Recording Contract

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Recording Contract

Unread post by Musiclover » 03 Mar 2017, 11:42

Article dated May 1, 1954 in Billboard weekly newspaper:

“The record companies are wasting little time in talking to
Doris Day about a recording pact, even though her contract
with Columbia still has about a year to run. This week rumors
were prevalent that Capitol had the singer in the fold, but no
confirmation could be obtained that a deal had been consum-
mated. However, an exec of the firm indicated that they were
working hard to sign the singer.

RCA Victor has also been giving the thrush a solid sales talk,
it is reported. Both firms are bidding high. Columbia Records
does not consider itself out of the running and is doing its best
to keep Miss Day in the fold. In 1950 Columbia re-signed the
singer to a new contract after a long period of negotiations,
during which it appeared that she was ready to head for an-
other record firm.”

When I read this, I immediately thought of the title of one of Doris's greatest recordings,
"Who Knows What Might Have Been."

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Unread post by jmichael » 03 Mar 2017, 12:14

Wow - this is very interesting in light of what was vs. what could have been.

You are so right, Judy, just consider the possibilities if she had followed Sinatra's lead and signed with Capitol Records. We might have gotten that long wished for collaboration with Mr. Sinatra, who signed with Capitol in 1953. Just think what might have been with Doris at Capitol and the possibility of her working with the likes of Nelson Riddle or Gordon Jenkins. It would have been a whole other ballgame, as they say.

Great find, Judy, thank you!
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Unread post by Peter Flapper » 03 Mar 2017, 15:23

Hi Judy,

Great find, would be great to see which direction Doris recording career should've gone. Love a lot of Frank Sinatra's albums... would loved to hear Doris sing some of these/his songs, of working with his producers and arrangers. I always compare Doris and Frank's versions... Love Frank, but Dig Doris!!!

Thanks again,

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Unread post by Musiclover » 03 Mar 2017, 21:55

Michael and Peter, the all-to-brief duet Doris and Sinatra sang ("You, My Love") in Young at Heart was a snippet of what a more extensive collaboration could've been. Although I don't like speculation, I'll go out on a limb here: If Marty Melcher had not been so dictatorial, I think Doris would have signed with another label when her Columbia contract expired in the early 1960s (she alluded to that in an interview 20-some years later).

Had she signed with Capitol at the time of this Billboard story, she would've lost the chance to do more work with the very gifted Paul Weston -- until he left Columbia and returned to Capitol a few years later) . . . but had she signed with RCA, she would've gained the opportunity to work with Henry Mancini, as she has said that she wanted to do.

Some time ago, I watched a youtube interview with actress Suzanne Pleshette, who said, "Too often in this business, it's about the deal -- it's not about the art." I think that pretty well defines the difference in how Doris and Melcher approached her career.

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Unread post by jmichael » 04 Mar 2017, 00:04

You make a great point about Paul Weston. Day By Day and Day By Night are wonderful albums that stand the test of time.

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Unread post by Jas1 » 06 Mar 2017, 06:32

I agree with the point that by staying with Columbia- Doris did some amazing albums - to name a few- "Day by Day", "Duet" "Cutting Capers", "Latin for lovers" - and so many more!

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