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Great Day!
Rare Recordings from The Judy Garland Show
(Information from John Fricke)

The tentative street date is Tuesday, June 6th.

The finished product includes 18 tracks -- 27 song titles -- and includes a 12-page booklet (expanded from the usual 8), illustrated by a number of black and white TV series images that have never before been published. Running time is just about 60 minutes.
The concept of this album was defined by its attempts to gather numbers from the shows that had - mostly - never before enjoyed a CD appearance and (more important) were new or relatively new to Judy's repertoire. I believe around 20 of the 27 songs "debut" on cd with this release; the others were included on various bootlegs over the past decade.

1.  This Could Be the Start of Something (Steve Allen)
(Show 11, taped 10/18/63, aired 1/5/64)

2.  I Love You (Cole Porter)
(Show 24, taped 2/28/64, aired 3/15/64)

3.  Medley: Swing Low, Sweet Chariot (Traditional/American Spiritual) The Whole World in His Hands (Traditional/American Spiritual)
(Show 20, taped 1/24/64, aired 2/9/64)

4.  Poor Butterfly (Raymond Hubbell/John Golden)
(Show 25, taped 3/6/64, aired 3/22/64)

5.  Steppin' Out With My Baby (Irving Berlin)
(Show 23, taped 2/21/64, aired 3/8/64)

6.  When the Sun Comes Out (Harold Arlen/Ted Koehler)
(Show 22, taped 2/14/64, aired 2/23/64)

7.  Make Someone Happy (Jule Styne/Betty Comden & Adolph Green)
(Show 20, taped 1/24/64, aired 2/9/64)

8.  Time After Time (Jule Styne/Sammy Cahn)
(Show 26, taped 3/13/64, aired 3/29/64)

9.  A Lot of Livin' to Do (Charles Strouse/Lee Adams)
(Show 10, taped 10/11/63, aired 3/1/64)

10. Don't Ever Leave Me (Jerome Kern/Oscar Hammerstein II)
(Show 21, taped 1/31/64, aired 2/16/64)

11. Lorna (Mort Lindsey/Johnny Mercer)
(Show 20, taped 1/24/64, aired 2/9/64)

12. It's A Good Day (Peggy Lee/Dave Barbour)
(Show 13, taped 11/8/63, aired 12/1/63)

13. World War I Medley: When Johnny Comes Marching Home (Louis Lambert) There's a Long, Long Trail A-Winding" (Alonzo Elliott/Stoddard King) Keep the Home Fires Burning [Till the Boys Come Home] (Lena Gilbert Ford & Ivor Novello) Give My Regards to Broadway (George M. Cohan) Dear Little Boy of Mine (Ernest Ball/J. Keirn Brennan) My Buddy (Walter Donaldson/Gus Kahn) Oh! How I Hate to Get Up in the Morning (Irving Berlin) Over There (George M. Cohan)/You're A Grand Old Flag (George M. Cohan)
(Show 20, taped 1/24/64, aired 2/9/64)

14. America the Beautiful (Samuel A. Ward/Katherine Lee Bates)
(Show 20, taped 1/24/64, aired 2/9/64)

15. Seventy-Six Trombones (Meredith Willson)
(Show 18, taped 1/14/64, aired 1/26/64)

16. Suppertime (Irving Berlin)
(Show 26, taped 3/13/64, aired 3/29/64)

17. I'm On My Way (George Gershwin/Ira Gershwin & DuBose Hayward)
(Show 18, taped 1/14/64, aired 1/26/64)

18. Great Day (Vincent Youmans/Billy Rose & Edward Eliscu)
(Show 21, taped 1/31/64, aired 2/16/64)

To read more visit the Savoy Jazz Website.

CD Cover - Great Day

EMI/Capitol - The Essential Judy Garland
(Information from Max Preeo)
On June 27, EMI/Capitol releases The Essential Judy Garland,
a compilation of 20 tracks from its catalog. Along with the
better-known ones will be thepreviously unissued "It Never
Was You," recorded for the soundtrack of I Could Go On Singing
but unused when it was decided Judy would sing live-on-set
during filming, and an alternate take of "Why Was I Born?"

* Judy Garland is named the 12th honoree in the US Postal
Service's 2006 Commemorative Stamp series entitled "Legends
of Hollywood," which will debut the week of June 5. (See the
following news article)

1. Life Is Just A Bowl of Cherries
2. I Happen To Like New York
3. Comes Once In A Lifetime
4. If I Love Again
5. The Far Away Part of Town
6. Zing! Went The Strings of My Heart
7. You Go To My Head
8. The Man That Got Away  [live]
9. I Get The Blues When It Rains
10. Come Rain or Come Shine
11. Any Place I Hang My Hat Is Home
12. It Never Was You  [previously unreleased version]
13. Lucky Day
14. Happiness Is Just A Thing Called Joe
15. Hello Bluebird
16. By Myself
17. April Showers
18. Why Was I Born  [alternate take; previously unreleased]
19. Rock-A-Bye Your Baby (With A Dixie Melody)
20. Over The Rainbow [live]
CD Cover - The Essential Judy Garland

CD Cover - The Essential Judy Garland

The 2006 Commemorative Stamp Program

WASHINGTON - What do Baseball, Batman, Brooklyn's Verrazano-Narrows Bridge, Hattie McDaniel and Harley Davidson have in common? They're all just a sampling of United States' icons that will be highlighted on 2006 Commemorative postage stamps, the Postal Service announced today.

"Our 2006 program commemorates a wide range of diverse American icons with something that will appeal to everyone," said Postmaster General John E. Potter in describing stamps that will honor Baseball sluggers, comic book heroes, the nation's longest bridge span, the first African-American to earn an Oscar and America's love affair with motorcycles.

Judy Garland
In June, Judy Garland becomes the 12th honoree in the Legends of Hollywood series. In 1940, Garland won a special Academy Award "for her outstanding performance as a screen juvenile" for her performances in the 1939 films Babes in Arms and The Wizard of Oz. "Over the Rainbow" is one of the many classic songs she introduced to her audience. The "Judy Garland" stamp image is based on a publicity photo from A Star is Born, and the side of the stamp sheet depicts her as Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz.

View the official press release

June 2006 - Stamp Release

Rhino Releases
That's Entertainment:
The Ultimate Anthology of MGM Musicals

From the Rhino website:  The classic Hollywood movie musical—a genre defined by MGM with its films from the 1920s through the 1950s—is among America's most important contributions to popular culture. In 1974 MGM marked its 50th anniversary with That's Entertainment!, a film compilation of its greatest musical moments that allowed longtime fans to re-experience movie music magic on the big screen and introduced new generations to Judy Garland, Gene Kelly, Frank Sinatra, Fred Astaire, and other legendary stars. That's Entertainment! Part 2 (1976) and That's Entertainment! III (1994) followed, further mining MGM's peerless archives.

This six-disc boxed set is an essential audio companion to these cinematic treasures, presenting the original soundtrack versions of the beloved songs featured in all three films, plus a full disc of previously unreleased rarities.

For more information, visit their website.  (Note from Steve, visit the page, there are tons of sound files to sample, too!)

Ultimate That's Entertainment

2006 Grammy Hall of Fame Information
(Information from Max Preeo)

Another recording with Judy is being inducted for 2006
(to qualify, a recording must be at least 25 years old):

The Wizard of Oz -
Musical and dramatic selections recorded directly from the
soundtrack of MGM's Technicolor Film

Original Motion Picture Cast (Judy Garland)
MGM Records (1956)
Film & TV Soundtracks (Album)

Judy is already there with these previous inductees:


(Dear Mr. Gable) You Made Me Love You (Decca)
Over the Rainbow (Decca)

Judy Gets a Grammy

Michael Sidney Luft
- September 15, 2005 -

Sid Luft, third husband of Judy Garland passed away the evening of September 15th, 2005.  Mr. Luft had been in declining health for some time.

He is spoke of by those who knew him as a charismatic, charming, intelligent man.  Always full of life, optimistic and he had a great sense of humor.  Mr. Luft was being cared for by his son, Joe.

A friend told me that Mr. Luft spoke often of Judy and was said to always speak of her with love, affection, respect and compassion.

My personal thoughts about him are mostly, that the effect Sid Luft had on Judy Garland both personally and in her career can never be underestimated.  I think he was the right man for Judy at the right time in her life.  It would be impossible to speculate on how different Judy's career may have been without him at her side.

Mr. Luft is survived by three children; son John, by actress Lynn Bari, also, Lorna and Joe Luft with Judy Garland;  two grandchildren, Vanessa & Jesse and fourth wife, Camille.

Funeral arrangements have not been made at this time.  

Michael Sidney Luft - Judy Garland A Star is Born Premiere



Nine Unforgettable Musical Sequences Hand-Picked From The Judy Garland Show -- Six Previously Unreleased On CD

Stellar Lineup Includes Barbra Streisand, Lena Horne, Mel Torme, Vic Damone, Count Basie, Martha Raye, and More.

(For Immediate Release:)  Legendary music label Savoy Jazz is proud to announce the release of  "Judy Garland and Friends: Duets, the second in a series of high quality, hand-picked compact disc performances taken from the soundtrack of the 1963 CBS-TV series, The Judy Garland Show.  Compiled by Emmy-winning producer/writer John Fricke, the stellar set features nine unforgettable sequences (six of which are previously unavailable on CD), showcasing the talent of such entertainers as Barbra Streisand, Lena Horne, Tony Bennett, Mel Torme, Count Basie, Vic Damone and others, largely accompanied by the acclaimed Mort Lindsey Orchestra.

Also included in the packaging are rare black and white photographs taken from rehearsals and tapings of the Garland series.

Duets arrives hot on the heels of Savoy's earlier collection this year, "That Old Feeling: Classic Ballads From The Judy Garland Show" -- a collection of twenty songs also hand-picked from the soundtracks of Garland's CBS-TV series.  The Judy Garland Show was a much-deserved star vehicle for an artist now considered to be one of the greatest, entertainers if not the greatest -- to hit the stage and screen.  The series is much revered for its fascinating showcasing of Garland's talent and the many, many stars that appeared and indeed, paid homage to the legendary performer.  This new compilation provides an even greater look at Judy's joy in music and the heightened level of enthusiasm she achieved in her teamings with both friends and with some of the most timeless vocalists of the twentieth century.

Says John Fricke: "Savoy Jazz is genuinely dedicated to the preservation and presentation of the best of the great popular songbook and singers, and there could be no better exemplification of their credo than this release. There are thirty-five different songs heard during these nine tracks, written by the finest composers and lyricists of the mid-twentieth century. To hear them sung 'live' and with amazing energy, musicality, and humor by this parade of artists -- led by Judy herself -- is the very best kind of rare aural and emotional treat."

Complete track listing is as follows:  Yes, Indeed w/Tony Bennett & Dick Shawn;  *Judy Sings Lena Sings Judy w/Lena Horne;  *Porgy and Bess Medley w/Vic Damone;  *Let Me Entertain You"/"Two Lost Souls w/Liza Minnelli;  *Consider Yourself  w/Lorna Luft, Joe Luft and Liza Minnelli;  You're So Right For Me w/Mickey Rooney; *Glenn Miller Medley w/Martha Raye; I've Got My Love To Keep Me Warm Judy w/The Count Basie Orchestra,  *Don't Dream Of Anybody But Me w/Mel Torme and The Count Basie Orchestra,  *April In Paris w/Torme and Basie,  Hooray For Love Medley w/Barbra Streisand.

* Previously unreleased on compact disc.

To read more visit the Savoy Jazz Website.

Judy Garland and Friends: Duets

Judy Garland and Friends:  Duets

Judy Garland and Friends Duets

Judy Garland and Friends Duets




For Immediate Release: Legendary music label Savoy Jazz is proud to announce its premier association with perhaps the most legendary entertainer of them all in a special musical celebration, “That Old Feeling”: Classic Ballads From The Judy Garland Show. The 20 songs featured in this June 14th compact disc release have been hand-picked from the soundtracks of  Garland's 1963-64 CBS-TV series, during which she sang more than 150 solos -- many of them new to her repertoire.

Rather than compile again the standard numbers she introduced or popularized, this Savoy Jazz collection provides instead a prime sampler of Garland's command over the fresh and unfamiliar. It pairs the woman Tony Bennett has long since defined as "the greatest singer of the twentieth century" with music and lyrics that encompass six decades of the great popular songbook, from the 'teens through the 'sixties. Whether originating in Broadway shows or Hollywood films, whether drawn from Tin Pan Alley or American folk heritage, these numbers provide a composite new view of the musical artistry of Judy Garland.

The songs featured on "That Old Feeling": Classic Ballads From "The Judy Garland Show" have been selected by Emmy Award-winning producer and Garland biographer, John Fricke, who also wrote the liner notes and programmed the running order of the material. Says Fricke, "Judy did several concept albums during her tenure with Capitol Records, but that was nearly 50 years ago. This CD gives us a chance to revisit that kind of concept in an innovative way -- by using songs that had never before been assembled in a single package. It was a genuine pleasure, because Judy's own inherent ability to pace her repertoire gave us such a variety of ballads from which to choose."

As a result, the spectrum of material and Garland performance featured on the new compact disc is almost unfathomable...yet totally typical of her timelessness and versatility. The selections range from the autobiographical ("Once In A Lifetime" and "Through the Years") to the dramatic ("By Myself"), philosophical ("Lost in the Stars"), gentle ("Here's That Rainy Day"), wistful ("I'm Always Chasing Rainbows"), romantic ("The Last Dance"), to quintessential torch songs ("As Long As He Needs Me," "When Your Lover Has Gone"). Adding to the range of the program, Garland is accompanied on the different numbers by musical backgrounds that alternate full orchestra, piano and rhythm section, vocal chorus, or solo instrumentation.

“That Old Feeling” is also highlighted by Judy's spoken introductions to a couple of numbers, several never-before-published photographs in the accompanying booklet, and -- supremely -- by her duets with two of the best balladeers in the business, Barbra Streisand and the aforementioned Tony Bennett.

Complete track listing is as follows: “Once in a Lifetime,” “I'm Always Chasing Rainbows," "Too Late Now," “Ol’ Man River," “Shenandoah," "When Your Lover Has Gone," “A Foggy Day," “As Long As He Needs Me," “What'll I Do?," “All Alone," “Lost In The Stars," “A Cottage For Sale," “That Old Feeling," “By Myself," “Here's That Rainy Day," “The Last Dance," “Battle Hymn of the Republic,“ "I Left My Heart in San Francisco” (with Tony Bennett), “Medley: Get Happy/Happy Days Are Here Again” (with Barbra Streisand), and “Through the Years.”

To read more visit the Savoy Jazz Website.

...For anyone that hasn't yet purchased the wonderful "That Old Feeling" CD, I must recommend it without reservation... The production was all John Fricke, and he did his usual superb job...  "That Old Feeling" is truly a fresh experience to even the seasoned listener.  It is a perfect mix of material, just the right running order, the sound is vibrant, full, crisp and without distortion, hiss or imbalance. And, it's so lovingly and thoughtfully produced...  John's liner notes are informative, perceptive and packed with rich detail..."

Steve Sanders, author of Rainbow's End: The Judy Garland Show
(excerpted, used without permission)

That Old Feeling Classic Ballads CD

That Old Feeling Classic Ballads CD

That Old Feeling Classic Ballads CD

That Old Feeling Classic Ballads CD


Lorna Luft News!

I'm so happy to announce that Colin and I just returned from London where we finally recorded the album of Songs My Mother Taught Me! It was an exhausting and thrilling week of sessions with a twenty piece orchestra including almost all the talented musicians who played the show during its run at the Savoy last summer.  We're just about to begin mastering the CD here in Los Angeles and I can't wait to share it with you when it's released this fall.  Your support and encouragement have meant more to me than I can say; it's truly been an amazing journey getting to this point. I'll have more news soon but until then as always, thank you!

Love, Lorna

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