When Barbra Joined Judy

(Above: Barbra and Judy. Source: YouTube screenshot)

On a Sunday night exactly 55 years ago this weekend, two former and future leads of A Star is Born sang together on CBS’ The Judy Garland Show: Garland, who had played the rising ingenue in the 1954 version, and Barbra Streisand, who would assume her similar role in 1976.

For her guest appearance, Streisand earned the first major award nomination of her long career – an Emmy nod for “Outstanding Performance in a Variety or Musical Program or Series.”

This Sunday night/Monday morning, free over-the-air channel GetTV will run seven episodes of the 1963-1964 Judy Garland Show starting at 11 pm ET, but the Streisand show isn’t among them. Instead, you’ll see and hear such musical guests as Mel Torme, Diahann Carroll, Vic Damone and Jack Jones. For the complete schedule, visit get.tv.

If you want to see the Streisand episode, however, we’ve got it for you right here. The show also includes The Smothers Brothers and Ethel Merman, who joins Garland and Streisand to sing “There’s No Business Like Show Business.”  (Ignore the video’s reference to this being episode nine; it was the second episode, airing October 6, 1963.)

One of the show’s highlights: Streisand and Garland, two longtime Democratic Party activists, duet on  “Happy Days are Here Again,” the party’s longtime unofficial theme song:

For more of The Judy Garland Show, tune in to GetTV on Sunday night. You can get GetTV by hooking an antenna up to your TV set and locating your local station at “Get the Channel.”

About Les Luchter

Les Luchter is a former managing editor of Multichannel News, editor-in-chief of Cable Marketing, and news editor of Broadcast Week.

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