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Sunday, January 23, 2011

Mike - Michael Holliday

Michael Holliday
A New Singer With A Familiar Sound
Bethlehem Records, Cincinnati, Ohio
BX 4001

Bethlehem was purchased by King Records. King acquired half interest in the company in 1958 and then bought out the remaining half in 1962.

I thought the artist was going to be a local (Cincinnati, Ohio) lounge act, but then I noted the album was recorded by EMI in London, England. I did a search and found that Michael Holliday was a vocalist who achieved some success in England in the 50s signing with Columbia's EMI label in 1955.

Holliday had an ongoing problem with stage fright and had a mental breakdown in 1961. He committed suicide two years later, dying from a suspect drug overdose. Columbia released a tribute album in his memory which included an eulogy by Bing Crosby.

Apparently, the "familiar sound" was Bing Crosby. What a way to market a singer... a guy who sounds like so and so... An unavoidable comparison, I guess.

Somehow Bethlehem acquired the rights to press and release this record in the U.S. sometime in the late 50s or early 60s. I can't find any mention of the set online.

1 comment:

  1. Wow, what a sad story. His voice is amazing! What a treasure!


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