On This Day In Judy Garland’s Life And Career – April 14

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April 14, 1938 Judy Garland, Allan Jones, and Fanny Brice in "Everybody Sing"April 14, 1938:  Judy’s regular appearance on “Good News of 1938” featured her performances of “College Swing” and “Crying For The Carolines.”  The NBC Radio show was hosted by MGM star Robert Taylor and the guests included MGM designer Adrian, Frank Morgan, Freddie Bartholomew, and Fanny Brice.

It’s noted that Judy and Fanny (as Baby Snooks) performed “Why? Because!,” which they had performed in the recently released MGM musical Everybody Sing but no recording of this radio version is known to exist.

Listen to, and download, “College Swing” here:
http://www.thejudyroom.com/songs/College%20Swing.mp3

Listen to, and download, “Crying For The Carolines” here:
http://www.thejudyroom.com/songs/Crying%20For%20The%20Carolines.mp3

For more Judy Garland radio performances, check out The Judy Room’s “Judy Sings! – On The Radio” pages here: http://www.thejudyroom.com/radiosongs.html


April 14, 1940:  This fun artwork, utilizing a “Babes in Arms” promotional photo of Judy, appeared in Sunday newspapers around the country.


Also on April 14, 1940:  Can you match the famous names of the day with their baby pics? 

Meanwhile, The Wizard of Oz was still successfully playing in theaters around the nation.

Check out The Judy Room’s Extensive Spotlight Section on The Wizard of Oz.


April 14, 1943:  Judy rehearsed and recorded “Bidin’ My Time” for Girl Crazy.  Time called: 10:30 a.m.; arrived: 10:50 a.m.; dismissed: 3:45 p.m.

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


Also on April 14, 1943:  These two news items appeared in some papers.  The first item reports about a Gumm Sisters reunion at MGM.  The second reports that the parachute troops of Fort Benning, Georgia, sent a pair of silver wings to Judy, delivered to her on the set of Girl Crazy.  Although it states that Judy was to wear the pin in a scene in the film but that didn’t happen.  It makes for a nice story, though.  

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

Judy Garland and her sisters on the set of "Presenting Lily Mars" 1943
Judy Garland and her sisters on the set of “Presenting Lily Mars” 1943

April 14, 1963: “The Ed Sullivan Show” featured the U.S. premiere of Judy’s March 10, 1963, appearance on “Sunday Night At The Palladium” which was originally broadcast live out of London.

Judy originally sang: “Almost Like Being In Love”/”This Can’t Be Love”; “Smile”; “Comes Once In A Lifetime”; and “I Could Go On Singing.”  Only “Smile” and “I Could Go On Singing” would be broadcast on “The Ed Sullivan Show.” 

Judy’s performance of “Smile” is one of her best performances and is the definitive performance of the song.


April 14, 1967: Judy posed for costume tests for Valley of the Dolls.  These costume tests are the only footage known to exist from her short time on the film.

Check out The Judy Room’s Filmography Page on Valley of the Dolls.

 Faux "Valley of the Dolls" poster with Judy Garland as Helen Lawson


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