Garland’s official recording career began in 1935 at the age of 13, and lasted through 1969. Technically her recording career began in 1929 when she made her first short subject film. These early sound-era films recorded everything live on-set onto discs. Although the film for several of these shorts has been lost, the discs remain and give us peek at Garland’s precociousness at a mere 7 years-old. Click here for detailed information about these shorts. Garland recorded singles and albums for Decca Records, Columbia Records, Capitol Records, and ABC Records. Many other labels also released Garland recordings, whether officially or unofficially, of various performances that ran the gamut from radio air-checks to studio playback discs of outtakes from her films. The other major labels to release Garland performances were: M-G-M Records (Judy’s soundtrack recordings for the studio), Warner Brothers, United Artists, Colpix, and EMI.
The Judy Garland Online Discography strives to document as many of these major Garland record and CD releases as possible. We also spotlight rare and hard-to-find releases you might not see anywhere else, as well as releases that might not be rare or have anything new but have great cover art or other items of interest!n traded around for years by collectors while others have been released on all manner of audio formats (vinyl, tape, compact disc, MP3, etc.). Just a quick glance at the titles here and it becomes obvious that contrary to popular belief Judy Garland did in fact sing a wide variety of songs in almost all genres. It also becomes obvious that Judy really did sing almost all the time, and we’re the lucky ones who get to enjoy her performances over and over again.
A few notes about the pages:
This Discography does not contain a complete listing of Judy Garland CD releases. Instead, we concentrate mainly on the original vinyl releases, while highlighting the major or historical CD releases. For example, all of Judy’s original Decca albums are documented here, whereas only the “major” and/or “unusual” Decca CDs are currently represented. This is because the wonderful Judy Garland Database had the most complete Garland CD listing in existence, but now that the site is defunct we have been slowly updating to add more of the random CD compilations. We also include some LPs and CDs based on what we call “the unusual factor.” For example, a compilation (see example) or international release (see example) that may not be anything new, but is unusual due to a variety of reasons such as cover art, choice of songs, an example of the time period, or it has that curiosity factor.
Track listing information is taken from the albums themselves. Some inconsistencies, especially in the foreign releases, are noticeable. You may notice discrepancies in titles, years, times, even liner notes. Most of these have not been corrected in order to maintain complete accuracy in the details of each album as they were released. A few obvious corrections have been made. For the rest, errors in spelling and other information are noted in brackets “[ ]” or in footnotes.
Additions and changes will constantly be made as we catalog more and more of Judy’s records and CDs. If you see that we are missing an important record or CD, please email the webmaster the information (and a scan of the cover art) and we’ll be glad to add it. Likewise, if you see any errors, please let us know.
All information and details about the records has been gathered from the records and CDs themselves, their accompanying booklets and “jackets,” our own personal knowledge, and the following:
Judy Garland: The Day-By-Day Chronicle of a Legend – Author: Scott Schechter (Highly recommended!!)
The Judy Garland Collector’s Guide – Author: Edward R. Pardella (A great book with great info about all types of Garland collectibles)
The World’s Greatest Entertainer – Author: John Fricke (Out of print but still available)
Little Girl Lost – Author: Al DiOrio (Out of print but still available via eBay or private collectors)
The Complete Judy Garland – Author: Emily R. Coleman (Outdated, but some of the information is still pertinent)
The amazing website “Both Sides Now Publications” which houses the MGM Album Discography – compiled by Mike Callahan, David Edwards, and Patrice Eyries.
The equally amazing site The Online 78rpm Discographical Project (where we have been able to locate information on rare Decca albums and singles as well as get more information on the MGM recordings) – compiled by Tyrone Settlemier & Steven Abrams. Thanks to Rutcherd B. for pointing out this great resource to us!
A fantastic Capitol Records information and history blog: popculturefanboy – especially great for historical data and info about the label.
Also, be sure to check out OTRCat.com (Old Time Radio Catalog). They have tons of vintage radio shows available to listen to and/or purchase on CD.
PLEASE NOTE: If you have a record or CD that is not listed here and you think it should be, or if you have more details about a record or CD already listed, please email me. You’ll receive full credit of course! High-resolution images (200 to 300dpi) are preferred.
All original text in this discography (reviews, comments, and opinions), unless otherwise noted, are those of the webmaster: Scott Brogan. Likewise, all original graphics and website layout and design are also the creation of Scott Brogan and are for use only here in The Judy Room and The Judy Garland Online Discography.