The passing on Monday of actress/singer Doris Day struck the entertainment community and her fellow celebrities, including several music-makers.
Elton wrote on Instagram:
”When I was 6 years old, my Mum agreed to buy me a record in exchange for having my tooth pulled at the dentist in Northwood Hills. I chose Doris Day’s recording of ‘Secret Love/The Deadwood Stage.’ I loved her music, and I still do today. Farewell to a Hollywood legend.”
Paul McCartney grieved the show business veteran in a statement shared to his Web site, calling her “a true star in more ways than one.”
“I had the privilege of hanging out with her on a few occasions,” the former Beatle said in his statement. “Visiting her in her Californian home was like going to an animal sanctuary where her many dogs were taken care of in splendid style. She had a heart of gold and was a very funny lady who I shared many laughs with.”
He added, “I will miss her but will always remember her twinkling smile and infectious laugh as well as the many great songs and movies she gave us.”
Queen‘s Brian May wrote on Instagram that he never met her, although he often dreamed about it, ”especially when I discovered her work in her animal sanctuary. But never did. Sadly? Yes, but in a way I’m glad I never bothered her.”
The That Touch of Mink actress died of pneumonia at her home in Carmel, California. She was 97.