“Sentimental Journey” was published in 1944, written by Les Brown and Ben Homer, lyrics by Bud Green. The Les Brown and His Band of Renown version with Doris Day on vocals reached # 1 the week of June 2, 1945 and stayed there through the week of August4, 1945.
For those interested in such details (courtesy of Wikipedia):
Prior to the creation of the Billboard Hot 100, Billboard published multiple singles charts each week. In 1945, the following three charts were produced:
- Best-Selling Retail Records – ranked the biggest selling singles in retail stores, as reported by merchants surveyed throughout the country.
- Records Most Played on the Air – ranked the most played songs on United States radio stations, as reported by radio disc jockeys and radio stations.
- Most Played Juke Box Records – ranked the most played songs in jukeboxes across the United States.
Beginning in March, a composite ten-position song chart called the Honor Roll of Hits combining data from the three aforementioned charts along with three other component charts was published. It served as the publication’s lead chart until the introduction of the Billboard Hot 100 in 1958 and would remain in print until November 1963.
Now, back to the song.
“Sentimental Journey” was released as WWII was ending in Europe and, as one source notes, “became the unofficial homecoming theme for many veterans.” It reached the Billboard charts on March 29, 1945, stayed there for 23 weeks, and peaked at #1.
Doris Day is, well, Doris Day: singer, actress, talkshow host. Les Brown (1912- 2001) was an American clarinetist, saxophonist, big band leader and composer, best known for his decades-long work with the big band Les Brown and His Band of Renown (1938–2001).
Sentimental Journey was released on Columbia (36769) on January 22, 1945. The B-side was “Twilight Time,” the best-known version of which was recorded by the Platters and became a number one hit on both the pop singles and R&B Best Sellers charts in 1958 in the U.S.