Considered to be the benchmark of live performance. Through the years, my favorite songs have included Rock-a-Bye and Come and Rain or Shine. Lately, I've been astounded by Almost Like Being in Love. The last 30 seconds of this song just freaks me out.
Since Carnegie is only audio, I'm attaching a version from her TV show just for the visual.
Here are a few comments from her peers. There are many more.
I don't remember what she sang. I just remember our jaws dropped. - Mike Nichols
Hedda Hopper was standing on her chair, crying, reaching out just to touch Judy Garland. Now I've never seen anything like that in my life. - Rex Reed
She had a force field around her that could reach the back of the house. She tore that audience up; I mean she ripped them to shreds. - Ann Miller
Judy Garland was soul personified -- she was in a class by herself. - Aretha Franklin
All she needed was a spotlight and a microphone...and that was optional. Just give her a stage and get out of the way. - Harold Arlen
There will never be another diva like Judy Garland. Ever. Judy Garland was the greatest singer of the century. - Tony Bennett
The world's greatest entertainer. - Fred Astaire
She didnt have to rehearse. She only had to watch a complicated dance number once and she could memorize it. - Gene Kelly
We'll all be forgotten. Never Judy. - Frank Sinatra
This is bittersweet, but late in her career one critic said:
Even half dead, she was better than everybody else.