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Que Sera Sera

“Que Sera Sera” (also known as “Whatever Will Be Will Be) was published in 1956 and was written by the Jay Livingston and Ray Evans songwriting team.

“Que Sera Sera” was first introduced to the public in Alfred Hitchcock’s 1956 film The Man Who Knew Too Much.  Doris Day and Jimmy Stewart.  In the movie, Doris Day’s character sang “Que Sera Sera” to her son at the beginning of the film.  After her son was kidnapped, she again sang the song to try to find the boy.

Doris Day used the song as her theme song for her show, a situational comedy, called The Doris Day Show from 1968 to 1973.  “Que Sera Sera” thus became Day’s signature song.

“Que Sera Sera” was a big hit in the music charts in both the United States and the United Kingdom.  

In 1956, “Que Sera Sera” received the Academy Award for Best Original Song.

“Que Sera Sera” is regularly used in English football when the team is competing in a match that could lead them to Wembley Stadium.  The altered lyrics are “Que Sera Sera, whatever will be will be, we’re going to Wembley, Que Sera Sera”.

A US Navy C-47 Skytrain was named “Que Sera Sera” in 1956.  It was the first aircraft to land on the South Pole

Some confusion exists about the language of the song’s title due to its ungrammatical nature.  Originally, Ray Evans read a phrase carved in an Italian castle.  The phrase read “Che sara sara”.  Evans wrote the phrase down with the intention of using it as a song title.  Evans later changed the language to Spanish “because there are so many Spanish-speaking people in the world.”  Thus, “Que Sera Sera” came about.  However, this is ungrammatical in Spanish.  The correct phrase is “lo que sea sera”.

That year in America:

Norma Jean Mortenson changed her name to Marilyn Monroe

Elvis entered the music charts for the first time with Heartbreak Hotel

My Fair Lady  opened in Broadway

The Flag of the United States Army was dedicated

Pres. Eisenhower signed the Federal Aid Highway Act which created the Interstate Highway System

Lauren Morrow, MT-BC

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