Vintage Video: Happy 93rd....Er, 95th Birthday to Doris Day

by VVN Music

Today is Doris Day's 93rd birthday, or at least that's what she thought until yesterday when the Associated Press presented evidence that she was actually 95.

The AP obtained a copy of Day's birth certificate from the Ohio Office of Vital Statistics showing that she was born on April 3, 1922, not April 3, 1924 as she had always believed.

Day issued a statement on Sunday saying "I've always said that age is just a number and I have never paid much attention to birthdays, but it's great to finally know how old I really am!"

A spokesperson for Day, Charley Cullen Walters, said "The story I have heard the most is that at one point Doris was up for a role when quite young and her age may have been miswritten on the audition form. We don't know if that's correct, but if so it could've simply stuck for all these years."

Doris Day had three number 1 records during the 40's, Sentimental Journey (with Les Brown, 1945), My Dreams Are Getting Better With Time (with Les Brown, 1945) and Love Somebody (with Buddy Clark, 1948). In the early 50's, she did it two more times with A Guy is a Guy (1952) and Secret Love (1954) but she may be best remembered, as a singer, for Que Sera, Sera (Whatever Will Be, Will Be) (1956 / #2) and, to a lesser extent, Everybody Loves a Lover (1958 / #6).

On March 14, 1971, CBS presented The Doris Mary Ann Kappelhoff Special with Day, Perry Como and an un-credited appearances by Rock Hudson. 

During the special, Day and Como performed three (well, four) songs including Day's hit Everybody Loves a Lover, the bossa-nova standard Quiet Nights of Quiet Stars and a mash-up of Summertime and In the Summertime.

A couple of other performances from the special:

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