Doris Day, the US singer who scored her first chart hit in 1945, has announced a musical comeback at the age of 87. The Hollywood star, famed for playing sassy yet clean-cut all-American girls in the Fifties, is releasing her first new album in nearly two decades.
Day, who enjoyed a hugely succesful singing career alongside box-office hits such as Pillow Talk — which won the Best Writing Oscar and earned her a nomination as Best Actress — has not performed for more than 25 years. My Heart, out next month, is a compilation of previously unreleased recordings originally produced by her son, Terry Melcher, who died in 2004.
Her first album of new material in 17 years includes such tracks as You Are So Beautiful (To Me), a Seventies’ hit for Joe Cocker. “I had to sing some modern songs because I had already done all the old ones,” said Day, who lives in Carmel, California.
The actress, whose hits included Whatever Will Be, Will Be (Que Sera, Sera), now limits her public performances to recording messages for her fan website.
Sony Music is hoping that Day's album will match the success of Britain's Dame Vera Lynn, who became the oldest-living chart-topper in 2009, at the age of 92.