Judy Garland (born Frances Ethel Gumm; June 10, 1922 – June 22, 1969) was an American actress and singer. Through a career that spanned 45 of her 47 years, Garland attained international stardom as an actress in musical and dramatic roles, as a recording artist and on the concert stage. Respected for her versatility, she received a Juvenile Academy Award, won a Golden Globe Award, received the Cecil B. DeMille Award for her work in films, as well as Grammy Awards and a Tony Award. She had a contralto singing range. Born in Grand Rapids, Minnesota, Garland was the youngest child of former vaudevillians Frank Gumm and Ethel Marion Milne. Her ancestry on both sides of the family can be traced back to the early colonial days of the United States. Her father was descended from the Marable family of Virginia and her mother from Patrick Fitzpatrick, who arrived in America from Smithtown, County Meath, Ireland, in the 1770s.
Judy Garland had a very prolific career on the radio.
As a matter of fact, she had been a veteran of radio long before she signed her first contract with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and made her first Decca recordings.
In spite of the fact that Judy was extremely popular as a radio personality, this is the one aspect of her career that is the most under-documented and under-rated. Before MGM put Judy in their films, they used radio to introduce her to audiences and gauge her appeal. Several years later, Judy herself would use radio to stretch her dramatic skills by playing the types of straight dramatic roles she was never allowed to at the studio.
Judy's radio career gives us a treasure trove of great Garland performances. Judy interacts with the big celebrities of the day, including Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra, even Charlie McCarthy, all in a relaxed atmosphere. These shows also gave Judy the chance to test herself vocally and grow by trying out various vocal stylings that she never was allowed to do try in her films. Most importantly, Judy was able to interact with her first love, the audience. In this case, the studio audience. Nonetheless, this interaction with the studio audiences would prove crucial when Judy embarked on her legendary concert years.
Here is the Radio Gold Index for appearances in radio by Judy Garland. If have any shows from this list, please feel free to upload here.
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