HOLLYWOOD legend Doris Day is making a musical comeback - with one of Sheffield superstar Joe Cocker’s greatest hits, writes digital editor Graham Walker.
The 87-year-old’s first studio album in 17 years will feature You Are So Beautiful.
Cocker made the ballad his own when he had a world wide hit with it on his 1974 album I Can Stand A Little Rain.
The song, written by American duo Bill Preston and Bruce Fisher, as well as an uncredited Dennis Wilson of the Beach Boys, reached number five on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart.
Calamity Jane star Day, one of the last great survivors of the golden age of the Hollywood musical, is now about to revive the song on her long-awaited new 12-track album, My Heart - due for release on September 5.
It features a trio of Day classics plus new songs, including a single, Heaven Tonight.
The single, title track and seven others are all brand-new recordings produced by her son Terry Melcher, who has since tragically died of skin cancer, aged 62.
Vintage standard My Buddy, which she sang in 1951 film I’ll See You In My Dreams, is dedicated to him.
A star of movies including Young at Heart, Love Me or Leave Me, Pillow Talk, That Touch of Mink, Move Over Darling and The Glass Bottom Boat, her hit songs included Sentimental Journey, Que Sera, Sera (Whatever Will Be, Will Be), Secret Love, The Deadwood Stage, Move Over Darling and Ready, Willing and Able.
For three decades she was a best-selling artist worldwide for Columbia Records, now Sony Music.
She said she is delighted her music has withstood the test of time and that she still has a loyal listenership, spanning the generations.
“I had to sing some modern songs because I had already done all the old ones,’’ she said.
“It’s just such a thrill and I’m honoured.”
Visit her offiicial site www.DorisDay.com for more information and updates.