Parade was one of Judy's and MGM's biggest hits and remains a
classic musical to this day. The MGM Records soundtrack album was
one of the record label's most popular, being reissued over the years
in various incarnations.
When Judy began her legendary "Concert Years" in 1951 she
included "A Couple Of Swells" in her act. The number, along
with the tramp outfit, became as identified with her as the "Get
Happy" tuxedo outfit and her signature song, "Over The Rainbow".
Popular with audiences, and fun for Judy, "A Couple Of Swells"
would stay in both her concert and television repetoire throughout
the rest of her life. The song as performed live by Judy has appeared
on many, many LPs and CDs (and 8-tracks and Cassettes). The LPs and
CDs listed below that include her live versions are the most interesting
and/or commonly available to date. I don't own all of the records
and CDs that contain a version of "A Couple Of Swells" -
so what's shown below is what I have so far.
I've also added a few "fun" items that might not be considered
"home entertainment" (such as the 1948 bus pass) but are
NOTE: To see a complete listing of all of the various editions of the Easter Parade soundtrack in LP, & CD format, go to The Judy Garland Online Discography Easter Parade Pages (this link takes you to the 78 album, scroll down to see the rest). For 45rpm versions click here.
Banner above: The Spring 2005 Internet banner art promoting the DVD release.