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New release celebrates African-American-owned Chicago-based record label

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When people think Black record label of the past they think Motown but there was another record label on the scene in the 1950s.  Vee-Jay was a crucial part of Chicago’s musical legacy. Founded as a mom-and-pop operation in 1953, it became one of the first lucrative African-American-owned record companies. During its 13-year existence, several of the country’s best blues, gospel, rhythm and blues, jazz and pop artists released singles and albums on the label.

A four-disc set, “Vee-Jay: The Definitive Collection” (Shout! Factory), showcases the company’s unusually wide musical outlook. Vee-Jay albums from blues veterans Jimmy Reed and John Lee Hooker are also featured as individual Shout! Factory reissues.

Read more at Chicago Tribune

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Written by Symphony

December 23, 2007 at 8:42 am

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