Judy at Carnegie Hall
|Judy at Carnegie Hall|
|Live album by|
|Released||July 10, 1961|
|Recorded||April 23, 1961|
|Judy Garland chronology|
|The Rolling Stone Album Guide|||
Judy at Carnegie Hall is a two-record live recording of a concert by Judy Garland at Carnegie Hall in New York, with backing orchestra led by Mort Lindsey. This concert appearance, on the night of Sunday April 23, 1961, has been called "the greatest night in show business history".
Garland's live performances were a big success at the time and her record company wanted to capture that energy onto a recording. The double album became a hit, both critically and commercially.
Garland's career had moved from movies in the 1940s to vaudeville and elaborate stage shows in the 1950s. She also suffered from drug and alcohol abuse, and, by 1959, had become overweight and ill and needed extensive medical treatment. After a long convalescence, weight loss, and vocal rest, she returned in 1960 to the concert stage with a simple program of "just Judy," omitting the vaudeville and comic acts that usually preceded her. Garland's 1960–1961 tour of Europe and North America was a success, and her stage presence was highly regarded. Eventually Garland was billed as "The World's Greatest Entertainer." Audiences were documented as leaving their seats and crowding around the stage to be closer to Garland, and often called her back for encore after encore, even asking her to repeat a song after her book of arrangements was completed.
The double album was an enormous best seller, charting for 73 weeks on the Billboard charts, including 13 weeks at No. 1, and being certified Gold. It won four Grammy Awards, for Album of the Year, Best Female Vocal Performance, Best Engineered Album, and Best Album Cover. The album has never been out of print.
In 2001, after the television miniseries Life with Judy Garland: Me and My Shadows showed Judy Davis recreating Garland's 1961 Carnegie Hall appearance, the album was rereleased in a slightly different form, and it appeared again on the charts, rising to number 20 for internet sales, and number 26 on Billboard's Top Pop Catalog Albums.
In June 2006, Rufus Wainwright did his own homage to Garland's night by recreating the concert in its entirety at Carnegie Hall, with Rufus Does Judy at Carnegie Hall, released as an album in December 2007.
a) "The Trolley Song"
b) "Over the Rainbow"
c) "The Man That Got Away"
a) Ralph Blane, Hugh Martin
b) Harold Arlen, Yip Harburg
c) Harold Arlen, Ira Gershwin
|2.||"When You're Smiling (The Whole World Smiles With You)"||Mark Fisher, Joe Goodwin, Larry Shay||3:29|
a) "Almost Like Being in Love"
b) "This Can't Be Love"
a) Alan Jay Lerner, Frederick Loewe
b) Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart
|4.||"Do It Again"||George Gershwin, Buddy DeSylva||6:16|
|5.||"You Go to My Head"||J. Fred Coots, Haven Gillespie||2:43|
|6.||"Alone Together"||Howard Dietz, Arthur Schwartz||5:38|
|1.||"Who Cares (As Long as You Care for Me)"||George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin||1:46|
|2.||"Puttin' On the Ritz"||Irving Berlin||2:45|
|3.||"How Long Has This Been Going On?"||George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin||4:12|
|4.||"Just You, Just Me"||Jesse Greer, Raymond Klages||2:16|
|5.||"The Man That Got Away"||Harold Arlen, Ira Gershwin||5:03|
|6.||"San Francisco"||Walter Jurmann, Gus Kahn, Bronisław Kaper||4:45|
|7.||"I Can't Give You Anything But Love"||Dorothy Fields, Jimmy McHugh||6:46|
|8.||"That's Entertainment!"||Howard Dietz, Arthur Schwartz||6:38|
|1.||"Come Rain or Come Shine"||Harold Arlen, Johnny Mercer||7:23|
|2.||"You're Nearer"||Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart||2:33|
|3.||"A Foggy Day"||George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin||3:04|
|4.||"If Love Were All"||Noël Coward||2:53|
|5.||"Zing! Went the Strings of My Heart"||James F. Hanley||4:04|
|6.||"Stormy Weather"||Harold Arlen, Ted Koehler||6:11|
a) "You Made Me Love You"
b) "For Me and My Gal"
c) "The Trolley Song"
a) Joseph McCarthy, James V. Monaco, Roger Edens
b) George W. Meyer, Edgar Leslie, E. Ray Goetz
c) Hugh Martin, Ralph Blane
|2.||"Rock-a-Bye Your Baby with a Dixie Melody"||Sam M. Lewis, Jean Schwartz, Joe Young||5:22|
|3.||"Over the Rainbow"||Harold Arlen, Yip Harburg||5:47|
|4.||"Swanee"||Irving Caesar, George Gershwin||7:31|
|5.||"After You've Gone"||Henry Creamer, Turner Layton||4:20|
2001 compact disc release
In 2001, Capitol released Judy at Carnegie Hall as a double Compact Disc set (catalog number 72435-72876-2-3). This edition has the songs in their original running order, and includes material that was not on the original LP set: Garland's monologues and comments to the audience and orchestra; the orchestra preparing for the next number; and a false start on "Come Rain or Come Shine." The CD release purports to reproduce the concert as the Carnegie Hall audience heard it, "warts and all."
|UK Albums (OCC)||13|
|US Billboard 200||1|
|US Top Catalog Albums (Billboard)||26|
Certifications and sales
|United States (RIAA)||Gold||500,000^|
^ Shipments figures based on certification alone.
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- Me and My Shadows: Life With Judy Garland (2001)
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