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Doris Day - Funny / Love Him! (Stereo)

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Two superlative performances by Doris Day from her album "Love Him!" (Columbia CL 2131 / CS 8931 "360 Sound Stereo").

The swinging "Funny" - with a deft "jazzy" orchestration from Tommy Oliver - contrasts with the urgent build-up, and emotional climax of "Love Him!" (written by Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil) - a song that was also recorded by The Walker Bros.

Why Columbia did not release "Love Him!" as a single in the U.S. is puzzling. However, this LP was Doris' last charting album and was a sizeable hit for her. The participation of Doris' son - Terry Melcher, as producer - had much to do with the album's success, as well as Tommy Oliver's great orchestrations. Terry - who was fully engaged with the young, influential musical movers and shakers on the Hollywood scene - did much to freshen up his mother's recordings at this period of time. This album is partial proof of that, with Terry having Doris perform covers of Elvis' "Can't Help Falling In Love", Lenny Welch's "Since I Fell For You", and Brenda Lee's "Losing You".

Recorded on November 5, 1963 in Hollywood, CA. Produced by Terry Melcher. Orchestra under the direction of Tommy Oliver.

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