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Tic, Tic, Tic : Doris Day [1949]

In the 1949 Warner Brothers musical 'My Dream is Yours,' a young, fresh and radiant Doris Day (is there any other kind?) stars as Martha Gibson, a singer who moves to Hollywood to audition for a network radio program called 'Hour of Enchantment.' For reasons known only to her promoter (played by Jack Carson), Gibson/Day chooses to belt out a love song about a Geiger counter to ensure her big break. The song is delivered with such radioactive pep that Gibson/Day gets the job even though the fatcat sponsor of the radio show dismisses the tune as 'boogie woogie' and 'too modern.'

Doris Day, was born Doris von Kappelhoff in Cincinnati, Ohio 1924 and is best known for a string of timid bedroom farces she made with Rock Hudson in the 1950s and early 1960s. Day became so identified for her squeaky clean persona during this period that the composer Oscar Levant once joked "I knew Doris Day before she was a virgin."

Doris Day's first ambition was to become a dancer, but an automobile accident sidelined her at age 15 at which time she turned to singing on radio and in clubs. The young singer took her stage name from one of her earlier numbers, Day By Day. In the early 1940s Day sang with the Bob Crosby and Les Brown bands and quickly became a recording star in her own right. Day became an almost overnight film star when she replaced Betty Hutton in the musical 'Romance on the High Seas' (1948).

Day was married three times and her last husband, Marty Melcher, who died in 1968, apparently mismanaged the star's 20 million dollar fortune leaving her virtually broke which led to the star's nervous breakdown. Unbeknownst to Day, Melcher had also committed his future widow to star in a television comedy series on CBS. Day acted on the successful program from 1968 to 1973 and in 1974 successfully sued the lawyer who had been advising her husband on financial matters. She was awarded 22 million dollars.

Aside from a brief cable show in the mid 1980s and her philanthropic activities on behalf of animals, Day has avoided the spotlight for decades. Her only child (with first husband Al Jorden and adopted by Marty Melcher), music producer Terry Melcher, died of cancer in late 2004.

Tic, Tic, Tic : Doris Day [1949]

Oh, give me your attention, there's been a new invention
It isn't any larger than an adding machine
It's only fair to mention, though it's a new invention
It's one that you have heard about, but few have ever seen

It doesn't do division and it doesn't multiply
It doesn't want to be a bird, it doesn't try to fly
It came about because they made a big atomic bomb
The new invention's clicking and because of all its ticking
I know where the idea came from

I tic, tic, tic, why do I tic, tic?
What amazing trick makes me tic, tic, tic
I tic, tic, tic an electric tic
When I feel a realistic tic

You're such an attractive pick
You give me a radioactive kick
It's distracted the way you stick
But love, love makes me tic

I tic, tic, tic and my heart beats quick
How can anything go wrong?
When I'm listening to that Geiger counter song
I tic, tic all day long

I tic, tic, tic, why do I tic, tic?
What amazing trick makes me tic, tic, tic, tic, tic
I tic, tic, tic an electric tic
When I feel a realistic tic

The butcher and the baker tic
So does the maker of the candlesticks
Lawyers have their politics
But love, love makes them tic

So tic, tic, tic, let your heart tic, tic
How can anything go wrong
If you're listening to that Geiger counter song
You'll tic, tic all day long

Like the butcher and baker tics
Like the candlestick maker tics
Like the doctor and the lawyer tics
Even though he's mixed up in his politics
Like the merchant and the Indian chief tic tics
Like the poor, like the rich man tic tic tics
Digging a ditch man, the butter and egg man
The poor wooden leg man, the beggar and thief

All found out what its all about
When its love, you can't be wrong
You better listen to that Geiger counter song
And tic tic all day long
Tic, tic, tic, tic, tic, tic, tic, tic, tic, tic, tic, tic, tic, tic, tic, tic. TIC!

Doris Day [1949]
Tic, Tic, Tic
(Music by Harry Warren; Lyrics by Ralph Blaine)
Rhino R2 75543
Recorded 1949



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