The Judy Room
Judy Garland
Judy in Song


JUDY GARLAND MP3 PERFORMANCES

Judy Sings!Below are various MP3 files of Judy singing and bantering with other stars like Bing Crosby, Bob Hope & Frank Sinatra.

Most are from radio recordings made during live radio broadcasts. Due to the fact that the recordings were (at best) hastily recorded onto disc for shipment to the troops overseas (or just kept in the studio), the sound quality varies. Some were simply used as "air checks" for the network to test how their shows were sounding.

NOTE: Some files might take a few minutes to download. I have kept them at a fairly large size so as not to impede on the quality of the recordings by compressing them too much.

Clicking on each link will bring up a separate window for the recording.

You may need to download Real Player (for PC) or iTunes (for Mac). Or any other MP3 player/program you prefer.

Recent additions are marked with: New!

BE PATIENT - SOME FILES MAY TAKE A FEW MINUTES TO DOWNLOAD DEPENDING ON YOUR CONNECTION SPEED.

If you're looking for more, and rare, Garland audio - check out the Yahoo Group "The Judy Garland Experience".
This group has an ever changing plethora of rare audio files worth checking out!
Intelligent and lively discussions too!
Yahoo Groups

OTRCat.com
Also be sure to check out OTRCat.com (Old Time Radio Catalog).
They have tons of vintage radio shows available to listen to and/or purchase on CD.

CLICKING ON THE BLUE SONG TITLES OPENS A NEW BROWSER WINDOW THAT PLAYS THE MP3

10-26-1935
BROADWAY RHYTHM

After Judy's appearance in the short subject Bubbles in 1930, she doesn't re-appear via recordings (that are available - on 3/29/1935 she and her sisters had recorded a few Decca test singles that were never released, although two survived. Click here for info), until this appearance on MGM's program "The Shell Chateau Hour with Wallace Beery" on NBC Radio. Judy had just signed her contract with MGM and is only 13 years old!

This recording gives us a glimpse into the raw, unrefined talent that Judy was before that talent would be polished and trained at MGM throughout her years with the studio. We get the chance to see just what all of the excitement of "discovering Judy" was all about. Remember, no one else sang this way back in 1935 (Sophie Tucker & Ethel Merman come close by way of being "belters") - and certainly no 13 year old could come even close to the way Judy could sing with such power, richness, and emotion. Her talent is so obviously "God given."

Judy would later sing "Broadway Rhythm" as part of the finale sequence in Presenting Lily Mars in 1943.
11-16-1935
ZING! WENT THE STRINGS OF MY HEART

Judy's return to the "Shell Chateau Hour." This time, Wallace Beery makes note that Judy has been signed by MGM - making it seem that she had been signed since her first appearance on the show (when in fact she singed with MGM a few months earlier and prior to any appearances on this program).

This performance is especially noteworthy in Judy's life - and we're lucky to have it. It's the earliest known recording of a song she would sing throughout her career (in varying arrangements) as well as being the song that she sang at her audition for MGM.

However, most importantly, while Judy was giving this performance, on this night, her beloved father, Frank Gumm, was listening from his hospital room, having come down with spinal meningitis that day. Judy was aware of this, and her performance has an added intensity. Judy never saw her father alive again. He passed away later that night, but the family had put a radio in his room, and he was able to listen to his beloved "Baby" sing her heart out for her father one last time. In Judy's words: "The most terrible thing that ever happened to me in my life."
08-06-1936
AFTER YOU'VE GONE
ON REVIVAL DAY

Again from "The Shell Chateau Hour" with Wallace Beery. This is the earliest known recording of Judy singing "After You've Gone" - a song which would become identified with her throughout her legendary "Concert Years" (1951 - 1969). Judy also performed a touching version in the film For Me And My Gal in 1942. "On Revival Day" is an interesting, little known song.
Aug/Sep 1936
IT'S LOVE I'M AFTER

This is the original pre-recording of the song. After signing with MGM, Judy appeared in the short "Every Sunday" with another teen singer named Deanna Durbin. The studio let Deanna go but kept Judy. Her first film assignment was on loanout to 20th Century-Fox for their film Pigskin Parade (1936). Judy's first appearance in a feature film.

Judy played hick farm girl Sairy Dodd and although it was a small supporting role, she did get to sing three songs "The Texas Tornado," "The Balboa," and this song "It's Love I'm After." The reviews for the film would single Judy out and the film went on to be a big hit even garnering Stuart Erwin an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor. Other stars of the film include Jack Haley and Betty Grable. In Betty's autobiography she remembered how, when Judy came on the set to sing her songs (to the playback of the pre-recording) everyone on the set just halted what they were doing and were transfixed. They were all in awe of her talent, and according to Betty they all knew that THIS was a girl who was going places. Boy, were they right!
03-05-1937
YOU MADE ME LOVE YOU (Tag, Take 2)

From the MGM pre-recording sessions for Broadway Melody of 1938 (1937). This is a rarely heard alternate tag to Judy's famous "You Made Me Love You", just after the spoken middle section. This version would have ended the song on a much more mellow note!

Take 1 can be heard tagged onto the version included in both "That's Entertainment!" CD boxed sets from 1995 and 2006. The version heard in the film, with the powerhouse tag recorded after these two, can be found on the compilation CD "Judy Garland In Hollywood - Her Greatest Movie Hits" and subsequent compilation CDs.
04-06-1937
SMILES

From "Jack Oakie's College" on CBS Radio - Judy was made a regular on Jack Oakie's show on 2/23/37. As a matter of fact, she previously performed "Smiles" on this show just a month prior, on March 9, 1937. She would record the song later for For Me And My Gal (1942) although only a snippet is heard in the film, the entire pre-recording can be heard on the Rhino CD Soundtrack for the film.
09-20-1937
GOT A PAIR OF NEW SHOES (Short Version, Take 6)

From the MGM pre-recording sessions for Thoroughbreds Don't Cry (1937). This is the rarely heard and unused "short version" of the song Judy sang to Mickey Rooney and Ronald Sinclair to try and get their attention.

The complete version of the song can be heard on the wonderful Rhino 2-CD set "Judy Garland - Collector's Gems from the M-G-M Films". A must-have for all Garland fans!
04-14-1938
COLLEGE SWING
CRYING FOR THE CAROLINES

From "Good News of 1938" on NBC Radio. By this point, Judy was obviously a rising star, and had just completed the film Everybody Sing (1938) with Fanny Brice, Allan Jones, & Billie Burke.
05-05-1938
GOD'S COUNTRY
SERENADE
HOW DEEP IS THE OCEAN?

From "Good News of 1938." Judy became a regular in the Good News series. "Gods Country" would reappear as a big production number a year later in Judy's first musical with Mickey Rooney: Babes In Arms (1939). "How Deep Is The Ocean" is the earliest known recording of Judy singing this song. She would sing it again (all on radio broadcasts) on 10-08-1945, 06-30-48, and January 1951. 
10-20-1938
ZING! WENT THE STRINGS OF MY HEART
ON THE BUMPY ROAD TO LOVE

From the NBC Radio show "Good News of 1939". Although it's still 1938, NBC anticipated the upcoming year to appear "new" and "modern".

Judy appears to promote the film Listen Darling, singing "Zing" and closing the show with "Bumpy". Judy is joined by Fanny Brice (as "Baby Snooks"), Frank Morgan, Robert Young, and Joan Crawford!

This track is 5 minutes long, so therefore is a large file and might take a few minutes to download depending on your connection speed.
1938
DARDENELLA

This is a rare performance, previously only available on the long-out-of-print LP "The Wit and Wonder of Judy Garland".

If anyone knows more about this recording, please email me. The album states that Judy performed this at the Loew's State Theatre in New York in January 1938 at the premiere of Everybody Sing, however the film actually didn't premiere until February 4, 1938. So, if anyone has real information about this performance, please let me know!
03-07-1939
IT HAD TO BE YOU
FDR JONES

From the NBC Radio "The Pepsodent Show Starring Bob Hope"/ Judy was a regular on the show. This is the only recording I know of Judy singing "It Had To Be You." Judy always had more opportunity via radio and her Decca contract to sing a much wider array of music - being able to stretch a little as a vocalist.

This is her earliest recording of her popular "FDR Jones." Judy would sing it in "Babes On Broadway" quite effectively, and record the song for Decca Records as well. That version can be found on the Rhino CD set "Mickey & Judy/The Judy Garland Mickey Rooney collection (great 4 CD set of their 4 major musicals together) and the GREAT single Rhino CD: Judy Garland In Hollywood. (which I recommend to anyone with even a mild interest is Judy Garland).
04-08-1940
SAY SI, SI

Judy makes another of her weekly appearances on the NBC Radio "The Pepsodent Show Starring Bob Hope".
10-28-1940
DRUMMER BOY

From the CBS Radio "Lux Radio Theater" adaptation of Judy & Mickey's film Strike Up The Band.
11-13-1940
New! I'M ALWAYS CHASING RAINBOWS

From the M-G-M Recording Sessions, these very different versions of "I'm Always Chasing Rainbows":

"COMEDY" VERSION - Takes 3 & 4

BALLAD VERSION - Takes 4, 5, & 6
12-22-1940
New! I'M ALWAYS CHASING RAINBOWS

From the M-G-M Recording Sessions, the unused finale versions with Tony Martin.

TAKES 1, 2 & 3
TAKE 4
TAKE 5
05-19-1941
AMERICA (MY COUNTRY 'TIS OF THEE)

From the MGM pre-recording sessions for Life Begins for Andy Hardy (1941).

Judy recorded this song, as well as "Easy To Love", "Abide With Me" and "The Rosary" for her final appearance in the "Andy Hardy" series. None of the songs were used, technically making this her first non-singing role.

"Easy To Love" is on the wonderful Rhino 2-CD set "Judy Garland - Collector's Gems from the M-G-M Films". A must-have for all Garland fans!
11-17-1941
THE PEANUT VENDOR
HOW ABOUT YOU?

From the CBS Radio "Lux Radio Theater" production of "Merton Of The Movies", co-starring Mickey Rooney. Judy knocks it out of the park with "The Peanut Vendor" (which she would later sing a snippet of in the "Born In A Trunk" medley in A Star Is Born).

As an encore, Judy and Mickey perform "How About You?" to promote their upcoming film Babes On Broadway. Cecil B. DeMille is the host.
10-12-1942
I'LL REMEMBER APRIL

From the CBS Radio "Lux Radio Theater" version of Morning Glory. The 1933 film version won Katherine Hepburn an Oscar in her screen debut. This radio version shows off Judy's dramatic abilities, while also giving her a chance to sing this lovely song.
03-22-1943
HOW YA GONNA KEEP 'EM DOWN ON THE FARM?
AFTER YOU'RE GONE

From the CBS Radio "Screen Guild Players" version of For Me And My Gal. Judy sang this song in the film in a sequence where she is seen "performing for the troops." What's interesting to note in that sequence is how, even at this early stage, Judy's rapport with an audience (even if it's a set full of extras) and her legendary stage presence are already apparent.
07-04-1943
THIS IS THE ARMY MR. JONES
THAT OLD BLACK MAGIC

From the "The Pause That Refreshes On The Air" CBS Radio show sponsored by The Coca-Cola Company. "That Old Black Magic" has always been one of my favorite Judy songs.
03-05-1944
THE MAN I LOVE
EMBRACEABLE YOU

From a "Command Performance" show (#81) with Bing Crosby.
06-04-1944
THE WAY YOU LOOK TONIGHT

From "The Bakers of America Salute to the Armed Forces" NBC Radio show. Judy also sang: "Long Ago & Far Away" & "The Trolley Song".
01-20-1945
LOVE

From the  "March Of Dimes" radio show. Judy also sang "I Wonder Who's Kissing Her Now."
02-20-1945
Judy does quick parody of "Over The Rainbow" titled OVER A BARREL before joining Bob Hope for a hilarious duet entitled "I'm Gonna Go For You" both from the "Command Performance" radio show "musical" Dick Tracy in B Flat broadcast on the Armed Forces Radio Network.
10-05-1945
GOTTA BE THIS OR THAT

With Frank Sinatra from "The Danny Kaye Show" on CBS Radio. Judy also sang (with Frank) "How Deep Is the Ocean" & "My Romance".
12-09-1945
LOOK FOR THE SILVER LINING
THEY DIDN'T BELIEVE ME

(partial, from the finale medley) from the "Jerome Kern Memorial Special" broadcast on CBS Radio.
12-24-1945
IT CAME UPON A MIDNIGHT CLEAR

From the "Command Performance" radio show.
12-02-1946
THE BOY NEXT DOOR
THE TROLLEY SONG

From the CBS radio "Lux Radio Theater" version of Meet Me In St. Louis. William Keighley is the host and introduces "The Trolley Song".

1946
ALL THROUGH THE DAY

Rehearsal recording with Gene Kelly. Exact day is unknown.
10-06-1948
FOR ME AND MY GAL
EMBRACEABLE YOU
WHO?
CONFESS

All 4 are duets with Bing Crosby from "Philco Radio Time" on ABC Radio. It's also been noted that these performances were probably recorded around September 23, 1948.
December 1948
OVER THE RAINBOW

From "The Louella Parsons" radio show. Exact date unknown. This is a rare instance of Judy singing the opening verse of the song.
10-05-1949
MA, HE'S MAKIN' EYES AT ME
MAYBE IT'S BECAUSE

From "The Bing Crosby Show" on CBS Radio.
09-20-1950
GET HAPPY
GOODNIGHT IRENE (parody)

From "The Bing Crosby Show" on CBS Radio. Judy also sang "Sam's Song".
09-25-1950
FRIENDLY STAR

From "The Bing Crosby Show" on CBS Radio.
12-05-1950
RUDOLPH THE RED NOSED REINDEER
ROCK-A-BYE YOUR BABY WITH A DIXIE MELODY

From "The Bing Crosby Show" on CBS Radio. Judy and Bing's charming duet on "Rudolph" and it's the only known time that Judy performed this song in public.

This is Judy's first public performance of "Rock-a-Bye Your Baby with a Dixie Melody" - which would later become identified with her. It was sung in tribute to Al Jolson - he passed away on October 23, 1950. Judy also sang "Boise, Idaho," "Blue Boy" & "These Lush Moments" (all with Bing Crosby).

Judy and Bing had a wonderful rapport that, sadly, they were never able to showcase in a film together. On the radio, their personalities, not to mention their voices, blended perfectly. So much so that when Bing's wife passed away, Judy became Bing's permanent guest host for the show. Luckily, Judy and Bing DID record a few singles for Decca Records in 1945 (they both were under contract to the company) which give us lucky listeners more chances to hear their marvelous chemistry.
January 1951
STARS AND STRIPES FOREVER

From "Hollywood Party" (Radio). Judy also sang "How Deep Is The Ocean" and "You're Just In Love" with Vic Damone. The "iffy" sound quality of this recording only serve to amplify the need for these radio recordings to be properly catalogued and restored. Still, it's worth listening to if only to hear Judy's take on a popular patriotic song.
01-30-1951
I'M IN LOVE WITH A WONDERFUL GUY

From "The Bob Hope Chesterfield Show" on NBC Radio. Judy rarely sang Rodgers & Hammerstein's songs - this is a rare example of how she would have put her distinctive style on one of their songs. At this time, Judy was rumored to have been a possible replacement for Mary Martin in the show "South Pacific" (which includes this song), but supposedly the producers decided against it, fearing Judy wouldn't be able to handle the grueling 8 shows a week (plus) schedule.
02-11-1951
YOU AND I

From "The Big Show" on NBC Radio. Judy also sang "Get Happy" and "Let Me Call You Sweetheart".
02-23-1951
MEAN TO ME

From "The Bing Crosby Show" on CBS Radio.

"Mean To Me" was recorded by Judy in 1957 for her "Alone" album for Capitol Records.
03-01-1951
WHEN YOU'RE SMILING

From "The Bing Crosby Show", CBS Radio. Bing introduces Judy and mentions her upcoming trip to London to perform at The Palladium. I believe this is the earliest known recording of Judy singing "When You're Smiling", which at this point was new to her repertoire.
03-08-1951
HOW COULD YOU BELIEVE ME (WHEN I SAID I LOVED YOU WHEN YOU KNOW I'VE BEEN A LIAR ALL MY LIFE)

Again, from "The Bing Crosby Show" on CBS Radio. Date approximate.

Judy and Bing do a charming duet on this song, originally written for Judy to sing with Fred Astaire in Royal Wedding (1951). Judy was exhausted when she began making the film, and couldn't complete it. She did a few costume tests and rehearsals with Fred, but was fired from the production prior to any pre-recording of the score.

Judy then made a much publicized suicide attempt (which was in actuality a superficial scratch on her throat - more a cry for help than an actual wish to die). Judy was subsequently released from her MGM contract after 15 years.

Bing gave Judy the opportunity to begin reconnecting with her audience via his radio show. When listening, you'll hear Judy and Bing joke about her firing from Royal Wedding. This was a Godsend, and helped give Judy some of the confidence she needed to rebuild her career.

NOTE: The sound quality of the beginning of this recording is poor, but it clears up just prior to Judy and Bing beginning the song.
April/May 1951
JUST ONE OF THOSE THINGS
LOVE IS SWEEPING THE COUNTRY
MEDLEY: EMBRACEABLE YOU/BUT NOT FOR ME/EASTER PARADE

From Judy's 1951 British Isles Tour. These performances are most likely from Judy's 4 week run at the Palladium in April/May of that year. These are a joy to listen to, as Judy is clearly enjoying her unique connection with the British audiences who, as we know, were crazy about her!
05-21-1952
WHEN YOU WORE A TULIP

From "The Bing Crosby Show" on CBS Radio.

"When You Wore A Tulip" was one of Judy's hits for Decca Records back in 1942 as a duet with Gene Kelly (they sang it in the film For Me And My Gal that same year.)
06-04-1952
YOU MADE ME LOVE YOU
WALKIN' MY BABY BACK HOME
YOU'RE JUST IN LOVE

From "The Bing Crosby Show" on CBS Radio. Judy also sings "Hello Ma Baby," "In My Merry Oldsmobile" (with Bing Crosby) - and "Over the Rainbow." This version of "You Made Me Love You" is a rare instance of Judy singing the complete, "adult" version of the song. One of my personal favorites.
10-30-1952
WISH YOU WERE HERE
YOU BELONG TO ME

From the "General Electric Program" (aka "The Bing Crosby Show") on CBS Radio, hosted by Judy that week, who was filling in for Bing due to his wife Dixie Lee being ill. Judy did not record either of these songs for any of her record labels.

06-14-1954
SWANEE (Part One)
SWANEE (Part Two)

From June 14, 1954 comes these two alternate takes of "Swanee" for the famous "Born In A Trunk" sequence in A Star Is Born (1954). These are not on the expanded soundtrack CD released in 2004. As always, it's fun to hear Judy in the recording studio.

For more information about the making of A Star Is Born, go to the A Star Is Born section right here in The Judy Room.

07-15-1954
MELANCHOLY BABY

Another pre-recording session take from A Star Is Born.

WARNING!! Towards the end of this take, Judy gets frustrated and throws out a few curse words. "Listener beware".

This track was provided by The Judy Garland Experience. Thank you!

If you're looking for more, and rare, Garland audio - check out the Yahoo Group The Judy Garland Experience. This group has an ever changing plethora of rare audio files worth checking out! And intelligent and lively discussions too!

For more information about the making of A Star Is Born, go to the A Star Is Born section right here in The Judy Room.

09-24-1955
OVER THE RAINBOW

From Judy's first television special, the "Ford Star Jubilee", a 90 minute special that aired on CBS-TV. The film (or rather the video transfer of the Kinescope) still exists and is the only known footage of Judy singing "Over The Rainbow" as she sang it in concert, in her hobo costume, sitting on the edge of the stage. This version of "Over The Rainbow" can be seen in the Laserlight DVD "Judy Garland The Concert Years". For me, this is the most moving performance of "Over The Rainbow" that I've ever seen.

Also of note, just a few days after this special aired, Capitol Records released the first Garland LP since Judy signed a contract with them. The record is called "Miss Show Business" and it was basically a "soundtrack" album of this"Ford Star Jubilee" special, although all the songs on the album were recorded in the Capitol recording studios. See the Capitol Records page for more info.

05-16-1964
THAT'S ENTERTAINMENT!

Rare recording from Judy's second concert in Sydney, Australia. Although the sound quality isn't the best, it's worth listening for Judy's banter with the audience when she makes a mistake with the song. Thanks to Kim L. for sharing!
02-20-1966
WHAT NOW, MY LOVE?

"The Kraft Music Hall" (NBC-TV). Hosted by Perry Como, the show also featured a guest appearance Bill Cosby. Judy also sang: "If You Feel Like Singing, Sing/It's A Grand Night for Singing"; "In My Baby's Lovin' Arms"; A medley of "Rock-A-Bye Your Baby/Over The Rainbow/The Man That Got Away"; "Bye Bye Blues/For Me And My Gal"; and "Side By Side" (all with Como); and "Just In Time" (solo).
1967
MY MAN'S GONE NOW

This is a rare recording of Judy singing to herself in the privacy of her home.

According to Scott Schechter's book "Judy Garland - The Day-By-Day Chronicle", this recording is part of a tape Judy made expressing her feelings about the loss of her home in May 1967, due to back taxes. He goes on to say that "someone" is playing the piano while she's talking, and that she's talking in an almost poem/talk-singing way. At one point she sings this a capella version of "My Man's Gone Now".
12-25-1967
FOR ONCE IN MY LIFE

From Judy's appearance at The New Felt Forum, Madison Square Garden.


This track was provided by The Judy Garland Experience. Thank you!

If you're looking for more, and rare, Garland audio - check out the Yahoo Group The Judy Garland Experience. This group has an ever changing plethora of rare audio files worth checking out! And intelligent and lively discussions too!
08-09-1968
FOR ONCE IN MY LIFE
HOW INSENSITIVE

"The Mike Douglas Show" (syndicated). Judy was the guest, along with Peter Lawford, and sang these two songs, along with "Over The Rainbow" and a duet with Lawford on "Blue Skies". Her version of "How Insensitive" is especially lovely.

12-17-1968
IT'S ALL FOR YOU

Judy's final appearance on "The Tonight Show" with Johnny Carson (NBC-TV). Judy also sang "After The Holidays". This is the last appearance by Judy on TV known to still exist.

12-19-1968
THE TROLLEY SONG

Judy sings an impromptu rendition of "The Trolley Song" on "The Merv Griffin Show" (syndicated), taped on this date in New York, but not aired in most markets until January 2, 1969. Judy is joined by Merv Griffin and fellow guests Arthur Treacher and Mort Lindsey.

06-16-1969 WHEN SUNNY GETS BLUE (with Mickey Deans)

This is the last known recording of Judy singing. That's her husband, Mickey Deans, on the piano and also heard feeding the lines to Judy.

This track was provided by The Judy Garland Experience. Thank you!

If you're looking for more, and rare, Garland audio - check out the Yahoo Group The Judy Garland Experience. This group has an ever changing plethora of rare audio files worth checking out! And intelligent and lively discussions too!

spacer

top of page

© The Judy Room  -  Copyright Statement
Judy Room Archives Home HOME