Sunday, April 14, 2024

Legend Doris Day Will Release New Album December 2


Legendary movie and singing star Doris Day will release her hit UK album “My Heart’ in America on December 2nd. Amazing Doris is 88. She’ll be the oldest person on the charts, older than Tony Bennett and anyone else within shouting distance. “My Heart”–a compilation of later unreleased recordings–includes tracks written and produced by her late great son Terry Melcher. Terry was a seminal figure in late 60s rock. He wrote “Disney Girls” for the Beach Boys, which Doris covers beautifully on “My Heart.”

Rather than trot around in tabloids and gossip rags, Doris has lived her post-celebrity life with great dignity. She’s been a huge animal rights activist and a popular figure in serene Carmel, California. Every celebrity should take a page from her book. She’s also refused to do interviews or make appearances–her last, I think, was to pick up a 1998 Grammy Hall of Fame award. The word is she may be doing some interviews now.

But she won’t be going to the LA Film Critics dinner in January to accept a Lifetime Achievement Award. She will also not be showing up in public dressed as an egg, or wearing lingerie outside her clothes, or getting a DUI.

One great thing about Doris’s publicity for “My Heart”–she’s got plenty of friends willing to do interviews to support her. Clint Eastwood, her Carmel neighbor, is chief among them. But Doris doesn’t realize how beloved she is–or how much people want to see or hear her.

You can listen to “My Heart” at The album is coming out independently here, by the way, on Arwin Records. Arwin is the same production company name Doris and late husband Marty Melcher had dating back to the 1950s. Cool.

PS Brian Grazer: this would be a great year to salute Doris’s movie career on the Oscars.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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