A New Singer With A Familiar Sound
Bethlehem Records, Cincinnati, Ohio
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.