Born in Newark, New Jersey to parents Edward Wohanka and Carmela Pagano And Raised in Holmdel, NJ, a small race horse breeding town near Asbury Park where he attended a small, private two room grammar school called "Centerville" with a total of 23 students through the eight years he attended. Began studying music at age five and continued to study privately through the eighth grade.
He began performing live at the age of 13 with his first band called "The Harbor Lights" By the time he was 28 years of age, he had performed and worked with the biggest names in Rock & Roll "Jerry Lee Lewis", "The Rascals", "Bruce Springsteen", "Vito & The Salutations", "Randy & The Rainbows", "The Duprees", "Chubby Checker", "Bobby Rydell", "Danny & The Juniors", "Ray Charles", and "The Fifth Dimension", just to name a few.
But always through it all Doc was constantly recording, producing and performing music.
He worked at the famed Bradley's Barn in Nashville, TN, Sun Studios in Memphis, TN, Sigma Sound Studios in Philadelphia, Virtue Recording Studios in Philadelphia, Alpha Audio In Virginia, Acoustic Loop Studios In Alabama, Fame Studios In Alabama and the Record Plant in New York City. During this time he worked on many national projects recorded at these studios, Just a few of the artist that recorded there at the time were artists such as Jimi Hendrix, The Rascals, Mountain, Jerry Lee Lewis, Ohio Express, The 1910 Fruit Gum Company, Eddie Holman, The Stylistics, Loretta Lynn. He has personally produced many artists such as, Mel McDaniel, The Kentucky Headhunters, Drummie Zeb of the Wailers, Jeffrey Steele, Ricky Lynn Gregg, Becky Hobbs, Big Al Downing, Herman's Hermits, Mike Penders Searchers, Jon Washington of the Fortunes, Chauncey Black Of "Blackstreet", Bernard Jackson Of "Surface" Doug Dillard (of the Darlings from the Andy Griffith show), Gary Pine from Bob Marley's Wailers, Cissie Lynn (The Coal Miners Daughter's Daughter), The 1910 Fruit Gun Company and Doug "The Ragin' Cajun" Kershaw to name a few.
He was also head of A&R for major label ABC Paramount in New York City. He was one of the founding members of a group from New Jersey called "The Soul Set" later known as the "Soul Survivors" and after it was found out that the name "The Soul Survivors" was being used by another band, they then became known as "The Doc Holiday Band" and "The DuCanes",
He was also a member along with players like Garry Tallent , Steve Van Zant (both now members of Bruce Springsteen's E-Street Band), Gary "A", Mickey Holiday, (One of the greatest entertainers I have ever seen, I took his name and his style, Mickey was the reason for Doc Holiday) Billy Ryan, Billy "Cherrybomb" Lucia, Johnny Shaw, Jack Valentine, Donnie Lowell (Just to name a few.) of the legendary Jersey Shore Band "The JayWalkers" for 5 years, which would go down in musical history as the creators of S.O.A.P. (THE SOUND OF ASBURY PARK) , which was later adopted by, Bruce Springsteen, Clarence Clemmons, Southside Johnny, and members of Bon Jovi . According to Doc "Of all the people that take credit for the band "The JayWalkers" including myself, there is only one that really deserves the credit for that legendary band, and that's John Shaw. He was the creator, he was there through over 50 changes in members and John Shaw, besides being a great songwriter, leader, singer and musician, was an excellent record producer, and although he didn't know it at the time, taught me how to make a record sound like a record. John Shaw is truly the unsung hero and a major part in the development of all the great recording artists, songwriters and producers that came out of the Jersey shore and went on to be Super Stars".
Doc Holiday has produced over 600 lifetime chart records, with well over 100 of them hitting the #1 spot on many different charts worldwide. As an entertainer, he has accomplished three complete world tours and is the only record producer in the history of the record business to grace the cover of Cashbox Magazine. He has also graced the covers of Billboard, and Record World publications. He and his band have toured, appeared or performed with The McCoys, The Beach Boys, Chubby Checker, The Kingston Trio, Yes, Donovan, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Bobby Goldsboro, Ray Charles, Bobby Rydell, Fabian, The Doobie Brothers, The Allman Brothers, Wet Willie, Jan & Dean, Sha Na Na, Jose Feliciano, Big Al Downing, Waylon Jennings, Mickey Gilley, B. J. Thomas, Billy Crash Craddock, Mark Farner Of Grand Funk Railroad and numerous other national acts.
Doc retired from touring in 1983 and opened the first Power Plant Recording Studio in Miami, FL. In 1985, he opened the second Power Plant Studio on Caribou Island, an island where he purchased land for the construction off the coast of Nova Scotia, Canada. In 1988, he would open the third Power Plant Studio in Hampton, Virginia. He now resides in Newport news, Va. and Gatlinburg TN.
Doc was elected to the "Who's Who In Entertainment," along with Madonna and Prince, in 1995. He is also the CEO of three international music publishing companies, a major stock holder in Mega International Records and Tug Boat International Records. Mr. Holiday has also been a disc jockey for five major radio stations in the USA, and has had his radio show, "Where Are They Now?" syndicated in the USA. Doc has also won numerous entertainment awards including 33 first round Grammy entries, and a total of 17 "Telly Awards for music videos, as of 2007 along with 2 nominations for "NAMMY" Awards (Native American Music Awards.
Doc Holiday has appeared on network television many times as an actor, with appearances on "THE F.B.I. FILES", "DARING CAPERS" for the Discovery Television Network, A part in the movie of the week for TLC called "a Family Torn" plus many guest appearances on national talk shows. Doc's television show called "The Doc Holiday Show" along with Radio Personality "Henry "The Bull", a music video show which, ran for 5 years on The Fox Network affiliate in Hampton Roads, Virginia, and was discontinued after the unexpected death of his co-host "Henry "The Bull".
As the CEO of two internationally distributed record companies, Mega International Records, formed in 1987, and Tug Boat International Records, formed in 1984. Doc's artists and companies have been nominated for a record 22 awards from the "OLC" Country Music Awards in Nevada in the year 2000. He also has 23 albums he has produced entered in the first round entries for Grammy Awards for the 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013 Grammys. In 2001 at the Golden Music Awards, held in Nashville TN. he won the "Producer Of The Year" award, along with "Label Of The Year" for Mega International Records, and in 2002 and 2003 his television show "The Doc Holiday Show" won "The Telly Award" for Late Night Music Video Varity Show. In 2013 he waon "The Nashville Universe Awards" as Record Producer Of The Year.
Doc is also expanded into music videos as well as motion pictures, being signed to produce and direct "The Polish Border Incident", a true story about international spy's in the early 80's. Doc has just completed a television pilot for Dark Side Enterprises called: "Heinz Altmann, Bullet Catcher" a true story of a high level, high profile body guard which was also aired on Fox Television.
Another movie project in the works in Virginia is "Broken Badge", the true story of the federal agent that exposed Washington D.C. mayor, Marion Barry, to the world as being involved with corruption and drugs within the nation's capital.
In 2009 Doc started working on a Television show pilot titled "Is It Real Or Is It Hollywood". The first episode explores the television show "The Waltons" and the difference between the Hollywood version of the Walton's and the real Family the show was written about. This episode is being filmed on location in the Blue Ridge Mountains where the actual family lived.
In July of 2005 Doc enjoyed a rebirth of his career as a recording artist, when he released his first new self penned album since 1983, titled "Payback's A Bitch" The album reached the #1 spot on the World Independent Charts of The Tracker Magazine on July 15, 2000 and stayed at #1 for 4 consecutive weeks receiving air play in 15 countries around the world, The music video from the title song "Pay Back's A Bitch" was aired on national television in rotation on IMNTV for 5 weeks. A second music video from that album "How Can You Live" received the 2003 "Telly Award" for Independent Music Video.
Doc is currently enjoying his new rebirth in performing, producing, managing, and writing .... And his beat goes on! Doc intends to go into semi retirement in January of 2013 and just concentrate on major artists recording projects and Television projects only with hopes of only working on projects 2 to 3 months a year while spending most of his off time as he does now at his house in Gatlinburg Tennessee.