When Radio Ruled #62 – Judy Garland Sings 1938

Judy Garland was born Frances Gumm in 1922, and soon revealed a talent for song and dance. Her first public performance was when she was just 2 and a half years old, singing jingle bells at a Christmas pageant.

Her father was a successful vaudevillian with Judy and her sisters following in his footsteps, touring a singing act “The Gumm Sisters” in the waning days of Vaudeville.

When sound came to movies, so did song and dance acts like the Gumm sisters. The act moved to the big screen in early Vitaphone musical revues with seven year old Judy sometimes billed as Baby Gumm.

Fast forward to 1938, now 16 years old and being groomed for film stardom recently starring with Mickey Rooney in the very popular “Love Finds Andy Hardy “.

Judy, as a rule, did not appear on radio. She was too busy and important for that.

Except for The Good News program, which was created by Judy’s film studio MGM to feature MGM stars, movies, songs, and to convince their listeners to see MGM films in the theater.

As one of MGM’s newest stars, Judy dutifully appeared on a handful of the Good News programs in 1938 as their musical guests.

This collection of songs is from those appearances, 16 year old Judy Garland and her magnificent voice performing live 1n 1938. You are in for a treat.

“College Swing”

“Crying for the Caroline”

“Could you Pass on Love” with the cast

“You’re in God’s Country”

“How Deep is the Ocean”

“Why! Because!” with Fanny Brice as Snooks

“Heal thy Heart to me”

“Zing went the Strings of my Heart”

“The Bumpy Road to Love” with the cast

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