On This Day In Judy Garland’s Life And Career – May 11

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“I guess learning tunes by ear makes it a pretty dodgy business, but I’ve gotten by without learning music, anyhow.” – Judy Garland, 1964




Page from the transcript of the may 11, 1937 Jack Oakie's College radio show starring Jack Oakie and Judy Garland

May 11, 1937:  Judy’s weekly appearance on the CBS Radio show “Jack Oakie’s College.”  Judy sang “Trailing Along In A Trailer.”  No recording of this performance exists but a transcript of the show survives.  Download that transcript (PDF) here.



Judy Garland and Mickey Rooney in "Babes in Arms" 1939

May 11, 1939:  Judy was on the MGM Recording Stage pre-recording “Good Morning”; “Opera Vs. Jazz” and “Where or When” for Babes in Arms.  Time called: 12:30 p.m.; dismissed: 5:40 p.m.



May 11, 1940 Australian Women's Weekly - 1940 Oscars with Judy Garland

May 11, 1940:  This fun spread appeared in The Australian Women’s Weekly news magazine, focusing on the Oscar ceremony of 1940.

The caption below Judy’s photo reads:  “Judy Garland, who was handed her award as the best juvenile in pictures for 1939, by the 1938 winner, Mickey Rooney, obliges with a song.  Appropriately enough she chose ‘Over the Rainbow’ from The Wizard of Oz – named the best original song of the year – and brought the house down.”



May 11, 1943:  The last day of location shooting in Palm Springs, California for Girl Crazy.  Scenes shot were more of the “Exterior Roads” sequence.  Time called: 8:30 a.m.; dismissed: 1:55 p.m.  The assistant director’s notes state that: “Travel to LA approx. 4hrs.”

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



Judy Garland at the Minnesota Centennial celebration in Minneapolis May 11, 1959

May 11, 1958:  Judy performed at the Minnesota State Centennial Celebration, signing to a crowd of 20,000.  This was Judy’s home state and was the last time she performed there.  She was back by the 32 piece Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra.  Judy sang several songs in the sweltering heat.

May-12,-1958-(for-May-11)-MINNESOTA-CENTENNIAL-Star_Tribune-(Minneapolis)At one point Judy asked for a glass of water and Congressman Walter Judd, who was also a doctor, rushed from the back row to the stage and handed Judy a glass with orange juice in it.  “What’s this?” Judy asked.  “Orange juice, I think,” replied Judd.  “Are you sure?” said Judy as she sipped it, then she said, “You’re right!”  Judy then sang “Over the Rainbow” completing her set.  Offstage she said “I’ve never been so scared in my life.  I’m afraid I just wasn’t good.”  After assurances that she was great, she signed autographs.  Judy was expected back on stage for the finale, joining in the singing of “God Bless America” but she failed to appear.  She was suffering from severe laryngitis and had been since the day before.  She most likely needed to rest her voice.

Listen to, and download, selections from this concert here:
Overture
Here I Am” (Judy stops midway, joking about missing a lyric and said “Isn’t this terrible?  And I was trying to be so classy!”
Judy’s Olio
Rock-A-Bye Your Baby With A Dixie Melody
Over The Rainbow



Judy Garland at the Metropolitan Opera House May 11, 1959May 11, 1959:  Judy opened at The Metropolitan Opera House in New York.  Judy was the first female pop singer to play the Met.  The engagement benefitted the Children’s Asthma Research Institute and Hospital in Denver, Colorado, and grossed $190k during its run through May 17, 1959.

On this same day, the mayor of New York, Robert Wagner, presented Judy with a special citation for “Distinguished and exceptional service” in her work and her charitable work.

Listen to, and download, selections from this concert here:
Almost Like Being In Love/This Can’t Be Love” (note that this recording is from Judy’s 1959 Opera House Tour although it’s unknown which venue)
When You’re Smiling
Almost Like Being In Love/This Can’t Be Love
The Man That Got Away
I’m In Love With A Wonderful Guy

Unfortunately, the recordings are not the best quality as they were not recorded through the sound system.



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May 11, 1964:  Judy arrived in Sydney, Australia for the start of her Australian tour.  She gave several interviews in a large press conference/reception in her honor.



May 11, 1965:  Judy and former husband Vincente Minnelli attended daughter Liza’s Broadway debut, in the musical “Flora, The Red Menace” and the party afterward at Ruby Foo’s – next door to the Alvin Theater on West 52nd Street where “Flora” played.

At the party, Judy and Liza sang “Swanee” and “Together” and also attempted “Don’t Rain On My Parade.”  It’s too bad there’s no recording of these performances!

Liza won the Tony Award for her performance, making her the youngest recipient of the Tony for “Best Leading Actress In A Musical.”



Review of "Judy. London. 1969." May 10, 1970

Judy. London. 1969. by Juno Records - Judy Garland's "last" performanceMay 11, 1969:  The LP “Judy. London. 1969.” was re-released in May 1970 prompting this error-laden review by William D. Laffler.  The album was originally released in late 1969 and was made up of performances from Judy’s last few weeks of appearances at the “Talk Of The Town” cabaret in London.  She performed there, off and on, from December 30, 1968, through February 1, 1969.  The exact dates of many of the recordings are not known, as they were culled from tapes made by both Judy’s husband at the time, Mickey Deans, and her friend and companion John Meyer.  The only difference between the two releases is that the second release featured the banner “Judy Garland’s Last Performances!  Her Very Last Recording!”

The version of “I’d Like To Hate Myself In The Morning” on this LP is actually from Judy’s appearance on the Merv Griffin show on December 19, 1968, in New York City.

In reality, the recordings on the LP were not Judy’s final performances.  She still had several performances ahead of her including the Scandinavian tour.  Nor was it her very last recording.  Judy’s then-husband Mickey Deans recorded Judy, himself, Anita O’Day and Charlie Cochran rehearsing for their appearance at the Half Note Club in New York on June 16, 1969.  These are the last Garland recordings known to exist.  You can listen to these recordings at The Judy Room’s “Judy Sings! Miscellaneous” page.

Check out The Judy Garland Online Discography’s “Judy. London. 1969.” page for details.




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