Judy Garland

Judy Garland Sings With...

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Decca records' 1948 compilation Judy Garland Sings With... was a four-disc, 78 rpm album that brought together four singles originally released between 1942 and 1946 on which she sang with billed partners. Sequenced last but recorded first was her pairing with Gene Kelly on two songs from their 1942 film Me and My Gal, the title tune, which had been a Top Five hit, and another revival from the 1910s, "When You Wore a Tulip." Sequenced first were both sides of her 1945 single backed by the vocal quartet the Merry Macs, "On the Atchison, Topeka and the Santa Fe," from her 1946 film The Harvey Girls and a Top Ten hit, and a revival of the 1929 song "If I Had You." "Aren't You Kind of Glad We Did?" and "For You, for Me, Forevermore" were songs Ira Gershwin had cobbled together from fragments composed by his late brother George that were then introduced by Dick Haymes and Betty Grable in the film The Shocking Miss Pilgrim in 1946. 20th Century Fox did not allow Grable to make records, so Haymes cut the songs with Garland. Finally, the 1946 single "There Is No Breeze"/"Don't Tell Me That Story" actually found Garland alone as a vocalist, but arranger/conductor Gordon Jenkins was a sufficiently big name to be co-billed on the recordings. One might have hoped that Decca would have included Garland's duets with Bing Crosby, particularly the hit "Yah-Ta-Ta Yah-Ta-Ta (Talk, Talk, Talk)," instead, but she worked well with all her partners, making this a pleasurable collection.

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