Song of the Day: Judy Garland, “The Man That Got Away”

Harold Arlen, who contributed many songs to The Great American Songbook, was born 116 years ago today. Arlen wrote the music for The Wizard Of Oz with Yip Harburg and the original A Star Is Born with Oscar Hammerstein II, including "The Man That Got Away." Judy Garland released it as a single in 1954 and it reached #10 on the Dance Club Songs chart. It was nominated for an Academy Award in 1955, and in 2004 Ms. Garland’s performance was named the eleventh greatest song in American cinema history by the American Film Institute.

4 thoughts on “Song of the Day: Judy Garland, “The Man That Got Away”

  1. I love this song so much, it is a great song and she sings it with such strength but shows vulnerability. You know she takes parts of her life and relives them while singing. Comes from the best version of A Star Is Born with James Mason.


    1. She was a tremendous singer and led a very tortured life. I know she subsisted on coffee and cigarettes while making “The Wizard of Oz” at the insistence of Louis B Mayer…


  2. Judy Garland was very talented and sad that she had such a tragic life, which she ended by barbiturate overdose. One of my favorite quotes – “Always be a first-rate version of yourself, instead of a second-rate version of somebody else.” – Judy Garland.


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