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Doris Day wasn't just a great actress – she was one of most expressive jazz singers of her generation

Doris Day has died, aged 97
Doris Day has died, aged 97 Credit: Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images

Doris Day was a screen icon – but her film career shouldn't overshadow her sparkling jazz records, says Martin Chilton

Despite the glittering film career that earned her numerous awards and a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, Doris Day said that the best time of her career was when she was a big band singer.

Day, who has died aged 97, had a sparkling style ("a voice so fresh you could smell it," said Andy Williams) and she loved singing. "The happiest times in my life were the days when I was travelling with Les Brown and his band," Day said when she was in her seventies.

She was born Doris Mary Ann von Kappelhoff in Cincinnati, Ohio, and came from a musical background. Her German father...

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