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Happy Holiday" (sometimes performed as " Happy Holidays") is a popular song composed by Irving Berlin during 1942 and published the following year. 
History [ edit ]
"Happy Holiday" was introduced by
Bing Crosby in the 1942 film , with The Music Maid and Hal and Holiday Inn John Scott Trotter and His Orchestra, where it is performed in a medley with the title song. While it is commonly regarded as a Christmas song, in the film it is performed on New Year's Eve, and expresses a wish for the listener to enjoy "happy holidays" throughout the entire year.
The song helped to popularize the phrase "Happy holidays" as a common greeting during the
Christmas and holiday season in the United States.
Kay Thompson wrote a song called "The Holiday Season" which is sometimes paired with "Happy Holiday" as a medley. This was first popularized by Andy Williams (who Thompson herself discovered and mentored). Other artists who have covered the "Happy Holiday"/"Holiday Season" medley include The Manhattan Transfer and Michael W. Smith.
Cover versions [ edit ]
Acoustix, on their 1999 album Cool Yule
The Carpenters (as part of a medley), on their 1984 album An Old-Fashioned Christmas
Perry Como (in a medley with "We Need a Little Christmas"), on his 1994 album Perry Como's Christmas Concert
Percy Faith, on his 1966 album Christmas Is...
Jackie Gleason, on his 1956 album Merry Christmas
Steve Lawrence and Eydie Gorme, on their 1964 album That Holiday Feeling!
Peggy Lee, on her 1965 album Happy Holiday
Living Strings and Living Voices, on their 1968 album White Christmas
The Manhattan Transfer (in a medley with "The Holiday Season"), on their 1992 album The Christmas Album
Barry Manilow (in a medley with "White Christmas"), on his 2002 album A Christmas Gift of Love
Johnny Mathis (in a medley with "Caroling, Caroling"), on his 1986 album Christmas Eve with Johnny Mathis
Nelson Riddle, on the 1970 album Avon Christmas 1970
Michael W. Smith (in a medley with "The Holiday Season"), on his 2014 album The Spirit of Christmas
Jo Stafford, on her 1955 album Happy Holiday
Sarah Vaughan (in a medley with "White Christmas"), on the 1989 album Hallmark Presents Carols of Christmas
Dionne Warwick, on her 2004 album My Favorite Time of Year
Andy Williams (in a medley with "The Holiday Season"), on his 1963 album The Andy Williams Christmas Album
References [ edit ]
^ Kimball, Robert, ed. (2001). The Complete Lyrics of Irving Berlin. New York: Knopf. p. 351. ISBN 0-679-41943-8.
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