August of 1955, Judy signed a five-year recording
contract with Capitol Records. She would remain
under contract through 1966, having signed another
contract in the summer of 1960.
After Judy left Decca Records in 1947, she did not
make any studio recordings, outside of her M-G-M
soundtrack recordings, until 1953. At that time she
signed a four-song contract with Mitch Miller of
Columbia Records. The four songs Judy recorded that
April 3rd, 1953 were "Send
My Baby Back To Me", "Without A Memory", "Go
Home, Joe" and "Heartbroken". Columbia
also released the soundtrack to Judy's next film, A
Star Is Born (released in 1954). Prior
to the Columbia deal, Judy signed with RCA/Victor
in 1951 but never made any recordings and the short-lived
contract was allowed to lapse.
Judy's years with Capitol produced some of the finest
recordings in the American popular songbook. Judy
made her first studio recordings in stereo for Capitol
(excepting the soundtrack pre-recordings for A
Star Is Born). Judy's first concert album Garland
At The Grove was released by Capitol.
The first album of recordings from her 1963/64
TV series was also released by Capitol. And of
course, there is the historic and still amazing Judy
At Carnegie Hall in 1961. Many of the
songs Judy recorded for Capitol are songs she never
sang anywhere else, either on Decca or in concert,
while others are studio or live versions of songs
she sang in films, concerts, and on radio &
The Garland Capitol records are the best audio representation
of Judy's legendary concert years. It is our goal
to accurately document Judy's Capitol recordings
here in The Judy Garland Online Discography with
as many details and images as possible. If anyone
has anything they'd like to contribute that isn't
here, feel free to email me.
All images on this page from the collections of
Scott Brogan and Eric Hemphill.
Above: Two of three known 78rpm releases of Judy's Capitol
recordings, only available in England. Click on images for details.
(The third, with "Just Imagine/I Feel a Song Comin'
On" we have yet to locate.)
The rare 1955 AFRS release of songs from Judy's Capitol
"Miss Show Business". Click on the image for more information.