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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


Written by Symphony

December 23, 2007 at 8:42 am

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