Vee Jay Records

Vee Jay Records

Profile:
Vee Jay was founded in 1953 in Gary, Indiana, USA by Vivian Carter and James C. Bracken (Mr. & Mrs. Bracken), who used their first initials for the label’s name. The first song they ever recorded made it to the top ten of the US rhythm & blues charts. Within a short time, Vee Jay was the most successful black-owned record company in the U.S.A. It was the first American company to sign The Beatles. In one month alone in early 1964, they sold 2.6 million Beatles singles. Two years later, the company went bankrupt.

It reorganized as VJ International in 1967 after company executives Randy Wood and Betty Chiapetta bought the label from its bankruptcy trustee and operated it mainly to liquidate existing stock and lease the Vee-Jay masters to other companies; it released its own records (reissues and previously unreleased material) in 1975 but had trouble finding distributors to carry these albums.

In 1990, Chameleon Music Group president Daniel Pritzker formed a limited liability parnership and bought VJ International from Chiapetta and began reissuing Vee-Jay material on CD until Chameleon became inactive in 1995. The company was reactivated in 1998 under the management of Michele Tayler, who cut an agreement with Rhino Records (2) for North American licensing of the catalog.
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Contact Info:
as VJ International:
Vee Jay International Records
131 E. Magnolia Blvd.
Burbank, CA 91502
(no longer active)

Current Address:
The Vee-Jay Limited Partnership
43 Chestnut Woods Road
Redding, CT 06896
USA

Phone: 203.938.2404
Fax: 203.938.5533
Email: info@vee-jay.net
Sites:
[l34488]

Label


Cat#  Artist Title (Format) Label Cat#  Country Year
Grab 'em by the curlies  album cover Various Grab 'em by the curlies(Cass, Album, Comp, Yel) DJM Records (2) UK 1976 Sell This Version
2-LP 1035 Jimmy Reed At Carnegie Hall / The Best Of Jimmy Reed  album cover Jimmy Reed Jimmy Reed At Carnegie Hall / The Best Of Jimmy Reed (Comp) 2-LP 1035 US 1961 Sell This Version
2SR 1035 Jimmy Reed At Carnegie Hall / The Best Of Jimmy Reed  album cover Jimmy Reed Jimmy Reed At Carnegie Hall / The Best Of Jimmy Reed (Comp, Album) 2SR 1035 US 1961 Sell This Version
2 SR 1035/ VJS 2 1035 Jimmy Reed At Carnegie Hall / The Best Of Jimmy Reed   album cover Jimmy Reed Jimmy Reed At Carnegie Hall / The Best Of Jimmy Reed (2xLP, Comp, RE) Vee Jay Records 2 SR 1035/ VJS 2 1035 US 1974 Sell This Version
7 ep 5056 Marion Williams God And Me(7", EP, Mono) Imperial (2) 7 ep 5056 Netherlands Unknown Sell This Version
20YB-2052 Jerry Butler The Best Of Jerry Butler(LP, Comp) Vee Jay Records 20YB-2052 Japan 1987 Sell This Version
20YB-2058 Crazy Little Mama  album cover The El Dorados With Guest Artists The Magnificents (3) The El Dorados With Guest Artists The Magnificents (3) - Crazy Little Mama(LP, Album) Vee Jay Records 20YB-2058 Japan 1987 Sell This Version
20YB-2060 Wade Flemons  album cover Wade Flemons Wade Flemons(LP, Album, Mono) Vee Jay Records 20YB-2060 Japan 1959 Sell This Version
20YB-2065 For Your Precious Love...  album cover The Impressions With Jerry Butler The Impressions With Jerry Butler - For Your Precious Love...(LP, Album, RE) Vee Jay Records 20YB-2065 Japan 1987 Sell This Version
20YB-2067 Little Richard Is Back  album cover Little Richard Little Richard Is Back(LP, Album, Mono, Promo, RE) Vee Jay Records 20YB-2067 Japan 1987 Sell This Version
20YB-7004 Anthropology - Live At Royal Roost  album cover Tadd Dameron Anthropology - Live At Royal Roost(LP, Comp, Mono) Vee Jay Records, Fun House 20YB-7004 Japan 1988 Sell This Version
20YB-7005 I Got Rhythm  album cover Count Basie I Got Rhythm(LP, Album, Mono, RE) Vee Jay Records 20YB-7005 Japan Unknown Sell This Version
20YB-7006 Duke Ellington Vol.1  album cover Duke Ellington Duke Ellington Vol.1(LP, Mono) Vee Jay Records 20YB-7006 Japan 1988 Sell This Version
20YB-7016 Kral Space  album cover Irene Kral Kral Space(LP, Album, RE) Vee Jay Records 20YB-7016 Japan 1988 Sell This Version
22YB - 2001 Kelly Great  album cover Wynton Kelly Kelly Great(LP, Album, Mono) Vee Jay Records 22YB - 2001 Japan 1987 Sell This Version
22YB-2003 Go  album cover Paul Chambers (3) Go(LP, Album, RE) Fun House 22YB-2003 Japan 1987 Sell This Version
22YB-2004 1st Bassman  album cover Paul Chambers (3) 1st Bassman(LP, Album, Mono, RE) Vee Jay Records 22YB-2004 Japan 1987 Sell This Version
22YB-2005 Here's Lee Morgan  album cover Lee Morgan Here's Lee Morgan(LP, Album, Mono, RE) Vee Jay Records 22YB-2005 Japan 1987 Sell This Version
22YB-2006 Expoobident  album cover Lee Morgan Expoobident(LP, Mono, RM) Vee Jay Records 22YB-2006 Japan 1987 Sell This Version
22YB-2007 Introducing Wayne Shorter  album cover Wayne Shorter Introducing Wayne Shorter(LP, Album, RE) Vee Jay Records 22YB-2007 Japan 1987 Sell This Version
22YB-2008 Wayning Moments  album cover Wayne Shorter Wayning Moments(LP, Album, RE) Vee Jay Records 22YB-2008 Japan 1987 Sell This Version
22 YB-2012 Second Genesis  album cover Wayne Shorter Second Genesis(LP, Album, RE) Vee Jay Records 22 YB-2012 Japan 1987 Sell This Version
22YB-2013 Make Everybody Happy  album cover MJT+3 Make Everybody Happy(LP, Album, Promo) Vee Jay Records 22YB-2013 Japan 1987 Sell This Version
22YB-2025 Opus de Funk  album cover The John Young Trio Opus de Funk(LP, Album, Mono, RE) Vee Jay Records 22YB-2025 Japan 1987 Sell This Version
22YB-2028 My Babe  album cover Bunky Green My Babe(LP, Album, RE) Vee Jay Records 22YB-2028 Japan 1987 Sell This Version
22YB-2046 Hava A Nice Jazz Trumpet  album cover Lee Morgan, Donald Byrd, Ira Sullivan Lee Morgan, Donald Byrd, Ira Sullivan - Hava A Nice Jazz Trumpet(LP, Comp) Vee Jay Records 22YB-2046 Japan 1987 Sell This Version
22YB-2083 Alternate Takes Of  album cover Wynton Kelly Alternate Takes Of(LP, Album, Mono, RE, RM) Vee Jay Records 22YB-2083 Japan 1987 Sell This Version
22YB-2084 Dizzy Gillespie / Charlie Parker / Stan Getz Dizzy Gillespie / Charlie Parker / Stan Getz - In Concert.....Carnegie Hall (Comp) 22YB-2084 Japan 1987 Sell This Version
22YB 2086 Live At The Losers / We Remember Mildred Bailey  album cover Ann Richards / Mavis Rivers Ann Richards / Mavis Rivers - Live At The Losers / We Remember Mildred Bailey(LP, OBI) Vee Jay Records 22YB 2086 Japan Unknown Sell This Version
22YB-2088 Go II  album cover Paul Chambers (3) Go II(LP, Album, Mono) Vee Jay Records 22YB-2088 Japan 1988 Sell This Version
22YB-2089 The Inner Man  album cover John Coltrane The Inner Man(LP, Album, Mono) Vee Jay Records 22YB-2089 Japan 1988 Sell This Version
22YB-2090 Jazz's Great Walker  album cover Leroy Vinnegar Jazz's Great Walker(LP, Album, Gat) Vee Jay Records 22YB-2090 Japan 1988 Sell This Version
22YB-2093 Eric Dolphy The Eric Dolphy Memorial Album(LP, Album, RE) Vee Jay Records 22YB-2093 Japan 1987 Sell This Version
25YD-1092/93 Interpretations  album cover Wynton Kelly Interpretations(2xCD, Album, RE) Vee Jay Records 25YD-1092/93 Japan 1988 Sell This Version
30YD-1065 Delicious Together  album cover Betty Everett & Jerry Butler Betty Everett & Jerry Butler - Delicious Together(CD, Album, Mono, RE) Vee Jay Records, Fun House 30YD-1065 Japan 1988 Sell This Version
30YD-7008 Night In Tunisia  album cover Charlie Parker Night In Tunisia(CD, Comp) Fun House 30YD-7008 Japan 1988 Sell This Version
32YD-1011 Kelly At Midnite  album cover Wynton Kelly Kelly At Midnite(CD, Album, RE) Vee Jay Records 32YD-1011 Japan 1987 Sell This Version
32YD-1081 Live...At "The Losers"  album cover Ann Richards With The Bill Marx Trio Ann Richards With The Bill Marx Trio - Live...At "The Losers"(CD, Album, Mono) Vee Jay Records 32YD-1081 Japan 1987 Sell This Version
32YD-1085 Jazz's Great Walker  album cover Leroy Vinnegar Jazz's Great Walker(CD, Album, RE) Vee Jay Records, Fun House 32YD-1085 Japan 1988 Sell This Version
107 Goodnight Sweetheart Goodnight  album cover The Spaniels Goodnight Sweetheart Goodnight 107 US 1993 Sell This Version
108 Only Fools Run Away  album cover James Carr Only Fools Run Away (Single) 108 US 1964 Sell This Version
130 Eddie Kutta And His Orchestra Clarene Waltz / Pine Tree Polka(Shellac, 10") Vee Jay Records 130 US Unknown Sell This Version
132 I'm Gonna Ruin You / Pretty Thing  album cover Jimmy Reed I'm Gonna Ruin You / Pretty Thing(Shellac, 10", Single) Vee Jay Records 132 US Unknown Sell This Version
154 The Spaniels You Painted Pictures / Hey, Sister Lizzie(Shellac, 10") Vee Jay Records 154 Unknown Sell This Version
229 Talk With Jesus / What Is This I Got?  album cover Florida-Robins* Talk With Jesus / What Is This I Got?(7", Single) Simpson Records 229 US Unknown Sell This Version
237 Miracle God  album cover The Baltimore Echoes Miracle God(7", Single) Simpson Records 237 US Unknown Sell This Version
239 Snowfall  album cover Sarah McLawler And Richard Otto Sarah McLawler And Richard Otto - Snowfall(Shellac, 10") Vee Jay Records 239 US 1956 Sell This Version
254 If You Don't Want Me No More / I'm Pleading Just For You  album cover Larry Birdsong If You Don't Want Me No More / I'm Pleading Just For You(Shellac, 10") Vee Jay Records 254 US 1957 Sell This Version
261 Do Yourself A Favor / You Never Miss The Water  album cover Billy "The Kid" Emerson Do Yourself A Favor / You Never Miss The Water(Shellac, 10", Single) Vee Jay Records 261 US 1957 Sell This Version
#272 Hattie Malatti b/w Mama Loochie  album cover Lee Diamond Hattie Malatti b/w Mama Loochie(7", Promo) Vee Jay Records #272 US Unknown Sell This Version
280 Jerry Butler And The Impressions Jerry Butler And The Impressions - For Your Precious Love / Sweet Was The Wine(7") Vee Jay Records 280 US 1958 Sell This Version
281 Don't Leave Me / Ozeta  album cover The Magnificents (11) Don't Leave Me / Ozeta(7", Single) Vee Jay Records 281 US 1958 Sell This Version
304 I Told You Baby / Ends And Odds  album cover Jimmy Reed I Told You Baby / Ends And Odds 304 US 1958 Sell This Version
333 Jimmy Reed Baby What You Want Me To Do(7") Vee Jay Records 333 US 1959 Sell This Version
396 For Your Precious Love   album cover Jerry Butler For Your Precious Love (7") Vee Jay Records 396 1958 Sell This Version
438 Boom Boom  album cover John Lee Hooker Boom Boom(7") Vee Jay Records 438 US 1962 Sell This Version
453 She's Mine / A New Leaf  album cover John Lee Hooker She's Mine / A New Leaf(7", Single) Vee Jay Records 453 US 1962 Sell This Version
462 Nobody But You / I'm Going Back To School  album cover Dee Clark Nobody But You / I'm Going Back To School(Acetate, 7") Vee Jay Records 462 US 1962 Sell This Version
466 John Corey (3) I'll Forget/Pollyanna(7", Single, Promo) Vee Jay Records 466 US Unknown Sell This Version
490 Kathy Jay Billy / You Never Said(7", Promo) Vee Jay Records 490 US Unknown Sell This Version
# 498 Please Please Me  album cover The Beatles Please Please Me (Single) # 498 US 1963 Sell This Version
505 Mr. Fix-It  / No Insurance  album cover Jimmy Jones Mr. Fix-It / No Insurance(7", Single, Promo) Vee Jay Records 505 US Unknown Sell This Version
511 Forgive Me / Check Yourself  album cover Gene Chandler Forgive Me / Check Yourself 511 US 1962 Sell This Version
516X Happy 'Till The Letter  album cover Sonny Til And The Orioles Happy 'Till The Letter(7", Single) Regency (2) 516X Canada 1956 Sell This Version
581 Please Please Me  album cover The Beatles Please Please Me (Single) 581 US 1964 Sell This Version
583 Hey Naw/Freedom To Love  album cover Wayne Anthony (2) Hey Naw/Freedom To Love(7", Single, Promo) Vee Jay Records 583 US 1964 Sell This Version
616 Down In Mississippi / Oh John  album cover Jimmy Reed Down In Mississippi / Oh John(7", Single, Promo) Vee Jay Records 616 Unknown Sell This Version
642X The Sun Is Shining / Baby, What's On Your Mind  album cover Jimmy Reed The Sun Is Shining / Baby, What's On Your Mind(7", Single) Regency (2) 642X Canada 1957 Sell This Version
651 Good Rockin' Daddy / Billy's Bag  album cover Etta James / Billy Preston Etta James / Billy Preston - Good Rockin' Daddy / Billy's Bag(7", Single) Vee Jay Records 651 US 1965 Sell This Version
658 Green Grass Of Texas / Bloody River  album cover The Texans (2) Green Grass Of Texas / Bloody River(7", Promo) Vee Jay Records 658 US 1965 Sell This Version
669 A Heart Must Learn To Cry  album cover Irma Curry A Heart Must Learn To Cry(7", Single, Promo) Vee Jay Records 669 Unknown Sell This Version
671 My Mother's Eyes / Without A Song  album cover John W. Bubbles My Mother's Eyes / Without A Song(7", Single, Promo) Vee Jay Records 671 US Unknown Sell This Version
892 The Highway QC's God Has Not Promised(7", Single, Promo) Vee Jay Records 892 US Unknown Sell This Version
926 The Swan Silvertones Saviour Pass Me Not(7") Vee Jay Records 926 US Unknown Sell This Version
928 Five Blind Boys Of Alabama You'll Never Walk Alone(7") Vee Jay Records 928 US Unknown Sell This Version
932 I’lol Fly Away  album cover Charles Taylor (10) I’lol Fly Away(7") Vee Jay Records 932 1963 Sell This Version
956 Tone The Bell / Think Of God  album cover The Harmonizing Four Tone The Bell / Think Of God(7", Promo) Vee Jay Records 956 US Unknown Sell This Version
1001 Come On Train  album cover Don Thomas Come On Train(7", Single) Vee Jay Records 1001 US 1975 Sell This Version
1002 Try A Little Harder  album cover The Fidels* Try A Little Harder(7", Single, RE) Vee Jay Records 1002 US 1975 Sell This Version
1002 Goodnite, It's Time To Go  album cover The Spaniels Goodnite, It's Time To Go 1002 US 1957 Sell This Version
1003 The Best Of The Ed Dorados, Volume 2  album cover The El Dorados The Best Of The Ed Dorados, Volume 2(LP, Comp, Mono) Vee Jay Records 1003 US Unknown Sell This Version
1016 Kelly Great  album cover Wynton Kelly Kelly Great(CD, Album, RE) Collectables, Vee Jay Records 1016 US 2000 Sell This Version
1029 He Will Break Your Heart  album cover Jerry Butler He Will Break Your Heart(8-Trk, Album) Vee Jay Records 1029 US Unknown Sell This Version
1034 Love Me  album cover Jerry Butler Love Me(8-Trk, Album, RE) Vee Jay Records 1034 US Unknown Sell This Version
1035 Jimmy Reed At Carnegie Hall / The Best Of Jimmy Reed  album cover Jimmy Reed Jimmy Reed At Carnegie Hall / The Best Of Jimmy Reed(2xLP, Comp, Mono) Vee Jay Records, Vee Jay Records 1035 US 1961 Sell This Version
1035-A Jimmy Reed At Carnegie Hall  album cover Jimmy Reed Jimmy Reed At Carnegie Hall(8-Trk, Album, RE) Vee Jay Records, Vee Jay Records 1035-A US Unknown Sell This Version
1044 Lightnin' Strikes  album cover Lightnin' Hopkins Lightnin' Strikes (Album) 1044 US 1962 Sell This Version
1049 John Lee Hooker The Best Of John Lee Hooker (Comp) 1049 US Unknown Sell This Version
1066 On Campus  album cover John Lee Hooker On Campus(8-Trk) Vee Jay Records 1066 US Unknown Sell This Version
1078 Concert At Newport  album cover John Lee Hooker Concert At Newport (Album) 1078 US Unknown Sell This Version
1104 Sweets For The Sweet Taste Of Love  album cover Harry "Sweets" Edison His Trumpet & Orchestra* Sweets For The Sweet Taste Of Love(LP, Mono) Vee Jay Records 1104 US 1964 Sell This Version
1107 Little Richard Is Back (And There's A Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On!  album cover Little Richard Little Richard Is Back (And There's A Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On! (Album) 1107 Netherlands 1964 Sell This Version
1119 More Of The Best Of Jerry Butler  album cover Jerry Butler More Of The Best Of Jerry Butler(8-Trk, Comp) Vee Jay Records 1119 US 1965 Sell This Version
1124 Great Hits  album cover Little Richard Great Hits(LP, Album) Fontana 1124 Netherlands Unknown Sell This Version
1138 Coffee House Blues  album cover Lightnin' Hopkins, Brownie McGhee, Sonny Terry Lightnin' Hopkins, Brownie McGhee, Sonny Terry - Coffee House Blues(8-Trk, Album) Vee Jay Records 1138 US 1964 Sell This Version
2637 (M) At Royal Roost 2  album cover Lester Young At Royal Roost 2(LP) Vee Jay Records 2637 (M) Japan 1983 Sell This Version
3419 Rev.James Lofton And His Church Of Our Prayer Great Day (7") Vee Jay Records 3419 US Unknown Sell This Version
5006 Singin' In My Soul  album cover The Swan Silvertones Singin' In My Soul (Album) 5006 US 1960 Sell This Version
6401 Steal Away / Lolly Pops, Lace And Lipstick  album cover Jimmy Hughes Steal Away / Lolly Pops, Lace And Lipstick (Single) 6401 US 1964 Sell This Version
7153 1938-1972  album cover Lee Morgan 1938-1972(CD, Comp) Collectables 7153 US 2001 Sell This Version