Established in 1953 by Vivian Carter and James Bracken, Gary’s Vee-Jay Records became a pioneer label for African American recording artists. Signing such rhythm and blues legends as John Lee Hooker, Jimmy Reed, and Jerry Butler, as well as doo-wop groups such as the Spaniels (who recorded the classic “Goodnight, Sweetheart, Goodnight”), Vee-Jay paved the way for the success of Motown. In addition, the Vee-Jay label released the Beatles’ first records in the United States. In this session, part of Indiana University Northwest’s Senior University, IU Northwest professor emeritus of history James B. Lane will present the history of Vee-Jay and its rapid rise and fall during the 1950s and 1960s.
This program received funding from an Indiana Humanities Action Grant.
Admission: Senior University is open to all northwest Indiana seniors, ages 55 and up.
Fee: All Senior University events are free of charge.
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