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"Judy Sings! On The Radio" is split up into two pages. Part 1 covers the years 1935-1949. Page 2 covers the years 1950-1961.

Judy Garland's career in radio pre-dates her career on film at MGM. She and her two sisters made several appearances on various local radio stations as "The Gumm Sisters" and later as "The Garland Sisters." After Judy signed with MGM the studio wisely, and immediately, put her on the radio to introduce her to audiences. The studios used radio to promote their films, stars, and to expose up and coming contract players to the public. MGM wanted the public to be aware of Judy and her incredible voice prior to seeing her on film. Why? They were afraid the public might not believe that such a mature sounding voice was coming out of such a young girl. Radio also gave Judy and her musical mentor Roger Edens the chance to try out original material. Some of it would end up in her films. Edens was instrumental in shaping Judy's voice and provided invaluable musical guidance. Just a listen to the exisitng recordings of Judy on radio, in chronological order, one can hear her growth as a musicial.

The following recordings give you, the listener, a trip through Judy's extensive career on radio, with a variety of material she was never allowed in her MGM films. That's not a bad thing. But it's safe to say that if Judy has not had the luxury of radio to stretch her vocal prowess, her career may have been quite different.

Newer additions are noted with New! check back often to see if any new files have been posted.

Last update: February 12, 2017

Enjoy!

A HUGE THANK YOU to all the folks out there who have so generously shared various audio files with The Judy Room - especially those on Facebook. Thank you!

10-26-1935

BROADWAY RHYTHM

Here is Judy's first "official" appearance after signing with MGM. It's MGM's program "The Shell Chateau Hour with Wallace Beery" on NBC Radio. 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.

11-16-1935

ZING! WENT THE STRINGS OF MY HEART

ZING! WENT THE STRINGS OF MY HEART (with encore)
(this is the complete song and encore - the sound quality is not as good as on the CD set "Lost Tracks" but it does include Judy's banter with host Wallace Beery as well as her encore)


Here is the complete 1 hour show (18megs)

Judy's 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 a few months earlier and prior to any appearances on this program).

This performance 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."

08-06-1936

AFTER YOU'VE GONE
ON REVIVAL DAY

Again 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.

02-01-1937

New! DINAH

From the CBS Radio show "Jack Oakie's College." This is the only known recording of Judy singing a complete version of "Dinah." Judy previously sang part of the song in a medley (along with "On the Good Ship Lollipop" and "The Object of My Affection) that she sang during her Vaudeville years (pre-MGM). She recorded the medley on March 29, 1935 as part of a test recording session with Decca Records. Judy didn't get the recording contract but the disc has survived. Info about it can be found on the Discography's "
Lost Decca Recordings" page.

05-04-1937

New! THEY CAN'T TAKE THAT AWAY FROM ME

Judy's weekly appearance on the radio show "Jack Oakie's College."

09-28-1937

JUDY'S SEGMENT (includes "SMILES")

From "Jack Oakie's College" on CBS Radio - Judy was made a weekly regular on Jack Oakie's show on 2/23/37. Judy later recorded the song 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.

Note: This performance was previously thought to have aired on March 9, 1937.

Here is the complete show (mp3 file - 45 megs)

10-24-1937

New! 30 MINUTES IN HOLLYWOOD

From the WOR Radio show "Thirty Minutes in Hollywood" starring George Jessel. Judy sang "(Dear Mr. Gable) You Made Me Love You" to promote the recently released "Broadway Melody of 1938." Note that the sound quality is very poor. This is a recording in desperate need of restoration!

11-14-1937

New! JUDY'S SEGMENT (includes "EVERYBODY SING" and "YOUR BROADWAY AND MY BROADWAY")

From the “Good News of 1938” radio show. The hour-long program promoted upcoming MGM productions, with pre-recordings and live performances by quite a few of its stars.

Judy is featured singing “Everybody Sing” and “Your Broadway and My Broadway” via now-rare unused pre-recordings from "Broadway Melody of 1938" plus a little extra which created a fun production number that included, of all people, Rudy Vallee!

04-14-1938

COLLEGE SWING
CRYING FOR THE CAROLINES

From "Good News of 1938" on NBC Radio. 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.

04-21-1938

New! MY HEART IS TAKING LESSONS

From Judy's series of weekly appearances on the "Good News of 1938"NBC Radio show. Judy also sang "There's A Gold Mine in the Sky" but all that exists (that we know of) from this show is "My Heart Is Taking Lessons."

05-05-1938

GOD'S COUNTRY
SERENADE
HOW DEEP ISTHE OCEAN?

From "Good News of 1938." This was Judy's last appearance on the 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). "How Deep Is The Ocean" is the earliest known recording of Judy singing this song. She would sing it again (all on radio broadcasts) on 10-08-1945, 06-30-48, and January 1951. 

Complete Show (zip file - 26 megs)

09-08-1938

COULD YOU PASS IN LOVE?

From the "Maxwell House Good News of 1939" NBC Radio Show.  Appearing with Judy are Robert Young, Meredith Wilson and Frank Morgan.

12-14-1938

New! MY OLD KENTUCKY HOME

From the radio show "America Calling." No other information about this program exists.

The "America Calling" performance was Judy's second radio show appearance for the night. Earliner in the evening she appeared on the "National Redemption Movement Program" on NBC Radio with Mickey Rooney, Lewis Stone, and Jean Parker in a "Hardy Family" sketch. The show was a celebration of the anniversary of the American Bill of Rights.

The Hardy segment could have been pre-recorded as Judy was quite busy with production on The Wizard of Oz and might not have had the time to appear on (let alone rehearse for) two separate radio shows after a day (the first actually) of filming the "Munchkinland" sequence.

1938

DARDENELLA

This is a rare performance, previously only available on the long-out-of-print LP "The Wit and Wonder of Judy Garland."

The album states that Judy performed this at the Loew's State Theatre in New York in January 1938 at the premiere of
Everybody Sing, however the film actually didn't premiere until February 4, 1938. If anyone has real information about this performance, please let me know!

01-08-1939

New! THANKS FOR THE MEMORY
New!
SWEET OR SWING

Judy appeared on the CBS Radio show "Hollywood Screen Guild." She sang "Shall I Sing A Melody? (Sweet or Swing)" from "Everybody Sing" and "Thanks For The Memory." Judy was the first guest on this premiere episode of this new series hosted by George Murphy and also featuring Jack Benny and Joan Crawford.

03-07-1939

IT HAD TO BE YOU
FDR JONES

From the NBC Radio "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 a vocalist.

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. The film 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).

04-06-1939

SWEET SIXTEEN

From the CBS radio show "Tune Up Time." Judy gets a chance to engage in some witty banter prior to singing. Of note is that another guest o this show was singer Kay Thompson, who would become a huge influence in Judy's career and life in the mid-40's onward - and become Liza Minnelli's godmother, among other things. This could be the first time they met.

06-29-1939

New! BEHIND THE SCENES AT THE MAKING OF "THE WIZARD OF OZ" (zip File - 109 megs)

Judy's first public performance, and first radio performance, of "
Over The Rainbow."

Judy took a break from filming the "Babes In Arms" number for the film of the same name to go over to the NBC Studios to participate in the "Maxwell House Coffee Time - Good News" program that was devoted to "The Wizard of Oz," promoting its upcoming August release. The show pretended to go behind the scenes of the making of the film. It's the only time, that we know of, in which Judy actually flubbed the lyrics to "Over The Rainbow."

Judy was at MGM from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at which time she was released to do the radio program. She was back at the studio at 6:30 p.m. and resumed filming "Babes in Arms" on MGM's Backlot #2, the "Exterior School Yard" set until 10 p.m. Quite the busy day for her!

This "Good News" program has been released on LP and CD, most recently the wonderful 2014 "Wizard of Oz 75th Anniversary Anthology."

11-07-1939

New! GOODY GOOD-BYE

Judy made her weekly appearance on NBC Radio's "The Pepsodent Show Starring Bob Hope." She sang a wonderful rendition of "Goody, Goodbye" which survives and was recently remastered for the 2015 CD release "Judy Garland - The Best of LOST TRACKS 1929 - 1959"- a must have!

12-16-1939

New! COMES LOVE

From the "Arrow Head Springs Hotel Opening Broadcast" show on CBS Radio, broadcast from Palm Springs, California. Judy sang "Comes Love" at the show's conclusion.

The performance was originally released on the 1993 CD "All The Things You Are: Judy Garland On Radio, 1936-1944" and is now available, newly remastered, on the "Judy Garland - The Best of Lost Tracks 1929-1959" - a must have!

12-26-1939

New! DING DONG! THE WITCH IS DEAD

From "The Pepsodent Show starring Bob Hope" broadcast out of Hollywood on NBC-Radio. Judy sang a rare solo version of "Ding Dong! The Witch Is Dead."

The remastered version was first made available on the wonderful 2015 CD "The Best of Lost Tracks 1929-1959" - definitely a "must have"!!

02-13-1940

New! ALL THE THINGS YOU ARE

From Judy's weekly appearance on the NBC Radio show "The Pepsodent Show Starring Bob Hope." Judy sang a new song that would become a standard: "All The Things You Are."

Judy's performance has been released on a few CDs, including being remastered for the 2010 4-CD set "Lost Tracks."

04-08-1940

SAY SI, SI

Judy makes another of her weekly appearances on the NBC Radio "The Pepsodent Show Starring Bob Hope".

09-24-1940

New! OVER THE RAINBOW

Judy sang "Over The Rainbow" with Harold Arlen at the piano, at the Golden Gate International Exposition (World’s Fair) at Treasure Island in San Francisco.

Side note: The former MGM silent film star, William Haines, had an interior design exhibition at the fair, part of the “Decorative Arts” pavilion, that featured a “Desert Living Room” which put him on the map as THE modern interior decorator/designer. He became such a huge success that when Warner Bros. made A Star Is Born they modeled the Norman Maine/Vicki Lester home after Haines’ designs, and Warner Bros. studio boss Jack Warner’s screening room which was designed by Haines. They wanted Haines to design the set, but he was too expensive and probably wouldn’t have done it. He did the set design for one film in the late 30s and had such a bad experience he swore he’d never do it again. However, his “Moderne” designs were all the rage and he was in high demand. His furniture and brick-a-brack are still popular, especially with collectors.

10-28-1940

DRUMMER BOY

From the CBS Radio "Lux Radio Theater" adaptation of Judy & Mickey's film
Strike Up The Band.

Complete Show (MP3 File - 86 megs)

11-28-1940

New! LEO IS ON THE AIR

Judy and Jackie Cooper posed together for various publicity photos for "Ziegfeld girl." Judy was in the costume she wore in the "Laugh? I Thought I'd Split My Sides" number in the film. Judy also posed for solo portraits in the same costume.

Later that evening Judy was joined by Mickey Rooney for a "Leo Is On The Air" holiday special radio broadcast, live from "Santa Claus Lane" (Hollywood Blvd. dressed up for the holidays). To close out the show, MGM cleverly used the 1937 recording of Judy singing "Silent Night" that was first heard (and seen) in their 1937 Christmas trailer.

Check out The Judy Room's Extensive Spotlight on "Ziegfeld Girl" here.

01-01-1941

AULD LANG SYNE
New! I HEAR A RHAPSODY

Judy makes a special appreance on the NBC Radio show "Bundles for Britain", singing this lovely version of "Auld Lang Syne" and "I Hear A Rhapsody."

01-26-1941

LOVE'S NEW SWEET SONG

This CBS Radio "Silver Theater" prrduction of the original "Love's New Sweet Song" was Judy's first dramatic role.  Judy wrote the story the show was based on, and with husband David Rose she co-wrote the one song "Love's New Sweet Song."

02-22-1941

New! MY COUNTRY 'TIS OF THEE

From Judy's appearance on the Academy Awards show (then broadcast on radio).

04-27-1941

New! CHIN UP, CHERRIO, CARRY ON

From the "Young America Wants To Help" radio show. Judy sang "Chin Up, Cheerio, Carry On" from the upcoming film
Babes on Broadway.

This performance was included on the fantastic 2010 4-CD set "Judy Garland - Lost Tracks,"

07-02-1941

New! STRIKE UP THE BAND

From the the CBS Radio show, "Treasury Hour." The episode was titled "Millions for Defense." Judy and Mickey Rooney performed a comedy sketch and sang "Strike Up The Band."

09-07-1941

DADDY
THESE ARE THE THINGS I LOVE

Judy appears on the NBC Radio "Chase & Sanborn Hour" aka "The Charley McCarthy Show." She banters with "Charlie" and Edgar Bergen (Candice's father) in one of her several appearances on the show. Here, Judy's obviously having a blast (listen to the complete show offered below).

Complete Show (MP3 File - 22 megs)

10-12-1941

JIM

Here is a rare treat from the 1941 CBS "Silver Theater" radio adaptation of "Eternally Yours." Judy sings "Jim" followed by a brief scene. This is from the first night of the two-part adaptation. The second half aired a week later on October 19, 1941.

Judy co-starred with Edgar Barrier. The show was directed by Conrad Nagel.

11-09-1941

BABES IN ARMS (MP3 File - 44 megs)

The complete CBS Radio "Lux Radio Theater" adaptation of Judy & Mickey's film
Babes In Arms.

11-17-1941

THE PEANUT VENDOR
HOW ABOUT YOU?

From the CBS Radio "Lux Radio Theater" production of "Merton Of The Movies", co-starring Mickey Rooney. Judy knocks it out of the park with "The Peanut Vendor" (which she would later sing a snippet of in the "Born In A Trunk" medley in A Star Is Born).

As an encore, Judy and Mickey perform "How About You?" to promote their upcoming film Babes On Broadway. Cecil B. DeMille is the host.

Complete Show (MP3 File - 86 megs)

12-07-1941

ZING! WENT THE STRINGS OF MY HEART

Judy makes a guest appearance on NBC Radio's "Chase & Sanborn Hour" aka "The Charley McCarthy Show" live from Fort Ord, California. This is the day that the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor, so obviously the show was subject to breaking news updates. Also on the show are Abbot & Costello. They take up the first half, and Judy banters with Edgar Bergen and Charlie for the second half.

Here is the entire "Judy Segment" of the show (MP3 file - 9 megs)

12-23-1941

New! ABE LINCOLN HAD JUST ONE COUNTRY

From the "Millions For Defense" show on NBC Radio's "Treasury Hour" program.

06-18-1942

MINNIE FROM TRINIDAD

William Powell introduces Judy for this charming rendition of her big production number from 1941's Ziegfeld Girl. From "Command Performance #18."

New!
Complete Show (MP3 file - 59 megs)

06-21-1942

THE CHARLIE MCCARTHY SHOW

Here's the entire "The Chase & Sanborn Hour" aka "The Charley McCarthy Show" from NBC Radio. Judy performs "I Never Knew" and banters with Edgar Bergen and Charlie. Abbott & Costello are also featured.

10-09-1942

New! IT'S A GREAT DAY FOR THE IRISH
New!
ON THE SUNNY SIDE OF THE STREET

From the "Command Performance No. 35" show with Bob Hope as the host.

10-12-1942

I'LL REMEMBER APRIL

From the CBS Radio "Lux Radio Theater" version of Morning Glory. The 1933 film version won Katherine Hepburn an Oscar in her screen debut. This radio version shows off Judy's dramatic abilities, while also giving her a chance to sing this lovely song.
Cecil B. DeMille is the host. Judy's co-stars are: John Payne and Adolphe Menjou. Announcer is John Milton Kennedy and Musical Director is Louis Silvers.

Complete Show (MP3 file - 87 megs)

12-28-1942

New! A STAR IS BORN (zip file - 85 megs)

Judy's first stab at the famous Hollywood story came with this "Lux Radio Theater" version for CBS Racio. This was the catalyst that sparked Judy's desire to make a film musical version of the story. MGM flat our refused the idea, thinking that the public wouldn't accept their singing sweetheart married to a drunk. Plus, the seriousness of the story didn't really gel with MGM's overall glamour and artifice, especially in their musicals. Of course, we all know that Judy finally got to make
her version eleven years later.

01-09-1943

THE JOINT IS REALLY JUMPIN' DOWN AT CARNEGIE HALL
I NEVER KNEW I COULD LOVE ANYBODY LIKE I'M LOVIN' YOU

Judy and Jose Iturbi perform an extended skit and recreation of their song from the MGM film Thousands Cheer
, plus Judy sings her Decca single "I Never Knew." This is #19 in the Armed Forces Radio Service's "Mail Call" series.


Complete Show (MP3 file - 44 megs)

03-22-1943

HOW YA GONNA KEEP 'EM DOWN ON THE FARM? ..
AFTER YOU'RE GONE


From the CBS Radio "Screen Guild Players" version of For Me And My Gal. Judy sang this song in the film 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 apparent.

Complete Show (Zip file - 14.3 megs)

04-03-1943

I NEVER KNEW
OVER THE RAINBOW


Judy makes a guest appearance on the popular Command Performance radio show (Episode #61) with Bob Hope as emcee.

Complete Show (MP3 file - 44 megs)

circa
May 1943

DON'T GET AROUND MUCH ANYMORE
I LOST MY SUGAR IN SALT LAKE CITY

Two wonderful duets with Johnny Mercer. Judy was one of the great loves of Mercer's life. This is from the Armed Forces Radio "Personal Album #76", circa May 1943. Judy and Mercer also duetted on "Taking a Chance on Love."

07-04-1943

THIS IS THE ARMY MR. JONES
THAT OLD BLACK MAGIC

New! OVER THE RAINBOW

From the "The Pause That Refreshes On The Air" CBS Radio show sponsored by The Coca-Cola Company.

Complete Show (MP3 file - 34 megs)

08-28-1943

New! COMMAND PERFORMANCE SHOW #81

Judy appeared with Bing Crosby and Jimmy Durante, singing a Gershwin medley (which was just two song, "Embraceable You" and a lovely rendition of "The Man I Love"), "People Will Say We're In Love" (with Bing); and also with Bing a comic song medley.

10-30-1943

COMMAND PERFORMANCE #91

Judy makes another appearance on the popular show for the troops and sings a great version of "Zing! Went the Strings of My Heart." Also featuring Ginny Simms, Dinah Shore and Shirley Ross.

Circa 1944

New! AUTOLITE COMMERCIAL (with Dick Haymes)

Judy and Dick Haymes performed this cute and quick commercial on an unidentified program in 1944. The two reunited a couple of years later when they recorded two singles for Decca Records, "Aren't You Kind Of Glad We Did?" and "For You, For Me, Forevermore," both recorded on September 11, 1946.

01-05-1944

SPEAK LOW - MAIL CALL #72

Judy makes an appearance on Jack Benny's edition of "Mail Call," featuring Sinny Ellis and the Delta Rhythm Boys. Judy sings "Speak Low."

Complete Show (zip file - 42 megs) Note: The sound quality of this recording shows its age, but it's still fun nonetheless.

07-11-1944

SOMEBODY LOVES ME
New! THERE'S A TAVERN IN THE TOWN

From the NBC radio show "Everything for the Boys." Judy talked with servicemen stationed in Honolulu and sang "There's A Tavern in the Town." Judy also performed a quick version of "Somebody Loves Me." The show was broadcast during the day, as Judy had a night call at MGM for rehearsals on the "The Interview" number for "Ziegfeld Follies," from 7 to 10 p.m.

03-05-1944

THE MAN I LOVE
EMBRACEABLE YOU

From a "Command Performance #106" with Bing Crosby.

05-24-1944

EMBRACEABLE YOU (duet with Frank Sinatra)

Judy and Frank Sinatra perform a lovely duet of the classic Gershwin standard. Judy also sand "Zing! Went The Strings Of My Heart."

Complete Show (MP3 file - 42 megs)

06-03-1944

COMMAND PERFORMANCE #122

Judy performs "Dixieland Band" and has a ball bantering with Bing Crosby, Bob Hope and Frank Sinatra in a sketch in which the boys audition to be in Judy's next picture.

06-04-1944

THE WAY YOU LOOK TONIGHT

From "The Bakers of America Salute to the Armed Forces" NBC Radio show. Judy also sang: "Long Ago & Far Away" & "The Trolley Song."

New! Complete Show (MP3 file - 144 megs)

08-19-1944

New! I MAY BE WRONG - COMMAND PERFORMANCE #134 (remastered)

Complete Show (MP3 file - 8 megs)

Judy makes another appearance on the popular show for the troops. This time her co-stars are Danny Kaye and Helen Forrest.

10-08-1944

New! HOLLYWOOD DEMOCRATIC COMMITTEE DINNER (zip file - 5 megs)

The first known public performance of "The Trolley Song."

Judy appeared at the "Hollywood Democratic Committee dinner to honor Harold L. Ickes" held at the Ambassador Hotel, Los Angeles. With Johnny Green at the piano, Judy sang a parody of "Over the Rainbow" ("Over the Checkbook"); "Someone To Watch Over Me"; and "The Trolley Song."

Recordings of Judy's performances survive, although in a very low fidelity. You can download them via the link above.

11-06-1944

New! GOTTA GET OUT AND VOTE

Judy took part a joint radio broadcast by both CBS and NBC Radio, the Democratic National Committee" program. Judy sang "Gotta Get Out and Vote." The program was emceed by Humphrey Bogart and featured Claudette Colbert, James Cagney, Irving Berlin, Joseph Cotten, Keenan Wynn, and Groucho Marx.

12-17-1944

New! THE TROLLEY SONG
New!
HAVE YOURSELF A MERRY LITTLE CHRISTMAS

From the "Philco Radio Hall of Fame" radio show. Judy sang "The Trolley Song" and "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas" promoting the recent release of Meet Me In St. Louis. Paul Whiteman and His Orchestra accompanied Judy on both songs. Judy had previously performed with the band in her 1940 film Strike Up The Band.

12-24-1944

COMMAND PERFORMANCE ALL-STAR CHRISTMAS SHOW

This two hour extravaganza was aired on December 24, 1944 and featured many stars of the day giving their all for the troops overseas. The emcee was Bob Hope, the stars were: Xavier Cugat, Jerry Colonna, Virginia O'Brien, Spike Jones, Ginny Simms, Jimmy Durante, Dinah Shore, Jack Benny, Fred Allen, Kay Kyser, Frances Langford, Dorothy Lamour, Johnny Mercer, Danny Kaye, W.C. Fields, Spencer Tracy and of course, Judy Garland!

Judy gets to solo on "The Trolley Song" and "Oh Come All Ye Faithfull." The latter was part of a long medley of Christmas carols performed by Dinah Shore, Judy, Ginny Simms, Virginia O'Brien, Dorothy Lamour and Frances Langford. All of these ladies sing the finale version of "Silent Night."

THE TROLLEY SONG (intro by Bob Hope)
OH COME ALL YE FAITHFULL (intro by Dinah Shore)
SILENT NIGHT (Judy, Dinah Shore, Ginny Simms, Virginia O'Brien, Dorothy Lamour and Frances Langford)

Complete Show (MP3 file - 312 megs)

12-26-1944

THE TROLLEY SONG

Judy makes another appearance on the NBC radio show "Everything for the Boys." Judy sings the song a bit slower than we're used to.

01-30-1945

LOVE

Judy appeared with Bing Crosby and Frank Sinatra on the "March of Dimes" radio show and sang "Love" and "I Wonder Who's Kissing Her Now?"

New! Complete Show (MP3 File - 34 megs)

02-20-1945

DICK TRACY IN B-FLAT (zip file - 64 megs)

Recorded February 20, 1945 (not on the 15th as shown on the album) for the Armed Forces Radio Service Command Performance, "Dick Tracy in B-Flat - or For Goodness Sake Isn't he Ever Going To marry Tess Trueheart?" is one of Judy's most popular, and most readily available, radio performances. A parody with Frank Sinatra, Bing Crosby, Bob Hope, Jimmy Durante and more (see cast list below), this show gave Judy a chance to flex her comedic muscles. You can hear them all cracking up and having fun throughout the performance.

The show was broadcast on April 19, 1945 or April 29, 1945 depending on which source you believe.

10-05-1945

GOTTA BE THIS OR THAT

With Frank Sinatra from "The Danny Kaye Show" on CBS Radio. Judy also sang (with Frank) "How Deep Is the Ocean" & "My Romance."


Complete Show (MP3 file - 34 megs)

12-09-1945

LOOK FOR THE SILVER LINING
THEY DIDN'T BELIEVE ME

(partial, from the finale medley) from the "Jerome Kern Memorial Special" broadcast on CBS Radio.

Complete Show (zip file - 31 megs)

12-25-1945

COMMAND PERFORMANCE ALL-STAR CHRISTMAS SHOW

Another all-star Command Performance Christmas Show hosted by Bob Hope. Several of the stars who were a part of Hope's 1944 Christmas Show returned. Guests for this program were: Bing Crosby, Dinah Shore, Frank Sinatra, Frances Langford, Harry James & His Music Makers, Herbert Marshall, Jimmy Durante, Ginny Simms, Johnny Mercer, Jerry Colonna, The Pied Pipers and of course, Judy Garland!

Judy sang "Long Ago And Far Away," "It Came Upon A Midnight Clear" and engaged in a comedy sketch with Hope, Crosby and Johnny Mercer. Note: The version of "Long Ago And Far Away" as presented on the broadcast was actually a replay (from disc) of Judy's July 15, 1944 "Command Performance" rendition of the song. This was made possible due to the fact that all of the "Command Performance" shows were recorded and pressed on dics to send out to the troops overseas.

COMEDY SKETCH
LONG AGO AND FAR AWAY
IT CAME UPON A MIDNIGHT CLEAR

New!
Complete Show (zip file - 44 megs)

01-28-1946

THE CLOCK

Judy recreates her role in 1945's "The Clock" for the Lux Radio Theater on CBS Radio. This time the soldier she romances is played by John Hodiak who had just costarred with Judy in The Harvey Girls.

09-29-1946

I GOT THE SUN IN THE MORNING

From "Command Performance #241" co-starring Frank Sinatra and Phil Silvers.

Complete Show (MP3 file - 11 megs)

11-12-1946

New! LIZA
New! WAIT TILL THE SUN SHINES NELLIE

Judy and Bing Crosby pre-recorded Judy's appearance on the "Philco Radio Time/The Bing Crosby Show" which aired on November 27, 1946. Crosby recorded all of his radio shows ahead of the air dates, which is lucky for us as most of these recordings have survived.

Four songs from the show were included on the 1990 JSP Records CD release "All The Clouds'll Roll Away" and the remastered version of "Liza" (link above) was included on JSP's fantastic 2010 4-CD release "Judy Garland Lost Tracks 1929 - 1959" - a must have!

Complete Show (MP3 file - 67 megs)

11-21-1946

DRIVE-IN (44 megs)

The complete CBS Radio "Suspense Theater" broadcast. This is another rare instance of Judy exercising her acting skills without the trappings of a musical comedy framework. Executive Producer is William Spier, then husband of Judy's best female friend Kay Thompson. Musical director is Lud Gluskin. Judy's costar is Elliott Lewis.

New! Listen to the rehearsal for the show here.

12-01-1946

REHEARSAL - MEET ME IN ST. LOUIS - CBS LUX RADIO THEATER (MP3 file - 70 megs)

Here is the complete rehearsal for the radio version of Judy's MGM blockbuster. The show featured Judy, Tom Drake and Margaret O'Brien recreating their roles. John Milton Kennedy is the annoucer, William Keighley is the producer and host.

12-02-1946

MEET ME IN ST. LOUIS - CBS LUX RADIO THEATER (MP3 file - 87 megs)

Here is the broadcast (live) version of the show.

10-26-1947

New! HOLLYWOOD FIGHTS BACK

Judy and other stars protested against the House of un-American Activities Committee via the radio show "Hollywood Fights Back."

Other stars in this show included: Van Heflin, Kennan Wynn, John Huston, Danny Kay, Marsha Hunt, Walter Wanger, Cornel Wilde, John Garfield, Artie Shaw, Humphrey Bogart, Edward G. Robinson, Paulette Goddard, Audie Murphy, Evelyn Keyes, Burt Lancaster, Paul Henreid, William Holden, Robert Ryan, Myrna Loy, Gene Kelly, Lauren Bacall, Joseph Cotton, Peter Lorre, June Havoc, and Vincente Price.

06-30-1948

New! IT ONLY HAPPENS WHEN I DANCE WITH YOU (with Fred Astaire)

Judy and her Easter Parade co-star, Fred Astaire appeared on "The Tex and Jinx Show" for WNBC Radio in Hollywood, CA. The appearance was to celebrate both Irving Berlin (who wrote the songs for Easter Parade) and the film's New York Premiere. Judy and Fred sang "It Only Happens When I Dance With You" (which Berlin had written specifically for Judy).

Judy was in rehearsals for "The Barkleys of Broadway," also co-starring Astaire, but called in sick apparently to save strength for the radio show. Even the film's assistant director's notes stated that Judy "can't work and be on the radio too."

09-30-1948

New! PRETTY BABY (duet with Al Jolson)
New! OVER THE RAINBOW

From the NBC Radio show, "Kraft Music Hall" with Al Jolson and Oscar Levant. She sang "Johnny One Note," a partial rendition of "Over The Rainbow" and, with Al Jolson, "Pretty Baby." The audio of this show is the only known recording of Judy and Jolson singing together.

Earlier on this day Judy was on the MGM recording stage, pre-recording "Johnny One Note" for Words and Music (1948). The session took a short 30 minutes, lasting from 11 - 11:30 a.m.

Complete Show (MP3 file - 72 megs)

This show was originally released on the 1974 album "Judy Garland On Radio." Read more about it at the Discography's page on the release: www.thejudyroom.com/misc/onradio.html

10-06-1948

FOR ME AND MY GAL
WHO?
EMBRACEABLE YOU
CONFESS

All 4 are duets with Bing Crosby from "Philco Radio Time" on ABC Radio. This is the broadcast date. Crosby always recorded his shows in advance, usually two weeks prior. This show was most likey recorded on or about September 23, 1948.

New! Complete Show (MP3 file - 73 megs)

December 1948

OVER THE RAINBOW

From "The Louella Parsons" radio show. Exact date unknown. This is a rare instance of Judy singing the opening verse of the song.

08-15-1949

New! AMPAS BIRTHDAY TRIBUTE TO ETHEL BARRYMORE

Judy participated in the AMPAS birthday tribute to Ethel Barrymore in honor of her 70th birthday.

10-05-1949

MA, HE'S MAKIN' EYES AT ME
MAYBE IT'S BECAUSE

I DON'T CARE

From "The Bing Crosby Show" on CBS Radio. Judy promotes her recent film In The Good Old Summertime by singing "I Don't Care" and engaging in some still-funny banter with Bing, plus some satire on "old time" radio shows. One of the most engaging radio shows Judy ever appeared on.

Complete Show (MP3 file - 43 megs)