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Doris Day Redux

Previously "lost" tracks surface from an underrated vocalist

In 1966, Doris Day ended her 21-year recording relationship with Columbia Records. The partnership, which began in 1945 with the massive hit “Sentimental Journey” (with Les Brown’s orchestra), generated plenty of hits-“Secret Love,” “Everybody Loves a Lover” and, of course, her signature “Que Sera Sera-and a far greater number of misses, including such clunky novelty tunes as “Rickety Rackety Rendezvous,” “Run Away, Skidaddle Skidoo” and the aptly-titled “Oops.” Along the way, Day also shaped some of the finest vocal albums of the 1950s and early ’60s, including the exquisite Duet with André Previn and the stunning bookends Day By Day and Day by Night.

At the time of her parting with Columbia, Day confirmed her intention to cease recording altogether, opting to quit before age took its inevitable toll on her voice. Occasionally, on her hit TV series (The Doris Day Show, which earned a decent, five-season run from 1968-73) and on a pair of TV specials, she would sing; but 1965’s Doris Day’s Sentimental Journey (a collection of World War II-era tunes), remained her final studio album.

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