EVERY UK NUMBER ONE SONG: ‘Whatever Will Be, Will Be (Que Sera, Sera)’ by Doris Day

What was the number one song in the UK on 10th August 1956?

By Hayley Beasley Dye

Doris is back and this time with Whatever Will Be, Will Be (Que Sera, Sera), which hit the top spot for 6 weeks.

Oh I do like this song. A gentle, classic song with a twist of philosophy, one that we should all live by. Here’s a fact for you, did you know the saying ‘Que Sera, Sera” has no history in Spain, Italy nor France and is in fact grammatically incorrect in all three languages? My only problem with this song is, as I listen to it and sing along with it, I really struggle not to start singing “WE’RE GOING TO WEM-BER-LEY…”. Yeah, thanks for that English football.

Wikipedia

“Que Será, Será (Whatever Will Be, Will Be)”, first published in 1956, is a popular song written by the songwriting team of Jay Livingston and Ray Evans. The song was introduced in the Alfred Hitchcock film The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956), starring Doris Day and James Stewart in the lead roles.

Day’s recording of the song for Columbia Records (catalog number 40704) made it to number two on the Billboard Hot 100 and number one in the UK Singles Chart. From 1968 to 1973, it was the theme song for the sitcom The Doris Day Show, becoming her signature song. The four verses of the song progress through the life of the narrator—from childhood, through young adulthood and falling in love, to parenthood—and each asks “What will I be?” or “What lies ahead?” The chorus repeats the answer: “What will be, will be.” It reached the Billboard magazine charts in July 1956. The song in The Man Who Knew Too Much received the 1956 Academy Award for Best Original Song with the alternative title “Whatever Will Be, Will Be (Que Será, Será)”. It was the third Oscar in this category for Livingston and Evans, who previously won in 1948 and 1950. In 2004 it finished at #48 in AFI’s 100 Years…100 Songs survey of top tunes in American cinema.

Lyrics

“When I was just a little girl
I asked my mother, what will I be
Will I be pretty
Will I be rich
Here’s what she said to me
Que será, será
Whatever will be, will be
The future’s not ours to see
Que será, será
What will be, will be
When I grew up and fell in love
I asked my sweetheart, what lies ahead
Will we have rainbows
Day after day
Here’s what my sweetheart said
Que será, será
Whatever will be, will be
The future’s not ours to see
Que será, será
What will be, will be
Now I have children of my own
They ask their mother, what will I be
Will I be handsome
Will I be rich
I tell them tenderly
Que será, será
Whatever will be, will be
The future’s not ours to see
Que será, será
What will be, will be
Que será, será”

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