|Description:||Bethlehem Records was a record label based both in New York and Hollywood founded by Gus Wildi in 1953 and bought by King Records in the early 1960s. It is mainly remembered for its jazz releases during the 1950s. Sessions were produced variously by Creed Taylor and Teddy Charles, among others. Bethlehem released the first albums recorded by both singer Chris Connor (the dual releases Chris Connor Sings Lullabys for Lovers and Chris Connor Sings Lullabys of Birdland) (in 1954) and Nina Simone (Little Girl Blue) (in 1958). Bethlehem was also the first label to record singer/actress Julie London. Although she didn't record a full album for the label, she recorded 4 songs that would later be released on the compilation LP Bethlehem's Girlfriends in 1955, which also featured Chris Connor and Carmen McRae. Marilyn Moore also recorded her debut album for Bethlehem.
The Bethlehem Label was purchased by the Cayre Brothers (of Salsoul Records fame), who initially intended to release its back catalog for inexpensive 8-track tapes in the 1970s. Salsoul and Bethlehem fall under the same corporate umbrella, with Bethlehem credited as the primary distributorship for North America|