Sound Recording, "Over the Rainbow"

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.
Currently not on view
Object Name
sound recording
Sound Recording
date made
recording artist
Garland, Judy
Physical Description
shellac (overall material)
overall: 10 in; x 25.4 cm
place made
United States: New York, New York
ID Number
accession number
maker number
catalog number
1939 exhibit
Music & Musical Instruments
Popular Entertainment
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Culture and the Arts: Entertainment
1939 exhibit
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Gift of Stanley E. Whiting
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