“I’ve been singing since I can remember. It’s what I love and what I want to keep on doing.” – Judy Garland, 1959
June 1, 1937: Judy Garland performed “Dinah” on the “Jack Oakie’s College” radio show, broadcast by CBS Radio. This is the only known recording of Judy singing song in full. Judy had previously recorded part of the song on March 29, 1935, when she made several test records for the Decca Records label. “Dinah” was part of a medley that also included “On The GoodShip Lollipop” and “The Object Of My Affection.”
More of Judy’s radio performances can be heard, and downloaded, at The Judy Room’s “Judy Sings! On The Radio” pages.
Get more details about the LP and CD releases of Judy’s radio appearances at The Judy Garland Online Discography’s “Miscellaneous” pages here.
A huge shout out of thanks to Michael Feinstein for bringing this performance to the public in 2016.
June 1, 1938: According to this article, not attributed to any author, Judy walked away from the scene of her recent auto accident (May 24) to phone her mom. The article also claims that when Judy was in the hospital she occupied a suite “recently vacated by her mother.” It’s unknown what Judy’s mom, Ethel, was in the hospital for, or if she was in the hospital at all!
June 1, 1940: Judy, Mickey Rooney, and the cast of Strike Up The Band were on MGM’s Lot 2 filming the farewell scene on the “Exterior R.R. Station” set, which was a standing set on the backlot used in countless films, including For Me And My Gal and Meet Me In St. Louis.
The images above are pages from the “Garlands for Judy – Judy on the Backlot” issue. Check out all the issues of “Garlands for Judy” here.
June 1, 1941: Two items. The first is a photo of Judy with fiance David Rose. The second is a fun article by Barney Oldfield about Judy allegedly throwing “record parties.” Judy and David had announced their engagement at Ciro’s Restaurant in Hollywood on May 28th. The caption above gives that honor to Judy’s mom, Ethel, which is untrue.
Below, the text of Barney Oldfield’s column which might have some basis in fact. Judy did enjoy her records. But as far as the story about a monthly trek to a local record store with the rest of her Hollywood friends and the subsequent party goes, well, that’s most likely fiction.
ALTHOUGH the Hollywood columns frequently mention Judy Garland as a night club attendant, a ringside table in a plus stompery isn’t her idea of the best way to spend an evening. Judy is bug-eyed about music, and once each month all her engagements are sidestepped in the interests of staging a “record party.”
All the kids her age, attired in half socks, lowheeled shoes, and lounge garb if they’re girls, and corresponding rough tweeds if they’re boys, are invited to participate. They load up in cars and go to the back room of one or more of the record shops in Los Angeles, and there, seated on packing boxes or the floor, they play all the latest musical waxes [slang for records].
Judy is a collector, and has shelves upon shelves of albumed records at home. She pics from each month’s party, a whole new list to take home to add to her fast growing pile. Up to now, the split is about 70 percent classical, and 30 percent swingy.
Windup of this party is a return to Judy’s home with the selected records, which are played all over again in her music room. Hollywood’s kids sure are going to the dogs, aren’t they?
June 1, 1942: Filming continued on For Me And My Gal with scenes shot on the “Interior Railroad Coach” and “Exterior Battlefield.” Time called: 10 a.m.; dismissed: 12:00 p.m. Judy was not needed for the “battlefield” scenes, hence this short day.
June 1, 1948: Judy and Mickey Rooney rehearsed “I Wish I Were In Love Again” for Words and Music. The duo had recorded the song on May 28th and would begin filming it on June 2nd. Time called: 4 p.m.; dismissed: 5 p.m. There is no explanation in the studio archives for the late start.
June 1, 1950: Judy had wardrobe fittings and rehearsals for Royal Wedding. Time called: 10:30 a.m.; Judy arrived at 11 a.m.; dismissed at 3:55 p.m.
June 1, 1957: Judy was on the third night of her one-week engagement at The Riviera Theatre in Detroit, Michigan when she injured her ankle and so was carried out onstage for the second half. The show must go on!
June 1, 1959: Judy opened at the Chicago Opera House, Chicago, Illinois. It was the second stop on her “Opera House” tour. Judy gave seven shows, with ticket prices that ranged from $2.50 to $10.00. This opening night performance was a benefit for the Mount Sinai Medical Research Foundation.
The Chicago Daily News quoted Judy as saying, “I’ve been singing since I can remember. It’s what I love and what I want to keep on doing.”
June 1, 1964: Judy left the Canossa Hospital in Hong Kong where she had been since May 28th, after recuperating from initially an overdose of pills which was succeeded by pleurisy in both lungs, a damaged heart, and also damaged vocal chords, and a coma. Judy’s doctor, Dr. Lee Siegel, gave her the OK to continue recuperating at her hotel room.