Jimmy Holiday

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Jimmy Holiday (24 July 1934, Sallis, Mississippi – 15 February 1987, Iowa City) was an American R&B singer and songwriter. He recorded for Everest Records in the 1960s and later moved to the New Orleans label Minit Records.[1] His debut recording "How Can I Forget" reached the top ten on the R&B charts in 1963.[1]

Holiday's best-known composition is "Put a Little Love in Your Heart", co-written with Jackie DeShannon and Randy Myers.[1][2] In the USA, it was DeShannon's highest-charting hit, reaching #4 on the Hot 100 in August 1969 and #2 on the Adult Contemporary charts.[3] In late 1969, the song reached number one on South Africa's hit parade.

Holiday died in 1987 in Iowa City of heart failure.[1][2] He was survived by his daughters Debby Holiday, also a singer songwriter and performer, Harmony Holiday, a poet, and Sara Holiday.

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