April 6, 1937: Judy’s weekly appearance on Jack Oakie’s “Oakie’s College” radio show on CBS Radio. Judy sang a duet of “Let’s Call The Whole Thing Off” with Oakie and soloed on “Smiles.”
Listen to “Smiles” here:
More Judy Garland radio performances can be downloaded from The Judy Room’s “Judy Sings! On The Radio” pages here.
April 6, 1939: Judy appeared on the “Tune-Up Time” radio show broadcast by CBS out of New York. Judy was in New York on a personal appearance tour. She sang “Sweet Sixteen” and “FDR Jones, ” in spite of the fact that some of the newspapers said she would sing songs from the recently completed The Wizard of Oz. Also on the show was Kay Thompson who, when she went to MGM in the mid-1940s, became a major influence on Judy’s style, became her best female friend, and Liza’s godmother!
Listen to “Sweet Sixteen” here:
Listen to “FDR Jones” here:
April 6, 1941: Movie Star Mothers have their day!
April 6, 1942: Filming continued on For Me And My Gal specifically on the “Interior Bijou (Doll Shop)” set. Time called: 10:00 a.m.; dismissed: 6:00 p.m.
April 6, 1943: Filming continued on Girl Crazy, specifically on the “Exterior Indian Rock” set. Time called: 10:25 a.m.; dismissed: 5:50 p.m.
That night, Judy recorded an appearance on the “Command Performance” series of radio shows, which were pre-recorded onto discs for shipment to the troops overseas. This edition was “#61.” Judy sang “I Never Knew” and “Over The Rainbow.”
Listen to: “I Never Knew” here:
Listen to “Over The Rainbow” here:
Listen to the complete show here:
Photo provided by Kim Lundgreen. Thanks, Kim!
April 6, 1944: Decca Records released its “cast album” of songs from “Girl Crazy” featuring Judy and Mickey Rooney. The songs are not original soundtrack performances, they are studio recordings made at the Decca Records studios. This was the second of four such “cast albums” of songs from Judy’s films.
April 6, 1944: These publicity photos of Judy with co-star Tom Drake (as “The Boy Next Door”) were taken on the Meet Me In St. Louis set as they were filming the “proposal scene.”
April 6, 1945: Filming continued on The Harvey Girls specifically on the “Exterior Sandrock” set, which was MGM’s “Western Street” on Backlot #3 dressed up as the fiction town of Sandrock. Time called: 8:00 p.m.; dismissed: 2:15 a.m. This was a nighttime shoot which included the deleted “March of the Doagies” number.
April 6, 1949: Judy began filming Annie Get Your Gun. First up, the song “Doin’ What comes Natur’lly” on the “Exterior Wilson Hotel” set. Judy as due in makeup at 8:00 a.m.; arrived in makeup at 9:25 a.m. The Assistant Director’s reports note that “Miss Garland called cameraman on set at 9:40 a.m. to discuss her makeup after which time cameraman, Miss Garland and Mr. Freed looked at makeup test in projection room, cameraman returned to set at 10:05 a.m.; 10:05-11:25: Wait for Miss Garland on stage; 11:05 changing in wardrobe, and ready on set at 11:25 a.m.
11:25-12:07 – Rehearse with principles; set boom action
12:07-1:07 – Lunch
1:13-1:17 – Sew Miss Garland’s jacket
1:17-1:29 – Rehearse with principles set boom action
1:36-1:39 – Final makeup for principles
Time dismissed: 5:55 p.m.
April 6, 1951: Judy was photographed in London with Charles Davies. She had just arrived in the city to prepare for her concert debut at the London Palladium on April 9th which was the beginning of her legendary “Concert Years.”
April 6, 1951: Judy’s weight was fodder for the English press. This wouldn’t be the first time.
April 6, 1952: Judy was in rehearsals for the debut of her show at the Los Angeles Philharmonic on April 21, 1952.
April 6, 1958: Two articles, both published on this day, addressed Judy’s recent legal and financial woes.
April 6, 1961: Judy was in concert at the Kleinhans Music Hall in Buffalo, New York. This was Judy’s first concert after having taken a break from her 1960/1961 tour in March to film her role in Judgment at Nuremberg and after having spent some time in Palm Beach, Florida. According to Leonard Lyons’ column of April 17th (above), this concert was a sellout.
April 6, 1962: Judy wrote her first of a series of notes/letters to David Begelman on this date, at 4:00 a.m. On Beverly Hills Hotel stationery, she wrote about having just returned from a poker game where no one introduced her to the one man she didn’t know, and how lack of manners upset her. Still, Judy said she was happy that she cared “about basic things – a little gentleness – a little warmth – and being able to give a little love whenever and wherever it’s needed.”
Photo: 1962 portrait of Judy.
April 6, 1968: Judy appeared at a benefit at The Plaza Hotel in New York City. Clad in her white pantsuit (and shoeless), Judy sang five songs: “I Feel A Song Coming On”; “How INsensitive”; “Judy In Time”; “What Now, My Love?”; and “For Once In My Life.” Then she sang “Over The Rainbow” sitting in the middle of the ballroom surrounded by about 50 people.
Photo: Judy in her white pantsuit at the Garden State Arts Center on June 25, 1968.
April 6, 1969 (through April 14, 1969): Judy and Mickey Deans too the train with Matthew West and his partner Brian Southcombe, to the latter couple’s cottage in Hazelmare/West Sussex, an hour’s ride from Waterloo (an hour and a half from London) to spend the weekend. The cottage was two stories high, fair-sized, with a big country kitchen that had its own huge hearth. Judy’s upstairs bedroom overlooked the garden. Judy spent the weekend sitting in the sun, resting, eating tiny amounts, and sleeping a good deal.
When Monday arrived and Deans had to return to London, Judy had been making such favorable progress that she agreed to remain at the cottage for the week, with Deans returning every evening, Judy, at one point, actually spent three hours reorganizing the kitchen, where she spent a lot of time. On cooler days she’d sit in the kitchen reading before the fire. She listened to the radio; sang; made notes for lyrics; and spent time reading: that week she was “devouring” “Citizen Hearst.” Nights were spent watching old movies on television, with Judy turning down the sound and ad-libbing her own dialogue for all the characters.
When the week was up, they drove back to the mews cottage in London. Anne Edwards states in her 1975 biography that it was this weekend that Judy and Deans had spent the disastrous weekend in Spain and that it was actually 10 days before he brought her back home. Apparently more certain is a Friday, April 12, 1969, Swedish newspaper “Ekstabladet,” that stated the Day in a Life of film would not be delivered to Arne Stivell from the London lab where it was processed, as it contained footage of Judy in the nude. Stivell is quoted as saying, “One agrees that the film contains pictures of Judy Garlan in the nude and that the film shows her in an intoxicated condition, but she knew all along that she was being filmed according to the terms of the contract.” Judy and Deans lost the initial London court case and would be responsible for court costs, but on April 22, Judy’s attorneys wrote her a letter informing her that her performances were covered by the Swedish law of copyright, and it appeared as though the film would not be shown.
April 6, 2004: Big news for Judy Garland fans! Warner Home Video released FIVE Garland films on DVD for the first time.
The big release was the deluxe 2-disc special edition boxed set of Meet Me In St. Louis which premiered the new “Ultra-Resolution Process” restoration of the film. It was the third film to be restored by Warner using the new process and was unveiled with a lot of fanfare just a few days before on April 4th, with Judy’s co-star in the film, June Lockhart, and daughter Liza Minnelli, in attendance.
Check out The Judy Room’s “DVD/Blu-ray” pages for details, including this page featuring the original press release and details on each DVD.
Also on this date: The four single-disc DVDs noted above were released as part of a seven-disc set titled “The Judy Garland Signature Collection” which added the previously released The Wizard of Oz, The Harvey Girls, and A Star Is Born.
Also, check out the separate pages for each release here: