|After Judy's appearance in the short subject Bubbles in
1930 (photo shown above), she doesn't re-appear via recordings
(that are available - on 3/29/1935 she and her sisters had
recorded a few Decca test singles that were never released
and since have been lost), until this appearance on MGM's program "The Shell Chateau Hour with
Wallace Beery." Judy had just signed her contract with MGM and is only
13 years old! |
This recording gives us a glimpse
into the raw, unrefined talent that Judy was before that talent would
be polished and trained at MGM throughout her years with the studio. We
get the chance to see just what all of the excitement of "discovering
Judy" was all about. Remember, no one else sang this way back in 1935
(Sophie Tucker & Ethel Merman come close by way of being "belters")
- and certainly no 13 year old could come even close to the way Judy
could sing with such power, richness, and emotion. Her talent is so
obviously "God given."
Judy would later sing "Broadway Rhythm" as part of the finale sequence in Presenting Lily Mars in 1943,
return to the "Shell Chateau Hour." This time, Wallace Beery makes note
that Judy has been signed by MGM - making it seem that she had been
signed since her first appearance on the show (when in fact she singed
with MGM almost months earlier). |
is especially noteworthy in Judy's life - and we're lucky to have it.
It's the earliest known recording of a song she would sing throughout
her career (in varying arrangements) as well as being the song that she
sang at her audition for MGM.
However, most importantly, while Judy was giving this performance, on
this night, her beloved father, Frank Gumm, was listening from his
hospital room, having come down with spinal meningitis that day. Judy
was aware of this, and her performance has an added intensity. Judy
never saw her father alive again. He passed away later that night, but
the family had put a radio in his room, and he was able to listen to
his beloved "Baby" sing her heart out for her father one last time. In
Judy's words: "The
most terrible thing that ever happened to me in my life."
from the Shell Chateau Hour with Wallace Beery. This is the
earliest known recording of Judy singing "After You've
Gone" - a song which would become identified with her throughout
her legendary "Concert Years" (1951 - 1969). Judy
also performed a touching version in the film For Me And
My Gal in 1942. "On Revival Day" is an interesting,
little known song.
|Aug/Sep 1936 ||This
is the original pre-recording of the song. After signing with MGM, Judy
appeared in the short "Every Sunday" with another teen singer named
Deanna Durbin. The studio let Deanna go but kept Judy. Her first film
assignment was on loanout to 20th Century-Fox for their film Pigskin Parade (1936). Judy's first appearance in a feature film. |
Judy played hick farm girl Sairy Dodd and although it was a small
supporting role, she did get to sing three songs "The Texas Tornado,"
"The Balboa," and this song "It's Love I'm After." The reviews for the
film would single Judy out and the film went on to be a big hit even
garnering Stuart Erwin an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor.
Other stars of the film include Jack Haley and Betty Grable. In Betty's
autobiography she remembered how, when Judy came on the set to sing her
songs (to the playback of the pre-recording) everyone on the set just
halted what they were doing and were transfixed. They were all in awe
of her taltent, and according to Betty they all knew that THIS was a
girl who was going places. Boy, were they right!
"Jack Oakie's College" - Judy was made a regular on Jack Oakie's show
on 2/23/37. As a matter of fact, she previously performed "Smiles" on
this show just a month prior, on March 9, 1937. She would record the
song later for For Me And My Gal (1942) although only a snippet is heard in the film, the entire pre-recording can be heard on the Rhino CD Soundtrack for
the film. |
|From "Good News of 1938." By
this point, Judy was obviously a rising star, and had just
completed the film Everybody Sing (1938) with Fanny
Brice, Allan Jones, & Billie Burke. |
"Good News of 1938." Judy became a regular in the Good News series.
"Gods Country" would reappear as a big production number a year later
in Judy's first musical with Mickey Rooney: Babes In Arms (1939).
|03-07-1939 || |
From "The Pepsodent Show Starring Bob Hope." Judy was a regular on the
show. This is the only recording I know of Judy singing "It Had To Be
You." Judy always had more opportunity via radio and her Decca contract
to sing a much wider array of music - being able to stretch a little as
This is her earliest recording of her popular "FDR Jones." Judy would
sing it in "Babes On Broadway" quite effectively, and record the song
for Decca Records as well. That version can be found on the Rhino CD
set "Mickey & Judy/The Judy Garland Mickey Rooney collection (great
4 CD set of their 4 major musicals together) and the GREAT single Rhino
CD: Judy Garland In Hollywood. (which I recommend to anyone with even a mild interest is Judy Garland).
|10-28-1940 ||With Mickey Rooney. From the "Lux Radio Theater" adaptation of Judy & Mickey's
film Strike Up The Band. |
the "Screen Guild Players" radio show edition of For Me And My Gal. Judy also sang this in For Me And My Gal (1942)
in a sequence where she is seen "performing for the troops." What's
interesting to note in that sequence is how, even at this early stage,
Judy's rapport with an audience (even if it's a set full of extras) and
her legendary stage presence are already apparant.
the "The Pause That Refreshes On The Air" radio show. "That Old Black
Magic" has always been one of my favorite Judy songs. |
|03-05-1944 || |
From a "Command Performance" show (#81) with Bing Crosby.
|05-24-1944 || |
From an appearance on Frank Sinatra's Radio Show - this is
a rare opportunity to hear Judy sing this song in her "mid 40's" voice.
Her MGM and Decca (and early radio version available above)
were full of youthful vigor, her later Capitol and Concert
versions were with her more mature full voice. Here it's Judy
the beautiful and talented young woman.
From "The Bakers of America Salute to the Armed Forces" radio show. Judy also sang: "Long Ago & Far
|From the "March Of Dimes" radio show. Judy also sang "I
Wonder Who's Kissing Her Now." |
does a parody of "Over The Rainbow" titled from
the "Command Performance" radio show "musical" Dick Tracy in B Flat |
Frank Sinatra from "The Danny Kaye Show" radio show. Judy also
sang (with Frank) "How Deep Is the Ocean" & "My Romance." |
| (partial, from the finale medley) from the "Jerome
Kern Memorial Special." |
|From the "Command Performance" radio
|10-06-1948 || |
All 4 are duets with Bing Crosby from "The Bing
Crosby Radio Show."
"The Louella Parsons" radio show. Exact date unknown - this is a rare
instance of Judy singing the opening verse of the song. |
|1949 || |
Rehearsal recording with Gene Kelly. Exact day is unknown.
|From "The Bing Crosby Show" radio
show. Judy also sings "Sam's Song" & "Get Happy." |
Bing Crosby): From "The
Bing Crosby Show" radio show. This is the show which also
contains Judy's first public performance of "Rock-a-Bye
Your Baby with a Dixie Melody" - which would later become
identified with her. It was sung in tribute to Al Jolson - he
passed away on October 23, 1950. Judy also sang "Boise,
Idaho," "Blue Boy" & "These Lush Moments"
(all with Bing Crosby). |
Judy and Bing had a wonderful rapport that, sadly, they were
never able to showcase in a film together. On the radio, their
personalities, not to mention their voices, blended perfectly.
So much so that when Bing's wife passed away, Judy became Bing's
permanent guest host for the show. Luckily, Judy and Bing DID
record a few singles for Decca
Records in 1945 (they both were under contract to
the company) which give us lucky listeners more chances to hear
their marvelous chemistry.
Bob Hope Chesterfield Show" radio show. Judy rarely sang Rodgers &
Hammerstein's songs - this is a rare example of how she would have put
her distinctive style on one of their songs. At this time, Judy was
rumored to have been a possible replacement for Mary Martin in the show
"South Pacific" (in which this song is from), but supposedly the
producers decided against it, fearing Judy wouldn't be able to handle
the grueling 8 shows a week (plus) schedule. |
|05-21-1952 || |
Bing Crosby Show" radio show. All are duets with Bing.
"When You Wore A Tulip" was one of her big hits for Decca Records back
in 1942 as a duet with Gene Kelly (they sang it in the film For Me And My Gal that
"When You're Smiling" is much different than her later concert
renditions - this version is closer to how the song was originally
"Mean To Me" was recorded by Judy in 1957 for her "Alone" album for Capitol Records.
"Sound Off For Chesterfield is Judy and Bing and announcer Ken
Carpenter in a sponsor's message for the cigarette company. Things sure
have changed since then when singers would promote smoking!!
|06-04-1952 ||From "The
Bing Crosby Show" radio show. Judy also sings "Hello Ma Baby," "In My
Merry Oldsmobile," "Walkin' My Baby Back Home" & "You're Just in
Love" (all with Bing Crosby - and "Over the Rainbow." This version of
"You Made Me Love You" is a rare instance of Judy singing the complete,
"adult" version of the song. One of my personal favorites. |
|Pre-recording to what would have been Judy's final film Valley Of The Dolls (1967). Luckily,
Judy did not make the film but she did pre-record this song (ultimately
"performed" by Susan Hayward to a different pre-recording) and she also
made some costume tests (footage of which survives) and began filming
with Patty Duke (in a role based on the young Judy Garland - only
stills are known to survive). Thankfully this did not become Judy's
final film as it ended up being one of the worst, campiest films ever
made on a "big budget" (but still fun to watch!). Judy kept the famous
beaded pantsuit she's first seen wearing in the costume tests (and
would wear throughout the end of her life, most notably at her final
Palace appearance in 1967). This is the last song Judy ever recorded
for a film. |