Doris Day recorded Life Is Just A Bowl Of Cherries on May 25,1967.
Doris' son Terry Melcher said "Columbia and Doris were having a hard time."
"Her contract expired, ran out sometime in 1967. She wasn't at all
happy with the kind of songs she was singing. They never found
enough time to work on her recordings. They became something that was
just kind of tossed in between the movies. Her recording career wasn't
given the kind of priority attention it deserved. For me, the only really
sad part of Doris' career is the fact that the movies became so big
and so important that for some reason they took precedence over the music."
So - Doris booked studio time and recorded some of her personal
favorites that weren't considered commercial by label executives.
"Her feeling was that for a long time she had been recording title songs
to movies, soundtrack albums, and other stuff where she felt that she
personally had very little say in the choice of material," explained Terry.
"So, she picked some of her favorites, had all the songs put way back
in tempo just the way she really likes them, and made that record in
"I love those slow tempos," adds Doris. "That's the way I really enjoy
singing more than anything. You usually can't get away with it, because
the producer will invariably come out of the booth and say - 'You have to pick
it up - People will go to sleep !' I didn't think so at all. I thought they were
all wrong. They didn't think it was commercial and they're so afraid not to be
commercial. I got to the point where I said, 'I don't want ot hear that word
The masters for these recordings were "misplaced" for 26 years !
They were released in Great Britain as The Love Album in 1994.
From the Bear Family Records - Move Over Darling notes.