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Things You Might Not Know About Doris Day

By newadmin / Published on Sunday, 08 Nov 2020 12:20 PM / No Comments / 19 views


4. Que Sera, Sera

Just a mention of “Que Sera, Sera” invokes the thought of Doris Day, but as it turns out, at first she wanted nothing to do with the Academy Award-winning song. Day sang the song in Alfred Hitchcock’s remake of The Man Who Knew Too Much and, in fact, he didn’t particularly want her in the film. “We got a call from Alfred Hitchcock. And he told us that he had Doris Day in his picture, whom he didn’t want. But MCA, the agency, was so powerful that they said if he wanted Jimmy Stewart he would also have to take Doris Day and Livingston and Evans. It was the only time an agent got us a job that I can remember. Hitchcock said that since Doris Day was a singer, they needed a song for her. He said, ‘I can tell you what it should be about. She sings it to a boy. It should have a foreign title because Jimmy Stewart is a roving ambassador and he goes all over the world,” songwriter Jay Livingston revealed. After hearing the song, however, Day didn’t want to record it because she thought it sounded like a “children’s song.” “She didn’t want to record it but the studio pressured her. She did it in one take and said, ‘That’s the last you’re going to hear of this song,’” Livingston explained. Day also commented on why she wasn’t fond of the song, saying, “The first time somebody told me it was going to be in that movie, I thought, ‘Why?’ I didn’t think there was a place to put that song. I thought, ‘I’m not crazy about that. Where are they going to put it? For what?’ I didn’t think it was a good song.” After the song’s massive popularity, however, she conceded, “I thought that was wonderful, because it became that because of children. And then I understood it. Because it was for our child in the movie. Then I realized, maybe it isn’t a favorite song of mine, but people loved it. And kids loved it. And it was perfect for the film. So I can’t say that it’s a favorite song of mine, but, boy, it sure did something.”

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