|Subject: A thirteen year-old Patti Austin was told by Quincy Jones to watch Judy Garland ....
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Date Posted: Saturday, June 22, 06:14:31am
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's message, "ARCHIVE: June 22, 1969 ~It was 50 years ago today, Famed Entertainer Judy Garland, Hollywood star of stage & screen, whose early MGM film musicals catapulted her career as international status, earning honors from Academy Award, Golden Globe Award, Tony Award, and the 1st woman to earn the Grammy Award for 'Album of the Year, dies of accidental OD, at age 47. ..." on Saturday, June 22, 03:23:40am
... in 1963 ... and she was glad he did:
Austin credits Quincy Jones with stoking her career. Her epiphany came when she and her musician father attended the Newport Jazz Festival as a guest of Jones.
"I was just 13 and not a fan of Judy Garland," she said. "I admired Ella, Dinah Washington and female black singers who simply walked on stage and sang beyond compare, so when Quincy told me I had to go out front to watch her, I wasn't happy. At that time in her life, she was a sorry mess and didn't have a lot of her voice left.
"But what I saw was amazing, one of the top three shows I've ever seen. Even without her voice, Judy was still a great actress. There was a screen on stage that she'd go behind to change her outfit and talk about the song she had just sung or the next one. In short, it was all about entertaining the audience. Afterwards, I went backstage with my father just as she was passing. She stopped, looked at me, took my face in her hands and kissed me."