French singer Amélie Munier’s world première recording of the Harold Arlen – Ira Gershwin tune “I’m Off the Downbeat,” written for (but never recorded by) Judy Garland to sing in A Star Is Born, can now been seen at: www.dailymotion.com, and heard at The Judy Room. It’s too bad Garland never recorded this charming song, it’s perfectly suited to her.
The performance, recorded in public, took place on June 10th (the 90th anniversary of Garlands birth) at the Studio Sacha Guitry at Radio France in Paris, and was part of the Sunday morning France Musique program 42e rue (42nd Street), produced and hosted by Laurent Valière. The hour-long radio program, part of a weekend devoted to musical comedy, can be seen in its entirety at: www.dailymotion.com. The radio broadcast was followed later in the day by a full-fledged tribute to Garland at the theatre Le Cenquatre, at which time Munier once again performed the deleted song. Singers Tina May, Peggy Bouveret, Laurent Naouri, and pianist Jeff Cohen also participated in the tribute, which will be broadcast by France Musique at a later date.
“Green Light Ahead,” another song written for A Star Is Born, but it too never used, as interpreted by Judy Kaye on the CD Harold Arlen: Americanegro Suite, can also be heard at The Judy Room.