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Day [Kappelhoff], Doris

Arnold Shaw

in Oxford Music Online

Published in print January 2001 |
Published online January 2001 | e-ISBN: 9781561592630 | DOI:

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(b Cincinnati, April 3, 1924). American singer and actress. She sang with the Bob Crosby band and Fred Waring before her recordings with Les Brown’s Band of Renown, particularly Sentimental Journey (1944), brought her nationwide recognition. She made her first film, Romance on the High Seas, in which she introduced the song ‘It’s magic’ (1948), and won Academy awards for her performances of ‘Secret Love’ in Calamity Jane (1954) and ‘Que sera, sera’ in The Man Who Knew Too Much (1955). Her greatest success, however, was her role in Love Me or Leave Me (1955). She appeared in 39 films including, in the 1960s, a series of sex comedies, in which she portrayed a naive, virginal heroine with freckles and a shy smile. Her singing, based on the style of Ella Fitzgerald, was mellifluous, ingratiating and even intimate....

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Subjects: Music ; Contemporary Music

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