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(no longer active)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
2-LP 1035 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 Jimmy Reed At Carnegie Hall / The Best Of Jimmy Reed (Album, Comp) 2SR 1035 US 1961 Sell This Version
2 SR 1035/ VJS 2 1035 Jimmy Reed Jimmy Reed At Carnegie Hall / The Best Of Jimmy Reed (2xLP, Album) 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 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-2065 The Impressions With Jerry Butler The Impressions With Jerry Butler - For Your Precious Love...(LP) Vee Jay Records 20YB-2065 Japan 1987 Sell This Version
20YB-7016 Irene Kral Kral Space(LP, Album, RE) Vee Jay Records 20YB-7016 Japan 1988 Sell This Version
22YB-2003 Paul Chambers (3) Go(LP, Album, RE) Fun House 22YB-2003 Japan 1987 Sell This Version
22YB-2004 Paul Chambers (3) 1st Bassman(LP, Album, Mono, RE) Vee Jay Records 22YB-2004 Japan 1987 Sell This Version
22YB-2005 Lee Morgan Here's Lee Morgan(LP, Album, Mono) Vee Jay Records 22YB-2005 Japan 1987 Sell This Version
22YB-2007 Wayne Shorter Introducing Wayne Shorter(LP, Album, RE) Vee Jay Records 22YB-2007 Japan 1987 Sell This Version
22YB-2008 Wayne Shorter Wayning Moments(LP, Album, RE) Vee Jay Records 22YB-2008 Japan 1987 Sell This Version
22 YB-2012 Wayne Shorter Second Genesis(LP, Album, RE) Vee Jay Records 22 YB-2012 Japan 1987 Sell This Version
22YB-2013 MJT+3 Make Everybody Happy(LP, Album, Promo) Vee Jay Records 22YB-2013 Japan 1987 Sell This Version
22YB-2028 Bunky Green My Babe(LP, Album, RE) Vee Jay Records 22YB-2028 Japan 1987 Sell This Version
22YB-2084 Dizzy Gillespie / Charlie Parker / Stan Getz Dizzy Gillespie / Charlie Parker / Stan Getz - In Concert.....Carnegie Hall(LP, Comp, Mono) Vee Jay Records 22YB-2084 Japan Unknown Sell This Version
22YB 2086 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-2089 John Coltrane The Inner Man(LP, Album, Mono) Vee Jay Records 22YB-2089 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 Wynton Kelly Interpretations(2xCD, Album, RE) Vee Jay Records 25YD-1092/93 Japan 1988 Sell This Version
30YD-7008 Charlie Parker Night In Tunisia(CD, Comp) Fun House 30YD-7008 Japan 1988 Sell This Version
32YD-1011 Wynton Kelly Kelly At Midnite(CD, Album, RE) Vee Jay Records 32YD-1011 Japan 1987 Sell This Version
32YD-1081 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 Leroy Vinnegar Jazz's Great Walker(CD, Album, RE) Vee Jay Records, Fun House 32YD-1085 Japan 1988 Sell This Version
108 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
154 The Spaniels You Painted Pictures / Hey, Sister Lizzie(Shellac, 10") Vee Jay Records 154 Unknown Sell This Version
239 Sarah McLawler And Richard Otto Sarah McLawler And Richard Otto - Snowfall(Shellac, 10") Vee Jay Records 239 US 1956 Sell This Version
254 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
280 Jerry Butler And The Impressions* For Your Precious Love / Sweet Was The Wine(7") Vee Jay Records 280 US 1958 Sell This Version
304 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
339 Tommy Dean (4) Skid Row / The Horse(7", Single) Vee Jay Records 339 US 1956 Sell This Version
432 Nancy Love Rescue Me / As Sure As I Live(7", Single, Promo) Vee Jay Records 432 US 1962 Sell This Version
441 The Sheppards Tragic / Come To Me(7") Vee Jay Records 441 1962 Sell This Version
462 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 The Beatles Please Please Me (Single) # 498 US 1963 Sell This Version
505 Jimmy Jones Mr. Fix-It / No Insurance(7", Single, Promo) Vee Jay Records 505 US Unknown Sell This Version
511 Gene Chandler Forgive Me / Check Yourself 511 US 1962 Sell This Version
581 The Beatles Please Please Me (Single) 581 US 1964 Sell This Version
583 Wayne Anthony (2) Hey Naw/Freedom To Love(7", Single, Promo) Vee Jay Records 583 US 1964 Sell This Version
616 Jimmy Reed Down In Mississippi / Oh John(7", Single, Promo) Vee Jay Records 616 Unknown Sell This Version
658 The Texans (2) Green Grass Of Texas / Bloody River(7", Promo) Vee Jay Records 658 US 1965 Sell This Version
671 John W. Bubbles My Mother's Eyes / Without A Song(7", Single, Promo) Vee Jay Records 671 US Unknown Sell This Version
675 Ron Williams Rain Go Away(7", Single, Mono, Promo) Vee Jay Records 675 US 1965 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
956 The Harmonizing Four Tone The Bell / Think Of God(7", Promo) Vee Jay Records 956 US Unknown Sell This Version
1001 Don Thomas Come On Train(7", Single) Vee Jay Records 1001 US 1975 Sell This Version
1002 The Fidels* Try A Little Harder(7", Single, RE) Vee Jay Records 1002 US 1975 Sell This Version
1002 The Spaniels Goodnite, It's Time To Go(LP) Vee Jay Records 1002 US 1958 Sell This Version
1003 The El Dorados The Best Of The Ed Dorados, Volume 2(LP, Mono) Vee Jay Records 1003 US Unknown Sell This Version
1023 John Lee Hooker Travelin'(LP, Album, RE) Vee Jay Records 1023 US Unknown Sell This Version
1029 Jerry Butler He Will Break Your Heart(8-Trk, Album) Vee Jay Records 1029 US Unknown Sell This Version
1034 Jerry Butler Love Me(8-Trk, Album, RE) Vee Jay Records 1034 US Unknown Sell This Version
1035 Jimmy Reed Jimmy Reed At Carnegie Hall / The Best Of Jimmy Reed(2xLP, Mono) Vee Jay Records, Vee Jay Records 1035 US 1961 Sell This Version
1044 Lightnin' Hopkins Lightnin' Strikes (Album) 1044 US 1962 Sell This Version
1049 John Lee Hooker The Best Of John Lee Hooker(8-Trk, Comp) Vee Jay Records 1049 US Unknown Sell This Version
1056 The 4 Seasons* Big Girls Don't Cry And Twelve Others . . .(LP, Album, Mono, RE) Vee Jay Records 1056 US 1963 Sell This Version
1078 John Lee Hooker Concert At Newport (Album) 1078 US Unknown Sell This Version
1104 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 Little Richard Is Back (And There's A Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On! (Album) 1107 Netherlands 1964 Sell This Version
1119 Jerry Butler More Of The Best Of Jerry Butler(8-Trk, Album) Vee Jay Records 1119 US 1965 Sell This Version
1124 Little Richard Great Hits(LP, Album, Mono) Fontana 1124 Netherlands Unknown 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 The Swan Silvertones Singin' In My Soul(LP, Album) Vee Jay Records 5006 US 1960 Sell This Version
6401 Jimmy Hughes Steal Away / Lolly Pops, Lace And Lipstick (Single) 6401 US 1964 Sell This Version
7153 Lee Morgan 1938-1972(CD, Comp) Collectables 7153 US 2001 Sell This Version
8680X The 4 Seasons* Big Girls Don't Cry / Connie-O(7", Single) Reo 8680X Canada 1962 Sell This Version
8716X The 4 Seasons* Ain't That A Shame!(7", Single) Reo 8716X Canada 1963 Sell This Version
10046 Art Blakey / Buddy De Franco* Art Blakey / Buddy De Franco* - Blues Bag(LP, Album) Yes To Jazz 10046 Portugal 1985 Sell This Version
14003 Gloria Jones My Bad Boy's Comin' Home / Tainted Love (Single) 14003 US 1965 Sell This Version
14003 Gloria Jones My Bad Boy's Comin' Home / Tainted Love(7", RE, Unofficial, Bla) Champion Records (12) 14003 US 1976 Sell This Version
22.001 The Staple Singers Negro Spirituals Vol.1(7", EP) Top Rank International, Top Rank (2) 22.001 France Unknown Sell This Version
27.274 Aki Aleong And The Nobles* Surfing(7", EP) Discophon 27.274 Spain 1964 Sell This Version
27.386 Los Mortíferos* It's Monster Surfing Time(7", EP) Discophon, Discophon 27.386 Spain 1964 Sell This Version
39/639 Various Old Favorites(LP, Comp, Mono) Top Rank International 39/639 New Zealand 1961 Sell This Version
39/730 Various Summit Meeting(LP, Comp) Allied International, Vee Jay Records 39/730 New Zealand 1961 Sell This Version
148 501 STF Little Richard Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin On(7", Single) Star-Club Records 148 501 STF Germany 1965 Sell This Version
158 006 STY Little Richard Star-Club Kings Of Beat 1(LP, Album) Star-Club Records 158 006 STY Germany 1965 Sell This Version
270 111 TF John Lee Hooker Boom Boom / Drug Store Woman(7", Single, Mono) Fontana 270 111 TF Germany 1962 Sell This Version
270.134 TF Little Richard Goodnight Irene(7", Mono) Fontana 270.134 TF France Unknown Sell This Version
270 146 TF Fred Hughes Oo Wee Baby, I Love You / Love Me Baby(7", Single) Fontana 270 146 TF Netherlands 1965 Sell This Version
469.805 ME Little Richard Without Love(7", EP, Mono) Fontana 469.805 ME France Unknown Sell This Version
52.7007 Wynton Kelly Kelly At Midnight(LP, Album, RE) Warm Shoes Jazz Series, Vee Jay Records 52.7007 Spain 1982 Sell This Version
54.9342 The Young Lions (7) The Young Lions(LP, Album, RE) Doblon 54.9342 Spain 1985 Sell This Version
61-2154 Jerry Butler Moon River / He Will Break Your Heart(7", Single, Red) Vee Jay Records 61-2154 US Unknown Sell This Version
61 2173 Gene Chandler Duke Of Earl / Kissin' In The Kitchen(7", Single, Promo) Vee Jay Records, Vee Jay Records 61 2173 US 1961 Sell This Version
62-2328 The 5 Royales Help Me Somebody / Talk About My Woman(7", Promo) Vee Jay Records 62-2328 US 1962 Sell This Version
62-2485 Marilyn Britton Big Mr. Heartbreaker / Smart Boy(7") Vee Jay Records 62-2485 US 1962 Sell This Version
63-3021 Jimmy Jones Mr. Fix-It(7") Vee Jay Records 63-3021 US 1963 Sell This Version
63-3233 Big Buddy K Lumber City / White Sneakers And Bermuda Shorts(7", Promo) Vee Jay Records 63-3233 US 1963 Sell This Version
64-6897 The Standells The Boy Next Door(7") Vee Jay Records 64-6897 US Unknown Sell This Version
688 503 ZL Five Blind Boys Of Mississippi Spiritual Gospel Folk-Blues(LP) Fontana 688 503 ZL Germany Unknown Sell This Version
688 507 TL The Watson Sisters Gospel(LP, Album, Mono) Fontana 688 507 TL Germany 1963 Sell This Version
688 514 Jimmy Reed Things Ain't What They Used To Be - Recorded "Live"(LP, Album, Mono) Fontana, Fontana 688 514 France 1964 Sell This Version