Songs, Pictures And Stories of The Fabulous |
Records On Vee-Jay
Compiled By Bruce Spizer, Forward by Perry Cox, 1998 242 glossy pages Hardbound Over 600 Illustrations!
(Out of print)
"Well researched and masterfully compiled, this colorful book
is a must have for Beatle record collectors and historians, as
well as anyone having any interest in the group. No matter how
much you think you know about the Beatles and their records,
you'll know so much more after reading this entertaining and
- Perry Cox
- Complete story of their records on Vee-Jay - how creative marketing turned 16 Beatles songs into a comprehensive catalog of multiple 45, EP, and album releases that, taken together, are worth more today than all other American Beatles records combined.
- How The Beatles ended up on Vee-Jay, a Chicago-based independent label that specialized in R&B and Gospel recordings.
- Court Records and vinyl records - Capitol Records, Inc. vs. Vee-Jay Records, Inc., Beechwood Music, Inc. vs Vee-Jay records, Inc., The Beatles vs. The Four Seasons
- The stories behind the ad back and Jolly What!
- The legal battle over Songs, Pictures and Stories.
- When the records were pressed
- Where the records were pressed
- How many copies were sold
- Why some records are so much rarer than others
- How to tell the difference between counterfeit Vee-Jay records and the real thing
- How Vee-Jay lost, reclaimed and lost the Beatles
- Hundreds of color pictures, including all known variations of album covers, picture sleeves and record labels, Billboard and Cash Box trade ads, royalty statements and checks issued to Capitol Records, promotional mailers, catalogs, posters and other cool stuff!
Sections & Chapters
Sample of layout. Click to enlarge
Section 1 - Singles Of Significance
Section 2 - Fine Albums Of Significant Interest
- VEE-JAY 498 PLEASE PLEASE ME b/w Ask Me Why
- VEE-JAY 522 FROM ME TO YOU b/w Thank You Girl
- VEE-JAY 581 PLEASE PLEASE ME b/w From Me To You
- TOLLIE 9001 TWIST AND SHOUT b/w There's A Place
- VEE-JAY 587 DO YOU WANT TO KNOW A SECRET b/w Thank You Girl
- VEE-JAY EP 1-903 SOUVENIR OF THEIR VISIT TO AMERICA
- TOLLIE 9008 LOVE ME DO b/w P.S. I Love You
- THE BEATLES ON OLDIES 45
- TEEN FUN CARDS
- THE BEATLES CHRISTMAS PICTURE SLEEVE
- FOREIGN SINGLES AND OTHER 7" WONDERS OF THE WORLD
- METAL PARTS OF SIGNIFICANTS (stampers)
- HOW RECORDS ARE MADE
- THE TOLLIE SINGLES STORY
- THE TOLLIE SINGLES DISCOGRAPHY
- FINE FAKES OF SIGNIFICANT INTEREST
- HALL OF SHAME
- VEE-JAY RECORD SLEEVES AND MAILERS
Section 3 - Stories Of Significant Interest
- VEE-JAY VJLP 1062 INTRODUCING THE BEATLES (version one)
- VEE-JAY VJLP 1062 INTRODUCING THE BEATLES (version two)
- VEE-JAY VJLP 1085 JOLLY WHAT! THE BEATLES AND FRANK IFIELD ON STAGE
- VEE-JAY VJLP 1092 SONGS, PICTURES AND STORIES OF THE FABULOUS BEATLES
- VEE-JAY DX-30 THE BEATLES VS. THE FOUR SEASONS
- VEE-JAY VJLP 1085 THE BEATLES AND FRANK IFIELD ON STAGE (portrait cover)
- VEE-JAY PRO 202 HEAR THE BEATLES TELL ALL
- VEE-JAY VJLP 1101 THE 15 GREATEST SONGS OF THE BEATLES
- COUNTERFEITS OF SIGNIFICANCE
- INNER SLEEVE DUST COVERS
Section 4 - Other Significant Information
- A BRIEF HISTORY OF VEE-JAY RECORDS
- A VERY BRIEF HISTORY OF CAPITOL RECORDS
- HOW THE BEATLES ENDED UP ON VEE-JAY, SWAN AND CAPITOL
- ALAN LIVINGSTON: FROM BOZO TO THE BEATLES
- LAWSUITS OF SIGNIFICANCE
- GOLD RECORD AWARDS
- SIGNIFICANT PROMOTIONS FROM VEE-JAY
- BEATLES WITH AN A (AND ONE T)
- FINE FACTORIES OF SIGNIFICANT INTEREST
- OTHER FINE BOOKS OF SIGNIFICANT INTEREST
- FINE VENDORS OF SIGNIFICANCE
"...REQUIRE YOU IMMEDIATELY CEASE MANUFACTURE AND DISTRIBUTION OF ANY AND ALL RECORDS CONTAINING PERFORMANCES OF FRANK IFIELD OR THE BEATLES...PLEASE CONFIRM THAT ALL MANUFACTURING HAS STOPPED AND ALL MASTERS AND PRESSINGS RECALLED AND DESTROYED..."
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Bruce Spizer is a lifelong native of New Orleans, Louisiana, who was nine years old when the Beatles invaded America. He began listening to the radio at age two and was a die-hard fan of WTIX, a top forty station that played a blend of New Orleans R&B music and top pop and rock hits. His first two albums were The Coaster's Greatest Hits, which he permanently "borrowed" from his older sisters, and Meet The Beatles!, which he still occasionally plays on his vintage 1964 Beatles record player. Although he did not attend the Beatles 1964 appearance at City Park Stadium in New Orleans, he was present in Tulane Stadium when Tom Dempsey kicked his NFL record 63-yard field goal to give the Saints a last second victory over the Detroit Lions. His mother still remembers his attempts to sing along with I Want To Hold Your Hand in the car on the way to school.
During his high school and college days, Bruce played guitar in various bands that primarily covered hits of the sixties, including several Beatles songs. He wrote numerous album and concert reviews for his high school and college newspapers, including a review of Abbey Road that didn't claim Paul was dead. While at Tulane University, he served on the Board of Directors of the Mushroom, which was a highly successful student-run record store.
Bruce received his B.A., M.B.A. and law degree from Tulane University. He has his own law practice and is Board Certified in Tax Law and Estate Planning and Administration. He is also a member of the Society of Louisiana Certified Public Accountants. His legal and accounting experience proved valuable in researching and writing this book.
Bruce has an extensive Beatles collection, concentrating primarily on United States and Canadian first issue records, record promotional items and concert posters.
Rarest Beatles album. Click to enlarge.
Robert W. York
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