Judy Collins on "Over the Rainbow"
Judy Collins

Judy Collins

1939. The country was struggling with Depression. The Wizard of Oz was just out.

“Over the Rainbow” was a huge hit. And singer Judy Collins was born.

She was named for Judy Garland. “Dorothy” in the movie. Now, at 71, Judy Collins – folk-era icon and pal of Baez, Dylan, Richie Havens – is singing “somewhere over the rainbow” herself.

This hour On Point: Judy Collins, on life – and one great classic.


Judy Collins, legendary singer who has been performing for over fifty years.  Her new album, just out, is “Paradise.”  Also just out is the new children’s book, “Over the Rainbow,” with lyrics from the classic song and illustrations by Eric Puybaret.  The book is accompanied by a CD of Judy Collins performing “Over the Rainbow,” along with two other songs.

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