Holiday recorded for Everest Records in the 1960s and later moved to the New Orleans label Minit Records. His first recording "How Can I Forget" reached the top ten on the R&B charts in 1963. His debut album Turning Point peaked at #25 on the Billboard R&B albums chart in 1966.
Holiday's best-known composition is "Put a Little Love in Your Heart," co-written with Jackie DeShannon and Randy Myers. In the United States, it was DeShannon's highest-charting hit, reaching #4 on the Hot 100 in August 1969 and #2 on the Adult Contemporary charts. In late 1969, the song reached #1 on South Africa's hit parade.
- 1966: Turning Point (Minit Records)
- 1970: Spread Your Love (Minit Records)
- 1975: United Artists Music Publishing Group Present Songs of Jackie DeShannon, Jimmy Holiday, Eddie Reeves (United Artists Records)
|"How Can I Forget"||1963||57||8|
|"Baby I Love You"||1966||98||21|
|"Everybody Needs Help"||1967||36|
|"Spread Your Love"||1968||35|
- "Put a Little Love in Your Heart" (Jackie DeShannon, 1969)
- "All I Ever Need Is You" (Ray Charles, 1971)
- Pack, Richard. "Jimmy Holiday". Allmusic. Retrieved 27 October 2012.
- "Jimmy Holiday Chart History". Billboard.
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- Whitburn, Joel (2002). Top Adult Contemporary: 1961-2001. Record Research. p. 77.