Judy Garland had been in show business for almost 40 years when she finally made her Carnegie Hall debut in 1961 at the age of 38. It was one of the most celebrated evenings in the house’s history, thanks in part to the star-studded audience, which included such showbiz royalty as Richard Burton and Marilyn Monroe. Toward the end of the program, Garland brought out her three children: Liza Minnelli, and Lorna and Joey Luft. The album, which was recorded live and released as Judy at Carnegie Hall a few months after the concert, spent 73 weeks on the Billboard charts and won five Grammy Awards.
“You are never so alone as when you are ill on stage. The most nightmarish feeling in the world is suddenly to feel like throwing up in front of four thousand people.”
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Judy Garland at Carnegie Hall
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