Jimmy Holiday

Jimmy Holiday (born 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. 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 No. 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 No. 4 on the Hot 100 in August 1969 and No. 2 on the Adult Contemporary charts. In late 1969, the song reached No. 1 on South Africa's hit parade.

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

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