Over The Rainbow

It was on this date in 1939 that MGM premiered the iconic Wizard of Oz at Grauman’s Chinese Theatre in Hollywood.

The rest is, as they say, history.


When I hear Judy utter that line we all know so well, I can’t help but remember my first rock concert.  The date was July 4, 1976 (The Bi-Centennial birthday of the USA) and Tom McKeon and I  were at the The Casino Arena in Asbury Park, NJ to see (hear) Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow and the the show began with a tribute to Oz.

Not able to find a good video of the intro, here is an excellent audio version from that tour of how the show opened.


Thin Lizzy was supposed to open for Rainbow, but Phil Lynott was already sick and Henry Gross filled in as the opening act.  The crowd came to hear “The Boys Are Back In Town”,  but got  “Shannon,”   That’s the way it goes some days.

I also found a meme that may provide answers to some current questions.  We were lucky and most of us are happy


About Ray V.

Living between Aiken & Charleston,, South Carolina, USA, I like to share what I am looking at, thinking about or listening to. I refer to this as the view out my window. Thanks for stopping by.
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5 Responses to Over The Rainbow

  1. Alien Resort says:

    Pink Floyd should have been there too.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. petespringerauthor says:

    Thin Lizzy to Henry Gross—now that’s a letdown

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Jim Borden says:

    somewhere over the rainbow is the end to covid-19…

    Liked by 1 person

  4. Margy says:

    I like the meme. It is as good an explanation as any.


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