Vee-Jay Records

Vee-Jay Records
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Single by Jimmy Reed, 1956
Parent companyConcord Music Group
Founded1953 (1953)
FounderVivian Carter, James C. Bracken
GenreJazz, blues, rock, R&B, disco
Country of originU.S.
LocationChicago, Illinois

Vee-Jay Records is an American record label founded in the 1950s, located in Chicago and specializing in blues, jazz, rhythm and blues and rock and roll.

The label was founded in Gary, Indiana in 1953 by Vivian Carter and James C. Bracken, a husband-and-wife team who used their initials for the label's name.[1] Vivian's brother, Calvin Carter, was the label's A&R man. Ewart Abner, formerly of Chance Records, joined the label in 1955, first as manager, then as vice president, and ultimately as president. One of the earliest African American-owned record companies,[2] Vee-Jay quickly became a major R&B label, with the first song recorded making it to the top ten on the national R&B charts.

  1. ^ Thompson, Dave (2002). A Music Lover's Guide to Record Collecting, pp. 286-89. San Francisco: Backbeat Books. ISBN 0-87930-713-7.
  2. ^ Wickman, Forrest (January 10, 2013). "How a Black Label Brought the Beatles to America". Slate. Retrieved April 7, 2016.