Happy Holiday / Holiday Inn

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Happy Holiday and Holiday Inn (Irving Berlin) — These numbers were written separately, but have often been linked since being combined in a medley in the film Holiday Inn (1942). I’ve given Berlin’s original titles, but the first is frequently referred to as “Happy Holidays,” while the second is sometimes known as “(Come to) Holiday Inn.”

From The Complete Lyrics of Irving Berlin, p.351:

The combined numbers were introduced by Bing Crosby (Jim), Marjorie Reynolds, singing dubbed by Martha Mears (Linda), and ensemble. They can be heard on the original soundtrack release (Sunbeam Soun-trak). The recording by Crosby with the Music Maids is part of the album Song Hits from “Holiday Inn” (Decca).

Bing Crosby with John Scott and his Orchestra, featuring the Music Maids — recorded on 1 June 1942, and issued on Decca 18424, b/w “Be Careful, It’s My Heart”

John Scott Trotter was the musical director on the radio program Kraft Music Hall during Crosby’s ten year stint as host, from 2 January 1936 until 9 May 1946. Trotter arranged and conducted music for Crosby from 1937 to 1954. Vocal group The Music Maids was a regular on Kraft Music Hall from 1939 to 1944. The Maids are not heard in the Holiday Inn soundtrack version.

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Clips from Holiday Inn and the Beef Wellington Remix are combined in this video creation.

2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Sharon Musser
    Oct 18, 2014 @ 13:20:29

    Is there any way to purchase sheet music that contains both “Happy Holiday” and “Come to Holiday Inn”?

    Reply

    • doc
      Oct 19, 2014 @ 20:32:22

      Hi Sharon,
      The songs were written separately but combined in a medley in the film Holiday Inn (1942), where (according to IMDb) the medley is played by Bob Crosby and his orchestra and sung by Bing Crosby, Marjorie Reynolds (dubbed by Martha Mears) and a chorus. Bing Crosby also recorded the “medley” for Decca under the title “Happy Holiday.”

      I presume sheet music for most vocal versions of “Happy Holiday” will be based on the Crosby or Holiday Inn versions, thus including the melodies of each of the two songs. — doc

      Reply

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