November 15, 2011

'My Heart' Set for December U.S. Release

Los Angeles, Calif. - Doris Day's new CD "My Heart," which reached No. 9 on the U.K. music charts in October, will be released in the United States on Dec. 2.  All proceeds from this CD, Ms. Day's first release in 17 years, will benefit the Doris Day Animal Foundation. The album can be pre-ordered now for the holidays.

The album is comprised mostly of recordings produced by Day's late son Terry Melcher.  Fans both veteran and new can look forward to a wide variety of "my Heart," including classic pop hits, showtunes, original material and some vintage evergreens.

Ms. Day has dedicated "My Heart" to her son, who died in 2004 from melanoma.  Some of his productions recorded in the 1980s for the "Doris Day's Best Friends" television series will premiere on the album.  Three of those songs: the emotional My Heart, the romantic The Way I Dreamed It and the haunting Happy Endings, were written by Melcher with Beach Boys member Bruce Johnston, who also co-produced.  Melcher sings Happy Endings - which offers a spoken intro by Day - and harmonizes with his mother on the new U.S.-exclusive album track Stewball, a traditional folk ballad about a race horse, that expresses Doris' never-ending love of animals.

Also in the album are four American Songbook standards that Day has selected from her vast catalogue of recordings. These include Ohio from Leonard Bernstein, Betty Comden and Adolph Green's musical "Wonderful Town"; My Buddy from Day's 1951 film "I'll See You In My Dreams"; My One and Only Love from Day's 1961 sessions with renowned composer-conductor-pianist André Previn; and "Life Is Just A Bowl Of Cherries," one of Day's all-time personal favorites.  Among the other selections on "My Heart" are cover versions of The Lovin' Spoonful's joyful "Daydream," Joe Cocker's ballad "You Are So Beautiful" and The Beach Boys' nostalgic "Disney Girls," in addition to the bouncy "Hurry It's Lovely Up Here" from the musical "On A Clear Day You Can See Forever."

"I just had to sing some modern songs," Doris jokes, "because I'd already done all the old ones!"  She also delights in the fact that this music has withstood the test of time and still has a loyal following, which spans multiple generations.  "This music brings back so many memories: my dear friends who appeared on screen with me, all the wonderful animals, and of course, my darling son Terry whom I miss so much."