It took broadcaster-musicologist Henry Holloway five-and-a-half years to pen his 716-page autobiography, Swing, Sing and All that Jazz, which recently received the Gold Seal of Literary Excellence by the US Review of Books.
“It’s a humbling experience, although I’m naturally very proud of it,” says Holloway, who lives in Caledon with his wife Marilyn.
“I wrote my rather unique story chronologically, and to place the 500 images (photographs, articles, letters from the famous to me and me to them) in order, was exceedingly difficult. As I found new images from my massive collection during 50-plus years of collecting, I had to go back and place them with my text, which was not as easy as it sounds.”
Previously, Holloway had also been awarded America’s prestigious Golden Bandstand Award (in 2003) for broadcasting the music of The Golden Age for an unbroken 30 years. He was the first non-American to receive the honour and, to date, remains one of just two non-Americans on “The Golden Bandstand”. Previous recipients include Frank Sinatra, Glenn Miller and Duke Ellington