Doris Day Hit Singles Selling 1,000,000 or More

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Doris Day Hit Singles Selling 1,000,000 or More

Unread post by Johnny » 18 Mar 2019, 15:10

These are the best selling Doris Day singles.


Sentimental Journey with Les Brown's Band of Renown -- 5,000,000 plus sales

My Dreams Are Getting Better All The Time
1,000,000 plus sales

It's Magic -1,000,000 plus sales

Love Somebody -Duet with Buddy Clark
1,000,000 plus sales

Bewitched -1, 000,000 plus sales

Sugarbush (Duet with Frankie Laine)
1,000,000 plus sales

Secret Love -1,000,000 plus sales

I'll Never Stop Loving You
1,000,000 plus sales

Whatever Will Be, Will Be (Que Sera, Que Sera)
1,000,000 plus sales

Other Hit Singles

Again
Confess
Shanghai
Mister Tsp Toe
If I Give My Heart To You
Everybody Loves A Lover
Move Over Darling
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Unread post by Musiclover » 18 Mar 2019, 18:10

David Ewen, whose numerous books about music and songwriters were highly praised by Richard Rodgers, wrote that "Everybody Loves a Lover" sold over half a million copies in its first 6 weeks of release -- an amazing statistic for the time. Couldn't find it in a quick search today, but I recall that one of my reference sources put the recording's overall sales at more than 2 million.

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Unread post by Johnny » 18 Mar 2019, 20:11

Thanks Musiclover.


I tried a search for the sales figures for Everybody Loves A Lover but could not find them.

While checking the 1958 Billboard charts, it ranked Everybody Loves a Lover at number fourteen on August 18th. It remained on the charts for twelve weeks.
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Unread post by Musiclover » 19 Mar 2019, 12:06

To think that Marty Melcher initially refused to let Doris record "Everybody Loves a Lover" because he couldn't get the rights to the song boggles the mind!

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Unread post by jmichael » 21 Mar 2019, 06:32

Musiclover wrote:
19 Mar 2019, 12:06
To think that Marty Melcher initially refused to let Doris record "Everybody Loves a Lover" because he couldn't get the rights to the song boggles the mind!
Was it about ego, control or money? All of the above, perhaps? This seems to be a clear case of Marty not operating in her best interests.

Judy, didn't Terry and Doris sell her music catalog to Columbia Records at some point or am I misremembering? I think it might have occurred when they dissolved Arwin Productions. Not sure about that. Anyway, had they held on to some of her signature songs and pop hits, Doris would still be collecting royalties every time one of recordings was used in a film or television commercial.

My thanks to you and Johnny for this interesting thread.

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Unread post by Musiclover » 21 Mar 2019, 12:02

Probably all of the above, Michael. Am not sure that Doris's catalog was sold to Columbia. Such a decision would seem odd for someone with Terry's experience in the financial end of the music business. (Arwin Productions is still an active company, but an attorney in L.A. is shown as the major stockholder. I wonder what royalty arrangements were made in that connection.)

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Unread post by jmichael » 23 Mar 2019, 09:28

Judy,

I cannot recall where I read or heard about them selling her music catalog. After researching it on-line and skimming David Kaufman's book, I can't find anything to substantiate that. So I will back pedal on that topic. I also found that Arwin Productions is still alive, so thanks for pointing that out too. I wonder why they haven't dissolved Arwin because it hasn't been an active production company for many years.

I always appreciate your command of the facts and attention to detail.

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