When Judy Garland signed the most lucrative deal of her career for her own weekly TV series, she couldn't have known that show was about to create her best audio-video record as a concert artist. Throughout the 1963-1964 season, Garland continually crafted work that is still astounding new generations via the award-winning DVDs of "The Judy Garland Show."
The reasons these hours of videotape retain their potency nearly 40 years later are many. Judy was at the peak of her powers, and her career, and rarely looked and sounded better as an adult. Along with presenting a healthy collection of Garland standards from her vast catalog, she also performed scores of songs she never sang before or after the series. That is certainly reason enough to treasure these shows, but then throw this equation into the mix: Judy working with the biggest names in the industry - or with those who would soon become household names- in mostly once-in-a-lifetime pairings. That's the main focus this stunning new collection takes: the legend working with other legends. As an added bonus, these legends will even have an occasional solo number here, as does the series' star. Judy's songs are all making their DVD debut on this disc.
All of the greats Judy worked with on her TV series are here, including: Count Basie, Tony Bennett, Ray Bolger, Diahann Carroll, Jack Carter, Vic Damone, Bobby Darin, Lene Horne, Peggy Lee, Jack Jones, Ethel Merman, Liza Minnelli, Jane Powell, Martha Raye, Mickey Rooney, Barbara Streisand, and Mel Torme.
Watching these highlights should prove why the series is still adored today. As this release celebrates what would have been her 80th birthday on June 10th, 2002, we believe you'll walk away agreeing that these shows insure future generations will always have vital proof of what made Judy Garland so loved in her lifetime, and why she will be loved forever.