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Showtune Sunday: When Ethel Merman and Barbra Streisand paid a visit to Judy Garland’s show

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http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3047/2793599185_5eb136382b.jpgWhen I say they don’t make television like this anymore, they really don’t.

That’s because The Judy Garland Show, during its 1963-64 run on Sunday nights on CBS, brought about all kinds of once-in-a-lifetime television moments that, thank God, are preserved and now out on DVD.

Garland had starred in several highly-rated specials for CBS but her series ran for just 26 episodes. It was a hit with the critics but faced a ratings challenge from the popular western series Bonanza.

Guests during that season included: Lena Horne, Tony Bennett, Peggy Lee, Count Basie, Chita Rivera and an up and coming talent named Liza Minnelli - Judy’s daughter.

The series reached a real high point on Oct. 4, 1963 when Judy welcomed two showbiz legends on the same episode: Ethel Merman and Barbra Streisand. Merman was long the queen of Broadway with such hits as Gypsy and Annie Get Your Gun while Streisand had starred in I Can Get It For Wholesale on Broadway and was about to triumph in Funny Girl. She had not yet made a movie!

Here is some of Judy and Barbra and Ethel (Merman also guested again later in the season). Enjoy!



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  1. Garland and Streisand together. Judy, the superstar, singing with the newest voice on the scene. As a courtesy one can see her letting Barbara have the lead throughout until the end when she doesn’t hold back. An amazing performance one doesn’t see happen every day!

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