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Album: Taught By ExpertsReleased: 1976
Peter Allen was married to Liza Minnelli from 1967-1974, and he credits Minnelli's mother, Judy Garland (Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz), with bringing him to New York and launching his career. Garland died in 1969, and Allen later wrote this song in her memory.
The song was featured in a musical about Allen's life called The Boy From Oz, starring Hugh Jackman as Allen (he won the Tony for Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical for the role in 2004). In the musical, the song fits the storyline, paying tribute to the memory of Garland.
Allen came up with the title for this song during at a cabaret performance of the singer Julie Wilson. Peter sat next to a table of rude patrons who kept talking while Ms. Wilson sang. Peter, who admired Julie, slipped a note to the chattering class that read: "Quiet please, there's a lady on stage."
Hugh Jackman sang this at Joan Rivers' funeral on September 7, 2014. Rivers had seen him perform in The Boy From Oz and loved it.