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“…After we’d finished, it was time to exchange Christmas gifts. Liza went over to her mother and handed her a beautifully wrapped package. She asked for quiet as her mother opened it. Judy seemed startled by it all. Liza took the record from her mother, and with a flourish, she set the record on the turntable. There wasn’t a sound in the house. Then the music started, and a voice filled the room. It was a voice at once strange and familiar, young and confident, but with an eerie likeness of unmistakable heritage‐ mother and daughter.
At first, Judy didn’t realize who was singing. But when she did, she actually wept. It was one of the most startling moments in her life. And I stood speechless, watching as the great Judy Garland looked on at her own daughter’s debut‐ singing four of my songs.
Then Judy came over to me, thanked me for what I had done for Liza, and asked in that girlish voice of hers if Liza and I would do it again right there.
I went to the piano, Liza sang her heart out. It was even better than the demo.
But I was totally bowled over when Judy asked: “Wanna play for me, Marvin?”
I never thought I’d get to heaven before at sixteen, but I did. I played the piano as Judy Garland sang “The Trolley Song,” “The Man That Got Away,” “San Francisco,” and “Somewhere Over the Rainbow.”
If I could have phoned the world that night, I would have done it…” — Marvin Hamlisch — The Way I Was