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Johnny Holiday: Johnny Holiday Sings

A little known fact: the 1950s boasted two excellent jazz singers named Holiday. There was Billie, of course, but there was also Johnny Holiday, a Chicago tenor-turned-baritone, with a rich sound suggestive of Mel Torme crossed with Vic Damone, who recorded the critically-acclaimed 10-inch LP Johnny Holiday Sings for Contemporary in 1954. His disc ignored by the record-buying public, Holiday jumped to ever-smaller labels-Kapp, then Mode then Contract-as he remained in unfair obscurity. He toured Europe, then abandoned singing in favor of various careers as a film editor, light and sound director (for Sergio Mendes), hotel entertainment director and door-to-door salesman.

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