Sound Recording, "Over the Rainbow"

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Description (Brief)
Judy Garland (1922-1969) began her musical career as a vaudeville performer, touring the country with her two sisters until the early 1930s. Having signed with MGM Studios in 1935, she was cast as Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz at age sixteen. Garland’s 1939 Decca recording of “Over the Rainbow” is not the version featured in the film. The b-side track "The Jitterbug," was originally intended for the same film, but studio producers cut it before deciding on the final script. The record reached the fifth position on the Billboard charts in 1939, and along with The Wizard of Oz, cemented Garland’s status as a major celebrity.
Location
Currently not on view
date made
1939
recording artist
Garland, Judy
maker
Decca
place made
United States: New York, New York
Physical Description
shellac (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 10 in; x 25.4 cm
ID Number
1986.0771.35
accession number
1986.0771
maker number
2672
catalog number
1986.0771.35
Credit Line
Gift of Stanley E. Whiting
subject
Music
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Culture and the Arts: Entertainment
Music & Musical Instruments
1939 exhibit
Popular Entertainment
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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