Doris Day releases ‘speed garage’ album

A friend of mine once ejected a music audio tape that was playing in my car, and threw it out of the window as we were travelling around 130 kph. We were quite drunk, and to be fair, there wasn’t much of a musical choice to play. But he ejected a classic artist, an icon of a time when most movie stars could actually act.

Amazingly, Doris day is back…and of course…it’s not speed garage.

In this just-released picture of 87-year-old Doris Day, the legendary singer clutches her beloved dog Duffy and grins happily for the camera.

Her and her dog Duffy are promoting her new album, My Heart…and the first thing I’m going to do is buy a copy and send it to my, ‘oh so cruel’ mate, who ejected the ‘masterpiece on tape’ all those years ago.

The simple snap is a far cry from the stylised promotional shots favoured by today’s young starlets.

Day announced the album last week for release in the UK, Austria and Germany in September. The compilation contains previously unreleased recordings produced by Day’s late son, Terry Melcher, who died in 2004.

It’s very much a tribute to Melcher, who was a songwriter and producer of some note, not to mention an iconic player in The Byrds and Beach Boys trajectory in the 60s.

Calamity Jane star Day, who won the hearts of America in movies like Pillow Talk, Lover Come Back and Send Me No Flowers alongside the late Rock Hudson, and wowed as tomboy turned pin-up in 1953’s Calamity Jane, hasn’t performed in 25 years. But Day has recorded a spoken introduction to Happy Endings, which was written and performed by her beloved son.

The album also contains the track You Are So Beautiful (To Me), a 70s hit for Joe Cocker.

Day said, ‘I had to sing some modern songs because I had already done all the old ones.’

Melcher, who co-wrote the hit Move Over, Darling for his mother’s 1963 film of the same name, is also the inspiration behind surprising rockier tunes on the album, including a cover of The Beach Boys.

Sources at Sony Music have revealed that they’re hoping the album will replicate the success of Dame Vera Lynn’s 2009 Greatest Hits album. The 92-year-old national institution displaced Bob Dylan, now a spritely 70, from his perch at the top of the charts.

‘I’m so thrilled My Heart is generating a stir,’ said Day. ‘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.’

Four times married Day’s popularity has never waned, she was named the top-ranking female box-office star of all time in a 2009 survey.

by Wallace McTavish

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