Recording Academy Lifetime Achievement Award
The former Doris von Kappelhoff rose to international fame by singing “Sentimental Journey,” a song that would galvanize a nation during the waning days of World War II — and provide the perfect soundtrack to any look back at her multifaceted career. While Doris Day would go on to be known as one of Hollywood’s most reliably vivacious, fresh-faced actresses, her warm, welcoming way with a song — displayed on multiple radio shows as well as on tour with Bob Hope — was her first calling card. She quickly won over such tastemakers as Sammy Cahn and Jule Styne, who alerted Tinseltown hotshots to the potential that would come to fruition in Oscar-winning hits like Calamity Jane’s “Secret Love” and the song that would become her personal theme, “Que Sera Sera” (from “The Man Who Knew Too Much”). By the late ’60s, she’d passed the family musical torch to son Terry Melcher — who’d collaborate extensively with the Byrds, Beach Boys and Mamas and Papas — but the passage of time hasn’t dimmed the gossamer radiance of Day’s own work.