This is a long shot, but I was wondering if anyone might have some information on what footage survives of 1950s/1960s U.K. Crosbyesque crooner Michael Holliday? His BBC show "Holliday Time," unless I'm losing it, doesn't have a listing in the kaleidoscope music /comedy guide. Some audio recordings of the show certainly survive (extracts were included in various BBC Radio documentaries) but I can't recall seeing footage of the guy..well, ever. Any ideas?
H.H. said: >the memory gears have been oiled, lots of scandal >with Holliday i beleive, then he commited suicide
Without wanting to get *too* "News Of the World"y, any idea what these scandals entailed? MH was, apparently, something of a womaniser, and suffered from severe bouts of depression, but I've not read anything else dubious about him. Fascinating character, with a voice that could melt permafrost.
the following maybe truth,rumours or downright lies i do not know for sure.
I heard that he was 'very close'?? to a boxer called Freddie Mills. Mills was also supposed to have committed suicide. The Mills suicide was attributed to a lamented relationship. However later there was speculation that the Mills and Holiday story was just a nasty rumour to cover up for the fact that due to Mill's links with London, ' families ' a contract had been put out on him and he was infact murdered..
as i say dont shoot the messenger but make up your own mind
Interesting stuff. Mills turns up in Jake Arnott's "The Long Firm," and there's some mention of his connections with various London underworld figures. It's a tangled web, yer 1960's metro muso-crim world.