Some of the earliest 45s that Vee-Jay issued were religious music, variously termed "gospel" or "inspirational" music. In fact, it was this music that Vivian Carter initally was playing on her radio show Hold Me - Teddy Pendergrass - Love Language Gary, Indiana, that got Vee-Jay started as a label. The "brackets" label starts with LP Most of the gospel albums I Dreamed Heaven Was Like This - The Highway QCs - Pray issued in mono only stereo issues were listed in Trapped - Pasmaters - Seeing Through Hardcore catalogs startingthen jumping to in Others we believe to have been issued in mono only.
At about numberthe covers began listing record prefixes as "VJLP-" also. We have listed the cover prefixes for simplicity. The above is a page from the Vee-Jay catalog. Actually, the upper right photo is of the Original Blind Boys of Mississippi.
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This story and discography are copyright,by Mike Callahan. Note: At about this point, the label switches from the Vee-Jay "script label" to the Vee-Jay "oval label". Certain later albums may have the "script label" as old label blanks were used up. Earlier albums with the rainbow band labels are later pressings. Note: At this point, the logo on the album covers changes from the oval to the brackets logo. Label blanks with the oval logo were used, however, by pressing plants until they were used up.
Rainbow brackets label with rice paper inner sleeve. Title on the label itself is Gospel Sampler. Issued about the time of VJLP, which is the latest album pictured on the back slick.
The ones that do are indicated.