Alma, Doris’ mother, enrolled her in singing lessons. She became a student of Grace Raine, who declared that the young girl possessed a great deal of potential. Her first gig was for the radio program Carlin’s Carnival, and it was not long before the musician Barney Rapp noticed her talent. She released Sentimental Journey, her first recording, in 1945, and it was a success. By then, Doris already divorced Al Jarden and gave birth to a son named Terry Melcher. Her career might just be taking off, but there is no denying that it was a good place to start.
After her first hit, there was no doubt that Doris was on her way to becoming a star. She kept releasing hit after hit! Some of these songs are Till The End of Time and My Dreams Are Getting Better All The Time. Her popularity was rising exponentially, and by the time the ‘50s rolled in, she was one of America’s highest-paid singers. Her net worth increased at an impressive rate as she continued to record more songs. In 1946, however, Doris remarried and this time, her groom was none other than saxophone player George William Weidler.