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Doris Day makes UK chart history

Doris Day, My Heart

Story by Jack Foley

DORIS Day has become the oldest artist to enter the UK Top 10 album chart with an LP featuring new material, according to the Official Charts Company.

The legendary singer’s My Heart has entered the chart at No.9 – 62 years after the 87-year-old’s debut album was released in the US.

A selection of recordings produced by her son, Terry Melcher, before his death in 2004, the album includes three classic rock-era favourites: Joe Cocker’s beautiful ballad You Are So Beautiful, the Lovin’ Spoonful’s joyful 1966 hit Daydream’ and The Beach Boys’ nostalgic Disney Girls.

My Heart marks Doris Day’s first studio album of new material in 17 years and she has issued a special message to fans for helping her achieve the landmark.

“I’m thrilled that my new album is doing so well, and grateful to all my fans in the UK for supporting me and my ‘Foundation’ and I want you to know that any money made from this album will go to support the animals,” she said.

“I loved working in the UK when I did my films there and the people were so sweet to me. You, my dear friends, all hold a special place in my heart. With much love, Doris.”

Elsewhere in the UK album chart, Playing In The Shadows, the third album by British pop artist Example, entered the chart at No.1, while Mercury-winner PJ Harvey saw her prize-winning LP Let England Shake rise to No.24 – up 151 places from last week.