Sunday, May 26, 2013

NEW FILES POSTED TO THE YAHOO GROUP for the week of may 26, 2013

Homepage by Allen Morris

Here is a rundown of the new audio files posted to 
The Judy Garland Experience 
for the week of May 26, 2013. 
To access the files click HERE.

Judy remembers and memorializes.

V-J Day, 1945

Bing Crosby and Liza Minnelli remember people and times passed.

Sassy wishes everyone a Happy Memorial Day!

Judy is interviewed backstage following her Seattle concert, and then is ambushed by the same reporter at the restaurant she went to after the show.

Judy Garland is interviewed by Bob and Betty after her late show at the Sahara.

Here is another ultra rare and compelling performance from Judy's 1968-1969 month long run at London's Talk Of The Town. You may recognize The Man That Got Away and Judy's Movie Medley, as well as a few snippets of her comments, from the JUDY. LONDON. 1969. album, but the rest the performance should be new to most of you. Sorry it isn't complete, but the moments that survived are still worth a listen.

It's an All Star jam at the Royal Roost. 
Featuring Lester Young, Ella Fitzgerald, and others.

From January 9, 1943. Groucho Marx, Betty Grable, Judy Garland, Jose Iturbi, Bill Goodwin (announcer), Phil Silvers, Rags Ragland. Judy sings, "I Never Knew," then teaches Jose to swing. Betty appears as Groucho's mother!

Bette Midler live in Raleigh, 1972. Featuring orchestra leader Barry Manilow on keyboards and back up vocals. Recorded at the Frog And Nightgown club on February 22, 1972.

Unreleased recording of the second incarnation of the Rat Pack as recorded at the Sands Hotel, January, 1960. No serious singing, but loads of politically incorrect racist, sexist, and homophobic humor. One truly funny moment...Eva Marie Saint.

Homepage by Robin D'Amato


Thursday, May 23, 2013


Yet another recording of Judy Garland performing at London's Talk Of The Town in 1969  has surfaced and will make it's public debut via The Judy Garland Experience Yahoo group this weekend. Fie on the BBC!!! Despite what they recently said on their One Show, Judy Garland was coherent, together, and performing well during this engagement, and this recording (and the 8 or 9 other nights of the run that were recorded) proves it!

Monday, May 20, 2013

NEW AUDIO FILES POSTED TO THE YAHOO GROUP for the week of may 19, 2013

Homepage by Allen Morris

Here is a rundown of the audio files posted to the Yahoo version of
for the week of May 19, 2013.
To access the files click HERE.

Judy causes a sensation on her return visit to the Shell Chateau, November 16, 1935

Watergate, 1974.

DJ JUDY 1951
Judy spins her own records on this delightful promo program for her upcoming show at New York's Palace Theatre. Originally broadcast, October, 1951. This is a newly found version and is an aural upgrade to previous versions.

Sally Mayes and George Dvorsky are patriotic, andf then some!

Glorious recording of Judy singing, and putting her own stamp on, one of Sinatra's all time classics.

Judy Garland and Jack Pepper are the guests on this episode of the Bing Crosby show that was originally broadcast on March 14, 1951. This is the original and unedited version of the program.

Judy Garland is in great form on this program that originally aired in November, 1965.

Closing night of Judy's first, historic and record breaking, run at the Palace. February 24, 1952.

It's Dakota Staton. Live broadcast performance, 1986.

Frank Sinatra and Peggy Lee ooze chemistry and charisma on this episode of Frank's Old Gold show. Originally broadcast January 2, 1946.

Sammy Davis stops by one of Judy's old Vegas haunts, and performs a short, but swinging, set.

Tuesday, May 14, 2013


Well, John Fricke certainly has a busy Fall ahead of him, as reported in our Facebook group by Kellen Lindblad.

"It’s the Ozzy compendium of the new millennium! In his new book, The Wonderful World of Oz: An Illustrated History of the American Classic, best-selling author and Emmy Award-winning producer John Fricke celebrates the 75th anniversary of MGM's The Wizard of Oz, along with all other aspects of L. Frank Baum's classic series of "American Fairy Tales." The deluxe pictorial chronologically travels through more than eleven decades of Oz books, productions, and memorabilia and will be published on October 1, 2013, by Down East Books.

Fricke is widely regarded as the preeminent Oz and Judy Garland historian, and his latest book makes its debut in conjunction with several major events in the greater Oz community. Foremost among these is the similarly-titled exhibition, The Wonderful World of Oz, opening on Saturday, October 12, 2013, and running through spring 2014 at The Farnsworth Art Museum in Rockland, ME. The art for the book and the items for the Farnsworth show have been drawn from the holdings of Willard Carroll and Tom Wilhite, which comprise the most comprehensive Oz collection in the world.

The Farnsworth ( is the only nationally-recognized art museum mounting a six-month Oz anniversary retrospective. Via Carroll and Wilhite, both the exhibition and Fricke's The Wonderful World of Oz will illustratively detail the entire 114 year arc of Oz-to-date: from the publication of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz in 1900 to the 2013 film, Oz The Great and Powerful, which has grossed a half-billion dollars world-wide since its premiere in March. Highlights include such MGM collectibles as one of "Dorothy's" test dresses and original blouse; the costume of a Munchkin member of the "Lollipop Guild"; and one of the hourglasses of the Wicked Witch of the West.

Concurrent with the book and exhibition, Warner Home Video will debut (on October 1) its latest deluxe DVD release of the legendary Garland motion picture, The Wizard of Oz. For the film's 75th anniversary, the studio has remastered the 1939 musical in 3D and will market it in a variety of lavish packagings with a host of additional features. Paramount among the latter is producer/director/writer Gary Leva's new "making of" Oz documentary, in which Fricke is featured. For Warner Bros.' use, Fricke has also prepared a one-hundred point "time line," tracing the history of the MGM Oz film from preproduction in autumn 1937 to the Academy Award ceremonies in February 1940.

Among other 2013 Oz-related appearances, Fricke will serve as host and lecturer at the annual OZ-Stravaganza! festival in Chittenango, NY (hometown of Oz author Baum) from Friday, May 31st through Sunday, June 2nd. He will fulfill similar duties as "master of ceremonies of special events" at the Oz Festival in Wamego, KS, from Friday, September 27th through Sunday, September 29th. (Additional appearance information, plus specifics of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz book, are forthcoming."

Sunday, May 12, 2013


Jared Kenwood and Lorna Luft

Lorna Luft’s Songs My Mother Taught Me
by Jared Kenwood

On March 19th, actress and singer Lorna Luft performed her solo concert for a sold out crowd at the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts in West Palm Beach. The show, Songs My Mother Taught Me is an autobiographical tribute, paying homage to Luft’s mother, the legendary Judy Garland. Garland whose career consisted of films, radio appearances, television shows, and numerous concerts, is most notably known for her role as Dorothy in the 1939 MGM film, The Wizard of OZ. Nearly forty-five years following her death, Judy Garland is still known as one of the world’s most beloved entertainers. 

“People often ask me, “What is it like to be Judy Garland’s daughter?” Lorna Luft writes in her memoir, Me and My Shadows, “How do you answer a question like that? It’s hard being legends child. She’s everywhere I turn, like a shadow. It’s been wonderful, and terrible, and everything in between.” 

For years Lorna tried desperately to escape her past. But being Judy Garland’s daughter and the little sister of Liza Minnelli, it was very difficult. 
“I tried to run away from it all,” Lorna admits to her audience, “I dyed my hair purple, I sang rock and roll, and I spent way too many nights at studio 54. I did not want to be in anyone’s shadow. However, the further I ran the shadow was always there. Until one day I sat down and decided it’s time to make friends with the ghost.” 

The show is a celebration of song, dance, and personal anecdotes. Nearly twelve years ago, with the help of Barry Manilow and writers; Ken and Mitzie Welch, Songs My Mother Taught Me was created. Following the performance, Lorna brought me backstage for an interview and shared with me a little bit about the Preproduction of the act and how the songs she chose from her mother’s repertoire. 
“We went through my mother’s entire library,” Lorna recalled, “And we picked and chose and talked. It took six months that we really, really went through the library and with Ken and Mitzie directing it and writing every single word. It was put together like a theater piece.” 

 Lorna gives it her all to keep her mother’s legacy alive, belting out the Garland standards. Using a fascinating technique of projecting onto a screen, film and pictures are presented to the audience. There are even some moments in the show where Luft duets with Garland. It was very moving to watch Lorna sing along side of her mother. The final song of the show brought audiences and me to tears when Lorna and Judy performed a duet. Lorna sang a song called Shining Star, and her mother sung her signature tune Over the Rainbow. The song that is most identified with Judy Garland. 
“I want people to remember her musicianship,” Lorna tells me. “I want people to remember her as a performer and an actor and I want them to remember her work. I think that’s what gives people joy and that is what she wanted people to look at her for.”

Dedicated to theater arts and encouraging young performers she shares some of her advice for Broward College students, who plan on pursuing an acting and singing career. 
“If you want to go into this business, you have to learn to do it all. Don’t learn how to be vocal aerobics and stand on a stage and not do anything else but that. There is something in between the songs called dialogue and you have to be an actor and learn how to be choreographed.” 
Songs My Mother Taught Me will go on for several more performances this August. Unfortunately there are currently no plans for any future Florida engagements. Lorna joke with me, “Florida is a little hot down here.” 

A week following her concert, Lorna began treatment and surgery for breast cancer. On her Facebook page, her wall was flooded with words of support from her fans.  
Songs My Mother Taught Me is available on CD from First Night Records and Lorna’s Memoir, “Me and My Shadows” is available for purchase from Special thanks to Lorna’s husband Colin Freeman for arranging this interview. 

Editor's note: This was Ms. Luft's final interview before she withdrew from public life to deal with her medical issues. We are grateful to TJGE Yahoo group member Jared Kenwood for bringing this exclusive interview to us.
And on behalf of all the members, in all the outlets of TJGE, 
we wish Lorna Luft a speedy recovery and a happy and healthy future.

NEW AUDIO FILES POSTED TO THE YAHOO GROUP for the week of may 12, 2013

Homepage by Robin D'Amato

Here is a rundown of the new files posted over at the Yahoo version of The Judy Garland Experience.
To access the files click HERE

Judy sparkles in Las Vegas

For Mother's Day, a touching mother-daughter duet from Judy Garland and Lorna Luft.

In a rare live performance recording, Ruth Brown tells Mama all about it.

Joe Luft and Liza Minnelli share their memories of Judy Garland on Mike Wallace's At Large program, 1976.

Without batting an eye or missing a beat, Judy Garland shifts focus with ease when a young Lorna lift interrupts a radio broadcast. Nightline, April 30, 1957.

World premiere of a newly found version of Judy's Back Bay concert, recorded in Boston on May 24, 1968. This is a much clearer recording than the commonly known version. Judy's voice seems to be more in the forefront as well. Sadly the batteries ran out and the last few songs were not recorded. But what a treat to hear what we can!

Presents BETTE DAVIS, and members of the original cast, in the radio adaptation of 

MARCH 7, 1951
Here is the rarely heard original broadcast of Bing Crosby's radio show from this date, with extra special guest star, Judy Garland.

MAY 5, 1938
The Good News program starring Judy Garland, Clark Gable Fanny Brice, and many more. Judy's performance of How Deep Is The Ocean is dedicated to mothers everywhere.

Aretha Franklin meets Johnny Mercer on early 60's television.

Abbey Lincoln at Lincoln Center, 2005.

Tuesday, May 7, 2013


NEW FILES POSTED TO THE YAHOO GROUP for the week of May 5, 2013

Homepage by Allen Morris

Here is the rundown of the new audio files posted to the yahoo version of
The Judy Garland E#xperience.
To access the files click HERE.

Eh, even Ryan Lochte would be able to figure out that we are saluting the music of Anita O'Day this week. The rarities are coming fast and furious. And you know what, we haven't even cracked the top layer of O'Day gems that can be found in TJGE vault. Expect more pop up specials throughout the summer.

This is a transfer from an acetate that had a very early test version of Mack The Black. Judy gives it her all in this spectacular performance.

Anita O'Day sits in quite comfortably with a bevy of musical giants, 1959.

DINNER AND A SHOW (AKA a cheap date)
DRIVE IN starring Judy Garland, as Mildred, a Hollywood carhop who claims she "isn't used to this sort of thing" when she hops into a strange man's car and is taken to Laurel Canyon! Refreshments provided by Anita O'Day, Peggy Lee, and others on behalf of our corporate sponsors.

Anita and Herb decide to simplify things.

One for the ages.

A trio of songs written and sung by Anita O'Day.

JUDY AND ANITA 1945-1969
First up, it's 1945 and before Anita O'Day sings she is presented with a War Bond by none other than Judy Garland. Jump ahead almost 25 years and you will find the two women jammin' and recording just a little over a week before Judy's passing in June 1969.

Here's a new version of Judy's July 9, 1955 Long Beach concert. This copy sounds like it might be a bit scratchier than the one we normally post, but it also sounds like it might have more clarity as well! Also heard are Dean martin, Sammy Davis, and more stars than there are in the heavens.

When Bing Crosby had a family emergency on October 30, 1952 he called on his very pregnant pal, Judy Garland, to step ink and fill his radio spot for the evening. Judy agreed to and here is the sparkling result.

It's Anita O'Day at Carnegie Hall. Here's a recording that didn't make the cut for Anita's 1985 Carnegie Hall album.

Let's just be honest, Martha Raye is three sheets to the wind on this recording. She hadn't expected to perform on this night in 1978 when she went out on the town and partied hearty with celebrity friends, but because she was a trouper, she obliged when Anita O'Day called her up to the stage at Studio One Backlot in Hollywood. Martha forgets some lyrics (and melodies) but what she does remember is how to be funny. Plus, you get to hear Martha and Anita O'Day sing together!

Anita O'Day at the 1969 Newport Jazz Festival.




Sunday, May 5, 2013


A glamorous photo of Judy Garland sifting through glamorous photos of Judy Garland.

Thursday, May 2, 2013

JUDY IN HOLLYWOOD 2 the final chapter

Earlier this month Jan Glazier threw another one of her famous Judy events. This year's extravaganza was called Judy In Hollywood 2. Here is a the last chapter of the report on the event by TJGE member Tracy Terhune that was originally published on Yahoo and is being republished here with Tracy's permission (as well as his personal photos from the event,). 

By Tracy Terhune


CBS… C. B. S.


We all gathered in anticipation at CBS Television City at 9:30am to get a guided
tour of Stage 43 by George Sunga, no less! Our tour would start and begin at
the same place, the CBS Artist entrance. Since I had been on the same tour on
JIH #1 the area was familiar to me. Jan and Frankie had put together a tri-fold
brochure of archival photos provided by various people that showed people including
Judy, Joey and Lorna all coming and going up/down the very same steps with the
very same red railings still in place today just as they were 50 years ago.

Inside the lobby our names were checked off a list on a clipboard by a young CBS
page. Once the full group was together we went down the fabled hall, the very
same path that Judy took upon her daily arrival at CBS. The hallways were
adorned with oversize photos of various artists associated with the network.
Jack Benny, Carol Barnett, Dinah Shore. I looked for Judy but did not see any.
However there were many more corridors that perhaps hers was down there. We
were whisked to the right and a huge freight elevator was made available so we
could all fit in at one time and the elevator slowly ascended to the 2nd floor.
Once we reached the floor and the lift opened, we were almost blocked in by
various props used on the Price Is Right show. We navigated past several
`games' spin dials, etc., which were in our path. George Sunga led the troupe
and he stopped at a particular spot, and noted that all that we had seen behind
us was added since Judy's show. He showed the separation in the floor and hall
and that Judy's trailer had been right here at this location.
He noted that a
yellow brick road had been painted on the floor leading to the door of Stage 43.

This was the same route Judy took to the stage from her dressing room! Once you
opened the door at Stage 43 there was a narrow short corridor that lead you
directly into Stage 43. How exciting to be tracing the same steps Judy took
each day she shot the 26 episodes of the show.
Once inside, the stage was totally dark and George Sunga implored the CBS Page
to find the lights. He only turned on what was called the work lights which
still left the stage pretty dark. Also, different from last time (JIH#1) we had
all the lights on, there was a larger area in the middle of the stage where a
group photo was taken. Sadly, this time there was no room for such a photo op.

However I got a few shots of the stage and George patiently explaining where
everything was located such as Judy's runway, and the orchestra., where the
regular guests sat, where the VIP section was.
George Sunga and Eleanor Lyon

 I remember looking at the padded walls, a typical sound stage of course, but
thinking these very same walls at one time boomed with the sounds of The Judy
Garland Show. I inquired of George Sunga what door the audience came in from,
as we had just entered the door Judy used.
All these questions and more, were answered. George went to great
lengths to explain many of the technical obstacles of 1963 vs how easy it is
today. What an experience for a Judy Garland fan! Once back outside we were
treated to first-hand recollections by Bench Wench Eleanor Lyon. She audibly
recalled so many wonderful in person memories of waiting for Judy to arrive/exit
the various tapings of the show, that it seemed to all be a surreal dream to be
standing right there, in the very spot where all of her stories took place.
Wonderful is an understatement. Thank you SO much Eleanor.

Then everyone was on their own for lunch. Most dashed over to the famed
Farmer's Market that resides next door. Everyone would later gather for the
grand finale at Matteo's restaurant that evening.


I arrived a bit early for this evening. Overly excited perhaps, as I had
already been informed that I was to sit at George Schlatter's table. Me? at
the table of the original producer of The Judy Garland Show?! I couldn't even
believe he had agreed to attend the event, now I was to sit at his table!

I wanted to be there to absorb every detail and as fate would have it, it was a
night we will all remember, and for good reason. As I got there, audio
equipment was still being set up by Richard Glazier and Frank Labrador. Details
of who's sitting where, were being settled. Stella was placed at the top of the
stairwell to check guests in against the list. First to arrive was Joe Luft who
was his usual quiet, reserved self. Graciously, he posed with photos for anyone
who asked him. He answered all questions with a quiet dignity. I got a photo
taken with him as well as taking one pairing him with the just-arrived Margaret
O'Brien. What a treat!
Margaret O'Brien and Joe Luft

Within moments a booming, commanding voice was heard. Yes, George Schlatter had
arrived solo. Richard Glazier introduced him within moments in the lobby to
Frank Labrador and told him about the JGS documentary Frank was working on. I
happened to be standing there (fancy that!) and I joined the chorus of verbal
praise of the documentary. George was asking Frank what he planned to do with
his material, and then asked about the rights to the photos. After every answer
from Frankie, George had a "… then what?" rebuttal. Not mean, it was just he
wanted to know the details. I injected that the real "gem" of the documentary
was the original audio interviews that Steve Sanders had conducted that have
remained unheard for over 25 years. George nodded at that. He quickly waved
Frankie and I out onto the adjacent patio saying it would be cooler. There for
the next almost 40 minutes George Schlatter held court.
Tracy Terhune, George Schlatter, and Frank Labrador

Boosted by a round or two of Grey Goose on the rocks, he began to tell his Judy
Garland Show stories and then would stop himself. begin laughing & saying…. `
I'm going to get into SOOOO much trouble tonight…" At first it was just Frankie
and I there, then others began to gather around.
When I mentioned or referred to Steve's book Rainbow's End he drew a blank.
I went to our dinner table and fetched my copy that I had brought with me.
He took the book looked it over, saying he had never owned nor read the completed book.
George Schlatter

 He began to thumb through Rainbows End and even began to read aloud passages
from it and then George would tell us his version of the story he had just read.
George then told us one particular story then returned to look thought the book,
turned the page, and there was that very story he had just told us! He seemed
very pleased at pointing that out. He admitted that the book was fantastic and
asked for a copy if anyone had one. Frankie said he would make sure he got one.
George Schlatter, Meredith Ponedel, and Joan Beck Coulson

Did I mention he held court? At one point he noticed Meredith Ponedel standing
off to the side, silent just taking all this in. He leaned over telling her to
"keep it down" and everyone laughed. Meredith introduced herself and her
family association with Judy. Joan Coulson came over and introduced herself.
She talked about her book and the use of photos. She asked if she could use
some of George's photos. He grasp her hand and leaned in saying in a stage
whisper "….well, you may have to fool around a little…" and everyone including
George had a laugh. Story after Garland story was told. He howled at the
mention of Mel Torme's name. He said that Mel always tried to write as if he
was at the center of decisions when in truth he was just an musical arranger.
He also said that he did not believe Mel's book that said Judy called him late
night… He said that yes Judy called people but that Mel was down here (to
emphasize he leaned from the table and put his hand near the floor) on the list
of whom she'd call. Not finished, he said why would she call Mel? that Mel was
more F*@!#! Up than she was. Talk about being saved by the bell.. dinner was
starting and everyone made their way to their seats. The impromptu discussion
on the patio was something truly memorable. The unchecked candor of Mr. George
Schlatter was refreshing.

The official start of the evening had our wonderful producer Jan Glazier thank
everyone and turned it over to Richard Glazier who introduced our guests.
Margaret O'Brien came up and spoke a few words. Joe Luft as well as Margaret
were introduced in short well done videos. Then introduced as a "legend" who's
joined us I assumed he was going to introduce George Schlatter, but imagine my
shock when he called the name of Randall Malone. What? Well soon George
Schlatter as well as George Sunga were introduced to a round of applause.

Dinner was served and was quite good and the hostess was prompt about refilling
water glasses and small requests that people may have. Just before desert,
George Schlatter leaned over to George Sunga and said that we need to get this
going… that he couldn't be there all night. George Sunga informed those that
need be, and without delay the show was started. I never did get desert that
night. However the show to unfold was sheer 30 minutes of POW. George Sunga
introduced George Schlatter and without much prodding, George began to tell his
stories of the series and even called out to the audience to Joe Luft saying
"your father… what a piece of work" but it was done in jest and good fun. He
loved seeing Margaret O'Brien and they got on a back-and-forth banter with each
other that was quite funny and lively. Judy Garland stories, just as on the
patio poured forth and all of us were the dry sponges to absorb the clever,
funny, stories first hand.
Margaret OBrien, Sam Irvin, Joe Luft, and George Schlatter

When the famed producer stepped down from his stool, the party was over.
Everyone seemed to swarm our table to get a photo with George to catch his ear
for one more question. He was gracious to accommodate everyone. He did come
talk with both Margaret and Joey before he left for the evening. While the
event was taped, George Sunga who arranged Mr. Schlatter's appearance that
evening allowed the taping ONLY on the provision that no copies could be made
without Mr. Schlatter's permission, and he had the final edit rights and also
could nix things should he feel he didn't want that material released.

Ruth Turner stepped forward to present a small bouquet of flowers to Jan Glazier
in a small token of gratitude from all of us.
Ruth Turner and Jan Glazier

Thus the curtain came down on Judy In Hollywood II

I am thankful to all the old friends and new that I met at JIH II It goes
without saying the guiding force of the brilliant Steve Sanders was evident
throughout the whole weekend and his loss to the Judy community will be felt for
years to come.
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