In the 2014 A to Z Challenge, where I went themeless (and lived to tell the tale), I discussed Vee Jay Records and talked a little bit about their place in music history as one of the first record companies in the US to issue records by The Beatles. At that time, I talked about how they ended up with the deal. Here’s a short video from WLS-TV in Chicago from 1995 about it.
Up until Vee Jay signed The Four Seasons, they had been a successful R&B/urban blues/gospel/soul label with artist such as The Impressions, Jimmy Reed, Betty Everett, and the Staples Singer. I’ve chosen ten songs from their better years. It’s available as a playlist here. Unfortunately, I couldn’t find any of The Beatles’ Vee Jay records to include here.
Gene Chandler, “Duke of Earl”
John Lee Hooker, “Boom Boom”
The Staple Singer, “Uncloudy Day”
Jimmy Reed, “High And Lonesome”
Betty Everett, “The Shoop Shoop Song (It’s In His Kiss)”
The Impressions, “For Your Precious Love”
Dee Clark, “Raindrops”
The Dells, “I’m Calling”
The Four Seasons, “Sherry”
Frank Ifield, “I’m Confessin’ That I Love You”
There are a bunch of videos on YouTube that tell the story of Vee Jay. All are worth watching.
That’s V! W tomorrow!
6 thoughts on “#atozchallenge: Vee Jay Records”
This was very informative. I enjoyed hearing the back story about the Beatles. Now I want to find their songs on YouTube. Great way to use the challenge. Love Boom, boom.
“Introducing… The Beatles!” was “Please Please Me” (their first album on EMI in the UK) minus “Love Me Do” and “PS I Love You.” So the music is there, there just isn’t the VJ copy.
You’re bring me back to my pre-teen, early teen years. Love it!
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