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Another Holiday

Johnny HolidayBaritone singer Johnny Holiday performed with some big bands in the 1940s (including a brief stint filling in for Johnny Desmond in the 1945 edition of the Glenn Miller Orchestra) and went on to release several albums in the 1950s, two of them made with West Coast jazz musicians, that received good notices but failed to sell well. Holiday spent the next few decades working various jobs, working as a hotel entertainment director, a film editor, a light and sound director (for Sergio Mendes), a door-to-door salesman, and also doing voices for Batman creator Bob Kane’s Courageous Cat and Minute Mouse. Although championed by the likes of TV host Steve Allen and songwriter Sammy Cahn, Holiday failed to land another recording date until 1998, when his friend vibraphonist Terry Gibbs landed him a session with Contemporary Records. 81 today, Holiday is again recording and performing. On this program we’ll hear selections from three of his 1950s albums: Johnny Holiday Sings, Presenting Johnny Holiday, and the newly-reissued Holiday for Lovers. Sidemen include Bud Shank, Jack Sheldon, Marty Paich, Herb Geller, and Barney Kessel. We’ll also hear two tracks from Holiday’s 1998 Contemporary session.

Music Heard On This Episode

Miss D.D.
Mary Lou Williams — Black Christ of the Andes (Smithsonian Folkways, 1964)
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Miss D.D.
Mary Lou Williams — Black Christ of the Andes (Smithsonian Folkways, 1964)

Notes: Opening theme.

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Here's That Rainy Day
Johnny Holiday — Johnny Holiday Sings (Contemporary, 1998)
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Star Eyes
Johnny Holiday — Holiday for Lovers (VSOP/Mode, 1957)

Notes: Herb Geller on alto sax.

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Street of Dreams
Johnny Holiday — Holiday for Lovers (VSOP/Mode, 1957)

Notes: Marty Paich, celeste; Jack Sheldon, trumpet

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Nobody Else But Me
Johnny Holiday — Holiday for Lovers (VSOP/Mode, 1957)

Notes: Herb Geller, alto sax; Jack Sheldon, trumpet

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There's No You
Johnny Holiday — Holiday for Lovers (VSOP/Mode, 1957)

Notes: Bob Enevoldsen, valve trombone

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Baby, Baby, All the Time
Johnny Holiday — Johnny Holiday Sings (Contemporary, 1954)

Notes: Written by Bobby Troup; Bud Shank on alto sax.

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Speak Low
Johnny Holiday — Johnny Holiday Sings (Contemporary, 1954)

Notes: Bud Shank on flute

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I'll Never Be the Same
Johnny Holiday — Johnny Holiday Sings (Contemporary, 1954)

Notes: Barney Kessel on guitar, Bud Shank on alto sax.

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Night Lights (1965 version)
Gerry Mulligan — Night Lights (Polygram, 1965)

Notes: Midpoint music bed.

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For You, For Me, For Evermore
Johnny Holiday — Presenting Johnny Holiday (Kapp, 1957)
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Indian Summer
Johnny Holiday — Presenting Johnny Holiday (Kapp, 1957)
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Why Can't You Behave?
Johnny Holiday — Presenting Johnny Holiday (Kapp, 1957)
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Julie Is Her Name
Johnny Holiday — Johnny Holiday Sings (Contemporary, 1954)

Notes: First-ever recording of Bobby Troup's song for his wife, Julie London.

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Come Rain or Come Shine
Johnny Holiday — Johnny Holiday Sings (Contemporary, 1954)

Notes: Bud Shank on alto sax

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Those Eyes, Those Lips, That Nose, That Face, That Girl
Johnny Holiday — Johnny Holiday Sings (Contemporary, 1998)

Notes: Recorded 1998.

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Love Me Now
Johnny Holiday — Holiday for Lovers (VSOP/Mode, 1957)

Notes: Jack Sheldon on trumpet

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Night Lights
Gerry Mulligan — Night Lights (Polygram, 1963)

Notes: Closing theme.

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David Brent Johnson

Born in Indianapolis, Indiana, David Brent Johnson moved to Bloomington in 1991. He is an alumnus of Indiana University, and began working with WFIU in 2002. Currently, David serves as jazz producer and systems coordinator at the station. His interests include literature, history, music, writing, and movies.

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