Que sera sera was written by Jay Livingston and Ray Evans in 1955 and sung by Doris Day in the 1956 Alfred Hitchcock film, “The Man Who Knew Too Much.” In 1956 it won an Oscar for Best Original Song, and the Doris Day recording reached #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
On a personal note, it was my mother’s favorite song, and actually the only song I ever remember her singing. She died in 1959 at the age of 32 when a car she was riding in was hit by a train. I was 7 at the time, and I remember being asked by whoever was planning the funeral if she had a favorite song she’d like to have sung at her funeral, and I said Que Sera Sera. They were actually looking more for an appropriate hymn, I’m sure, but the more I’ve thought about it I have a feeling maybe it would have been a pretty good choice after all. What will be, will be.