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The Beatles Rarest Collectible Records and VJ

Updated on February 20, 2010

 The rarest of all the Beatle LPs and some singles are those on the black owned record label called Vee-Jay records which went out of business by 1965. At one time, it was bigger than Motown Records, having a predominantly Black artist line up like, Jonny Lee Hook, Little Richard.

In 1963, British label EMI offered Vee-Jay a group that had been turned down by Capitol Records — The Beatles. Vee-Jay did not really want the Beatles. It wanted another EMI hit, "I Remember You" by Frank Ifield, which was a monster smash worldwide at the time. EMI told Vee-Jay it could have the hit but only if it also agreed to take the other group. The LP released was simply called Introducing The Beatles, England's No.1 Vocal Group. It was VJ's first all white pop artist and soon was followed by The Four Seasons. Of the two, in 1963, the Four Seasons were WAY more popular than this different English group, which most Americans had never heard of. The Beatles LP print run came to around 5000 copies for the US. A grim indicator of how unpopular in sales the Beatles' music was the first time they tried to invade America. The cover even showed how they were still trying to deal with the now infamous "beatle hair cut". Ringo still combed it back, John combed it straight forward, Paul simply looked "preppy". The songs were the ones that drove England into a Beatlemania, yet not in America, at least, not in 1963.

VJs LP in stereo, in VG or mint condition can sell for as high as $8000 now, then, it sold in stores for $4. The other VJ LPs released included one that folded out with all of the Beatles secret likes and dislikes. The songs were nearly the same. They also released early interviews of The Beatles called, The Beatles Tell All, this is extremely rare to find since there are no songs on it. VJ released an LP where The Beatles vs. The Four Seasons, again, the songs were the same. When the Beatles did conquer America in early 1964, the group had changed, their hair, the Beatle look, defined, something that one sees all over the world even today-the look identified youth with its hair on the forehead. Before then, most guys combed their hair off of their forehead.

Collecting any of the VJ records shown here is worth it. Beware of fraud, because some of the VJ records were not original. If in VG or mint condition, they are indeed worth thousands of dollars in today's market.

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      perrya 3 years ago

      Okay, thanks

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      RAY 3 years ago

      Actually, The Four Seasons were VJ's first white group not the Beatles.

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      perrya 5 years ago

      So do I, if yours is really an original it is worth thousands!

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      Janna ! 5 years ago

      i have this record for sale for $150.00 contact me at 256 509 9108 .

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      perrya 5 years ago

      keep them safe!

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      Mickey 5 years ago

      Going through my records, I found this (Songs and Pictures) I bought this from the one and only one VJ record shop in Gary, In. Where I'm from (never played), also one VJ 45 Want to know a secret/ thank you girt ( not from there )

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      josh 5 years ago

      What is it worth

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      bobbyg 6 years ago

      Have Vee Jay with 4 songs. Misery,Taste of Honey on one side and Ask me Why and Anna on the other

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      mykle95 6 years ago

      The original also had 'THE BEATLES' above the hole. the copies always had it below

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      perrya 6 years ago

      If I recall, and also, looking at my original copy, it is the cover. The original is semi-glossy, while a copy is rather dull in finish, also the inside label on the LP

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      Gregory 6 years ago

      I just came across a copy of Introducing The Beatles. How can it tell whether is is original vs a copy?

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      perrya 6 years ago

      So do I. I know mine is original, but are you?

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      Alec 6 years ago

      I have Introducing the beatles england`s vocal group ?1

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      music messenger 7 years ago

      This is great stuff. I have a review of the Beatles / George Martin Love project in high resolution surround sound on my hubs. Take a look.

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      perrya 7 years ago

      The Beatles collectively are iconic and Gods to many within certain age groups. Experiencing the frenzy of Beatlemania is hard to convey to those born long after. I have all of the VJ records, all are in excellent condition. The songs that VJ had would all appear later on the Capitol records LP, The Early Beatles. Capitol records had rejected the band. They had recently signed another new band, The Beach Boys.

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      Mary Krenz 7 years ago from Florida's Space Coast

      Wow, I am a big Beatles fan, but this is something I did not know. Thanks for sharing.