Doris Day

Doris Day - Embodied the innocence of America in the 1950s.

Doris Day
Doris Day – Embodied the innocence of America in the 1950s.

The Doris Day Show – May 16, 1952 – CBS Radio Network – Gordon Skene Sound Collection –

You could not have lived in the 1950s and not know who Doris Day was. It was impossible. She was seemingly everywhere. Doris Day first came to fame as a singer of the Big-Band era and then made herself a household name in movies. By the 1950s she was synonymous with the “bedroom comedy”, starring alongside Rock Hudson in a string of popular comedies that firmly established her reputation as someone who could do almost anything and do it astonishingly well.

At one point, Doris Day had the distinction of being the first Woman to be Number 1 at the Box office and Number 1 on the Pop Music Charts on the same day.

This show, not to be confused with the “other” Doris Day Show from 1968, comes from the CBS Radio network in 1952 when Doris Day was well on the trajectory to becoming a multi-talented household name.

She left the Big Band world and went solo as well as starring in a string of Music Comedy films in the late 1940s, but she was still very much connected to the world of Big Band as is evidenced by Harry James who does a guest starring role in this show. Also joining her was Guy Mitchell who, like Doris Day had, a foot in the pop music world, early on as a teen-idol as well as establishing himself in Hollywood.

The show lasted a year before Doris Day transitioned over to Television. From that point, there was no turning back.

Here’s what she sounded like on the radio, seventy years ago next week.

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