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When it came to live performances, there is no one who has ever come close to the magical electric energy that was Judy Garland on stage. Even through the distancing medium of television and film, she was (and still is) able to connect with audiences - on all levels of emotions.

The videos here provide viewers a chance to see Judy perform during various stages of her career. MORE videos can be found embedded in entries in the INTERACTIVE JUDY GARLAND TIMELINE.

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TWO previously unreleased Judy Garland performances!

Judy barks! On January 5, 1937, Judy Garland made her first appearance on the popular CBS Radio show "Jack Oakie's College" hosted by the film star Jack Oakie. She sang "Pennies From Heaven" and "Hold That Bulldog," a song she had recorded in the summer of 1936 for inclusion in her feature film debut, Pigskin Parade (1936 - 20th Century-Fox). The studio prerecording of "Hold That Bulldog" remains lost. This radio performance is the only known recording of Judy singing the song, giving us an idea of how it might have sounded in the film.

Judy's first performance in the broadcast was her rendition of "Pennies From Heaven." This previously thought lost recording is the only know recording of Judy singing the song. She certainly gives it her all!

This previously unreleased recording is presented here thanks to the generosity of collector John Newton. Thank you, John!

ANOTHER previously unreleased Judy Garland performance!

On April 20, 1937, Judy premiered a sizzling version of "Johnny One Note" on the "Jack Oakie's College" radio show. This was one of the first (if not the very first) performances of the song to a nationwide audience. "Johnny One Note" had been introduced in the Rodgers & Hart Broadway show "Babes in Arms" just six days prior to this broadcast.

Judy reprised the song on the June 15, 1937, edition of "Jack Oakie's College." No recording of that show is known to exist although it's more than likely that Judy sang the arrangement heard here.

This previously unreleased recording is presented here thanks to the generosity of collector John Newton.

Judy's 1937 radio version of "Dinah" - another previously unreleased recording!

June 1, 1937 [note that the dates on the slides in the video are incorrect, my apologies!] Judy performed "Dinah" on the "Jack Oakie's College" radio show, broadcast by CBS Radio.This is the only known recording of Judy singing song in full. Judy had previously recorded part of the song on March 29, 1935, when she made several test records for the Decca Records label. "Dinah" was part of a medley that also included "On The GoodShip Lollipop" and "The Object Of My Affection."

A huge shout out of thanks to Michael Feinstein for bringing this perfromance to the public in 2016.

Rare alternate take of "The Balboa" from Pigskin Parade (1936), synched to the film footage.

Here's another treasure from the collection of John Newton: A demonstration record that features a partial alternate take of 14-year-old Judy Garland's first song in a feature film, "The Balboa" from 20th Century Fox's 1936 musical Pigskin Parade. Garland fans might have noticed that a few of the lyrics Judy sings don't match her lip-synching. This is because after the number was filmed the studio (probably the producer or director) decided to change a few of those lyrics. They called Judy back to re-record part of the song.

In the film, Judy sings: "Shake a little bit, Swing a little bit, Break a little bit, Wing a little bit." In the original recording, Judy sings: "TRUCK a little bit, Swing a little bit, BUCK a little bit, Wing a little bit." The lyrics noted in caps match her lip-synching. "Buck" makes more sense with "Wing" being an obvious reference to "buck and wing" style of dancing. The change is probably due to the fact that the lyrics are sung so fast that "buck" sounds like a four-letter-word. Perhaps the Production Code caught it and made them change it or they changed it on their own. We'l'l never know. Also included in the number are the film's stars: Jack Haley, Patsy Kelly, Betty Grable, Dixie Dunbar, Stuart Erwin, Johnny Downs and The Yacht Club Boys.

Thank you, John, for sharing more of your fantastic collection!

TWO previously unreleased Judy Garland performances from 1969!

Previously unreleased Copenhagen live performances recorded on March 25, 1969. Restored and remastered by John Haley. More details at The Judy Room's YouTube Channel.

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Judy on "The Tonight Show" starring Johnny Carson
June 24, 1968

Here is the complete video of Judy's appearance on "The Tonight Show" with Johnny Carson. Judy doesn't sing, but she gets to chat and tell one of her funny stories.

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Judy on "The Tonight Show" starring Johnny Carson
December 17, 1968

Here is the complete video of Judy's final appearance on "The Tonight Show" with Johnny Carson. Judy sings "It's All For You" and "Till After The Holidays."

"Some People" - Rare Rehearsal Recording

Judy Garland - "Some People" - Rare Rehearsal Recording - Newly restored and uncorrupted.

A while back, a misguided person posted a corrupted version of this rare Judy Garland recording on YouTube with an obnoxious voiceover added at the beginning and the end, even over Garland's vocal (!) thereby ruining the listening experience.

Here is another version of this rare recording without that inane voiceover, so listeners can finally enjoy it - uncorrupted. This version has been remastered, giving it a more balanced and greatly improved sound quality.

On April 26, 1962, Judy Garland and Capitol Records engaged in a “live” recording session at New York City’s Manhattan Center, for the planned Capitol album “Judy Takes Broadway.” The album was planned as a follow-up to Judy’s 1961 record breaking double LP “Judy at Carnegie Hall.” Capitol invited fans and celebrities to make up the late-night audience (including Marilyn Monroe, Barbra Streisand, Liza Minnelli, Henry Fonda and Peter Sellers).

Unfortunately, Judy was suffering from laryngitis and although she soldiered on, she could not complete the “concert." She wasn't able to get to "Seventy-Six Trombones" and "Tonight."

Later that night, after the audience left, Judy completed "Why Can't I?" and attempted "Do What You Do,” but halted it after singing just the verse. Judy was incredibly hoarse by this point (who wouldn't be?) and her keen musical sense told her that she couldn't go on.

Capitol decided that Judy would re-record some songs and/or overdub existing tracks in the studio. This never happened, and the surviving tracks were not officially released until June 28, 1989 when some of them appeared on the Capitol CD“Judy Garland - Live!” To fill out the disc, Capitol added some tracks from their 1965 album of songs from Judy’s TV series titled “Just for Openers.” "Why Can't I" was subsequently released on the 2002 compilation "Classic Judy Garland - The Capitol Years 1955 - 1965.”

This rehearsal version of “Some People” has never been released (uncorrupted, that is),

For more information about this and all of Judy Garland’s recordings, check out The Judy Garland Online Discography.

"Why Was I Born" - "Lost" MGM Recording

A lost Judy Garland MGM recording? Well, sort of…

Not long after giving birth to daughter Liza Minnelli on March 12, 1946, Judy participated in a radio show memorial honoring the late composter Jerome Kern, broadcast “live” from the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles on July 20, 1946. “Live” is in quotations because a chunk of the broadcast was provided by MGM pre-recordings.

In February of 1946, the Hollywood Bowl Association approached MGM producer Arthur Freed to produce a Kern memorial concert for their summer season. Freed accepted. At the time of the request, the studio was finishing up production of their all-star biopic about Kern titled Till The Clouds Roll By. The film previewed on July 2, 1946, so the timing of the concert gave MGM some great promotion, even though the film didn’t go into general release until January 3, 1947.

Most of the guest stars who appear in the film also appear on the broadcast on July 20, 1946, recreating their numbers with Robert Walker narrating (Walker played Kern in the film). The concert was divided into three sections:

1) The California Junior Symphony Orchestra conducted by Peter Meremblum played a medley of Kern songs.

2) Johnny Green conducted the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra with some of the stars from the film recreating their numbers (including Judy singing “Look For The Silver Lining” and “Who?”) followed by Green and the orchestra performing the “Mark Twain Suite” (a Kern eulogy written by Freed himself).

3) The extensive “Finale Medley” from the film. This is the section of the broadcast that MGM cleverly used their orchestra-only pre-recordings for the stars to sing with.

Twenty minutes after the concert had started, word came that Lena Horne would not be able to appear. Since they were using the MGM pre-recordings for the finale section, which included Lena’s “Why Was I Born?” solo, her section couldn’t be cut at such short notice. At intermission, MGM’s musical director Roger Edens went to Judy’s dressing room and persuaded her to step in for Lena. They quickly rehearsed the song at a “small, broken down piano” in a “passageway leading to the dressing rooms backstage.” Judy came through with a beautiful performance.

Because of this last minute change, and the fact that the broadcast was recorded, we’re treated to a unique MGM recording of Judy Garland singing “Why Was I Born?” Yes, an MGM recording. It’s Judy singing with the studio pre-recording of the MGM Studio Orchestra. That’s not as crazy as it sounds. MGM pre-recorded their music in a multi-track system on separate audio optical tracks, a process dating back at the studio to about 1931. This was done to create perfect takes and a balanced mono track for the films. Many of the recordings your hear in their films are culled together from multiple vocal and orchestra takes.

The only public release of this performance was on a 1970s record “The Judy Garland Musical Scrapbook” without any explanation of its history. Over the years, collectors have wondered if this was a rare, unreleased and possibly undocumented pre-recording that Judy made for the studio. Maybe she was even slated to sing it in the film?

As nice as it would be to think that this is a rare test record Judy made at the studio, it’s not. Judy completed her work on “Clouds” on November 7, 1945. Already pregnant with Liza, Judy was off work for the rest of her pregnancy and shortly thereafter. In fact, this broadcast is one of Judy’s first public appearances after Liza’s birth. Lena recorded her numbers for the film in January, March, and April of 1946. It makes no sense for MGM to call Judy in to record a vocal to marry to the orchestra track of a Lena recording from March 22, 1946. Besides, Judy was never slated to sing it in the film. It was always planned as Lena’s solo in the film’s “Finale Medley” section.

In the end, thanks to this concert being recorded we have this “lost” Judy Garland MGM recording.

Information for this was provided by Hugh Fordin’s book “The World of Entertainment! Hollywood’s Greatest Musicals” and Scott Schecther’s book “Judy Garland - The day-by-day Chronicle of a Legend.”

Check out The Judy Room's special spotlight on the film at: Till The Clouds Roll By.

"Who?" - MGM Records Version

Speaking of Till The Clouds Roll By, here is the MGM Records version of "Who?"

This MGM Records version was the only version available for decades and it is quite different than what's in the film.

I've married the film to the corresponding parts of the MGM Records version. Explanatory text fills out the rest.

Rare colorized footage of "The Judy Garland Show

Judy at the Sahara
1962

When Judy Garland appeared at the Sahara in Las Vegas in 1962, she gave an interview backstage and chatted about daughter Liza Minnelli.

Judy's was in concert at the Sahara from September 18, 1962 to October 29, 1962. She was paid $40,000 per week. Showtime was 2:30 a.m.! Even at that hour she packed the house.

On opening night, Capitol Records presided Glenn Wallichs presented Judy with a Gold Record for her 2-LP set "Judy at Carnegie Hall." However, he had to wait after the two-minute-and-eighteen-second standing ovation to be over before making the presentation.

Judy and Mickey visit the New York World's Fair
August 1939

While in New York performing at the Loew's State theater inbetween showings of The Wizard of Oz, Judy and Mickey take a break to check out the World's Fair. New York's Mayor Fiorello LaGuardia welcomes the teens.

I added the color footage at the end from family home movies taken of the fair in 1939. The footage gives a glimpse of just how lovely the fair was, and also how better dressed people were when they went out in those days!

"Over the Rainbow" from Command Performance #92
November 13, 1943

Here's a chance to see 21-year-old Judy Garland perform "Over the Rainbow" as she did dozens of times on the radio and in live appearances during the War Years. The "Command Performance" series were shows recorded on discs and shipped overseas for the servicemen to enjoy. This particular episode was filmed and sent overseas to give the men a chance to see as well as hear some of their favorite stars.

Other Command Performance shows can be found in audio format on the "Judy Sings! - On The Radio" page.

Carnegie Hall Tribute Video

In 2011 I created this video tribute celebrating the
50th anniversary of "Judy at Carnegie Hall." To see the unedited concert footage, check out the Discography's "Judy at Carnegie Hall" page.

Houston Concert Footage
February 23, 1961

Here's silent footage of Judy on the road to Carnegie Hall, a rare glimpse of Judy at her "in concert" peak.

"Hayride" Outtake Comparison

Provided by our friend "Lost Vocals" Mark.

Mark explains: In 1946, "Hayride" was recorded by Judy Garland for "The Harvey Girls" but never filmed. Four years later, however, the melody resurfaced in "Pagan Love Song" sung by Howard Keel. See which version you prefer! (And see if you can guess who plays the native laundress...)

The Hollywood Palace - 1965
Judy was the guest hostess for this episode of the popular variety show.
It was taped on October 15, 1965 and aired on November 13, 1965 with a repeat airing on September 3, 1966.

A huge thanks to Donald for providing the high quality video of this show.

Comes Once In A Lifetime (Opening)

West Side Story Medley (with Vic Damone)

A Couple of Swells

I Loved Him

Judy At The Palace Medley

I'll Plant My Own Tree


Another treat from Mark! This time, it's Judy's pre-recording of "I'll Plant My Own Tree" for the film
Valley of the Dolls. Judy was replaced by Susan Hayward in the role of "Helen Lawson." Here's Judy's pre-recording synched to the the number as it finally appeared in the finished film.

Mark says: What if Susan Hayward had performed to Judy Garland's track instead of Margaret Whiting's? I've been asked to do this before, but I was never inspired until I found this great stereo version of the track. Now the scene (and the applause) finally make sense!

1997 Clinique Ad

The Clinique Cosmetics company used Judy's MGM soundtrack recording of "Get Happy" to sell their latest product.

2007 Diet Coke Ad

This ad from Diet Coke beautifully uses Judy's version of "What'll I Do."


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