Harold "Black Boy Shine" Holiday

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Genres: Blues

Based in: Houston

Instrument: vocals, piano

Birthplace: Unavailable Birthdate: Deathdate: 1/1/1948

Harold Holiday was based in a section of Houston, TX (which may have been his home) called West Dallas. He also worked with the The Santa Fe Group gathered in the Fourth Ward. In 1936 and 1937 he recorded for Vocalion in San Antonio and Dallas, and left behind 18 sides. A smooth vocalist and pianist, his music had a surprising elegance despite the barrelhouse environment reflected in songs like "Dog House Blues" and "Back Home Blues." Aubrey "Moon" Mullican came across Shine in many of the honky tonks and barrelhouses around Houston. Aubrey made friends with "Shine" and they formed a duo called Moonshine. At this time, Aubrey Mullican acquired the nickname "Moonshine" because of this. In the duo, Aubrey was "Moon," while Shine was "Shine."


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