The Deadwood Stage: A Doris Day Review

When I was young I disliked the voice and songs of Doris Day. To my mind she did not measure up to the standards of Ella Fitzgerald, Peggy Lee, Dinah Washington, Anita O’Day, Mary Ford and others in the jazz world. Unlike the warbling of so many Pop Stars of today however, some of her songs have stood the test of time. A couple of years ago I hiked in South Dakota and was reminded of ‘The Deadwood Stage’ which was written by Fain and Webster for the 1953 Broadway Show ‘Calamity Jane.’ This jaunty tune and clever lyrics paint a memorable picture of the magnificent open plains and Black Hills of that wonderful unspoiled State. Are there any compositions these days that capture a place and time and lift the spirits?

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