romance-on-high-seas9You can be sure, dear swingin’ Lady:

We all love you, and you will be remembered forever as one of the greatest chanteuses of the 20th Century.

You may not be aware of it, but your vocal artistry inspired us jazz musicians quite a bit (“see” the two videos on the bottom).

Thanks for the beautiful music, and…

Happy 90th Anniversary, Doris!

Here’s a very special radio program, featuring your most famous melody which warmed the weary hearts and souls of so many folks in 1944 & 1945:

Sentimental Journey.

But before the program begins, let us listen to one of your greatest ballad interpretations ever: I Remember You with Paul Weston, from your lovely album “Day By Day” (1956).


Blog owner’s note: All tracks have been transferred from the pictured vinyl albums.



Something Sentimental For Doris Day – Happy 90th Anniversary!


1 – Sentimental Journey (Doris Day, voc) with Les Brown & His Band Of Renown, ‘Live’ from New York, October 2, 1944.Doris+Day+-+One+Night+Stand+With+Doris+Day+-+LP+RECORD-560494

2 – Introduction & Sketch with Paulette Goddard & Tommy Dorsey into Sentimental Journey (The Sentimentalists, voc) – Tommy Dorsey & His Orchestra, ‘Live’ from Hollywood, California, June 24, 1945.


3 – Introduction
4 – Sentimental Journey (Patti Powers, voc) accompanied by Georgie Auld & His Orchestra, ‘Live’ from the Trianon Ballroom, South Gate, California, late July, early August 1945.georgie_auld_and_his_orchestra-jump._georgie._jump




5 – Sentimental Journey (Willie Smith, as) – Harry James & His Music Makers, Corky Corcoran (ts) Alan Reuss (g) & Harry James (tp) – Recorded off the air ’round 1945.

R-1566174-12288908866 – Sentimental Journey (Laurie Johnson, voc) – Les Brown & His Band Of Renown, Recording session for Capitol, January 1, 1959.


Last, but not least, as an extra, another rendition of “Sentimental Journey”, sung by Roberta James, accompanied by Boyd Raeburn’s super-hep Orchestra, coming ‘live’ from the Blue Room, Palace Hotel, San Francisco on July 11, 1945.

Note: The track starts unfortunately in the middle of the vocal 😉

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Still not sentimental? — Here’s one more: Sentimental Journey (The Pied Pipers, voc), June Hutton, Hal Hopper, Chuck Lowry & Clark Jokum with Skip Martin & His Orchestra, Hollywood, mid-1946.


MerryMacsNow, for a change, a faster rendition, also delivered by a splendid vocal group, shifting keys several times:

The Merry Macs (1945).

Oh yes, that’s what I was looking for! — A great jazz trumpeter, performing “Sentimental Journey”:R-3628519-1337992343-5032

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Buck Clayton, Joe Newman (tp) Urbie Green, Benny Powell (tb) Lem Davis (as) Julian Dash (ts) Charles Fowlkes (bar) Sir Charles Thompson (p) Freddie Green (g) Walter Page (b) Jo Jones (d) – NYC December 14, 1953.


— As a P.S. one of your lesser known songs, transferred by yours truly from the opening credits to the highly dramatic psycho thriller “Julie” (1956):

Julie (Doris Day, voc) – 1956 – Words & music are by Tom Adair and Leith Stevens.


2nd P.S. — “It’s Magic“:

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