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Judy at Carnegie Hall

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Judy at Carnegie Hall
Live album by
ReleasedJuly 10, 1961 (1961-07-10)
RecordedApril 23, 1961
VenueCarnegie Hall
GenreJazz vocal
Judy Garland chronology
That's Entertainment!
Judy at Carnegie Hall
Judy Garland Live!
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic4.5/5 stars[1]

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".[2] 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. The album won the Grammy Award for Album of the Year, making Garland the first woman to win the award.

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". 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 (the first live music album and the first album by a female performer to win the award), Best Female Vocal Performance, Best Engineered Album, and Best Album Cover.[3] The album has never been out of print.

In 2003, the album was one of 50 recordings chosen that year by the Library of Congress to be added to the National Recording Registry. 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,[4] released as album in December 2007.

Track listing

Side one
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 Shay3:29
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 DeSylva6:16
5."You Go to My Head"J. Fred Coots, Haven Gillespie2:43
6."Alone Together"Howard Dietz, Arthur Schwartz5:38
Side two
1."Who Cares (As Long as You Care for Me)"George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin1:46
2."Puttin' On the Ritz"Irving Berlin2:45
3."How Long Has This Been Going On?"George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin4:12
4."Just You, Just Me"Jesse Greer, Raymond Klages2:16
5."The Man That Got Away"Harold Arlen, Ira Gershwin5:03
6."San Francisco"Walter Jurmann, Gus Kahn, Bronisław Kaper4:45
7."I Can't Give You Anything But Love"Dorothy Fields, Jimmy McHugh6:46
8."That's Entertainment!"Howard Dietz, Arthur Schwartz6:38
Side three
1."Come Rain or Come Shine"Harold Arlen, Johnny Mercer7:23
2."You're Nearer"Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart2:33
3."A Foggy Day"George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin3:04
4."If Love Were All"Noël Coward2:53
5."Zing! Went the Strings of My Heart"James F. Hanley4:04
6."Stormy Weather"Harold Arlen, Ted Koehler6:11
Side four
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 Young5:22
3."Over the Rainbow"Harold Arlen, Yip Harburg5:47
4."Swanee"Irving Caesar, George Gershwin7:31
5."After You've Gone"Henry Creamer, Turner Layton4:20
6."Chicago"Fred Fisher5:15

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." These "extras" usually appear at the end of most of the tracks. The CD release purports to reproduce the concert as the Carnegie Hall audience heard it, "warts and all."


Chart Position
UK Albums (OCC)[5] 13
US Billboard 200[6] 1
US Top Catalog Albums (Billboard)[7] 26

Certifications and sales

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
United States (RIAA)[8] Gold 500,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone


  1. ^ AllMusic review
  2. ^ Me and My Shadows: Life With Judy Garland (2001)
  3. ^ "Grammy Award Winners – Judy at Carnegie Hall". The Recording Academy. Retrieved 2008-11-29.
  4. ^ "Rufus Wainwright Plays Judy Garland" by Guy Trebay, The New York Times, June 4, 2006
  5. ^ "Judy Garland | Artist | Official Charts". UK Albums Chart. Retrieved March 8, 2016.
  6. ^ "Judy Garland Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard. Retrieved March 8, 2016.
  7. ^ "Judy Garland Chart History (Top Catalog Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved March 8, 2016.
  8. ^ "American album  certifications – Judy Garland – Judy at Carnegie Hall". Recording Industry Association of America. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH. 

External links

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