Vee Jay Records

Vee Jay Records

Profile:
US label
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.

When Beatles’ sales skyrocketed. Capitol Records, who had earlier turned down the Beatles, started filing lawsuits against Vee Jay to get the group back, as reported by Mike Callahan in “The Vee Jay Story” in Goldmine (May 1981). The cost of defending the lawsuits, in addition to Ewart Abner’s poor financial management and gambling habit, wiped out Vee Jay’s money and credit, and put the company out of business.

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 partnership 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.

Vee Jay's catalog is currently owned by the Concord Music Group, which also owns Fantasy Records among its holdings.
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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(no longer active)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: [email protected]
Sites:

Label

Releases

Status Catalog Number  Image Artist Title (Format) Label Catalog Number  Country Year Actions
2-LP 1035 Jimmy Reed - Jimmy Reed At Carnegie Hall / The Best Of Jimmy Reed Jimmy Reed Jimmy Reed At Carnegie Hall / The Best Of Jimmy Reed (Comp) 2-LP 1035 US 1961 Sell This Version
2RNR-02 Various - The Rock 'N' Roll Era 1962 Various The Rock 'N' Roll Era 1962(CD, Comp, RE, RM) Time Life Music, Warner Special Products 2RNR-02 US Unknown Sell This Version
2RNR-04 Various - The Rock 'N' Roll Era 1961 Various The Rock 'N' Roll Era 1961(CD, Comp, RE, RM) Time Life Music, Warner Special Products 2RNR-04 US Unknown Sell This Version
2RNR-08 Various - 1954-1955 Various 1954-1955(CD, Comp, RM) Time Life Music, Warner Special Products 2RNR-08 US 1988 Sell This Version
2RNR-11 Various - 1960 Various 1960(CD, Comp, RE, RM) Time Life Music, Warner Special Products 2RNR-11 US Unknown Sell This Version
2SR 1035 Jimmy Reed - Jimmy Reed At Carnegie Hall Jimmy Reed Jimmy Reed At Carnegie Hall (Comp, Album) 2SR 1035 US 1961 Sell This Version
2SR 1035C Jimmy Reed Jimmy Reed At Carnegie Hall(Cass, Comp, RE) Vee Jay Records 2SR 1035C US 1984 Sell This Version
2 SR 1035/ VJS 2 1035 Jimmy Reed - Jimmy Reed At Carnegie Hall / The Best Of Jimmy Reed 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 Marion Williams God And Me(7", EP, Mono) Imperial (2) 7 ep 5056 Netherlands Unknown Sell This Version
20YB-2048 The Spaniels - Goodnite, It's Time To Go The Spaniels Goodnite, It's Time To Go(LP, Album, Mono, RE) Vee Jay Records 20YB-2048 Japan 1987 Sell This Version
20YB-2049 Memphis Slim - Memphis Slim At The Gate Of Horn Memphis Slim Memphis Slim At The Gate Of Horn(LP, Album, Mono, RE) Vee Jay Records 20YB-2049 Japan 1987 Sell This Version
20YB-2050 Jimmy Reed - The Best Of Jimmy Reed Jimmy Reed The Best Of Jimmy Reed(LP, Comp) Vee Jay Records 20YB-2050 Japan Unknown Sell This Version
20YB-2052 Jerry Butler - The Best Of Jerry Butler 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) - Crazy Little Mama 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-2059 The Dells - Oh, What A Nite The Dells Oh, What A Nite(LP, Album, Mono, RE) Vee Jay Records 20YB-2059 Japan 1987 Sell This Version
20YB-2060 Wade Flemons - Wade Flemons Wade Flemons Wade Flemons(LP, Album, Mono) Vee Jay Records 20YB-2060 Japan 1959 Sell This Version
20YB-2062 John Lee Hooker - Travelin' John Lee Hooker Travelin'(LP, Album, Mono) Vee Jay Records 20YB-2062 Japan 1987 Sell This Version
20YB-2063 Dee Clark - The Best Of Dee Clark Dee Clark The Best Of Dee Clark(LP, Comp, Mono, RE) Vee Jay Records, Vee Jay Records 20YB-2063 Japan 1987 Sell This Version
20YB-2064 The Flamingos, The Moonglows - The Flamingos Meet The Moonglows On The Dusty Road Of Hits The Flamingos, The Moonglows The Flamingos, The Moonglows - The Flamingos Meet The Moonglows On The Dusty Road Of Hits(LP, Comp) Vee Jay Records 20YB-2064 Japan 1987 Sell This Version
20YB-2065 The Impressions With Jerry Butler - For Your Precious Love... 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-2066 Betty Everett - You're No Good Betty Everett You're No Good(LP, Album, RE) Vee Jay Records 20YB-2066 Japan 1987 Sell This Version
20YB-2067 Little Richard - Little Richard Is Back Little Richard Little Richard Is Back (Album) 20YB-2067 Japan 1987 Sell This Version
20YB-2071 Dee Clark - How About That Dee Clark How About That(LP, Mono) Vee Jay Records 20YB-2071 Japan 1987 Sell This Version
20YB-7003 Bud Powell - Lullaby Of Birdland - Live At Birdland Bud Powell Lullaby Of Birdland - Live At Birdland(LP, Mono) Vee Jay Records, Fun House 20YB-7003 Japan 1988 Sell This Version
20YB-7004 Tadd Dameron - Anthropology - Live At Royal Roost Tadd Dameron Anthropology - Live At Royal Roost(LP, Comp, Mono) Vee Jay Records, Fun House 20YB-7004 Japan 1988 Sell This Version
20YB-7005 Count Basie - I Got Rhythm Count Basie I Got Rhythm(LP, Album, Mono, RE) Vee Jay Records 20YB-7005 Japan Unknown Sell This Version
20YB-7006 Duke Ellington - Duke Ellington Vol.1 Duke Ellington Duke Ellington Vol.1(LP, Mono) Vee Jay Records 20YB-7006 Japan 1988 Sell This Version
20YB-7008 Charlie Parker - Night In Tunisia Charlie Parker Night In Tunisia(LP, Album, Comp, Mono) Vee Jay Records 20YB-7008 Japan 1988 Sell This Version
20YB-7009 Lester Young = レスター・ヤング* - How High The Moon Lester Young = レスター・ヤング* Lester Young = レスター・ヤング* - How High The Moon(LP, Album) Vee Jay Records 20YB-7009 Japan 1988 Sell This Version
20YB-7011 Duke Ellington - Duke Ellington Vol.2 Duke Ellington Duke Ellington Vol.2(LP, Comp, Mono) Vee Jay Records 20YB-7011 Japan 1988 Sell This Version
20YB-7014 Junior Cook - Pressure Cooker Junior Cook Pressure Cooker(LP, Album, RE) Vee Jay Records 20YB-7014 Japan 1988 Sell This Version
20YB-7015 The George Coleman Octet - Big George The George Coleman Octet Big George(LP, Album) Vee Jay Records 20YB-7015 Japan 1988 Sell This Version
20YB-7016 Irene Kral - Kral Space Irene Kral Kral Space(LP, Album, RE) Vee Jay Records 20YB-7016 Japan 1988 Sell This Version
20YB7017 Albert Dailey - Renaissance Albert Dailey Renaissance(LP, Album, RM) Vee Jay Records 20YB7017 Japan 1988 Sell This Version
20YB-2030~31 Wynton Kelly - Final Notes Wynton Kelly Final Notes(2xLP, Promo, RM, Gat) Vee Jay Records 20YB-2030~31 Japan 1987 Sell This Version
22YB-2001 Wynton Kelly - Kelly Great Wynton Kelly Kelly Great(LP, Album, Mono, RE, RM) Vee Jay Records, Fun House 22YB-2001 Japan 1987 Sell This Version
22YB-2002 Wynton Kelly - Wynton Kelly! Wynton Kelly Wynton Kelly!(LP, Album, RE) Vee Jay Records, Fun House 22YB-2002 Japan 1987 Sell This Version
22YB-2003 Paul Chambers (3) - Go Paul Chambers (3) Go (Album) 22YB-2003 Japan 1987 Sell This Version
22YB-2004 Paul Chambers (3) - 1st Bassman Paul Chambers (3) 1st Bassman(LP, Album, Mono, RE, RM) Vee Jay Records 22YB-2004 Japan 1987 Sell This Version
22YB-2005 Lee Morgan - Here's Lee Morgan Lee Morgan Here's Lee Morgan(LP, Album, Mono, RE, RM) Vee Jay Records 22YB-2005 Japan 1987 Sell This Version
22YB-2006 Lee Morgan - Expoobident Lee Morgan Expoobident(LP, Mono, RM) Vee Jay Records, Fun House 22YB-2006 Japan 1987 Sell This Version
22YB-2007 Wayne Shorter - Introducing Wayne Shorter Wayne Shorter Introducing Wayne Shorter (Album) 22YB-2007 Japan 1987 Sell This Version
22YB-2008 Wayne Shorter - Wayning Moments Wayne Shorter Wayning Moments(LP, Album, RE) Vee Jay Records 22YB-2008 Japan 1987 Sell This Version
22YB-2009 Frank Strozier - Fantastic Frank Strozier Frank Strozier Fantastic Frank Strozier(LP, RM) Vee Jay Records 22YB-2009 Japan 1987 Sell This Version
22YB-2010 The Young Lions (7) - The Young Lions The Young Lions (7) The Young Lions(LP, Album, RM) Vee Jay Records, Fun House 22YB-2010 Japan 1987 Sell This Version
22YB-2011 Wynton Kelly - Kelly At Midnite Wynton Kelly Kelly At Midnite(LP, Album, RE, RM) Vee Jay Records, Fun House 22YB-2011 Japan 1987 Sell This Version
22 YB-2012 Wayne Shorter - Second Genesis 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 MJT+3 Make Everybody Happy (Album) 22YB-2013 Japan 1987 Sell This Version
22YB-2015 Eddie Harris - Exodus To Jazz Eddie Harris Exodus To Jazz(LP, Album, RE) Vee Jay Records 22YB-2015 Japan 1987 Sell This Version
22YB-2018 Louis Hayes - Louis Hayes Louis Hayes Louis Hayes(LP) Vee Jay Records 22YB-2018 Japan 1987 Sell This Version
22YB-2019 Ira Sullivan And The Chicago Jazz Quintet - Bird Lives Ira Sullivan And The Chicago Jazz Quintet Bird Lives(LP, Album) Vee Jay Records 22YB-2019 Japan 1987 Sell This Version
22YB-2021 Bill Henderson (3) - Sings Bill Henderson (3) Sings(LP, RE) Vee Jay Records 22YB-2021 Japan 1987 Sell This Version
22YB-2025 The John Young Trio - Opus de Funk The John Young Trio Opus de Funk(LP, Album, Mono, RE) Vee Jay Records 22YB-2025 Japan 1987 Sell This Version
22YB-2026 Leonard Feather, Buddy De Franco* - Encyclopedia Of Jazz – Jazz Of The ´60s Vol.2 – Blues Bag Leonard Feather, Buddy De Franco* Leonard Feather, Buddy De Franco* - Encyclopedia Of Jazz – Jazz Of The ´60s Vol.2 – Blues Bag(LP, Album, Promo) Fun House, Vee Jay Records 22YB-2026 Japan 1987 Sell This Version
22YB-2027 Eddie Harris - A Study In Jazz Eddie Harris A Study In Jazz(LP, Album, Mono, Promo) Vee Jay Records 22YB-2027 Japan 1987 Sell This Version
22YB-2028 Bunky Green - My Babe Bunky Green My Babe(LP, Album, RE) Vee Jay Records 22YB-2028 Japan 1987 Sell This Version
22YB-2029 Wynton Kelly - In Concert Wynton Kelly In Concert(LP, Album, RE) Vee Jay Records 22YB-2029 Japan 1987 Sell This Version
22YB-2046 Lee Morgan, Donald Byrd, Ira Sullivan - Hava A Nice Jazz Trumpet 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 Wynton Kelly - Alternate Takes Of 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 - In Concert.....Carnegie Hall 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 Ann Richards With The Bill Marx Trio - Live At The Losers Ann Richards With The Bill Marx Trio Ann Richards With The Bill Marx Trio - Live At The Losers(LP, RE, RM, OBI) Vee Jay Records, Fun House 22YB 2086 Japan Unknown Sell This Version
22YB-2088 Paul Chambers (3) - Go II Paul Chambers (3) Go II(LP, Album, Mono, RM) Vee Jay Records, Fun House 22YB-2088 Japan 1988 Sell This Version
22YB-2089 John Coltrane, Eric Dolphy, McCoy Tyner, Jimmy Garrison, Elvin Jones - The Inner Man John Coltrane, Eric Dolphy, McCoy Tyner, Jimmy Garrison, Elvin Jones John Coltrane, Eric Dolphy, McCoy Tyner, Jimmy Garrison, Elvin Jones - The Inner Man(LP, Album, Mono, RE) Vee Jay Records, Fun House 22YB-2089 Japan 1988 Sell This Version
22YB-2090 Leroy Vinnegar - Jazz's Great Walker Leroy Vinnegar Jazz's Great Walker(LP) Vee Jay Records 22YB-2090 Japan 1988 Sell This Version
22YB-2092 Victor Feldman - It's A Wonderful World Victor Feldman It's A Wonderful World(LP, Album, Mono, RE, Gat) Vee Jay Records, Fun House 22YB-2092 Japan 1988 Sell This Version
22YB-2093 Eric Dolphy - The Eric Dolphy Memorial Album Eric Dolphy The Eric Dolphy Memorial Album(LP, Album, RE) Vee Jay Records 22YB-2093 Japan 1987 Sell This Version
22YB-2095 Bill Marx* - My Son The Folk Swinger Bill Marx* My Son The Folk Swinger(LP, Album) Vee Jay Records 22YB-2095 Japan 1988 Sell This Version
22YB-2096 Bill Henderson (3) - Please Send Me Someone To Love Bill Henderson (3) Please Send Me Someone To Love(LP, Mono) Vee Jay Records 22YB-2096 Japan 1988 Sell This Version
25YD-1092~93 Wynton Kelly - Interpretations Wynton Kelly Interpretations (Album) 25YD-1092~93 Japan 1988 Sell This Version
30YD-1043 The Spaniels - Goodnite, It's Time To Go The Spaniels Goodnite, It's Time To Go(CD, Album, RE) Fun House 30YD-1043 Japan 1988 Sell This Version
30YD-1055 Wade Flemons - Wade Flemons Wade Flemons Wade Flemons(CD, Album, RE) Vee Jay Records 30YD-1055 Japan 1988 Sell This Version
30YD-1060 The Impressions With Jerry Butler - For Your Precious Love... The Impressions With Jerry Butler The Impressions With Jerry Butler - For Your Precious Love...(CD, Album, RE) Vee Jay Records 30YD-1060 Japan 1987 Sell This Version
30YD-1065 Betty Everett & Jerry Butler - Delicious Together 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-1066 Dee Clark - How About That Dee Clark How About That(CD, Album, RE) Vee Jay Records 30YD-1066 Japan 1988 Sell This Version
30YD-1068 Jimmy Reed - The Best Of Jimmy Reed Vol.2 Jimmy Reed The Best Of Jimmy Reed Vol.2(CD, Comp, Mono) Vee Jay Records 30YD-1068 Japan 1988 Sell This Version
30YD-1069 Various - Doo-Wop's Greatest Hits Various Doo-Wop's Greatest Hits(CD, Comp, Mono, RE) Vee Jay Records 30YD-1069 Japan 1987 Sell This Version
30YD-1070 Various - Vee Jay's Vol.1 Various Vee Jay's Vol.1(CD, Comp) Vee Jay Records 30YD-1070 Japan Unknown Sell This Version
30YD-7008 Charlie Parker - Night In Tunisia Charlie Parker Night In Tunisia(CD, Comp) Fun House 30YD-7008 Japan 1988 Sell This Version
32YD-1005 Lee Morgan - Here's Lee Morgan Lee Morgan Here's Lee Morgan(CD, Album, Mono, RE) Vee Jay Records, Fun House 32YD-1005 Japan 1987 Sell This Version
32YD-1007 Wayne Shorter Introducing Wayne Shorter(CD, Album, RE) Vee Jay Records 32YD-1007 Japan 1987 Sell This Version
32YD-1008 Wayne Shorter Wayning Moments(CD, Album) Vee Jay Records 32YD-1008 Japan 1987 Sell This Version
32YD-1009 Frank Strozier - Fantastic Frank Strozier Frank Strozier Fantastic Frank Strozier(CD, Album) Vee Jay Records, Fun House 32YD-1009 Japan 2000 Sell This Version
32YD-1011 Wynton Kelly - Kelly At Midnite Wynton Kelly Kelly At Midnite(CD, Album, RE) Vee Jay Records 32YD-1011 Japan 1987 Sell This Version
32YD-1020 Bennie Green All Stars - Juggin' Around Bennie Green All Stars Juggin' Around(CD, Album, Mono) Vee Jay Records, Fun House 32YD-1020 Japan 1988 Sell This Version
32YD 1025 The John Young Trio - Opus de Funk The John Young Trio Opus de Funk (CD, Album, Mono) Vee Jay Records 32YD 1025 Japan 1988 Sell This Version
32YD-1081 Ann Richards With The Bill Marx Trio - Live...At Ann Richards With The Bill Marx Trio Ann Richards With The Bill Marx Trio - Live...At "The Losers"(CD, Album, Mono, RE) Vee Jay Records, Fun House 32YD-1081 Japan 1987 Sell This Version
32YD-1085 Leroy Vinnegar - Jazz's Great Walker Leroy Vinnegar Jazz's Great Walker(CD, Album, RE) Vee Jay Records, Fun House 32YD-1085 Japan 1988 Sell This Version
32YD-1087 Victor Feldman - It's A Wonderful World Victor Feldman It's A Wonderful World(CD, Album, Mono, RE) Vee Jay Records, Fun House 32YD-1087 Japan 1988 Sell This Version
32YD-1088 Eric Dolphy - The Eric Dolphy Memorial Album Eric Dolphy The Eric Dolphy Memorial Album(CD, Album, RE) Vee Jay Records, Fun House, Vee Jay Records, Fun House 32YD-1088 Japan Unknown Sell This Version
45-DB 4752 Eddie Harris - Exodus Eddie Harris Exodus(7", Promo) Columbia 45-DB 4752 UK Unknown Sell This Version
45-HLU 8605 Gene Allison - Hey, Hey I Love You Gene Allison Hey, Hey I Love You(7", Smplr) London Records 45-HLU 8605 UK 1958 Sell This Version
45 HSE 2007 The Four Seasons - Peanuts / Why Do Fools Fall In Love The Four Seasons Peanuts / Why Do Fools Fall In Love(7", EP, Juk) stateside 45 HSE 2007 Netherlands 1963 Sell This Version
108 James Carr - Only Fools Run Away / You Don't Want Me James Carr Only Fools Run Away / You Don't Want Me (Single) 108 US 1964 Sell This Version
117 The Ovations - I'm Living Good The Ovations I'm Living Good(7", Single, Styrene) Goldwax Records 117 US 1965 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
229 Florida-Robins* - Talk With Jesus / What Is This I Got? Florida-Robins* Talk With Jesus / What Is This I Got?(7", Single) Simpson Records 229 US Unknown Sell This Version
230 Gospel Stars Of Virginia* - God Is Good To Me / Don't Stop Praying Gospel Stars Of Virginia* God Is Good To Me / Don't Stop Praying(7") Simpson Records 230 US Unknown Sell This Version
237 The Baltimore Echoes - Miracle God The Baltimore Echoes Miracle God(7", Single) Simpson Records 237 US Unknown Sell This Version
240 Elete Jewels* - Wicked Race / There Is A Fountain Elete Jewels* Wicked Race / There Is A Fountain 240 US Unknown Sell This Version
327 Don Schroeder Melanie(7", Promo) Vee Jay Records 327 US 1959 Sell This Version