Brian May and Elton John say goodbye to Doris Day

Like Paul McCartney and Eric ClaptonBrian May was also a fan of Doris Day, who died on Monday at age 97.

And like May and McCartney, Doris was also an animal rights activist, leading Brian to write, "I loved DORIS DAY. Never met her -- so often dreamed about it -- especially when I discovered her work in her animal sanctuary. But never did... I always held Doris in my heart as the perfect singer -- all warmth, always smiling, yet smoldering beneath. That voice! Tender and soft and inviting, yet ready burst into joyous overdrive as she poured her heart into the big moments."

May says many people were surprised that he called Doris his favorite singer when he was younger. "But listen to 'Secret Love' -- my all time favorite. Listen to the beauty of those tones and feel the passion in that performance. And remember that in those days there was no ProTools. This would be a single take. Her accuracy is sensational -- she must be one of the most perfectly-in-tune singers in history. But that’s only the beginning. She doesn’t mess with the melody, or decorate it to show off. She tells the story -- sings it from the heart, and all kinds of tiny curves and variations portray the emotion she feels."

Elton John has also paid tribute, saying, "When I was six years old, my mum agreed to buy me a record in exchange for having my tooth pulled at the dentist. 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."

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