October 26, 1935
Here is Judy’s first “official” appearance after signing with MGM. It’s MGM’s program “The Shell Chateau Hour with Wallace Beery” on NBC Radio. Judy had just signed her contract with MGM and is only 13 years old!
This recording gives us a glimpse into the raw, unrefined talent that Judy was before that talent would be polished and trained at MGM throughout her years with the studio. We get the chance to see just what all of the excitement of “discovering Judy” was all about. Remember, no one else sang this way back in 1935 (Sophie Tucker & Ethel Merman come close by way of being “belters”) – and certainly no 13 year old could come even close to the way Judy could sing with such power, richness, and emotion. Her talent is so obviously “God given.”
Judy would later sing “Broadway Rhythm” as part of the finale sequence in Presenting Lily Mars in 1943.