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Vee Jay Records in Canada

Compiled by Piers A. Hemmingsen with help from Ian Gosling



Vee Jay records were pressed by Compo in Lachine, Quebec from the late 1950s through to 1964. By 1964, Quality Records of Toronto had acquired rights to issue some of the Vee Jay catalogue in Canada. Sometime in 1967 Sparton Records Of Canada Ltd. pressed at least one LP on the Vee Jay label (VJLPS 1039 The Best Of Jimmy Reed). Interestingly, no Beatles discs were ever issued in Canada on the Vee Jay label but it would be incredible for a record collector to un-earth a Canadian Compo pressing of the “Introducing The Beatles” album on Vee Jay! Now that would be something!





33 rpm albums

Serial Number Artist Title
VJLP 1004 Jimmy Reed I’m Jimmy Reed
Mono Compo pressing
2-LP 1035 Jimmy Reed Jimmy Reed At Carnegie Hall
Double LP, mono Compo pressing
VJLPS 1039 Jimmy Reed The Best Of Jimmy Reed
"Sparton Records Of Canada Ltd." pressing, black label, stereo, 1967
VJLP(C) 1044 Lightning Hopkins Lightnin’ Strikes
Mono, Pressed by Quality Records
VJLP 1049 Jon Lee Hooker The Best Of John Lee Hooker
Pressed by Quality Records
1049 LP
SR 1050 Jimmy Reed Just Jimmy Reed
Stereo Compo pressing
VJLP 1058 John Lee Hooker The Big Soul Of John Lee Hooker
Mono Compo pressing
VJLP 1066 John Lee Hooker John Lee Hooker On Campus
Mono Compo pressing
1066 LP
VJLP(C) 1088 The Four Seasons More Golden Hits Of The Four Seasons
Pressed by Quality Records
VJLP 1099 Betty Everett and Jerry Butler They're Delicious Together
Pressed by Quality Records, rainbow label.
1099 LP
VJLP (C) 1101 The Merseyboys The 15 Greatest Songs of the Beatles
Pressed by Quality Records. This record, is actually a cover album by The Merseyboys, but featured pictures of The Beatles and was marketed in the USA as a Beatles album.
Notice the canadian logo on the bottom left corner of the back cover and the QUALITY RECORDS LIMITED notice on the right of the Brackets VJ logo on the label.
beatles vj LP
VJLP(C) 1119 Jerry Butler More Of The Best Of Jerry Butler
Pressed by Quality Records
VJLP(C) 1121 The Four Seasons We Love Girls
Pressed by Quality Records
VJLP(C) 1123 Billy Preston The Most Exciting Organ Ever
Pressed by Quality Records
 LP
VJLP(C) 1124 Little Richard Little Richard’s Greatest Hits
Steroe, Pressed by Quality Records
1124 LP
VJLP(C) 1154 The Four Seasons The Four Seasons
Pressed by Quality Records






Lps - Jazz Series




VJLP-3016 Eddie Harris Exodus To Jazz
Pressed by Quality Records, Mono
SR-3016 Eddie Harris Exodus To Jazz
Pressed by Quality Records, Stereo
SR-3025 Eddie Harris Mighty Like A Rose
1961 Stereo Compo pressing
SR-3027 Eddie Harris Jazz For Breakfast At Tiffany’s
1961 Stereo Compo pressing
VJLP-3031 Eddie Harris Eddie Harris Goes To The Movies
Mono Compo pressing
SR-3034 Eddie Harris Bossa Nova
Stereo Compo pressing






45 rpm singles

 NOTE: Early Vee Jay 45's in Canada in the late 1950's and until mid 1961 were issued by Phonodisc on either their Regency or Delta labels.

For example:



Delta D-3120 Jimmy Reed Laughing At The Blues / Close Together
US: Vee Jay 373
Delta D-3134 Dee Clark Raindrops / I Want To Love You
US: Vee Jay 383
Regency R-843 Jerry Butler He Will Break Your Heart / Thanks To You
US: Vee Jay 354
Regency R-37X Jerry Butler Find Another Girl / When Trouble Calls


The first Canadian Vee Jay 45 was I'm A Telling You / I See A Fool by Jerry Butler VJ-390X and it was manufactured by Quality. This was mid 1961 but by circa January 1962, Vee Jay was distributed by Compo and that lasted until mid 1964 when it reverted back to Quality and remained there until the company went out of business in 1966.

Serial Number Artist Title
VJ 383 Dee Clark Raindrops / I Want To Love You
1960 Compo pressing
VJ 390 X Jerry Reed I'm A Telling You / I See A Fool
Quality pressing
VJ 398 X Jimmy Reed Bright Lights, Big City / I'm Mr. Luck
Quality pressing
VJ 405 Jerry Butler Moon River / Aware Of Love
1961 Compo pressing
VJ 409 Terry Clark You're Telling Our Secrets / TBD
Compo pressing
beatles vj 45
VJ 416 Gene Chandler Duke Of Earl / Kissin' In The Kitchen
1961 Compo pressing
VJ 420 Eddie Harris Moon River / Mr. Yunioshi
1961 Compo pressing
Vee Jay Canada
VJ 433 Ray Whitley Yessiree Yessiree / A Love We Can Have And Hold
1962 Compo pressing
beatles vj 45
VJ 438 John Lee Hooker Boom Boom / Drug Store Woman
1962 Compo pressing
beatles vj 45
VJ 440 Gene Chandler Walk On With The Duke / London Town
1962 Compo pressing
VJ 445 Norman Charles Climb Every Mountain / I’ll Never Walk Alone
1962 Compo pressing
VJ 449 Jimmy Reed Good Lover / Tell Me You Love Me
1962 Compo pressing
beatles vj 45
VJ 451 Jerry Butler Make It Easy On Yourself / It's Too Late
1962
VJ 453 John Lee Hooker She’s Mine / A New Leaf
vj 453 45
VJ 463 Jerry Butler You Can Run / I’m The One
vj 463 45
VJ 468 Gene Chandler You Threw A Luck Punch / Rainbow
1962 Compo pressing
VJ 470 Orville Couch Hello Trouble / Anywhere Theres A Crowd
1962
VJ 487 Dee Clark I'm A Soldier Boy / Shook Up Over You
1963
vj 487 45
VJ 493 John Lee Hooker Frisco Blues / Take A Look At Yourself
1963 Compo
VJ 496 Eddie Harris Lolita Marie / Mimi
1963
VJ 504 The Raiders Skipping Around / Stick Shift
1963 Compo pressing
vj 504 45
VJ 507 Barbara Jackson Second Best / Invitation To A Wedding
Compo Pressing
VJ 509 Jimmy Reed Shame, Shame, Shame / There’ll Be A Day
Compo Pressing
vj 509 45
VJ 510 Birdlegs And Pauline Spring / In So Many Ways
1963
VJ 511 Gene Chandler Forgive Me / Check Yourself
vj 511 45
VJ 536 Gene Chandler Wonderful, Wonderful / Man's Temptation
Compo pressing
vj 536 45
VJ 538 John Lee Hooker I’m Leaving / Birmingham Blues
vj 538 45
VJ 556 Jerry Butler A Woman With Soul / Just A Little Bit
vj 556 45
VJ 572 The New Wine Singers Journey Medley / I'm Going Home
Picture Sleeve, Compo pressing
VJ 579 Ray Smith Rockin Robin / Robbin' The Craddle
Compo pressing
vj 579 45 vj 579 45
VJ 585 Betty Everett The Shoop Shoop Song / Hands Off
Compo pressing
585 45
VJ 589 Orville Couch Dance Her By Me / Strike A Match
Compo pressing
VJ 594 Baby Bugs Bingo / TBD
Compo pressing
beatles vj 45
VJ 599 Betty Everett I Can't Hear You / Can I Get To Know You
1964 Compo pressing
VJ 606 Jon Savage I Got A Crush / New Fangled Jingle Jangle Swimming Suit From Paris
1964 Compo pressing
VJ 608X The Four Seasons Sincerely / One Song
Black and white Canadian Quality Records pressing, this label resembles the the white and blue US promo label, but is in fact simply a regular canadian stock issue from Quality records.
608X vj 45
VJ 609 X Joe Simon My Adorable One / Say (That My Love Is True)
1964 Quality pressing
VJ 612 X Little Richard Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On / Goodnight irene (TBD)
1964 Quality pressing
608X vj 45
VJ 613 X Betty Everett and Jerry Butler Ain't That Loving You Baby / Let It Be Me
1964 Quality pressing
707x 45
VJ 633 X Betty Everett and Jerry Butler Smile / Love Is Strange
Quality pressing
VJ 639 X The Four Seasons Connie O / Never On Sunday
Quality pressing
VJ 648 X Gary Le Mel On Broadway / Theme From "Mondo Pazzo"
Quality pressing
VJ 651 Jerry Butler Good Times / I’ve Grown Accustomed To Her Face
1965
VJ 663 X Betty Everett & Jerry Butler Smile / Love Is Strange
608X vj 45
VJ 653X Billy Preston Billy's Bag / Don't Let The Sun Catch You Cryin'
Black and white Canadian Quality Records pressing, this label resembles the the white and blue US promo label, but is in fact simply a regular canadian stock issue from Quality records.
653X vj 45
VJ 684 X Fred Hughes Oo Wee Baby, I Love You / Love Me Baby
1965
608X vj 45
VJ 694 X Joe Simon Let's Do It Over / The Whoo Pee
1965, Black and white Canadian Quality Records pressing for Joe Simon's Let's Do It Over / The Whoo Pee. Issued in 1965, This label resembles the the white and blue US promo label, but is in fact simply a regular canadian stock issue from Quality records. The record reached #13 on the R'n'B chart in the USA.
694X vj LP
VJ 702 X Jimmy Reed Left Handed Woman / I''m The Man Down There
1965
VJ 707 X Jerry Butler Just For You / Believe In Me
1965 Quality Pressing
707x 45
VJ 713 X The Four Seasons Little Boy / Silver Wings
1965 Quality Pressing
VJ 6401 Jimmy Hughes Lolly pops, Lace and Lipstick / Steal Away
Compo pressing
6401 45










Interesting VJ Records



This record is not an actual Canadian pressing, but is featured here because it is a Canadian Band. Indeed, this Quebec band from the early sixties was called Les Baronets and became quite popular by covering many Beatles songs, translating them in french (like "C'est fou, mais c'est tout - Hold Me Tight", "Twiste et Chante - Twist And Shout" or " Ça recommence - It Won't Be Long" etc.). Other interesting fact is that one member of this band is now quite famous for other reasons: he is now Céline Dion's manager, René Angelil.

So by the time they reached the mid sixties, les Baronets tried to break the American market as "The Baronets" and were secured this US 45 on the VeeJay label. This disc is really obscure and as far as we know, this record never made it past the Promo stage and was never commercially released, making it a true collector's item.







VJ 701 The Baronets That's The Way Love Happens / Mine All Mine
USA promo copy (a regular stock copy also exists).
653X vj 45
653X vj 45










Beatles VJ Records from the USA



No true Beatles VJ record was ever issued in Canada. The only Beatles related album issued on VJ Canada is actually a Beatles cover album by The Merseyboys called The 15 Greatest Songs of the Beatles (see VJLP 1101 above).

*** Here is the list of the VJ Beatles records that were NEVER ISSUED in Canada ***







Beatles VJ USA Albums




VJLP 1062 The Beatles Introducing The Beatles
The album was released in Mono and Stereo, original copies featured LOVE ME DO, the title was later changed to ASK ME WHY.
Some odd releases featured an "add back" back cover, while another release featured a blank back cover.
None of these were ever issued in Canada.
Note: a lot of counterfeit copies of this album were made, they are easier to find today than orignal copies.
VJ record
VJLP 1085 The Beatles (Jolly What!) The Beatles And Frank Ifeld On Stage
Neither the old englishman cover or the Portrait cover were issued in Canada
VJ record
VJLP 1092 The Beatles Songs Pictures And Stories Of The Fabulous Beatles
This album contained the Intorducing The Beatles disc, and was repackaged for legal purposes.
VJ record
DX 30 (VJLP 1062 & 1065) The Beatles The Beatles VS The Four Seasons
The stereo version is one of the rarest Beatles collectibles.
VJ record
PRO 202 The Beatles Hear The beatles Tell All
Neither the original issue or the 1987 reissue picture disc were issued in Canada. (the icture disc is marked 1974, but was in fact issued in Auust 1987).
VJ record






Beatles VJ USA singles




VJ 498 The Beatles Please Please Me / Ask Me Why
VJ record
VJ 522 The Beatles From Me To You / Thank You Girl
VJ record
VJ 581 The Beatles Please Please Me / From Me To You
VJ record
VJ 587 The Beatles Do You Want To Know A Secret / Thank You Girl
VJ record
VJEP 1-903 The Beatles Souvenir Of Their Visit To America
Only Beatles VJ EP
VJ record




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