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The Other Side of the Rainbow: Behind the Scenes on the Judy Garland Television Series
"The Judy Garland Show," which aired Sunday nights at nine on CBS twenty-six times between June 1963 and March 1964, was the last glimmer of a fading star. As Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz Judy Garland had charmed the world, singing and dancing down a golden path to fame; now she was middle-aged and wracked with personal problems, habitually late for rehearsals, often not sh ...more
Paperback, 224 pages
Published October 24th 1991 by Oxford University Press, USA
(first published January 1st 1971)
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the only thing I love more than reading is music so reading about one of my favorite singers is always a joy. judy is such an icon though I don't think this book was always fair (the show was nominated for 4 emmys) it was still interesting.
Moved this from biography catetgory to history because it's the story of Judy Garland's TV Show from 1963-1964, when Torme was her Musical Arranger and friend. She comes off no better than other sketches of herself, but this writing is good, if possibly padded by reluctance and lawyers.
I had been watching the reruns of the old Judy Garland Show on Get TV and was interested in learning more about what was going on. The shows veered wildly between formats from one week to the next and it seemed oddly disjointed. Mel Torme offers a self-serving view of what was going on with the power struggles behind the scenes. He places the blame squarely on Miss Garland and attacks her. It's clear to me he was a man with an immense ego, and it is also clear after reading other sources that he ...more
I really enjoyed this biography of Judy Garland. I've been a fan of Torme's music for a long time and it's good to see he had a talent for words as well. I had this old edition and lost it in the divorce, which makes me sad, but I've got what looks like a semi-autobiographical fictional book by him and I'm looking forward to reading that next.
Torme focuses almost exclusively on Garland's short lived television variety show 'The Judy Garland Show'. If you've never seen footage of it online (i.e. Youtube) it's a fascinating view of Garland as a performer, under tremendous pressure (and medication) to do well as her movie career had ultimately dried up at this point. Life on 'The Judy Garland Show' was never easy for anyone, with little network support from CBS, constant personnel changes behind the scenes, and an erratic Garland who di ...more
Melvin Howard Tormé, nicknamed The Velvet Fog, was an American musician, known for his jazz singing. He was also a jazz composer and arranger, a drummer, an actor in radio, film, and television, and the author of five books. He co-wrote the classic holiday song "The Christmas Song" (also known as "Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire") with Bob Wells.