Michael Holliday

Michael HollidayMichael Holliday was born on the 26th of November 1924 and brought up in the Kirkdale area of Liverpool under his real name Norman Alexander Milne. He was refered to as a crooner in the same style as the American star Bing Crosby.

New Voices of Merseyside

He won a singing contest ‘New Voices of Merseyside’ at ‘The Locarno’, a massive ballroom on West Derby Road in Liverpool. Being in the merchant navy Michael traveled regularly across the Atlantic and while his ship was on a visit to New York he won another contest at Radio City NY. These wins were pointing him in the direction of a singing career which he began to pursue in 1951.

On his return to Merseyside, he got a singing job at Billy Butlin’s Holiday Camp in Pwllheli, North Wales, a favorite for Liverpool holidaymakers. This was not the most prestigious start but it was his first step on the ladder to success. He stayed there for two seasons. In 1953 he worked with The Eric Winstone Band during and after the summer season. It was with this band he first recorded at the BBC.

In July 1955 he made his first TV appearance after requesting and passing an audition.

He was seen on the Centre Show by Norrie Paramor head of A&R for EMI and he signed Michael to the company. Success followed and he had two major records The Story of My Life and Starry Eyed which both reached number one in the UK charts. These were just two of his many singles released.

Suicide

Sadly Michael had suffered with stage fright which caused him to have a severe mental breakdown and he killed himself with a drugs overdose in 1961. He was buried in Anfield cemetery in Liverpool.