On This Day In Judy Garland’s Life And Career – May 26

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“Miss Show Business?  Who else but Judy Garland?”
– “Picturegoer” magazine, 1955




 

May 26, 1937:  “The Hollywood Reporter” announced that Judy would star in the film The Ugly Duckling.  The film was later renamed Everybody Sing after briefly being titled Swing Fever.  Production wouldn’t start until August 1937.



May 26, 1940:  Judy appeared on the joint 60-minute CBS/NBC Radio show “Red Cross War Fund Program” and sang “Over The Rainbow.”  No recording of this program is known to exist.



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May 26, 1942:  MGM recording session for “For Me And My Gal.”  Judy pre-recorded “When You Wore A Tulip” (with Gene Kelly) and the “YMCA Montage” which included “It’s A Long Way To Tipperary”; “Smiles”; “Pack Up Your Troubles”; and “Don’t Bite The Hand That’s Feeding You.”

“Don’t Bite…” was deleted while “Smiles” was trimmed.  The complete audio versions of both made their CD debut on the 1996 Rhino Records version of the soundtrack.

They first appeared on the 1994 laser disc boxed set “Judy Garland – The Golden Years at M-G-M” as part of the alternate audio tracks that featured the mostly unedited pre-recording sessions.

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



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May 26, 1944:  Judy’s final work on Meet Me In St. Louis consisted of her recording a few lines of the song “Over The Banister” in a post-recording session for the film.

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



May 26, 1945:  This photo of Judy appeared in the Australian news magazine Women’s Weekly.



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May 26, 1947:  Filming on The Pirate continued.  Judy had a call for 9:45 a.m.; she arrived at 10:15 a.m.  The scenes shot were those on the “Interior Don Pedro’s” set.

The assistant director’s notes state: “3:45-4:07:  Wait for Miss Garland Note: At 3:40 Miss Garland asked to see Dr. Jones in her dressing room – she complained of a severe toothache and said she could not continue to work unless Dr. Jones gave her a pill to deaden the pain – Dr. Jones gave Miss Garland the pill and she was ready to work at 4:07.” The company was dismissed for the day at 5:30 p.m.

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



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May 26, 1952:  Judy opened at the Curran Theater in San Francisco, California.  Her engagement lasted through June 22nd during which time (on June 8th) Judy would marry her third husband, Sid Luft, in a quiet ceremony at a private ranch in Hollister, California, south of San Francisco.

Download a recording of the complete June 22nd show here (zip file).



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May 26, 1955:  The UK “Picturegoer” magazine featured Judy’s first album for Capitol Records (and the first-ever LP of Judy Garland studio recordings), “Miss Show Business” as their “Disc Of The Week.”

This HD edition of the album is the best version yet, get it here: www.hdtracks.com/miss-show-business-247853,  It’s well worth the price!

The text reads:

DOWN TIN PAN ALLEY WITH LAURIE HENSHAW

Miss Show Business?  Who else but Judy Garland?  And what better title for a Judy Garland LP?  America’s Capitol Records pacted Judy for a Fort Knox cache last year.  And Capitol, whose dollar-target enterprise is the envy of lesser mortals in the toughly competitive disc business, has launched Judy with a typical strike-up-the-band bang.

On LCT6103 there is a bumper package of sixteen songs that helped the Garland gal to stardom.

All the Hollywood trimmings are there, too – an immaculate chorus and orchestra conducted by Jack Cathcart; brilliant arrangements by Harold Mooney, one of America’s top scorers of vocal accompaniments; and a technically superb recording.

The songs? A happy whiff of nostalgia embracing “This Is The Time Of The Evening,” “While We’re Young,” “You Made Me Love You,” “For Me And My Gal,” “The Boy Next Door,” “The Trolley Song,” “A Pretty Girl Milking Her Cow,” “Rock-A-Bye Your Baby With A Dixie Melody,” “Happiness Is A Thing Called Joe,” together with “Shine On Harvest Moon,” “My Man,” “Some Of These Days,” “I Don’t Care,” “Carolina In The Morning,” “Danny Boy,” “After You’ve Gone,” and “Over The Rainbow.”

An Enchantress?

Those last eight titles were sung by Judy to enthralled audiences at New York’s vast Palace Theatre. 

There she was – as the sleeve note recounts – “a small tramp figure all alone in the huge spotlight . . . sitting on the edge of the stage and dangling her feet in the orchestra pit, creating intimacy in that cavernous hall.”

An enchantress?  Truly.  And Judy’s magic can be recreated in the more intimate domestic atmosphere through the medium of this “Miss Show Business” LP.

My pop page colleague PETER MYERS adds this PS.: “I’m a little disappointed – but perhaps only because I expected too much. In only one or two numbers do I feel the heart that always made Judy unique to me.” 

“The last number, ‘Over The Rainbow,’ ends with Judy in tears.  Tears really flowed at her TV performance; but this is a studio session. Is the girl just a good actress . . . ?”

Myers pics the record, despite these grumbles, as PICTURGOER’S Disc Of The Week. And I agree.

Check out the various releases of “Miss Show Business” at The Judy Garland Online Discography’s “Miss Show Business” pages here.

Article scan provided by Kim Lundgreen.  Thanks, Kim!



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May 26, 1958:  The second of three sessions for Judy at the Capitol Records Studios in Hollywood, for the “Judy in Love” album.  On this day she recorded “I Hadn’t Anyone Ill You”; “More Than You Know”; “I’m Confessin'”; and “I Can’t Give You Anything But Love.”

Judy In Love” was released in the mono format on November 3, 1958, and in stereo on February 16, 1959.  The album was recorded in true stereo and the mono and stereo versions are the same excepting “Zing! Went The Strings Of My Heart” which is a slightly different take on each version.

Check out The Judy Garland Online Discography’s “Judy In Love” pages here.




 

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