considered Doris Day as her idol, to which Doris said that was sweet. Nancy Sinatra then introduced Chuck Granada who produced the broadcast and Doris Day came on and expressed her pleasure of meeing Chuck and being on the show. There was praise on Secret Love and how that song was an exception to the usual fare when movie songs just happen and then disappear, but all agreed Secreit Love was special. Nancy talked about Frank Sinatra's presence on the set of Young At Heart, and some of the difficulties he created. But Doris had nothing but praise for Frank and the way he looked after her interests. In particualar the incident of the Kleenex box being thrown at Doris was brought up, and Doris said she was not hurt, but Frank took the incident very seriously and had a good talking to the individual that threw the box. Nancy reminded Doris of their working on The Hit Parade saying that Frank Sinatra did not care much for the show, and apparently Doris shared the same feelings. Nancy mentioned that her father used to rescue stray dogs from the street, as did Doris and that they were truly soul mates.
The songs began with Again followed by a jazzed version by Frank Sinatra. This was followed by I'll String Along With You by Doris and then by Frank. Completely different takes--sweet and ramantic Doris and fast tempo Frank. Sinatra's version was from a radio show. Then followed But Not For Me with great versions by both Frank and Doris. During a short interview, Doris Day said she would liked to have worked more with Frank, but that did not happen and she wonders why not. Nancy then talked about Terry Melcher and how much she admired his work with The Byrds and The Beach Boys. Some nostalgic memories came from Doris about Terry.
Some discussion followed on the pet foundations and her veterinarian friend Bob Bashara talked about grants given to small groups who rescue abondoned or neglected animals including horses Also that scholarship are given to verterianary students. The animal foundation celebrated its 35th anniversary. At this point Doris Day's dog "Duffy" was somehow trapped under the table at which point everyone took a break. Afterwards, the songs continued with It's Magic, followed by My Dream Is Yours and I'll See You In My Dreams. Nancy was of the opinion that It's Magic was Doris's signature song. But this was followed by Nancy singing parody lyrics to It's Magic which in my opinion were not amusing, but Doris did not seem to mind and actually laughed upon hearing them. They bothed talked about their admiration of the Page Cavanaugh Trio. Nancy quizzed Doris about here socializing with Hollywood friends and coworkers, but Doris said she was always so busy working that she had little time for that and really did not care much for it. Doris talked about having to be at the studio by 6 am and working till around 8 pm, after she then swam at her home pool, had a light supper and was in bed by 9 pm. Nancy mentioned she had read where Michael Curtiz insisted that Doris not be coached by Warner Brothers about her acting, that she was a gifted actress and what came through was natural and effective. The idea of a great movie script was brought up by Nancy, but Doris was not keen on such projects.
Doris then talked about when Terry and her mother would visit her when she was working close to where Nana and Terry lived. They would travel by train regularly and spent many great times together, at which point Doris mentioned her collection of young Terry photos and how much she misses him. Sde by side songs by Doris and James Darren followed with Dream A Little Dream Of Me. Doris then sang Hooray for Hollywood, she was followed by Nancy Sinatra's version. Nancy included the name Doris Day among the celebrities one could meet in Hollywood. Then followed a collection of movie soundtrack versions of Put In A Box, Pillow Talk, Roly Poly, Please Don't Eat The Daisies, and The Black Hills Of Dakota. Nancy discussed a project where at an open field congreagations of bikers, Nancy did an air check with the sound system and sang a few lyrics of The Black Hills Of Dakota. Imagine her surprise when thousands of bikers and friends joined in and sang the entire song.
Chuck Granada, the producer of the show, mentioned that Romance On The High Seas was Nancy's favorite movie, to which Nancy agreed. She remembered the glossy texture of the movie even though it was not an MGM movie and the wonderfuly cast. Then came Calamity Jane, and Nancy referred to the movie as really being Calamity Doris. Doris said she loved working on this particualar movie and that everyone was in tears when they finished the film, hoping it could just keep on going and going.
The "live" singing in The Pajame Game was discussed and Nancy lamented that Doris was really a pioneer in such recordoings, but that Doris had a tendency of not wanting credit for so many innovations. The subject of singing to playbacks was discussed, and Doris said it was very easy for her to concentrate then "just sing away". At this point Doris sang I Didn't Know What Time It Was, but around 5:48 pm Central Time the audito on the computer stopped, and it did not pick up agatin until 7:03 when the XM broadcast strarted with a repeat session of the 3 hour show. (I will conclude this portion when i listen to the repeats.) Until then
Happy Days, Texas Gonzalo
Continuation and Conclusion follows from my notes from the second broadcast of the XM Sirius Sinatra Show.
After Doris Day concluded singing I Didn't Know What Time It Was, Frank Sinatra sang his version which started at the measured pace sung by Doris, but in the middle of the song the pace turned fast and jazzy. Quite a contract between the two versions. Sinatra immediately began singing I Only Have Eyes For You which was followed by Frank Sinatra Junior singing his version of I Only Have Eyes For You. After those music sets, Nancy began her interview with Doris Day by asking if Doris was courageous because of her mom's influence, or if it was because of her dad, to which Doris said whatever I had was from mom. The topic surrounded Doris's struggles with her broken leg cause by the train accident. Nancy wondered how Doris could manage to work and take her singing lessons in spite of her broken leg. Doris said that somehow Grace Raine asked to see Doris. Doris had no idea how Grace Raine had heard about her. But in any event, Doris's mom drove Doris to Raine's second story apartment. Doris said it took a long time for her leg to heal because nothing was knitting. Doris could not even stand much less dance. Nancy quoted Grace Raine's comment that when one sings, one should sing to only one person, just one, and never to belt out a song because that is impersonal. Raine was also quoted as saying she believed Doris sang her words with a lot of feeling, to which Doris said that she thought she did. Nancy also quoted Les Brown as saying that Doris's singing was in the same company as Bing and Frank, to which Doris exclaimed pleasent surprise about Les Brown's comment. The song Sentimental Journey was discussed. Doris said she liked Sentimental Journey from the moment she read the sheet music. Doris stated that during her live singing with Les Brown, dancers iwould come up again and again to request Sentimental Journey. The song Sentimental Journey by Doris Day followed, and so did Frank's version. Frank Sinatra's version was excellent. Immediately the song I'll Forget You followed, and Sinatra offered a counter song entitled If I Forget You. Doris then sang I'll Never Stop Loving You, followed by Frank and Doris singing You My Love.
The interview continued with memories of Ray Heindorf. Doris said she loved working with him, that he was wonderful, but he always had the gout. A discussion followed about Doris not knowing what was wrong because of Ray's limping, and after much questioning Ray finally told Doris about his malady. After this insight, Doris sang Imagination, followed by Frank's version which was rather too jazzy in contrast to Doris's interpreation. Doris then sang High Hopes, which incidentally won the 1959 Academy Award for Best Original Song. The award was announced and presented by Doris Day during her live appearance. Doris was present in connection with her Best Actress nomination for Pillow Talk. Frank Sinatra followed with his wonderful rendition of High Hopes.
Nancy continued the interview and discussed the Doris Day filmography. Nancy and her producer memtioned
about all the characters Doris played whose names started with the letter "J"--Judy, Jo, Jane, Josie. Doris
indicated she had to research the subject. Chuck Granada told Doris that It Happened To Jane was one of his favorite films. Doris then mentioned how much she had enjoyed working with her buddy Jack Lemmon. Doris said she was told that during an interview with Larry King, Lemmon said that Doris was his favorite person to work with. Doris said she had tried to contact him to thank him for the compliment but was unable to do so. At this point Doris sang It's You Or No One. This was followed by Frank's version which started with the introductory verse, but concluded with another jazzy version. Immediately thereafter Doris sang Someone Like You.
The year 1947 came up as did the pairing of Frank and Doris singing Let's Take An Old Fashioned Walk.
The many artist piarings by Columbia Records were discussed, but it was lamented that this was the only Columbia Records pairing Frank and Doris. Also it was lamented that the standards sung in the radio show The Hit Parade were abbreviated versions usually lasting about a minute and a half or after one chorus. But it was concluded that was better than nothing since some of those standards were never recorded in their entirety by Frank or Doris. Nancy mentioned the professionalism inherent in the singing of Let's Take An Old Fashioned Walk, particularly Doris and Frank singing in the same key with great comfort and the point counter point of the lyrics. Immediately Doris Day teamed with Danny Thomas in Makin' Whoopee, which was followed by Frank's version.
Nancy announces the closing of the show with a "special" gift. The gift is a true nugget from the Doris Day audition at WLW Radio in 1942. The song from Show Boat, Can't Help Lovin' Dat Man has a simple piano and guitar backing, but an unbelievable powerful rendition by 18 year old Doris Day. She was great then and only got better. What a great treat.
The concluding song was Little Girl Blue first sung by Doris, and followed by Frank's version--both memorable.
Nancy said farewell to all and after 3 hours, the show closed with Frank Sinatra singing Put Your Dreams Away.
Happy Days, Texas Gonzalo