Doris songs and other versions - which do you prefer?

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Re: Doris songs and other versions - which do you prefer?

Unread post by unadka » 15 Oct 2009, 18:53

Hi sunnysara!

Did you really hear DD singing Get happy? Till now I thought this song is only instrumental one performed by Harry James.

Thanks for an answer, Nada

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Unread post by mikeydv » 15 Oct 2009, 21:31

Doris never recorded GET HAPPY. That was Judy Garland.
She does utter the phrase, LET'S BE HAPPY on another song on the CUTTIN CAPERS lp...but it is NOT Get Happy.

Just to set the record straight, so to speak.

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Unread post by dave » 17 Oct 2009, 15:57

mikey--don't stop, or, start downloading again plz... trying to catch up (it takes time). It's appreciated.

For "You'll Never Know" there is also the grrreat Bette Midler version with Barry Manilow on their tribute to Rosemary Clooney CD (a miracle of covers all made to sound new while at the same time respecting Rosie).

Hearing Jo Stafford made me think that she and Patsy Cline had a similar sound at times--old news?

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BACK on youTube !

Unread post by dave » 17 Oct 2009, 16:28

Someone (SMunns?) has put Doris' perfect version of "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" BACK on YouTube

(a nice visual had been up some time ago with it, but was deleted--it was almost as good as webmaster Bryan's version of a few seasons ago wherein he had snowflakes falling down across a beautiful photo of DD).

A lot of recordings exist of this song--haven't learned how to put them HERE.

Make a note to try it on YouTube if you're following this thread....

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Unread post by mikeydv » 08 Nov 2009, 10:07

Sorry, Dave...old man here and forgot how to do it. Same for uploading pics of DD.

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Unread post by webmaster » 08 Nov 2009, 10:42

This is the 'snowflakes version' of Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas:
http://www.dorisday.net/xmas.htm
What a difference a Day makes...

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Unread post by Pedro » 21 Nov 2009, 19:43

Until now the competitors were too weak. Let's try harder :

I only have eyes for you

by Helen Forrest : http://www.box.net/shared/50fsh9p9sb
by Peggy Lee : http://www.box.net/shared/0tegjf4iuf
by Doris : http://www.box.net/shared/aiaktr67op

Which version do you think is the best ? For me Doris remains first.

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Unread post by Pedro » 22 Nov 2009, 05:24

Blues in the night :
Great song, great singers.
Doris' version is extraordinary. I wonder when and with whom it was recorded.

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Unread post by Pedro » 22 Nov 2009, 10:59

The version by Roberta Flack is the best for me. It sounds fresh and a bit like Doris' sound sometimes. The three others' styles are too affected for me.

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Unread post by Pedro » 22 Nov 2009, 12:22

September in the rain

I'd never heard of a DD version of September in the rain until I discovered it on this forum (topic "the uncollected DD 1953" thanks to Bryan). And so I was able to compare it with Peggy Lee and Dinah Washington's versions which I find both very good :

Dinah Washington :http://www.box.net/shared/ym6prqvsnu
Peggy Lee : http://www.box.net/shared/g8d17so9ux
And Doris : http://www.box.net/shared/j0l8g74b8n

Which one do you prefer ? For me the pure timbre of Doris' voice makes the difference once again.

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Unread post by littlegoldfish666 » 08 Jan 2010, 12:03

Oh boy, no one should be allowed to sing "Secret Love" except Doris :o Especially George Michael :?

And only one person can sing "Silver Bells" just like only one person should sing "White Christmas" :wink:

I haven't heard some of those songs. I'm gonna listen to them when I have more time :D

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Unread post by pillowtalk » 16 Jan 2010, 02:00

littlegoldfish666 wrote:Oh boy, no one should be allowed to sing "Secret Love" except Doris :o Especially George Michael :?
Gotta agree with you there!! :lol:
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Unread post by Pedro » 01 Feb 2010, 19:38

Yesterday there was that lovely song on Mike's radio show :

EVERYWHERE YOU GO (1949)

Doris' version was formerly posted on the forum by Mike :
http://www.box.net/shared/h6k52cs39x
Not that I need to be convinced that it's the best version, but just checked two others :
One by Jim Reeves : http://www.box.net/shared/r15qy154sn
And one by Guy Lombardo : http://www.box.net/shared/i6p4p6k49c

Notice that Doris is the only one to sing off beat both syllables of the word "sunshine", thus giving the song its gentle, joyful swing tempo.

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Unread post by mikeydv » 01 Feb 2010, 23:59

Good job, Pedro...you are a great researcher. I had never heard the Guy Lombardo version...Now I wonder why it gave Doris any competition at all. YUK

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Unread post by melancholy » 03 Feb 2010, 19:27

Well,finally I now am welcomed to the box/net.I now have to create a folder to be able to upload songs...Since I sort of have a musical thread of Doris's songs in my head....I am so happy to hear more.She added so much more to her own recordings as way back when with Les Brown.Those songs are marvellous,I listen to them as well,like Day by day is one of my favourites.It takes "a lifetime" (bit exagerated,but close..)to get Doris's répertoire,so Mike,I can only congratulate you on that knowdledge and passion I may add.That shows through your poem...
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As we journey under our individual umbrella's,we should not forget we all share the same sky.Doris Day

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Unread post by mikeydv » 03 Feb 2010, 21:02

Thanks, Dorine...I hope someday Doris reads it.

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Unread post by Jan Morrow » 05 Feb 2010, 03:08

There is also this wonderful song sung by Doris and other artists:

BEWITCHED, BOTHERED AND BEWILDERED

Celine Dion's version: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ykENVuA_quc

Barbra Streisand's version: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VbLz2DcxZEQ

Doris Day's version: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8V3wj08Hn3k

Julie Andrews' version: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2aUHmU2QaaM

Personally I love the 4 versions... They all have a way of singing it and making it wonderful. And they are my 4 favorite singers so I'm happy! :)

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Unread post by melancholy » 05 Feb 2010, 09:32

Thank you for sharing these very different styles!!!They are all quite captivating.Celine Dion is not only a big performer,but she has a unusual intonation in her voice.
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Unread post by mikeydv » 05 Feb 2010, 09:45

And did you notice that Celine took Doris' version (complete with orchestral arrangement and mellowmen like backing) and simply added her voice. It is almost like doing a Doris Day karaoke. I am surprised.

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Unread post by melancholy » 05 Feb 2010, 11:56

Same here,Mike,I sort of was waiting for the mellowmen..and they were present,I was very surprised.I pictured Celine Dion on a stage of these days,with her version of the song,as one usually gets to see her,but it is nostalgia!
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Unread post by Jan Morrow » 05 Feb 2010, 16:24

Celine recorded the song for the movie soundtrack of Mona Lisa Smile. There is also Secret Love on there sung by another artist but I prefer Doris' version for Secret Love.
Celine puts her own touch to the song and proves again and again that she can sing anything. I think it's a nice tribute to Doris. Mine is coming soon - for her birthday actually!

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Unread post by littlegoldfish666 » 07 Feb 2010, 12:20

Jan Morrow wrote:There is also this wonderful song sung by Doris and other artists:

BEWITCHED, BOTHERED AND BEWILDERED

Celine Dion's version: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ykENVuA_quc

Barbra Streisand's version: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VbLz2DcxZEQ

Doris Day's version: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8V3wj08Hn3k

Julie Andrews' version: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2aUHmU2QaaM

Personally I love the 4 versions... They all have a way of singing it and making it wonderful. And they are my 4 favorite singers so I'm happy! :)
I think Julie Andrews and Barbra Streisand are wonderful singers but I just don't really like the way they sing this song :o IMO there is only one way to sing it and that's the way Doris Day sings it. Celine I thought did a good job :)

As for "Secret love". Well I think there are certain songs in history that only one person should sing and no one else should be allowed to touch. And for me "Secret Love" is one of those songs. Only Doris Day can sing that song IMO, and it should never be touched by anyone else except Doris :D

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Unread post by Jas1 » 08 Feb 2010, 19:25

Re- Secret Love- of course Doris' version is the first and the best, however, I feel others should record her songs and [to me] it is a nice homage when they do: even George Michael - who obviously has a thing for Miss Day - 'Wake me up before you go go...' etc;

Sinatra even recorded Secret Love on his 1960s album of Oscar winning songs - nice, but again, Doris does it best!

I posted before that jazz divas Claire Martin and Carmen MaCrea have recorded the song too. Carmen's live version from around 1981 is great as she sings the song quite mellow [for her] and then adds the following before going off on a jazz tangent-

'Now that was the way for Doris Day: this is the way for Carmen MaCrea...once- I had a secret love, yeah yeah...'

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Unread post by littlegoldfish666 » 15 Feb 2010, 19:27

Have you guys heard this? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7lKAzvk9gkg


Gene pitney singing "Hey There". Gene Pitney is on first then we hear Doris singing it :D

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Unread post by Theodomus » 31 May 2010, 07:54

I watched "Moonlighting" with Cybill Shepherd and Bruce Willis recently which I had never seen in the 80's but appearently must have been cult. In one episode they go back to the big band times:



I really liked this song and checked if Cybill Shepherd has done more and found that she did sing quite a few songs Doris sang, e.g.

I could write a book
I haved dreamed
My Romance
That Old Black Magic
'S Wonderful
Please don't talk about me when I'm gone

and even a very different version of Secret Love which I like (after getting used to it :D)

And in her TV-Show Cybill she even gets to sing (Okay okay... :D) "I left my Heart in San Francisco" with Tony Bennett, doesn't that sound familiar? (Poor chap, it seems he always has to do that... :D)



As well as

Nice Work if you can get it - The Theme song of the Show



I really like her singing - What do you think?
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