Sunday, June 10, 2012

Happy 90th Birthday, Judy Garland!

In honor of what would have been Judy Garland's 90th birthday, I'm posting a few seldom seen shots of her from 1965.

Videotaped on July 9, 1965 at NBC Television Studios in Burbank, "The Andy Williams Show" had Judy opening the show with "On A Wonderful Day Like Today" (with Andy).

In addition, she sang "Get Happy," and a medley with Williams consisting of "Why Don't We Do This More Often?", "On The Atchison, Topeka, And The Santa Fe," "Over The Rainbow," "Rock-A-Bye Your Baby," "You Made Me Love You," and "The Trolley Song." This episode aired on September 20, 1965. Here's the Trolley Song portion of the medley:

Guest star David McCallum, enjoying his fame from "Man From UNCLE" (also an NBC series), attempts to branch out as a song-and-dance man.

Can you imagine being in the audience for this?

The minimalist sets are very cool; yes, even thrift can be chic! As I so often say, less is more.

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Chiana_Chat said...

A happy one to Judy, wherever she is.

On one hand it's hard to imagine (burdened with hindsight) Judy making it to 90. On the other hand, I can imagine a very old Judy, tottering around with a walker and making snaps, witty, crotchety or self-deprecating. She'd be a character all the way.

Andy's face in the bottom pic is a picture. "You know I'm lucky." Speaking of, to our right most is some exec's very lucky geek son in his big TV moment. Yes minimalism can be advantageous if it helps keep us focused on the performance. Usually too much clutter, rapid cuts etc dese days.

Chiana_Chat said...

Oh in the top pic, Judy's thinking, 'This is the loneliest trolley I've ever been on. Nobody and Andy Williams. This is bomb, bomb, bomb went the trolley.' Then remembering they're on TV, pic #2... ;)