Hoagy Carmichael

Hoagy Carmichael

Composer Hoagy Carmichael
Lyricist Sammy Lerner
Year Written 1929
About Judy
Written in the early part of Carmichael’s career, “Judy” is love song that some thought was a little too worldly-wise; in fact even though written in 1929, it wasn’t published until 1934. Early recordings came from the Dorsey Brothers, Lionel Hampton and Bob Chester. Other recordings include those by Louis Prima, Frankie Laine and, of course, Tony Bennett. It is said to have been a favorite song of the young performer Frances Gumm, who changed her name to Judy Garland.


If her voice can bring
Every hope of the spring
That’s Judy, my Judy

If her eyes say yes
But you’re wrong in your guess
That’s Judy, my Judy

If you hear her call
In a soft, southern drawl
“Hi, stranger”, that’s danger

If you’re smart
Watch your heart
She’ll upset ‘most
Any fellows apple cart

In a hundred ways
You’ll be shouting her praise
She’ll let ya, I mean she’ll get ya

When she sees you fall
She will tell you, “That’s all
You wretch ya, you bet ya”

Then you’ll know
All the heartaches
Of a fool just like me

If she seem a saint
And you’ll find that she ain’t
That’s Judy, sure as you’re born

More lyrics: http://www.lyricsmode.com/lyrics/t/tony_bennett/

Session / Album Information


“Judy” was recorded on March 27, 1964 and released in 1964 on the album When Lights Are Low. It was arranged by Ralph Sharon.


Listen to Judy on Spotify. Tony Bennett · Song · 1964.

This recording released on:

  • 1964: Columbia LP 12″: CS 8975 — When Lights Are Low
  • 1964: Columbia LP 12″ (Mono): CL 2175 — When Lights Are Low
  • 1990: CBS/Sony CD: CSCS-5242 — When Lights Are Low [Japan]
  • 2006: RPM/Columbia/Legacy CD: 69699 85807 2 — When Lights Are Low
  • 2011: Disc #29 in The Tony Bennett Complete Collection (88697874602-JK28) When Lights Are Low

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