Tuesday, May 31, 2011


Chittenango, NY -- The 33rd annual Oz-Stravaganza! honoring Chittenango native and “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz” author L. Frank Baum runs Friday through Sunday with munchkins, idols, a parade and fair.

This year, Caren Marsh-Doll, the stand-in for Judy Garland in the movie “The Wizard of Oz” will be grand marshal of Saturday’s parade.

Events begin at 1 p.m. with activites at Oz-Stravaganza! Park.

Special guests also include munchkins Trumpeter Karl Slover, Flowerpot Margaret Pellegrini and munchkin by marriage Myrna Swensen, who would have had a role in the film had she not had become ill.

Baum’s great-grandson Bob Baum, “Dressing a Legend” curator Michael Siewert, Oz cartoonist Eric Shanower, and historian and author John Fricke.

Friday’s events begin with a spaghetti dinner with the special guests at the Chittenango High School followed by a free evening of Oz entertainment.

Souvenirs, a special postal cancellation, and silent auction will be held.

Fireworks are scheduled for 9:30 p.m. at Community Recognition Park, where activities are scheduled to begin.

Rides, crafts, vendors, games, free entertainment and a petting zoo will take place from 10 a.m. to dark Saturday in Oz-Stravanganza! Park.

The grand parade kicks off at 2 p.m.

The finals of the Emerald City Idol Singing Competition will take place at 6 p.m. at the high school.

On Sunday, the fair reopens at 10 a.m. with amusement park rides opening at noon. The special guests will hold an autograph session and the final segment of the silent auction will be held. The grand finale takes place on stage at 4 p.m.

This article originally appreared in the Syracuse News:


From the Clark Gable estate, a Judy Garland photo inscribed to Clark Gable.

On This Day In Herstory (May 31, 1939)

Per David Price, "May 31, 1939 ... photographed today by Clarence Sinclair Bull in the M-G-M portrait gallery ... the spotlight was on the new young star. In the midst of filming BABES IN ARMS, she took a short break from the set and sat for dozens of new portraits. With the impending release of THE WIZARD OF OZ, the studio was giving Judy the big star build-up."

Monday, May 30, 2011

First Look At The Cover Of The New Judy CD

On This Day In Herstory (May 30, 1957)

Per David Price, "May 30, 1957 ... at the Riviera Theatre in Detroit ... backstage meeting with fans after the show.

Pictured are: Tommy Cooper, Albert Poland, Judy, Gordon Stevens, Martha Shepard, Pat McMath, and Robert Rosterman.

Mr. Poland told me that Sid Luft took the picture for them using Martha's camera [at Judy's request)."

Sunday, May 29, 2011

NEW AUDIO FILES POSTED TO THE YAHOO GROUP (for the week of May 29, 2011)

A few months ago this spot featured the original recording session rendition of Gotta Have Me Go With You, but this week, with a nod toward our homepage featuring the cover of the upcoming JUDY A Legendary Film Career book, we are featuring the sound effect ridden movie soundtrack version in all it's stereophonic glory.    

Best Thing That Ever Happened
Judy is interviewed by Mike Wallace while on a press junket for her film Judgement At Nuremburg (1961)  
Bing And Rosie #71
Another episode from Bing Crosby and Rosemary Clooney's daily radio program for CBS. This episode originally aired on June 6, 1960.  

From 1942. With Judy Garland, Gene Autry, Martha Tilton, William Powell, and others.    
Louis Armstrong teaches Lotte Lenya how to swing (outtake material from studio session).  
Annie Ross tells us a story.    

Judy Garland at New York's Metropolitan Opera House, May 11, 1959.    

PENTIMENTO (the frances Gumm album)
Pre-recordings from The Judy Garland Show. If Judy had released a studio album in early 1964 it might have sounded something like this.    

everything but the kitchen sink    

Judy Garland and friends salute the music of Frank Sinatra. This is the first installment of a limited series that will end in September. Each week will feature the music of a different musician/singer. This week's installment salutes the Frank Sinatra songbook with performances by Judy, Michael Buble, Nina Simone, Liberace, The Ink Spots, Madeleine Peyroux, Lorna Luft, and others.

Frank Sinatra performs a set of pop and disco songs at Westchester Premiere Theater, 1977
Big Mama Thorton at Newport, 1969.

On This Day In Herstory (May 29, 1959)

Per David Price, "May 29, 1959 ... arrival at Dearborn Station in Chicago for the second stop on Judy's 1959 Opera House Tour ... She was to open on June 1st at the Chicago Opera House. [Husband Sid Luft is visible in the top shot]"

Editor's note: Some of the music from that tour is currently being featured at the Yahoo version of The Judy Garland Experience.

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Friday, May 27, 2011

On This Day In Herstory (May 27,1963)

Per David Price, May 27, 1963 ... at the SHARE Benefit evening in Los Angeles, on stage with Sammy Davis, Jr. This was a charity that was very close to Judy's heart because it benefited retarded children. She auctioned off her performances, and sang "Shine On Harvest Moon" with her pal, Sammy.

Thursday, May 26, 2011

On This Day In Herstory (May 26, 1952)

May 26, 1952 ... candid photo of Judy leaving the Curran Theatre in San Francisco after her performance.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

On This Day In Herstory (May 25, 1965)

Per David Price, "May 25, 1965 ... just on the ground, being greeted after her arrival in Cincinatti, Ohio on American Airlines. She was in town for a concert at Cincinatti Gardens coming up a few days later. Constant companion Mark Herron was at her side."

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Liza Minnelli And John Lennon

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On This Day In Herstory (May 24, 1944)

Per David Price, "May 24, 1944 ... working with her friend Frank Sinatra on radio ... CBS Radio's THE FRANK SINATRA SHOW."

Monday, May 23, 2011


Per David Price, "May 23, 1935 ... the marquee at the Paramount Theater in Los Angeles, where the "Garland Sisters" were appearing in vaudeville. The sister act was about to become a solo when Baby was "discovered" and signed by M-G-M just a short time later."

Sunday, May 22, 2011

NEW FILES POSTED TO THE YAHOO GROUP (for the week of May 22, 2011)

Here is a brief recap of the new files posted to the Yahoo version of The Judy Garland Experience:

Per a request, Judy sings an original John Meyer song on The Tonight Show, December, 1968.  
Tallulah Bankhead's The Big Show, NBC, February 11, 1951. Starring The Andrew Sisters, Joan Davis, Judy Garland Gordon MacRae, Dean Martin, Jerry Lewis, Groucho Marx, and Meredith Wilson.  
Another episode from Bing Crosby and Rosemary Clooney's daily radio program for CBS. This episode originally aired on June 3, 1960.  
Bruce Springsteen and Jackson Browne don't want you to leave. Okay maybe they do, but not just yet.  

Keely Smith    

This week's homepage shows a photo of Judy Garland and Gene Kelly singing For Me And My Gal in 1963, this folder contains several other duets by them that were recorded between 1942 and 1950.    

A few excerpts from Judy's closing night performance at the Cocoanut Grove, August 5, 1958.

From September 30, 1948. Hosted by Al Jolson, with Oscar Levant, and starring Judy Garland. COLLECTORS TAKE NOTE of the great sound quality.    

Presents Humphrey Bogart and Greer Garson in the 1952 radio adaptation of The African Queen.    

everything but the kitchen sink  

Eric Clapton and Dr. John live at Roseland, 1996.    

Dakota Staton at the Newport Jazz Festival

On This Day In Herstory (May 22, 1964)

Per David Price, "May 22, 1964 ... a smiling Judy is photographed in the airport in Sydney while waiting to board a plane bound for Hong Kong."

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Judy Garland At Home November 1944

From a Modern Screen pictorial.

Judy Introduces Liza to Bozo The Clown 1950

Old Friends

On This Day In Herstory (May 21, 1969)

Per David Price, "May 21, 1969 ... at Heathrow Airport outside London, before boarding a plane which would carry Judy to New York for her last visit there before her death just over a month later. Judy was sporting one her very "mod" outfits ... including a bright pink coat.

The newsphoto snipe was titled: "Glamor Plus"

[Photos from this occasion appear to be the last identified/dated photos of Judy before her death.]"

Photo credit: United Press International

Friday, May 20, 2011


Lorna Luft opened at the Maisonette in New York's St Regis Hotel on October 9, 1972.
Sister Liza Minnelli joined her on stage while brother Joeseph Luft applauded from the audience.

On This Day In Herstory (May 20, 1964)

Per David Price, "May 20, 1964 ... leaving the Southern Cross Hotel in Melbourne, Australia, with Mark Herron ... running late but on the way to her concert that evening at Festival Hall."

Photo credit: The Sun, Melbourne.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

On This Day In Herstory (May 19, 1965)

Per David Price, "May 19, 1965 .... a newsphoto snapped at the court house when Judy was granted a divorce from Sid Luft. She also was given custody of Lorna and Joe."

Photo Credit: United Press International

Wednesday, May 18, 2011


Kirk Douglas chats up Judy and husband Sid Luft.

Adlai Stevenson and Eleanor Roosevelt share a sweet moment while Judy focuses on the speaker. Democratic delegates dinner, Beverly Hills, July 11, 1960.

Judy Garland and Jackie Cooper on the set of Bruno Mars' Grenade video?

In the 50's Sid Luft found all sorts of interesting ways for Judy to make a buck between engagements at the Palace.




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