Doris Day releases first album in two decades
Published 16/08/2011 | 09:54
Doris Day, the American singer who first made the charts at the end of the Second World War, is staging a musical comeback aged 87.
The Hollywood star is releasing a new album, her first in two decades and a full 66 years after her first hit, Sentimental Journey, was released to coincide with allied victory in Europe.
Day, who has both an Oscar and a Grammy, retired from the screen in 1968 to focus on her animal rights activism.
My Heart, which will be released next month, is a compilation of unreleased recordings where were produced by her son only Terry Melcher, before his death in 2004.
His influence is seen by the decision to include West Coast rock songs by the Beach Boys and the Lovin' Spoonful, alongside more traditional musical fare.
Among the classics are "My Buddy", which Day first sang in the 1951 film I'll See you in My Dreams.
"I was asked to choose the songs I preferred for the album. These are the tunes that reflect my love of animals and my love for my son," she said.
The album is being released by Sony Music, which hopes to emulate the success of Dame Vera Lynn, whose Greatest Hits made her Britain's old living chart topper at the age of 92.
Day is widely considered to be one of Hollywood's most successful female stars and between 1948 and 1964 her films made it into the box office top 10 every single year.