Happy Holiday (song)

"Happy Holiday" (sometimes performed as "Happy Holidays") is a popular song composed by Irving Berlin in 1942 and published the following year.[1]

"Happy Holiday"
Song by Bing Crosby with the Music Maid and Hal and John Scott Trotter and His Orchestra
Written1942
GenreChristmas music
Length2:28
Songwriter(s)Irving Berlin

HistoryEdit

"Happy Holiday" was introduced by Bing Crosby and Marjorie Reynolds (dubbed by Martha Mears) in the 1942 film Holiday Inn in a scene when the Inn opens for the first time. While it is commonly regarded as a Christmas song, in the film it is performed on New Year's Eve, and expresses a wish for the listener to enjoy "happy holidays" throughout the entire year. It contains certain melodic material first used in Berlin's earlier song "Easter Parade".[citation needed]

Jo Stafford was the first to release it on a Christmas album, on her album of the same name in 1955.[2]

The Kay Thompson song "The Holiday Season" is sometimes paired with "Happy Holiday" as a medley. This was first popularized by Andy Williams (whom Thompson herself discovered and mentored). Other artists who have covered the "Happy Holiday"/"Holiday Season" medley include The Manhattan Transfer, She & Him, and Michael W. Smith.

RenditionsEdit

ChartsEdit

Andy Williams "Happy Holiday/The Holiday Season" versionEdit

Chart (2019–2021) Peak
position
US Billboard Hot 100[21] 18

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Kimball, Robert, ed. (2001). The Complete Lyrics of Irving Berlin. New York: Knopf. p. 351. ISBN 0-679-41943-8.
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