Judy Garland

Judy Garland on Swing City Radio

There has been a renewed interest in the life and career of Judy Garland due to the popularity of the movie "Judy".  Garland is played by actress Renee Zellweger.  I haven't seen the movie yet but have heard great things about it.

Judy Garland (1922-1969) is remembered by most as an Award Winning Actress and for starring roles in classic films like The Wizard of Oz and A Star is Born.  She was also a very influential vocalist during the Big Band Era singing with some of the biggest names of the time.  She made many record-breaking concert appearances and released eight studio albums.

Judy Garland was born as Frances Ethel Gumm on June 10, 1922.  [Great name huh?  Surprised that it was changed as she got older. :) ]  She began performing in vaudeville at a very young age.  Her history as an actress is well documented.  Her role as Dorthy Gale in the 1939 film "The Wizard of Oz" cemented her as movie icon of the Golden Age of Movies.

Garland, of course, had many musical soundtrack hits to her credit but also had many hits for Decca Records during the 1930's and 1940's. [She later recorded for both the Columbia and Capitol labels as well.]  She made many recordings with orchestras led by Bob Crosby, Harry Sosnik, Victor Young, Bobby Sherwood and David Rose to name a few.  Judy shared the vocals in duets with such names as Gene Kelly, Bing Crosby, Johnny Mercer and the Merry Macs.

You can hear many Judy Garland songs right here on Swing City Radio.  If you've seen the move "Judy" let us know your thoughts by posting comments on our Facebook page.

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