Doris Day sings Hooray for Hollywood. “Hooray for Hollywood” is a song first featured in the 1937 movie Hollywood Hotel, and which has since become the staple soundtrack element of any Academy Awards ceremony. It is even frequently played during non-American movie ceremonies, e.g. the French César Awards. The popularity of the song is notably due to the lyrics by Johnny Mercer, which reference the American movie industry and satirize the illusory desire of many people to become famous as actors.

The music was composed by Richard A. Whiting. In the original movie it was sung by Johnnie Davis and Frances Langford, accompanied by Benny Goodman and his orchestra.

Lyrics can be difficult to fully understand today, as they refer to people (e.g. Aimee Semple) or cultural elements (e.g. rotos) which have since been forgotten. They have evolved over the years. Notably the where any shopgirl can be a top girl, if she pleases the tired businessman vanished quite quickly — absent from the 1958 Doris Day version — replaced with and any barmaid can be a star made if she dances with or without a fan — the latter part referring to Sally Rand and her fan dance. Today the song is performed mostly as a melody.

The melody was used on the Jack Benny radio show as the final theme song. The song appears in the final shot of Robert Altman’s film The Long Goodbye (1973) starring Elliot Gould as Phillip Marlowe. The song is also used as the opening to Disney’s Hollywood Studios Great Movie Ride attraction.

Doris Day (born April 3, 1924) is an American actress and singer, and has been an outspoken animal rights activist since her retirement from show business. Day’s entertainment career began in her late teens as a big band singer. In 1945 she had her first hit recording , “Sentimental Journey”, and, in 1948, appeared in her first film, Romance on the High Seas. During her entertainment career, she has appeared in thirty-nine films, recorded more than six-hundred-fifty songs, received an Academy Award nomination, won a Golden Globe and a Grammy Award, and, in 1989, received the Cecil B. DeMille Award for lifetime achievement in motion pictures.

As of 2009, Day was the top-ranking female box office star of all time and ranked sixth among the top ten box office performers (male and female).


30 thoughts on “Tribute to Doris Day: Hooray for Hollywood

  1. I think that Doris does a wonderful job with this song too, so much enthusiasm. Thank you for making remarks.

  2. I just heard this song in a JFK documentary, and wanted to hear it in its entirety. Lovely song.

  3. @Muirmaiden Hooray! I enjoyed making this video. Thank you for your thoughtful remarks.

  4. Hooray for Doris Day! She is the real deal, always has been, and does so much for animals. Just a real, classy lady. And you captured that beautifully.

  5. @UrbanMyth2010 Thank you for your thoughtful comments. I used to watch many of her movies too.

  6. Wonderful video, I really liked Doris Day. Great tribute, thanks for sharing.

  7. @nobadysmay Thank you for your thoughtful comments. Your videos are very nice!

  8. @UnSuBX1 Thank you for your nice remarks. I plan to use more Doris Day music later.

  9. @SUPERDODO59 C'est vrai. Doris Day is the best. Thank you for your nice comments.

  10. Le cinéma était magique à cette époque…Je regarde ta video avec beaucoup de nostalgie…Superbe montage et superbe actrice….Dom…

  11. @TheOldrecordclub Thank you very much for finding my video then. I appreciate your nice comments.

  12. @Fr3derick Thank you for your nice remarks. I will be making more videos.

  13. Doris Day my favourite actress and singer..Brings back memories. Thanks for posting.

    Grandma mary

  14. @fraaaaaag She's terrific when she's even good. Thank you for your thoughtful remarks.

  15. Ellen
    Oh she was so Beautiful, another Excellent, Loving video, She was so Amazing, Love it : )

  16. @IngridHexerl I am looking forward to the weekend. Thank you for your nice comments!

  17. @gherkamum Thank you so much for watching this! I appreciate your nice comments.

  18. @heartbeat3 We used to sing Secret Love in chorus. I like that song too. I have had the download, and I will probably use the song in a video later.

  19. @80stimeagain I really have been making more videos than usual recently. Thank for your nice comments.

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