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Showtune Sunday: All about the great Judy Garland

It was 44 years ago last week that Judy Garland died at the age of 47.

She was a beloved gay icon to such a degree that some have also suggested a connection between the date of Garland’s death and funeral on June 27, 1969 and the Stonewall riots, the flashpoint of the modern Gay Liberation movement which started in the early hours of June 28.

This weekend, instead of riots, there are celebrations during Pride events over the Supreme Court’s historic rulings in favor of gay marriage.

So let’s celebrate with some classic Garland performances.

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2 Remarks

  1. Its such a shame that she didn’t live longer. She was such an amazing performer! She will never be forgotten!

  2. Thanks Greg for celebrating the amazing Judy Garland.

    I have clear memories of being overwhelmed and obsessed with her and particularly “The Trolly Song” back in the early 1960′s as a young boy. It was an amazing connection that, I guess set my path for my life show business, musicals and gay trilling female singers. No body taught me that appreciation…it was destiny form the day I was born “that way”
    At some point my mom bought me the “Born in a Trunk” 45rpm and I listened to it all the time. That was also in the early 60′s.

    In the last few decades I have been able to spread my affections for the “great girls of song and performance” You know the standard list. We all do. Including some non singers like Elizabeth Taylor etc. But Judy was the first in my young life. Oddly enough I was known as the “somewhere over the rainbow kid” on the block….. my fate was sealed.

    However it still upsets me that Judy had or seemed to have tragic and unfulfilled life with mostly herself to blame. Sometimes that fact gets in the way of my appreciation for her but I know that it shouldn’t. We were blessed to have her while we did.

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