Notes On Music
12:34 pm
Thu April 4, 2013

It Almost Didn't Happen

Publicity still of Mickey Rooney, Judy Garland and Louis B. Mayer released by MGM
Credit Wikimedia Commons

After the first preview of The Wizard of Oz, studio boss Louis B. Mayer thought one of the songs was so slow that it stopped the film’s movement cold and wanted to cut it.  But associate producer Arthur Freed took up the songwriters’ cause and eventually prevailed. 

Aren’t you glad he did?  The song was Somewhere Over the Rainbow.

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