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.
Sublabels
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(no longer active)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:
[l34488]

Label


Cat#  Artist Title (Format) Label Cat#  Country Year
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
2RNR-02 1962  album cover Various 1962(CD, Comp, RE, RM) Time Life Music, Warner Special Products 2RNR-02 US Unknown Sell This Version
2RNR-04 1961  album cover Various 1961(CD, Comp, RE, RM) Time Life Music, Warner Special Products 2RNR-04 US Unknown Sell This Version
2RNR-08 1954-1955  album cover Various 1954-1955(CD, Comp, RM) Time Life Music, Warner Special Products 2RNR-08 US 1988 Sell This Version
2RNR-11 1960  album cover Various 1960(CD, Comp, RE, RM) Time Life Music, Warner Special Products 2RNR-11 US 1992 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
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 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-2048 Goodnite, It's Time To Go  album cover 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 At The Gate Of Horn  album cover 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 The Best Of Jimmy Reed  album cover 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(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-2059 Oh, What A Nite  album cover The Dells Oh, What A Nite(LP, Album, Mono, RE) Vee Jay Records 20YB-2059 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-2062 Travelin'  album cover John Lee Hooker Travelin'(LP, Album, Mono) Vee Jay Records 20YB-2062 Japan 1987 Sell This Version
20YB-2064 The Flamingos Meet The Moonglows On The Dusty Road Of Hits  album cover 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 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-2066 You're No Good  album cover Betty Everett You're No Good(LP, Album, RE) Vee Jay Records 20YB-2066 Japan 1987 Sell This Version
20YB-2067 Little Richard Is Back  album cover Little Richard Little Richard Is Back (Album) 20YB-2067 Japan 1987 Sell This Version
20YB-2071 How About That  album cover Dee Clark How About That(LP, Mono) Vee Jay Records 20YB-2071 Japan 1987 Sell This Version
20YB-7003 Lullaby Of Birdland - Live At Birdland  album cover Bud Powell Lullaby Of Birdland - Live At Birdland(LP, Mono) Vee Jay Records, Fun House 20YB-7003 Japan 1988 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-7008 Night In Tunisia  album cover Charlie Parker Night In Tunisia(LP, Album, Comp, Mono) Vee Jay Records 20YB-7008 Japan 1988 Sell This Version
20YB-7009 How High The Moon  album cover 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-7014 Pressure Cooker  album cover Junior Cook Pressure Cooker(LP, Album, RE) Vee Jay Records 20YB-7014 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
20YB7017 Renaissance  album cover Albert Dailey Renaissance(LP, Album, RM) Vee Jay Records 20YB7017 Japan 1988 Sell This Version
22YB-2001 Kelly Great  album cover 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!  album cover Wynton Kelly Wynton Kelly!(LP, Album, RE) Vee Jay Records, Fun House 22YB-2002 Japan 1987 Sell This Version
22YB-2003 Go  album cover Paul Chambers (3) Go (Album) 22YB-2003 Japan 1987 Sell This Version
22YB-2004 1st Bassman  album cover Paul Chambers (3) 1st Bassman(LP, Album, Mono, RE, RM) 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, RM) Vee Jay Records 22YB-2005 Japan 1987 Sell This Version
22YB-2006 Expoobident  album cover Lee Morgan Expoobident(LP, Mono, RM) Vee Jay Records, Fun House 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
22YB-2009 Fantastic Frank Strozier  album cover Frank Strozier Fantastic Frank Strozier(LP, RM) Vee Jay Records 22YB-2009 Japan 1987 Sell This Version
22YB-2010 The Young Lions  album cover The Young Lions (7) The Young Lions(LP, Album, RM) Vee Jay Records, Fun House 22YB-2010 Japan 1987 Sell This Version
22YB-2011 Kelly At Midnite  album cover Wynton Kelly Kelly At Midnite(LP, Album, RE, RM) Vee Jay Records, Fun House 22YB-2011 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 (Album) 22YB-2013 Japan 1987 Sell This Version
22YB-2015 Exodus To Jazz  album cover Eddie Harris Exodus To Jazz(LP, Album, RE) Vee Jay Records 22YB-2015 Japan 1987 Sell This Version
22YB-2018 Louis Hayes  album cover Louis Hayes Louis Hayes(LP) Vee Jay Records 22YB-2018 Japan 1987 Sell This Version
22YB-2019 Bird Lives  album cover Ira Sullivan And The Chicago Jazz Quintet Bird Lives(LP, Album) Vee Jay Records 22YB-2019 Japan 1987 Sell This Version
22YB-2021 Sings  album cover Bill Henderson (3) Sings(LP, RE) Vee Jay Records 22YB-2021 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-2026 Encyclopedia Of Jazz – Jazz Of The ´60s Vol.2 – Blues Bag  album cover 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-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  album cover 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 Go II  album cover Paul Chambers (3) Go II(LP, Album, Mono, RM) Vee Jay Records, Fun House 22YB-2088 Japan 1988 Sell This Version
22YB-2089 The Inner Man  album cover 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(LP) Vee Jay Records 22YB-2090 Japan 1988 Sell This Version
22YB-2092 It's A Wonderful World  album cover 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 The Eric Dolphy Memorial Album  album cover Eric Dolphy The Eric Dolphy Memorial Album(LP, Album, RE) Vee Jay Records 22YB-2093 Japan 1987 Sell This Version
22YB-2095 My Son The Folk Swinger  album cover Bill Marx* My Son The Folk Swinger(LP, Album) Vee Jay Records 22YB-2095 Japan 1988 Sell This Version
25YD-1092~93 Interpretations  album cover Wynton Kelly Interpretations (Album) 25YD-1092~93 Japan 1988 Sell This Version
30YD-1043 Goodnite, It's Time To Go  album cover The Spaniels Goodnite, It's Time To Go(CD, Album, RE) Fun House 30YD-1043 Japan 1988 Sell This Version
30YD-1055 Wade Flemons  album cover Wade Flemons Wade Flemons(CD, Album, RE) Vee Jay Records 30YD-1055 Japan 1988 Sell This Version
30YD-1060 For Your Precious Love...  album cover 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 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-1070 Vee Jay's Vol.1  album cover Various Vee Jay's Vol.1(CD, Comp) Vee Jay Records 30YD-1070 Japan Unknown 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-1005 Here's Lee Morgan  album cover 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) 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-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-1020 Juggin' Around  album cover Bennie Green All Stars Juggin' Around(CD, Album, Mono) Vee Jay Records, Fun House 32YD-1020 Japan 1988 Sell This Version
32YD 1025 Opus de Funk   album cover The John Young Trio Opus de Funk (CD, Album, Mono) Vee Jay Records 32YD 1025 Japan 1988 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, RE) Vee Jay Records, Fun House 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
32YD-1087 It's A Wonderful World  album cover 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 The Eric Dolphy Memorial Album  album cover 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 Exodus  album cover Eddie Harris Exodus(7", Promo) Columbia 45-DB 4752 UK Unknown Sell This Version
45-HLU 8605 Hey, Hey I Love You  album cover Gene Allison Hey, Hey I Love You(7", Smplr) London Records 45-HLU 8605 UK 1958 Sell This Version
107 Goodnight Sweetheart Goodnight   album cover The Spaniels Goodnight Sweetheart Goodnight (7") Vee Jay Records 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
117 I'm Living Good  album cover The Ovations I'm Living Good(7") 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 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
230 God Is Good To Me / Don't Stop Praying  album cover Gospel Stars Of Virginia* God Is Good To Me / Don't Stop Praying(7") Simpson Records 230 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
327 Don Schroeder Melanie(7", Promo) Vee Jay Records 327 US 1959 Sell This Version
333 Baby What You Want Me To Do  album cover Jimmy Reed Baby What You Want Me To Do (Single) 333 US 1959 Sell This Version
452 You Only Want Me When You Need Me / Somebody's Stealing My Love  album cover Ivory Joe Hunter You Only Want Me When You Need Me / Somebody's Stealing My Love(7", Single) Vee Jay Records 452 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 I'll Forget / Pollyanna  album cover John Corey (3) I'll Forget / Pollyanna(7", Single, Promo) Vee Jay Records 466 US Unknown Sell This Version
490 Billy / You Never Said  album cover Kathy Jay Billy / You Never Said(7", Promo) Vee Jay Records 490 US 1963 Sell This Version
# 498 Please Please Me  album cover The Beatles Please Please Me (Single) # 498 US 1963 Sell This Version
506 Long Time, No See / Jealous Eyes  album cover Tracey Dey Long Time, No See / Jealous Eyes(7", Single, Promo) Vee Jay Records 506 US Unknown 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
542 Money / Pan Handle  album cover Bill Allen Trio Money / Pan Handle(7", Single) Vee Jay Records 542 US Unknown Sell This Version
581 Please Please Me  album cover The Beatles Please Please Me (Single) 581 US 1964 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