JUDY GARLAND - CONTRACT SIGNED 09/06/1961 CO-SIGNED BY: SIDNEY BERNSTEIN, JOHN DREW - HFSID 160698
JUDY GARLAND, SIDNEY BERNSTEIN and JOHN DREW Judy Garland, Sidney Bernstein and John Drew sign a document agreeing that Judy Garland will perform at the Boston Garden on October 27, 1961. Typed Document
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JUDY GARLAND, SIDNEY BERNSTEIN and JOHN DREW
Judy Garland, Sidney Bernstein and John Drew sign a document agreeing that Judy Garland will perform at the Boston Garden on October 27, 1961.
Typed Document Signed: "Sid Bernstein" and "John Drew" under "Agreed to and accepted" and "Judy Garland" for Kingsrow Enterprises, Inc., 1¼p, 8½x11, separate sheets. No place, but likely New York City, 1961 September 6. Garland contracts for a performance at the Boston Garden on October 27, 1961. Begins: "Agreement made this date between SID BERNSTEIN-JOHN DREW, 201 West 46th Street, New York, N.Y., hereinafter called First Party, and KINGSROW ENTERPRISES, INC., care of Freddie Fields Associates, Ltd., 410 Park Avenue, New York, N.Y., hereinafter called Second Party." In part: "First Party hereby warrants that he is the operator herein at the present time and for the duration of this contract, and engages Second Party, and Second Party hereby agrees to supply The Judy Garland Show, consisting of Judy Garland, Mort Lindsey (or a conductor or pianist of like import), John Bello (or a trumpeter of like import), William Lavorgna (or a drummer of like import) and Howard Hirsch (or a percussionist of like import). Said show shall be presented for a single performance at the Boston Garden in Boston, Massachusetts on Friday, October 27th, 1961 at 8:30 P.M., for which First Party agrees to pay Second Party, and which Second Party agrees to accept as full payment, the sum of Fifteen Thousand Dollars ($15,000.00)...In addition, First Party agrees to furnish and to pay for a 28-man orchestra as per the attached schedule of instrumentation, and for any musicians required by the American Federation of Musicians in connection with the engagement...." Initialed: "J.G.", "SB" and "J.D." at lower portion of second paragraph, where the date of an installment of Garland's fee has been changed (unknown hand) from September 21st to September 28th. Lightly creased. 2 file holes at upper blank margins, right file hole on first page has removed the "ptem" of September. Staple holes at upper left blank corners. Fine condition. Accompanied by printed diagram. Headed: "Band and Stage Set-up for Judy Garland", 1p, 8½x11. "B" written in ink (unknown hand) at upper right margin. "French Horn" has been added in ink (unknown hand) next to the trombone section. Lightly creased. 2 file holes at blank right margin, staple holes at upper right blank corner. Fine condition. With "Exhibit A", 1p, 8½x11, listing equipment needed for the performance. The sheet lists a piano tuned to 440 pitch with pianist, five saxophones, four trumpets, three trombones, one French horn, a guitar, a bass, six violins, two violas, two cellos, one drum and one percussion for a total of 28 instruments. At lower portion, requirements call for six extra music stands, a spare set of drums to brought out during first act, black tie for the orchestra and two microphones with removable heads. Lightly creased. 2 file holes at upper blank margin, staple holes at upper left blank corner. Fine condition. At this concert, Garland performed for two hours before a sell-out crowd of 13,909. Beginning the show with "When Your Smiling" and ending her performance with "Chicago", Garland received numerous standing ovations (rarely done in Boston), including after her renditions of "Stormy Weather" and her signature song, "Over the Rainbow". This show was part of a 31-city tour in 1961, beginning in Miami in January and ending in Washington, D.C. in December. Judy Garland (1922-1969) sang on stage with her sisters in the late 1920s and appeared on records and films from 1936, but her breakthrough to superstardom came with her role as Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz (1939), singing her signature song, "Over the Rainbow". A competent actress and superbly gifted singer, Garland won an Oscar (with 2 more nominations), three Grammys (plus 6 of her recordings in the Grammy Hall of Fame), a Tony, and at least three Emmy nominations during her legendary career. By the late 1940s, her film career was suffering as a result of personal problems, including struggles with alcohol and the barbiturates that finally killed her, but she made a dazzling comeback in concert tours of the 1960s, especially Judy at Carnegie Hall (1961). Garland is the mother of actress Liza Minnelli and screenwriter/producer Lorna Luft. Three items.
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