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Doris Day

Doris Day, one of the most influential and prolific actresses to ever grace the silver screen, was born Doris Mary Ann Von Kapplehoff to a immigrated German family in Cincinnati, Ohio, in 1924. As a child, she was always a playful little girl, wanting what other girls wanted, which was to become a typical ballerina. She loved to dance, sometimes dancing by herself, for hours at a time, but soon her dreams of becoming a dancer were shattered by a horrific automobile accident. Grace smiled upon her again when, at the age of 16, Doris discovered that she could sing, and sing WELL!

Doris DayDoris began singing with local bands and on one separate singing occasion, Doris met her first husband, Al Jorden, whom she married shortly afterwards in 1941, at the age of 17. The marriage was short-lived because of Jorden’s obsession with violence. In 1943, the couple divorced. After another failed marriage, that did not last even a year, Doris’ agent urged her to take a screen test for motion pictures. It was the mega movie moguls Warner Brothersthat caught on quick to Doris’ talent, and their pursuit for the perfect face for their pictures was well worth the journey. After a lofty contract signing, Doris went on to star in over 20 films from 1948 to 1953. Some of her most famous films of this period were Calamity JaneLucky MeMy Dream is YoursThe Man Who knew Too Much, and Pillow Talk.

Her soaring movie career helped her sell her musical album, and further increased her stardom. It was during this time that she met Marty Melcher, her future husband. They were wed in 1951, and in 1953, they adopted a child. Doris’ success took her through over 50 smash movie hits, her own show, countless other television appearances, and gold records. Even at the young age of 75, Doris runs a foundation for the proper care of Animals in the town of Carmel, California.

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Stars for Defense: Cold War Era Music Show

In Case of Attack Tune your AM radio Dial to 640 or 1240

Syndicated by the Office of Price Stabilization, later the Office Of Civilian and Defense Mobilization

The Office of Price Stabilization (OPS) during the Korean War had the same functions as the WWII era Office of Price Administration. The Office had the power to place price ceilings on everything except agricultural commodities, and to ration items that were in short supply and considered vital to the War effort. This could include tires, Automobiles, shoes, coffee, meat, sugar, nylon, and processed foods.

Doris Day

Ceiling prices were encouraged by OPS in order to control inflation. This is seen as contrary to the laws of Supply and Demand by many economists, and thought to be a dangerous practice for many reasons. There may be a perceived need for price ceiling if the price of the commodity in question is inflated due to a shortage of supply. In this case quality of the merchandise may be lowed by manufacturers in order to make a profit. During WWII there were examples of food processors lowering portion size or using lower quality ingredients to maintain profit margins.

What does this have to do with Big Band Music?

The OPS sponsored the syndicated weekly music program Stars For Defense. The 15 minute weekly programs featured some of the great stars of the time, including Gordan McRae, Jo Stafford, Nat King Cole, Doris Day, Percy Faith and his Orchestra, Paul Weston and his Orchestra, the Norman Luboff Choir, and Dennis Day. The music and quality of production was always excellent, and mixed into the music would be a short economics lesson, always with the perspective that shopping decisions at home had an effect on Our Boys fighting in Korea.

In 1956 Stars For Defense sponsorship was taken over by the Office Of Civilian and Defense Mobilization. The ODCM was an incredibly powerful bureaucratic arm of the Department of Defense, charged with the planning, coordination, and control of Wartime Mobilization activities of the Federal Government, including Manpower, Economic Stabilization, and Transportation operations.

StarsFor Defense took on a greater Civil Defense role, including instructions of how long to remain in you fallout shelter after a Nuclear Attack.

But you could still get great music if the radio in your fallout shelter could still pick up Stars For Defense! Stars in the later episodes included Frankie Laine, Eydie Gorme, Sammy Davis Jr, Johnny Mercer, Dinah Shore and Rosemary Clooney.