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Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Halloween Countdown 2015: Judy Garland Meets the Purple People Eater

Here is a unique cover song performed by Judy as part of her act at the Coconut Grove. It's presented and arranged as a satire of the then emerging sci-fi genre of movies.

"The Purple People Eater" was originally written and performed by Sheb Wooley. It was a pop novelty hit in 1958, both on the radio and in stores. I was six at the time of its release. My Mom bought me the 45 and I think I wore it out.

Ironic are Judy's lyrics about "red people, blue people" as we've now identified states and people that way demographically and for political purposes.

Hear how Ms Garland makes this song her own and in her inimitable style on my Halloween Countdown!

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