Excerpts from critic Gary Giddins

Books and articles about Doris Day.
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Excerpts from critic Gary Giddins

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Many of you may be familiar with the writings of Gary Giddins, a multi award-winning music critic (particularly of jazz). His observations about Doris’s vocal work have included descriptions of her “unaffectedly sexy voice” and “an incendiary erotic glow that makes her best recordings sizzle.”

I just discovered his 2006 book "Natural Selection: Gary Giddins on Comedy, Film, Music and Books" and would recommend it to anyone who enjoys those genres of the creative arts. One of its chapters is devoted entirely to Doris. Giddins surveys other of her films, but here are some quotes about her performance in 3 of them:

Calamity Jane: “Day steals every scene.” Love Me or Leave Me: “Day’s interpretations of [Ruth] Etting’s 1920’s songs all but wipe the originals from memory.” And Glass Bottom Boat: “Day times the gags with the precision of a silent clown.”

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Re: Excerpts from critic Gary Giddins

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Thanks for this. I am not familiar with Giddins but I will check him out.

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