Al Jorden - Updated May 2024

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Al Jorden

Al Jorden was a trombonist and a musician from the United States. Moreover, Al Jorden is also known as the ex-husband of American actress, and singer, Doris Day.

Early Life

Al Jorden was born on the 1st of February, 1917, in Evanston, Ohio, in the United States of America. He was 50 years old when he died and was an American by nationality. However, he had not shared information regarding his parents, siblings, and early childhood life. Likewise, he has not shared his academic qualifications.


At the age of 50, he committed suicide in Delhi Township, Ohio on July 5, 1967 (a bullet wound to the right temple). In Cincinnati, Ohio’s Spring Grove Cemetery, he was put to rest.

Al Jorden – Relationship Status

Al Jorden married Doris Day in March 1941. With marriage, the couple has a son named, Terrence Paul ‘Terry’ Melcher.

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Caption: Al Jorden with his ex-wife, Doris Day (Source: All That’s Interesting)

But the relationship didn’t last as long as the couple divorced in February 1943. Besides the reason behind their divorce is unknown. Till the time of Jorden’s death, he was not a part of controversy or rumors.

Al Jorden – Professional Career

There is no information regarding how and when Al Jorden began his profession. In Ohio, WLW radio stations hired him as a staff musician from the late 1930s to 1956. Additionally, he performed on the trombone for several well-known orchestras across the nation.

In his later years, he co-owned ABC Music Shop on Glenmore Avenue in Westwood, Cincinnati, with a fellow musician named Cecil Keith. He came to the limelight as the husband of American actress and singer, Doris Day.

Doris Day

Doris Day’s professional career began as a vocalist on the WLW radio show ‘Carlin’s Carnival.’ Her radio performances drew the attention of Barney Rapp, who was looking for a female vocalist and hired her. While working with Rapp in 1939, this singer assumed the stage name Doris Day.

Later, she collaborated with Les Brown and released the song ‘Sentimental Journey’ in 1945, which became a huge hit and launched her career as a great vocalist. By the late 1940s, she had become a well-known singer and had sung several songs with Brown’s band.

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Caption: Doris Day singing for Les Brown and his band (Source: Pinterest)

She met Sammy Cahn and Jule Styne, who asked her to try out for a part in the movie “Romance on the High Seas,” in 1947. Her first Number 1 hit solo song, “It’s Magic,” came from the 1948 film “Romance on the High Seas,” which also acted as her starring debut. She rose to fame as one of the nation’s most sought-after singers and actresses in the early 1950s and was adored by the general public.

Movies appearances

In the 1955 biographical movie “Love Me or Leave Me,” which was based on the life of Ruth Etting, a singer who moved from dancer to cinematic star, Doris Day co-starred alongside James Cagney. The movie was a critical and commercial hit, becoming Doris Day’s biggest success to date.

When she co-starred with Rock Hudson and Tony Randall in the 1959 film “Pillow Talk,” she provided one of her most memorable performances as an actress. Her following acting roles included “Lover Come Back” (1961) and “Send Me No Flowers” alongside Hudson and Randall (1964).

Her fame continued into the 1960s when she acted in several hit films, including ‘The Ballad of Josie’ (1967), ‘Where Were You When the Lights Went Out? ‘ (1968), as well as ‘With Six You Get Eggroll’ (1968). In 1968, she chose to leave the film industry.

Doris Day realized that her third husband, along with his business partner, had spent her profits, putting her deeply in debt, when he died in April 1968. As a result, she had to continue working and began appearing in the television series ‘The Doris Day Show,’ despite her hatred of working on television.

Animal Welfare activism

The Doris Day Show seems to have its debut in September 1968, and it quickly gained popularity. Up to 1973, it aired for five seasons. After “The Doris Day Show,” she generally stopped acting, but she occasionally still appeared on television.

She unexpectedly made a public appearance in April 2014 to attend the Doris Day Animal Foundation event. Her animal foundation earns money from the program.

Al Jorden – Awards

Till the time of his death, he had not earned awards or recognition in his career. Moreover, his ex-wife Doris Day as an actress has earned some of it. She earned the NME Award for Favourite US Female Singer (1955, 1956, 1957).

Likewise, she was listed in the Grammy Hall of Fame (1999, 2012). In 2008, she earned the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. Likewise, she earned the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2004.

Net Worth

Al Jorden has not shared information regarding his salary, income, and net worth. His ex-wife, Doris Day as an actress had a net worth of $200 million at the time of her death.

Body Measurement

Talking about his body measurements, there is no information regarding his height, weight, eye color, hair color, and other body stats.

Social Media

At the time of his period, there was no proper development of the internet or social media. So, we can assume that Al Jorden was not active on social media platforms such as Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.