On This Day In Judy Garland’s Life And Career – April 10

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“You’ll never make the big time, because you’re small time in your heart.” – Judy Garland as “Jo Hayden” in “For Me And My Gal” – 1942

April 10, 1932:  Frances (Judy) performed in a talent show at the Lancaster High School, Lancaster, California.


April 10, 1939:  Judy’s first night at Loew’s in New York.  According to the papers, Judy made appearances at multiple Loew’s theaters each night (see the ad above).  In one instance it was noted that when Judy played the New Jersey theater, she was “forced to appear in the lobby at the demand of her fans.”  Due to the times given and taking into account the time to travel, Judy’s appearances at the smaller Loew’s theaters must not have featured a state show but rather Judy’s greeting of her fans.

Freddie Bartholomew gives Judy Garland flowers

April 10, 1940: Here’s a cute cartoon that mentions Judy and Freddie Bartholomew, as well as Judy’s flower shop (which was a reality, at least for a while).

April 10, 1940:  Decca Records recording session at the Decca studios in Hollywood, California.  Judy recorded four songs in the following order: “(Can This Be) The End Of The Rainbow”; “Wearing Of The Green”; “I’m Nobody’s Baby”; and “Buds Won’t Bud.”  The latter two were also recorded by Judy for MGM’s Andy Hardy Meets Debutante with “Buds Won’t Bud” being deleted.

“I’m Nobody’s Baby” was the highlight of the film and this Decca recording (paired with “Buds Won’t Bud” on Decca single #3174) was released by Decca to coincide with the release of the film.  What’s interesting is that “I’m Nobody’s Baby” was the “B” side of the single, but is the song that became the hit, peaking at #3 on the charts.

“Wearing of the Green” was not released until August and was paired with “Friendship” which Judy recorded with Johnny Mercer on April 15th. “(Can This Be) The End Of The Rainbow” was released in September 1940 and then again in November 1941.

Listen to “(Can This Be) The End Of The Rainbow” here:

Listen to “Wearing Of The Green” here:

Listen to “I’m Nobody’s Baby” here:

Listen to “Buds Won’t Bud” here:

Label images from the Rick Smith Collection.  Thanks, Rick!

For information about all of Judy’s Decca recordings and their many, many re-releases, check out The Judy Garland Online Discography’s Decca Records Pages here.

April 10, 1942:  Filming continued on For Me And My Gal on the “Interior Nick’s Cafe” set.  Time called: 10:00 a.m.; dismissed: 6:15 p.m.  This was the last day of filming the iconic title number.

Check out The Judy Room’s Filmography Pages on For Me And My Gal here.


April 10, 1943:  Judy had another music rehearsal of the “Embraceable You” number for Girl Crazy.  Tome called: 10:30 a.m.; Judy arrived at 11:15 a.m.; dismissed: 4:30 p.m.

Photo:  VHS cover artwork.

Check out The Judy Room’s Filmography Pages on Girl Crazy here.

April 10, 1943:  Here is another mention of Judy being cast in The Belle of New York.  The title had been on producer Arthur Freed’s wish list for over a decade before he was finally able to bring it to the screen in 1952.  By that time, the film starred Fred Astaire and Vera-Ellen.

For more about film projects that Judy was either cast in or wanted for, check out The Judy Room’s “Films That Got Away” page here.

April 10, 1943:  In the “What The Picture Did For Me” feature in the trade magazine “Motion Picture Daily,” Arthur K. Dame of the Palace Theatre in Penacook, New Hampshire, had this to say about For Me And My Gal: “Very good.  I don’t think it was a big production nor a very costly one, but it please okay and did good business.  Played Saturday, Sunday, March 6, 7.”

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April 10, 1944:  Judy had dubbing work for Meet Me In St. Louis.  Time called: 10:00 a.m.; dismissed: 12:30 p.m.  This was Judy’s second to last day of work on the film.  The final day was another day of dubbing on May 26, 1944.

Photo:  1983 VideoDisc cover artwork.

Check out The Judy Room’s Spotlight on Meet Me In St. Louis here.

April 10, 1945: Judy and co-star John Hodiak were on location in Chatsworth, California in the San Fernando Valley, filming desert scenes for The Harvey Girls including the ultimately deleted song “My Intuition.”  Time called: 10 a.m.; arrived: 10:15 a.m.; dismissed: 5:35 p.m.

Check out The Judy Room’s Filmography Page on The Harvey Girls here.

April 10, 1946:  Ziegfeld Follies of 1946.

April 10, 1947 VooDoo

April 10, 1947: Another famous Garland outtake was pre-recorded on this day, “Voodoo” for The Pirate. The song went through various a couple of different versions but was ultimately deleted after filming. The footage no longer survives.  Time called: 12 p.m.; dismissed: 5 p.m.

Listen to “Voodoo” Take 1 here:

Listen to “Voodoo” Take 3 here (includes some Garland chatter):

Listen to “Voodoo” the complete version here:

Check out The Judy Room’s Filmography Pages on The Pirate here.

April 10, 1947:  Borrow Judy Garland’s Beauty Secret!  This Lux Soap ad promoted their product as a tie-in to the recent MGM musical hit Till The Clouds Roll By in which Judy’s guest star appearance as Marilyn Miller was the highlight.

Check out The Judy Garland Online Discography’s Till The Clouds Roll By pages here.

Check out The Judy Room’s Spotlight on Till The Clouds Roll By here.

Meanwhile, the newly formed MGM Records had just released (on March 1st) their first album, “MGM-1,” which was the soundtrack to Till The Clouds Roll By.

April 10, 1948:  Judy’s Easter Parade co-star, Fred Astaire, was featured in the regular “Seein’ Stars” newspaper feature.

April 10, 1951: The reviews were in and Judy was the talk of the entertainment world with her smashing success on her opening night at the London Palladium the previous night. What would become known as her legendary “Concert Years” had begun.

Note how the articles mention Judy’s weight with words like “heavyweight” “plump” and “ungainly matron.” That didn’t stop the critics from giving her stellar reviews, of course, but one wonders what these words did for Judy’s self-confidence if she read them.

Check out The Judy Room’s “Judy Garland – The Concert Years” here.

April 10, 1952:  Judy’s divorce from her second husband, Vincente Minnelli, was reported as being finalized on April 9th.  This left her free to marry Sid Luft.

Check out The Judy Room’s “Judy Garland – The Concert Years” here.

April 10, 1953:  Imagine being at Lauren Bacall’s party and hearing Judy “casually” sing.  Many in Hollywood at the time spoke in awe about the fact that Judy could be coaxed to sing at parties, and sometimes sang through the night.  How lucky they were!

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April 10, 1954:  Judy returned to work on A Star Is Born, to begin rehearsals on retakes of the “Lose That Long Face” number.  Judy had taken a two-week vacation from the film, after a screening of a rough cut (on March 25th) was deemed a success.  During this break, Judy quit taking her prescribed medications “cold turkey.”

Photo:  1984 laserdisc cover artwork.

Check out The Judy Room’s Extensive Spotlight on A Star Is Born here.

April 10, 1961:  The Atlanta Constitution ran this great artwork promoting Judy’s upcoming concert at the Municipal Auditorium on April 13 including the article on the inside.  The concert was part of Judy’s big 1961 tour, the apex of which was her legendary appearance at New York’s Carnegie Hall on April 23rd.

Check out The Judy Room’s “Judy Garland – The Concert Years” here.

Also on April 10, 1961:  Judy and her husband Sid Luft were sued by the Western Costume Company for $11,000.  The suit was actually filed the day before, on April 9th, and hit the news the following day.

Check out The Judy Room’s “Judy Garland – The Concert Years” here.

April 10, 1963:  The Hollywood premiere of Judy’s recent film, I Could Go On Singing, took place at Grauman’s Chinese Theater in Hollywood.  The event was a benefit for handicapped children.  Judy was in New York at the time so she did not attend.

Check out The Judy Room’s Filmography Page on I Could Go On Singing here.


April 10, 1964:  Judy wrote checks to Lionel Doman (her butler) for $115.64, and to the Palisade Travel Bureau, 15235 Sunset Blvd., Pacific Palisades, California, for $213.90.

Photo:  Judy circa 1964.

Check out The Judy Room’s “Judy Garland – The Concert Years” here.

April 10, 2008:  Here is a “wallpaper” design for the Turner Classic Movies website, promoting this night’s airing of Ziegfeld Girl.

April 10, 2020:  More from Turner Classic Movies, this it’s an ad promoting the airing of The Wizard of Oz.


  1. Delighted to see the daily music report for the Voodoo number. Thanks Scott!

    I must confess – I’ve developed a fascination with the MGM recording scene numbers (possible due to my passion for math and statistics!). Would you be so kind as to shed light on the following questions?

    1. What Wizard of Oz scoring recordings were assigned scene numbers 2512 as well as 2526 through to 2524 (these recordings were not included on any Wizard of Oz laserdiscs nor DVDs – hopefully Warner Bros will release them for the film’s 80th anniversary).

    2. Did Judy actually re-record Over the Bannister on May 26, 1944? She pre-recorded it on Nov 3 (according to the daily music report on that day’s entry), but Scott’s book says she recorded it during the May 26 scoring session? What post-scoring scene number was assigned to this possible re-recording? Better still, could you please post the scoring sessions for St. Louis for May 25 through to May 27, 1944? I wonder if other scoring tracks were recorded that never made actually it into the film or are still yet to be released by Warners Bros.

    Forgive me for my curiosity – it gets the better of me sometimes!

    Many thanks!


    1. I’m pretty sure that Scott got his info on “Over the Banister” from the CD booklet which incorrectly lists the date as May 26th. That day was an extensive one of underscoring but nothing with Judy. Judy’s vocal was pre-recorded on November 30, 1943. Scott wouldn’t have had access to the Daily Music Reports, as evidence in his entry for November 30, 1943, which simply notes “pre-record.”

      I’ll have to get back to you on the Oz sessions (it’s early here and I’m on my way to work).

    2. Regarding Oz: 2512 was “Reel 4 “The Great Wizard (wild)” 10-second underscoring, part of a big session on April 13, 1939.

      2525 was “Main Title” Chorus with orchestra, recorded on May 6, 1939. That was the first recording of a long day (apparently) that resulted in three pages worth of Daily Music Reports. Scene number 2525 through 2550 were recorded on this day and include most of the underscoring included on the laserdisc, CD set, and subsequent DVD releases (everything from the Main Title to Cyclone to March of the Winkies to Toto Brings News and much more.

  2. Hi Scott,

    Thanks for your reply. What work do you do? I’m a full-time PhD student – long days, long nights, and never a dull moment! Reading, watching, and listening to Judy (and Judy-related) material gives me a great excuse to break away from my research every now and then!

    I made a small typo in the second part of my Oz question. It should have read, “Which scoring session recordings were assigned scene numbers 2516 through to 2524?” I don’t think these were included on the laserdiscs and DVD releases, nor was scene 2550. It will be interesting to know what these recordings were.

    Regarding the St. Louis question, thanks for clarifying. I really hope you end up posting those scoring session reports (whenever you have time, of course). In the meantime – to satisfy my curiosity – could you please tell me which St. Louis scoring recordings were assigned scene numbers 2501 through to 2510?

    As always, thanks for your help!



    1. PS – Congrats on going to your PhD. That’s amazing! I wish you all the luck in the world. It’s worth all the long days and nights!

      I never reveal online where I work. A few years ago my workplace was harassed by a few crazy Garland fans trying to get me fired. It didn’t work. So, I try to keep my personal information personal. But thank you for asking! 🙂

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