[tweetmeme] [fbshare type=”button”] Doris Day has become the oldest artist to score a UK Top 10 with an album featuring new material, according to the Official Charts Company.
At the tender age of 87, Day’s new record My Heart has gone in at number nine, 62 years after her debut album was released in the US.
In a career spanning almost 50 years, Day – Hollywood’s “girl-next-door” – appeared in 39 films and recorded 28 other albums.
Her latest My Heart is a selection of recordings produced by her son, Terry Melcher, prior to his death in 2004.
British singer Vera Lynn reached the top of the chart in August 2009 at the age of 92 but that was with a greatest hits album, We’ll Meet Again – The Very Best Of Vera Lynn.
Day had more than 20 Top 10 hits in the UK and US during her career, including Que Sera, Sera and Secret Love.
She had her first hit record in 1945 with Sentimental Journey as vocalist for the Les Brown Big Band Orchestra.
Day went on be one of the most popular actresses of the 1950s and 1960s, starring in 39 films opposite the likes of Clark Gable and Rock Hudson.
She also recorded more than 600 songs and fronted two US TV series during her career.
Day left the world of showbusiness more than 30 years ago to found the Doris Day Animal Foundation in 1978.
Yet she continued to be recognised, receiving a Golden Globe for lifetime achievement in 1989 and an honorary Grammy in 2008.