Iconic actress and singer Doris Day passed away on Monday at the age of 97 and at the height of her career, she topped both the Billboard and box office charts.
The Cincinnati native remains one of the most successful female movie stars of all time. Even in her 40s Day embodied the “girl next door” and was one of a select few who was able to parlay her film success and into a lucrative musical profession including 650 songs from 1947 to 1967.
Her work began as a big band “girl singer,” where with Les Brown’s big band she had one of the biggest hits of World War II: “A Sentimental Journey.” For many GIs, Doris Day represented the kind of girl many would want to fight for and come home to. Alfred Hitchcock famously used her voice as a plot device in The Man Who Knew Too Much, in which a distraught Day sings a distress signal, “Que Sera, Sera,” to her kidnapped son. It became her signature single and was her biggest, contemporary pop radio hit. Listen to Doris Day’s biggest track in remembrance below.