In a recent letter, a friend happened to mention an event he attended in May 1962 involving JUDY GARLAND.
I asked for more details and this is what Brian could remember from that day over 50 years ago.
“Along with other members of the JUDY GARLAND CLUB, I was invited to the Abbey Road Studios in London to hear Judy record the songs for her last film, I COULD GO ON SINGING ( for EMI/Capitol Records)……..
One of the most exciting times in my life……..
All three of Judy’s children were there, as well as DIRK BOGARDE ( Judy’s costar in the film). The film’s director ,RONALD NEAME, spoke to us . When Judy and the orchestra broke for refreshments, we were content to remain in our seats until play resumed, but Judy herself came and fetched us, saying that there was enough food and drink for all……..
We were there for about three hours .”
Thanks, Brian. What a precious memory.
The four songs recorded for I COULD GO ON SINGING ( in two sessions in May and July 1962) included the title track ( written by HAROLD ARLEN and E.Y.HARBURG – the songwriters who had written ‘Over The Rainbow.’)
Also, ‘Hello Bluebird’, ‘By Myself’ and ‘It Never Was You.’
MORT LINDSEY arranged and conducted the orchestra.
This was one of four studio recordings Judy did for EMi/Capitol in London – 1957, 1960, 1962 and 1964.
Members of the Judy Garland Club were also part of the audience in the London Palladium scenes in the film.