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Friday, June 10, 2022

Celebrate Judy Garland's 100th Birthday with Local Covers and More!

Today (June 10, 2022) would have been American singer/actress Judy Garland's 100th birthday.

Biography highlights
  • Born Frances Ethel Gumm (June 10, 1922)
  • Made film debut in the short The Big Revue (1929)
  • Signed with MGM (1935)
  • Signed recording contact with Decca Records at 13
  • Starred as Dorothy in the movie classic Wizard of Oz (1939)
  • Gave birth to daughter Liza Minnelli (March 29, 1946)
  • Recorded Miss Show Business, her first solo album.
  • Starred in The Judy Garland Show on TV (1961)
  • Passed away of an overdose (June 22, 1969)
Below are covers of her songs by Beamsville songstress Melissa-Marie Shriner





We asked Melissa-Marie for her thoughts on Judy:
As I watched the Wizard of Oz as an 8 year old child, and heard Judy Garland singing Over the Rainbow for the first time, I knew right then and there, I wanted to be a singer when I grew up. It was a defining moment in my life - she inspired me to become a singer and performer.

Here is local musicologist Mike Daley with a question and answer session about the legendary lady.



Now a song from the lady herself . . . 



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