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.

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Unread post by mikeydv » 13 Aug 2019, 17:16

Too Often, Doris does not get her honest due. We all know that. Such is the case with her music. One great example: "Again" (1949) and "Que Sera" (1956), while undoubted gigantic hits, never made it to #1 on the charts. (On the jukebox, of course, but not on the charts. Some folks forget that very often the jukebox supplied ownership of a song for a few cents when a dollar would have purchased a record for home use.) So...for what it is worth, Let's look at Doris' biggest charted hits (considering juke box plays, radio plays, lists of record store owners who were tabulated weekly, places on "Your Hit Parade" weekly radio shows, sheet music sales, and Top 40 charts---when they existed).

THE DORIS DAY HIT COLLECTION: All the songs that charted on radio, on the jukebox, in sheet music and record sales throughout her musical career.

Doris Day’s Top Hits with Les Brown (1940-1947) Unless otherwise noted, all songs reached the Top 20 in popularity.
1940 DIG IT
LET’S BE BUDDIES
1941 CELERY STALKS AT MIDNIGHT (Top 40)
1944 SWINGIN’ ON A STAR (Top 10)
IT COULD HAPPEN TO YOU
1945 SENTIMENTAL JOURNEY (#1 Million Plus Seller)
MY DREAMS ARE GETTING BETTER (#1 Million Plus Seller)
TAIN’T ME (Top 10)
TILL THE END OF TIME (Top 10)
I DREAM OF YOU (Top 40)
THE LAST TIME I SAW YOU (Top 40)
I’M MAKING BELIEVE
AREN’T YOU GLAD YOU’RE YOU (Top 10)
COME TO BABY DO (Top 10)
1946 YOU WON’T BE SATISFIED (#1)
ALL THROUGH THE DAY
DAY BY DAY (Top 10)
I GOT THE SUN IN THE MORNING (Top 10)
(AH YES) THERE’S GOOD BLUES TONIGHT
THE WHOLE WORLD IS SINGING MY SONG (#1)
WE’LL BE TOGETHER AGAIN
1947 THE CHRISTMAS SONG (#1)
SOONER OR LATER (Top 10)

On Her Own:
The Early Years (1947-1950)
1947: Papa, Won’t You Dance With Me (Top 20)
1948: Love Somebody/ Confess (with Buddy Clark) #1 (Million Seller)
Thoughtless (with Modernaires) (Top 25)
It’s Magic #1 (Million Seller) Best Song Oscar Nominee
Put ‘em in a Box, Tie ‘em with a Ribbon (Top 25)
My Darling, My Darling (with Buddy Clark) (Top 10)
Powder Your Face with Sunshine (with Buddy Clark) (Top 20)
1949: Again (Peaked at #2)
Everywhere You Go (Top 20)
It’s a Great Feeling (Top 25) Best Song Oscar Nominee
Let’s Take an Old Fashioned Walk (with Sinatra) (Top 20)
Now That I Need You (Top 20)
Canadian Capers (Cuttin’ Capers) (Top 15)
Bluebird on Your Windowsill/The River Seine (Top 20)
Crocodile Tears (with Her Country Cousins) (Top 25)
1950: Quicksilver (with Her Country Cousins) (Top 20)
Game of Broken Hearts (Country Cousins) (Top 25)
I Said My Pajamas (Top 20)
Enjoy Yourself (Top 24)
Hoop Dee Do (Top 17)
Bewitched (Top 10)
I Didn’t Slip/I Wasn’t Pushed/ I Fell (Top 20)
A Bushel and a Peck (Top 20)
1951 THROUGH 1954
1951: It’s A Lovely Day Today (Top 30)
If I Were A Bell (#1 Jukebox Hit)
We Kiss in a Shadow/ Something Wonderful (Dee Jay Favorite Top Picks)
Tell Me (Top 30)
Till We Meet Again (w/Gordon MacRae, uncredited) Top 40
Lullaby of Broadway (with Harry James) Top 10 Jukebox Hit
Would I Love You, Love You, Love You (W/Harry James) Top 10
Shanghai (Top 10)
Domino (Top 20)
My Life’s Desire (Top 21)
1952: A Guy is a Guy (#1 Best Seller)
Sugarbush (with Frankie Laine) (Top 10)
When I Fall in Love (Top 20)
No Two People (with Donald O’Connor) (Top 25)
A Full Time Job (with Johnny Ray) (Top 20)
Ma Says, Pa Says (with Johnny Ray) Top 25
A Little Kiss Goodnight/Gently Johnny (with Guy Mitchell) Top 20
Baby Doll/ Oops (Top 30)
My Love and Devotion (Top 10/UK)
The Cherries (Top 40)
1953: Mister Tap Toe (Top 10)
When The Red Red Robin Comes Bob Bob Bobbin Along (Top 30)
Candy Lips/Walk That ‘Away (w/Johnny Ray) (Top 20)
Kiss Me Again, Stranger (Top 30)
A Purple Cow (Top 25)
Choo Choo Train (Top 20)
1954: SECRET LOVE (#1 MILLION SELLER) OSCAR WINNER
Black Hills of Dakota (Top 7/ UK)
Lost in Loveliness (Top 40)
I Speak to the Stars (Top 15)
Someone Else’s Roses (Top 40)
If I Give My Heart To You (Top 5)
Anyone Can Fall in Love (Top 30)
Ready, Willing and Able/ Hold Me in Your Arms (Top 7/ UK)
1955 AND BEYOND
1955: Foolishly Yours (Top 40)
I’ll Never Stop Loving You (Top 10)
Love Me or Leave Me ( Top 20/ UK)
Oooh Bang, Jiggly Jang (Top 40 jukebox hit)
1956: Que Sera, Sera (Whatever Will Be, Will Be) #1 Million Seller Oscar Winner
Julie (Top 40) Oscar Nominee
1958: Teacher’s Pet (Top 10 Jukebox Hit)
A Very Precious Love (Top 20/UK) Oscar Nominee
Everybody Loves A Lover Top 10 (#1 Jukebox Hit)
Tunnel of Love (Top 10 Jukebox Hit)
1959: Anyway The Wind Blows (Top 20 Jukebox Hit)
The Sound of Music (Grammy Nominee/Best Female Vocal Performance)
1960: Please Don’t Eat The Daisies (Jukebox Fave)
1962: Move Over, Darling (Top 10/UK) Last charted hit

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