Jimmy Holiday

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Jimmy Holiday (b. July 24, 1934, Sallis, Mississippi, d. February 15,1987, Iowa City) was an American R&B singer and songwriter.

Holiday recorded for Everest Records in the 1960s and later moved to the New Orleans label Minit Records.[1] His first recording "How Can I Forget" reached the top ten on the R&B charts in 1963.[1] His debut album Turning Point peaked at #25 on the Billboard R&B albums chart in 1966.[2]

Holiday's best-known composition is "Put a Little Love in Your Heart," co-written with Jackie DeShannon and Randy Myers.[1][3] 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.[4] In late 1969, the song reached #1 on South Africa's hit parade.

Holiday died in 1987 in Iowa City of heart failure.[1][3] He is survived by three daughters: singer-songwriter and performer Debby Holiday, poet Harmony Holiday, and Sara Holiday.



  • 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)


Title Year US




"How Can I Forget" 1963 57 8
"Baby I Love You" 1966 98 21
"Everybody Needs Help" 1967 36
"Spread Your Love" 1968 35

Notable compositions[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d Pack, Richard. "Jimmy Holiday". Allmusic. Retrieved 27 October 2012.
  2. ^ a b c "Jimmy Holiday Chart History". Billboard.
  3. ^ a b Talevski, Nick (2006). Knocking on Heaven's Door: Rock Obituaries. Omnibus Press. pp. 274–275. ISBN 978-1-84609-091-2.
  4. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2002). Top Adult Contemporary: 1961-2001. Record Research. p. 77.