Michael Holliday had a method of crooning that was heavily influenced by and similar to Bing Crosby; although his overall style was probably closer to that of Perry Como.
Michael served in the Merchant Navy during World War II, having been born into a seafaring family. On a 'stop-off' in New York, Mike took the opportunity to enter a talent contest at Radio City Hall- which he won. This gave him the confidence to try and become a professional singer and he began by offering his services around Liverpool's dance halls. His first important professional work came as a member of the Eric Winstone Orchestra. From this he soon became a top performer during the dying days of the Variety theatre and drew sufficient attention to get into Television and records.
The EP illustrated on the left (SEG 7683 "Music With Mike" published 1957) was the second of no less than sixteen that were released on that format in the UK during Michael Holliday's lifetime. It includes the track, 'The Runaway Train', a number which was- and still is- popular among the young of all ages. It is very difficult to find that track on 45-rpm, so if you are looking for it (for the kids, of course) then finding a copy of this EP might be a good way of doing so (no, my copy isn't for sale, er- I'm saving it for my grandchildren!).
Mike's career peaked during the late 1950s at a time when it was common for multiple cover versions of the same song to be released. In these circumstances, as often as not, it would be the Michael Holliday version that would succeed; such was his popularity. In fact much of his recorded output, in common with other British MOR artists, were covers of American songs. He also hosted his own TV series and was one of the first to adopt a 'relaxed' style as used by Val Doonican a few years later.
Sadly, despite his popularity as a performer, his chart presence was erratic and the 1960s brought a long series of failures. Michael Holliday died from a suspected drugs overdose on 29th October 1963 in Croydon, Surrey.
|Columbia SCM5221||1956||Sixteen Tons/ The Rose Tattoo|
|Columbia SCM5252||1956||Nothin' To Do/ Perfume Candy And Flowers||#20|
|Columbia SCM5273||1956||Hot Diggity/ The Gal With The Yaller Shoes||#13|
|Columbia DB3813||1956||Runaway Train/ Ten Thousand Miles||#24|
|Columbia DB3871||1957||I Saw Esau/ Yaller Yaller|
|Columbia DB3919||1957||Love Is Strange/ My House Is Your House|
|Columbia DB3948||1957||Four Walls/ Wringle Wrangle|
|Columbia DB3973||1957||It's The Good Things We Remember/ All Of You|
|Columbia DB3992||1957||Old Cape Cod/ Love You Darlin'|
|Columbia DB4058||1958||The Story Of My Life/ Keep Your Heart||#1|
|Columbia DB4087||1958||Rooney/ In Love||#26|
|Columbia DB4121||1958||Stairway Of Love/ May I||#3|
|Columbia DB4155||1958||I'll Always Be In Love With You/ I'll Be Lovin' You Too||#27|
|Columbia DB4188||1958||She Was Only Seventeen/ The Gay Vagabond|
|Columbia DB4216||1958||Careless Hands/My Heart Is An Open Book|
|Columbia DB4255||1959||The Girls From County Armagh/ Palace Of Love|
|Columbia DB4307||1959||Dearest/ Moments Of Love|
|Columbia DB4336||1959||For You, For You/ Life Is A Circus|
|Columbia DB4378||1959||Starry Eyed/ The Steady Game||#1|
|Columbia DB4437||1960||Sklark/ Dream Talk||#39|
|Columbia DB4475||1960||The One Finger Symphony/ Little Boy Lost||#50|
|Columbia DB4548||1960||Stay In Love/ Catch Me A Kiss|
|Columbia DB4604||1961||I'm The One Who Loves You/ Miracle Of Monday Morning|
|Columbia DB4663||1961||Dream Boy Dream/ I Wonder Who's Kissing Her Now|
|Columbia DB4819||1962||I Don't Want You To See Me Cry/ Wishin' On A Rainbow|
|Columbia DB4890||1962||Have I Told You Lately That I Love You/ It Only Takes A Minute|
|Columbia DB4976||1963||Laugh And The World Laughs With You/ Iron Fence|
|Columbia DB7080||1963||Between Hello And Goodbye/ Just To Be With You Again|
|Columbia DB7171||1963||Drums/ Can I Forget You|
|Columbia DB7265||1964||Dear Heart/ My Year Of Love|
|Columbia DB7327||1964||My Last Date (With You)/ Always Is A Long Long Time|
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