MGM Recordings

Strike Up The Band

"Drummer Boy" with Mickey Rooney - recorded June 8, 1940 & filmed on June 19, 1940
(this publicity shot was probably taken on this date as well)
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MGM Records "Judy Garland"Judy's MGM years gave us many of her greatest performances.

Beginning with her audition in 1935 through her separation from the studio in 1950, Judy (with the help of many but mainly Roger Edens) built a repertoire unlike any of her peers. She introduced many standards (the most famous being "Over The Rainbow"), several that were either nominated for or won the Academy Award for "Best Song" of that year. Every songwriter wanted to work with her, as did just about every performer in Hollywood. Oscar Hammerstein went so far as to say that every time he went to write a song, he would try to imagine how Judy Garland would sing it. She was the real "triple threat" girl!

MGM RecordsA note about the recordings: In the 1930's, 40's and early 50's before the advent of "stereo," MGM recorded in multi-track "stems." These were microphones placed in advantageous positions around the recording stage. The studio would then take the various tracks and combine them to make balanced mono tracks for the films. In other words, they made multi track stereo recordings for their mono films!!! Luckily, MGM kept most of these multi-track, multiple takes and with today's technology, we are able to enjoy these tracks re mastered into true stereo. So many of Judy's recordings were saved and now we can enjoy her voice and the orchestrations in crystal clear sound quality. In the following listings, when I state that many recordings are re mastered into stereo, this is what I'm referring to.

MGM RecordsMany thanks to the folks at Rhino Records and Turner and George Feltenstein for taking the time to catalog and restore these recordings for future generations, and for making them readily available for the public to enjoy. Without their efforts, these historical recordings might have been lost forever and the world of music would have lost a great legacy.

The PirateThe following is a listing in chronological order of Judy's MGM recordings. The "Source" column lists the CDs, DVDs, or Laser Discs that the recordings can be found on.

To the left is a shot of Gene Kelly & Judy performing the "Be A Clown Finale" from The Pirate (1948).


 
(left) Judy with her make-up artist Dottie Ponedel and hairdresser Helen Young
on the set of Ziegfeld Follies - 1944 (released in 1946)
(right) Judy with Keenan Wynn on the set of Till The Clouds Roll By - 1946


PRE-MGM RECORDINGS:

The following songs are the few instances of Judy appearing on film prior to her contract with MGM - but I'm including them here as they are a vital part of her "Hollywood Years" as well as a vital part of her early development performing on film.
DATE SONG TITLE SOURCE
Nov 1929
WHEN THE BUTTERFLIES KISS THE BUTTERCUPS GOODBYE
(first appearance on film of "The Gumm Sisters")
Golden Years At MGM Laser
Nov 1929
BLUE BUTTERFLY
(Judy's first screen solo)
Golden Years At MGM Laser
Nov 1929
HANG ONTO THE RAINBOW
Golden Years At MGM Laser
Dec 1929
THE LAND OF LET'S PRETEND
(this and all of the above were recorded on set while filming the shorts in November & December 1929)
Golden Years At MGM Laser
8/12/35
LA CUCARACHA
Golden Years At MGM Laser


THE MGM RECORDINGS:

DATE
SONG TITLE
SOURCE
6/30/36
WALTZ WITH A SWING/AMERICANA
Collector's Gems From The MGM Films
6/30/36
OPERA VS. JAZZ
Collector's Gems From The MGM Films
3/5/37
EVERYBODY SING
Collector's Gems From The MGM Films
3/14/37
YOUR BROADWAY AND MY BROADWAY
Collector's Gems From The MGM Films
4/16/37
YOURS AND MINE
Judy Garland In Hollywood - Her Greatest Movie Hits
5/7/37
DEAR MR. GABLE (YOU MADE ME LOVE YOU)
Judy Garland In Hollywood - Her Greatest Movie Hits
8/1/37
FEELIN' LIKE A MILLION
(Recorded some time during late summer/early fall '37)
JUDY (32 Records Box Set)
8/26/37
SWING MR. MENDELSSOHM, SWING
Collector's Gems From The MGM Films
9/11/37
SUN SHOWERS
Collector's Gems From The MGM Films
9/20/37
GOT A PAIR OF NEW SHOES
Collector's Gems From The MGM Films
9/20/37
GOT A PAIR OF NEW SHOES
(SHORT VERSION; TAKE 6)
Golden Years At MGM Laser
10/4/37
DOWN ON MELODY FARM
Collector's Gems From The MGM Films
10/24/37
SWING LOW, SWEET CHARIOT
Not Available
10/24/37
GOT A PAIR OF NEW SHOES
(FINALE VERSION)
Golden Years At MGM Laser
10/24/37
GOT A PAIR OF NEW SHOES
(FINALE VERSION; ALTERNATE TAKE)
Golden Years At MGM Laser
11/7/37
Records/films SILENT NIGHT
(November 6 - 8, 1937)
Golden Years At MGM Laser
12/13/37
EVER SINCE THE WORLD BEGAN/SHALL I SING A MELODY?
Collector's Gems From The MGM Films
12/21/37
WHY? BECAUSE!
Collector's Gems From The MGM Films
6/21/38
IT NEVER RAINS BUT WHAT IT POURS
Collector's Gems From The MGM Films
6/21/38
BEI MIR BIST DU SCHOEN
Collector's Gems From The MGM Films
6/24/38
IN BETWEEN
Collector's Gems From The MGM Films
6/24/38
MEET THE BEAT OF MY HEART
Collector's Gems From The MGM Films
7/28/38
TEN PINS IN THE SKY
Collector's Gems From The MGM Films
9/16/38
ZING! WENT THE STRINGS OF MY HEART
(SLOW VERSION)
That's Entertainment CD Box Set
9/16/38
ZING! WENT THE STRINGS OF MY HEART
(SWING VERSION)
Collector's Gems From The MGM Films
9/20/38
IF I ONLY HAD THE NERVE
The Ultimate Oz CD
9/20/38
WE'RE OFF TO SEE THE WIZARD
(DUO)
The Ultimate Oz Laser/DVD sets
9/20/38
WE'RE OFF TO SEE THE WIZARD
(TRIO)
The Ultimate Oz Laser/DVD sets
9/20/38
WE'RE OFF TO SEE THE WIZARD
(QUARTET)
The Ultimate Oz Laser/DVD sets
9/26/38
ON THE BUMPY ROAD TO LOVE
Collector's Gems From The MGM Films
10/6/38
THE JITTERBUG
The Ultimate Oz Laser/DVD sets
10/7/38
OVER THE RAINBOW
Judy Garland In Hollywood - Her Greatest Movie Hits
10/7/38
OVER THE RAINBOW
(OUTTAKES)
The Ultimate Oz Laser/DVD sets
10/11/38
WE'RE OFF TO SEE THE WIZARD #1
(ALTERNATE LYRIC)
The Ultimate Oz Laser/DVD sets
10/11/38
WE'RE OFF TO SEE THE WIZARD #2
(ALTERNATE LYRIC)
The Ultimate Oz Laser/DVD sets
10/11/38
WE'RE OFF TO SEE THE WIZARD #3
(ALTERNATE LYRIC)
The Ultimate Oz Laser/DVD sets
10/11/38
IF I WERE KING OF THE FOREST
The Ultimate Oz CD
10/16/38
THE WIND BEGAN TO TWITCH
(TAKES 18-22)
The Ultimate Oz Laser/DVD sets
10/17/38
OVER THE RAINBOW
(DELETED REPRISE - Sung live on set; orchestra would be recorded 5/6/39)
The Ultimate Oz CD
10/30/38
THE MERRY OLD LAND OF OZ
The Ultimate Oz CD
12/22/38
FOLLOW THE YELLOW BRICK ROAD/YOU'RE OFF TO SEE THE WIZARD
The Ultimate Oz CD
12/22/38
THE JITTERBUG
(New opening chorus w/Jack Haley replacing Buddy Ebsen's earlier vocals)
The Ultimate Oz CD
12/28/38
THE MERRY OLD LAND OF OZ
(second recording session)
The Ultimate Oz Laser/DVD sets
12/30/38
THE MERRY OLD LAND OF OZ
(third recording session)
The Ultimate Oz Laser/DVD sets
1/3/39
THE MERRY OLD LAND OF OZ
(fourth recording session)
The Ultimate Oz Laser/DVD sets
2/28/39
IF I ONLY HAD A BRAIN
The Ultimate Oz CD
5/10/39
OPERA VS. JAZZ
(also recorded on 5/11/39; completed 5/15/39)
Babes In Arms
5/11/39
GOOD MORNING
(completed 5/15/39)
Babes In Arms
5/11/39
WHERE OR WHEN
(completed 5/15/39)
Babes In Arms
5/11/39
WHERE OR WHEN (REPRISE)
(completed 5/15/39)
Babes In Arms
5/23/39
BABES IN ARMS
(also recorded on 6/22/39; completed 6/23/39)
Babes In Arms
5/23/39
I CRIED FOR YOU
Babes In Arms
6/24/39
MINSTREL SHOW SEQUENCE
(including "I'm Just Wild About Harry")
Babes In Arms
6/27/39
FINALE SEQUENCE
(including "God's Country" - "Country" would be completed on 7/12/39)
Babes In Arms
3/14/40
I'M NOBODY'S BABY
(Alternate Version)
Collector's Gems From The MGM Films
3/14/40
I'M NOBODY'S BABY
(Version heard in film)
Judy Garland In Hollywood - Her Greatest Movie Hits
3/14/40
BUDS WON'T BUD
(Only part 1 of the song exists)
Golden Years At MGM Laser
4/1/40
IF I FORGET YOU
(SPRING 1940)
Golden Years At MGM Laser
4/12/40
OUR LOVE AFFAIR
Strike Up The Band
4/12/40
NOBODY
Strike Up The Band
4/23/40
NELL OF NEW ROCHELLE
Strike Up The Band
4/23/40
THE CURSE OF THE ACHING HEART
Strike Up The Band
5/8/40
FINALE
Strike Up The Band
5/10/40
ALL I DO IS DREAM OF YOU
Collector's Gems From The MGM Films
5/10/40
ALONE
Collector's Gems From The MGM Films
6/8/40
DRUMMER BOY
Strike Up The Band
6/27/40
LA CONGA
Strike Up The Band
8/9/40
IT'S A GREAT DAY FOR THE IRISH
Collector's Gems From The MGM Films
9/9/40
NELLIE KELLY I LOVE YOU
Not Available
9/10/40
DANNY BOY
Collector's Gems From The MGM Films
9/10/40
A PRETTY GIRL MILKING HER COW
Collector's Gems From The MGM Films
9/10/40
SINGIN' IN THE RAIN
Collector's Gems From The MGM Films
11/13/40
I'M ALWAYS CHASING RAINBOWS
Collector's Gems From The MGM Films
11/13/40
I'M ALWAYS CHASING RAINBOWS
(COMEDY VERSION)
Golden Years At MGM Laser
12/22/40
WE MUST HAVE MUSIC
Collector's Gems From The MGM Films
12/22/40
SPECIAL MATERIAL/I'M ALWAYS CHASING RAINBOWS
(DELETED FINALE)
Golden Years At MGM Laser
1/14/41
MINNIE FROM TRINIDAD
Collector's Gems From The MGM Films
5/19/41
AMERICA
Golden Years At MGM Laser
6/4/41
EASY TO LOVE
Collector's Gems From The MGM Films
6/4/41
ABIDE WITH ME
Golden Years At MGM Laser
6/4/41
THE ROSARY
(COMPLETED ON JULY 23, 1941)
Golden Years At MGM Laser
6/4/41
EASY TO LOVE
(ALTERNATE TAKE) (COMPLETED JUNE 25, 1941)
Golden Years At MGM Laser
7/18/41
HOW ABOUT YOU?
Babes On Broadway
8/11/41
BOMBSHELL FROM BRAZIL
Babes On Broadway
8/29/41
HOE DOWN
Babes On Broadway
9/10/41
CHIN UP! CHERRIO! CARRY ON!
Babes On Broadway
9/23/41
MINSTREL SHOW SEQUENCE (FDR JONES)
Babes On Broadway
9/24/41
BABES ON BROADWAY
(FINALE)
Babes On Broadway
10/10/41
GHOST THEATRE SEQUENCE
Babes On Broadway
3/20/42
JIMMY K. METCALFE & CO. MEDLEY
(completed on 3/30/42)
For Me And My Gal
3/21/42
BALLIN' THE JACK
For Me And My Gal
3/21/42
FOR ME AND MY GAL
Judy Garland In Hollywood - Her Greatest Movie Hits
3/24/42
AFTER YOU'VE GONE
For Me And My Gal
3/27/42
TILL WE MEET AGAIN
For Me And My Gal
3/27/42
WHERE DO WE GO FROM HERE BOYS?
For Me And My Gal
3/27/42
HOW YOU GONNA KEEP 'EM DOWN ON THE FARM?
For Me And My Gal
3/27/42
FOR ME AND MY GAL
(OUTTAKE FINALE)
For Me And My Gal
3/30/42
DO I LOVE YOU?
For Me And My Gal
5/26/42
SMILES
For Me And My Gal
5/26/42
IT'S A LONG WAY TO TIPPERARY
For Me And My Gal
5/26/42
DON'T BITE THE HAND THAT'S FEEDING YOU
For Me And My Gal
5/26/42
WHEN YOU WORE A TULIP
For Me And My Gal
5/26/42
YMCA MONTAGE
For Me And My Gal
5/27/42
THREE CHEERS FOR THE YANKS
For Me And My Gal
6/25/42
WHEN JOHNNY COMES MARCHING HOME AGAIN/FOR ME AND MY GAL
(New Finale)
For Me And My Gal
7/28/42
EVERY LITTLE MOVEMENT HAS A MEANING OF IT'S OWN
Collector's Gems From The MGM Films
7/28/42
TOM, TOM, THE PIPER'S SON
Collector's Gems From The MGM Films
9/18/42
CARO MONA (WHEN I LOOK AT YOU)
Judy Garland In Hollywood - Her Greatest Movie Hits
9/18/42
CARO MONA (WHEN I LOOK AT YOU)
(COMEDY VERSION)
Golden Years At MGM Laser
10/16/42
PAGING MR. GREENBACK
Collector's Gems From The MGM Films
12/22/42
THE JOINT IS REALLY JUMPIN' DOWN AT CARNEGIE HALL
Collector's Gems From The MGM Films
12/29/42
I GOT RHYTHM
(completed on 1/2/43)
Girl Crazy
1/2/43
BRONCO BUSTERS
Girl Crazy
3/4/43
BROADWAY RHYTHM
(for new "Presenting Lily Mars" WHERE THERE'S MUSIC finale)
Collector's Gems From The MGM Films
3/5/43
WHERE THERE'S MUSIC (new "Lily Mars" finale - this session was for the rest of the medley)
Collector's Gems From The MGM Films
3/29/43
BUT NOT FOR ME
Girl Crazy
4/14/43
BIDIN' MY TIME
Girl Crazy
4/15/43
EMBRACEABLE YOU
Girl Crazy
4/15/43
END TITLE
(deleted EMBRACEABLE YOU reprise)
Girl Crazy
4/28/43
COULD YOU USE ME?
Girl Crazy
6/9/43
WALKING IN THE GARDEN
Girl Crazy
11/3/43
BOYS AND GIRLS LIKE YOU AND ME
Meet Me In St. Louis
12/1/43
MEET ME IN ST. LOUIS, LOUIS
Meet Me In St. Louis
12/2/43
THE TROLLEY SONG
Meet Me In St. Louis
12/3/43
MEET ME IN ST. LOUIS, LOUIS
(Reprise)
Meet Me In St. Louis
12/3/43
MEET ME IN ST. LOUIS, LOUIS
Meet Me In St. Louis
12/3/43
SKIP TO MY LOU
Meet Me In St. Louis
12/4/43
THE BOY NEXT DOOR
Meet Me In St. Louis
12/4/43
HAVE YOURSELF A MERRY LITTLE CHRISTMAS
Meet Me In St. Louis
12/17/43
UNDER THE BAMBOO TREE
Meet Me In St. Louis
5/25/44
OVER THE BANISTER
Meet Me In St. Louis
7/17/44
THE INTERVIEW a.k.a. "Madame Crematon"
Ziegfeld Follies
1/5/45
IT'S A GREAT BIG WORLD
The Harvey Girls
1/8/45
ON THE ATCHISON, TOPEKA, & THE SANTA FE
Judy Garland In Hollywood - Her Greatest Movie Hits
2/16/45
TRAINING MONTAGE
The Harvey Girls
2/16/45
IN THE VALLEY WHEN THE EVENING SUN GOES DOWN
The Harvey Girls
2/16/45
MY INTUITION
The Harvey Girls
2/17/45
MARCH OF THE DOAGIES
The Harvey Girls
2/17/45
IN THE VALLEY WHEN THE EVENING SUN GOES DOWN
(outtake reprise)
The Harvey Girls
2/17/45
MARCH OF THE DOAGIES (REPRISE)
The Harvey Girls
2/17/45
HAYRIDE
(completed on 7/19/45)
The Harvey Girls
2/19/45
SWING YOUR PARTNER ROUND AND ROUND
The Harvey Girls
6/30/45
IN THE VALLEY
(DUET WITH KAY THOMPSON)
The Harvey Girls
10/2/45
LOOK FOR THE SILVER LINING
Judy Garland In Hollywood - Her Greatest Movie Hits
10/9/45
WHO?
That's Entertainment Part III
10/15/45
D'YA LOVE ME?
Collector's Gems From The MGM Films
12/27/46
LOVE OF MY LIFE
The Pirate
12/28/46
MACK THE BLACK
(Deleted Version) (recorded again on 2/12/45)
The Pirate
2/12/47
MACK THE BLACK
(2nd Deleted Version)
Golden Years At MGM Laser
4/10/47
VOODOO
(outtake)
The Pirate
5/13/47
LOVE OF MY LIFE
(final version)
The Pirate
5/13/47
YOU CAN DO NO WRONG
The Pirate
7/14/47
BE A CLOWN
The Pirate
11/12/47
I WANT TO GO BACK TO MICHIGAN
Easter Parade
11/13/47
A COUPLE OF SWELLS
Easter Parade
11/17/47
VAUDEVILLE MONTAGE MEDLEY
Easter Parade
11/21/47
MR. MONOTONY
Easter Parade
12/15/47
MACK THE BLACK
(Final film version)
The Pirate
1/7/48
A FELLA WITH AN UMBRELLA
Easter Parade
1/7/48
IT ONLY HAPPENS WHEN I DANCE WITH YOU
Easter Parade
1/7/48
BETTER LUCK NEXT TIME
(completed on 1/17/48)
Easter Parade
1/26/48
EASTER PARADE
Judy Garland In Hollywood - Her Greatest Movie Hits
5/28/48
I WISH I WERE IN LOVE AGAIN
That's Entertainment Part III
9/30/48
JOHNNY ONE NOTE
Judy Garland In Hollywood - Her Greatest Movie Hits
11/16/48
LAST NIGHT WHEN WE WERE YOUNG
Summer Stock/In The Good Old Summertime
11/16/48
MERRY CHRISTMAS
Summer Stock/In The Good Old Summertime
11/16/48
PUT YOUR ARMS AROUND ME HONEY
Summer Stock/In The Good Old Summertime
11/16/48
MEET ME TONIGHT IN DREAMLAND
Summer Stock/In The Good Old Summertime
11/17/48
PLAY THAT BARBERSHOP CHORD
Summer Stock/In The Good Old Summertime
11/17/48
I DON'T CARE
Summer Stock/In The Good Old Summertime
11/17/48
FINALE (IN THE GOOLD OLD SUMMERTIME)
Summer Stock/In The Good Old Summertime
3/25/49
DOIN' WHAT COMES NATUR'LLY
Annie Get Your Gun
3/25/49
YOU CAN'T GET A MAN WITH A GUN
Annie Get Your Gun
3/28/49
THEY SAY IT'S WONDERFUL
Annie Get Your Gun
3/28/49
THE GIRL THAT I MARRY
(Reprise)
Annie Get Your Gun
3/30/49
LET'S GO WEST, AGAIN
Annie Get Your Gun
3/31/49
THERE'S NO BUSINESS LIKE SHOW BUSINESS
Annie Get Your Gun
3/31/49
THERE'S NO BUSINESS LIKE SHOW BUSINESS
(Reprise)
Annie Get Your Gun
4/1/49
I'VE GOT THE SUN IN THE MORNING
Annie Get Your Gun
4/1/49
ANYTHING YOU CAN DO
Annie Get Your Gun
4/25/49
I'M AN INDIAN TOO
Annie Get Your Gun
10/13/49
IF YOU FEEL LIKE SINGING
Summer Stock/In The Good Old Summertime
10/13/49
(HOWDY NEIGHBOR) HAPPY HARVEST
Summer Stock/In The Good Old Summertime
10/27/49
FRIENDLY STAR
(date also noted as 11/27/49)
Summer Stock/In The Good Old Summertime
2/2/50
THE PORTLAND FANCY
Summer Stock/In The Good Old Summertime
2/2/50
ALL FOR YOU
Summer Stock/In The Good Old Summertime
2/2/50
HAPPY HARVEST (FINALE)
Summer Stock/In The Good Old Summertime
2/3/50
YOU WONDERFUL YOU
Summer Stock/In The Good Old Summertime
2/13/50
YOU WONDERFUL YOU
(Reprise)
Summer Stock/In The Good Old Summertime
3/15/50
GET HAPPY
Summer Stock/In The Good Old Summertime

Easter Parade
Relaxing on the set with Fred Astaire - 1948

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