‘The Wizard of Oz: FAQ’ Author David J. Hogan & Country Singer Robby Johnson

The Wizard of Oz FAQ is a fact-filled celebration of the beloved 1939 fantasy masterpiece starring Judy Garland.

It’s all here – from L. Frank Baum and his Oz novels to the complete background story of the movie’s conception, development, and shoot, with special attention given to the little-known parade of uncredited directors, casting difficulties, and on-set accidents and gaffes, as well as more than 75 sidebars devoted to key cast members, directors, and other behind-the-scenes personnel. You’ll find a wealth of fun facts: How MGM overworked Judy Garland before, during, and after Oz; why director Victor Fleming had his hands full with the Cowardly Lion and Dorothy’s other friends; what it was about Toto that really bothered Judy; the physical horrors of filming in Technicolor; the racial Oz gag that was scripted but never shot; when the Wicked Witch was going to be beautiful; why The Wizard of Oz owes a lot to silent-screen star Mary Pickford; the story of deleted scenes, and a full two weeks of shooting that had to be scrapped; why MGM star Mickey Rooney was part of the movie’s traveling publicity blitz; how the Wicked Witch was literally blown off her broomstick one day; the place where lions, tigers, and bears really do live together; singers you hear but never see; the day MGM fired Judy Garland; and much more. Just follow the yellow brick road!
 

Robby Johnson was born in Quebec, but this Canadian seems to have been born with cornbread in his veins!

His love of country music was with him from the time he learned how to speak, and although his true influences are more contemporary, his love and respect of it’s roots are obvious when you hear him sing. Robby didn’t even realize he had any real prospect in the music business until he was already an adult earning a living as a salesman in his native country. He loved listening to Garth and one of his lifelong dreams was to meet the great Tony Arata, who’s song “The Dance” was one of Robby’s favorite songs to sing. Little did he know he would get to see that dream become a reality, when during his first trip to Nashville, he would hook up with Jimmy and Frank. Jimmy was introduced to Robby through a friend, and immediately found his voice very unique, but Robby was writing songs on his own back home, and he was eager to work with some of Nashville’s best and most successful songwriters.

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