Calvin Carter joined Vee-Jay Records, founded by his sister Vivian Carter and her husband James Bracken, in 1953 and became its principal A&R man and producer, in charge of recording sessions. According to Allmusic, he was responsible for giving "direction and vision" to the company, which mainly recorded R&B acts such as Elmore James, John Lee Hooker, and Jimmy Reed. Vee Jay Records was the first American company to sign The Beatles.
His best-known song, "I Ain't Got You", was covered by Aerosmith in 1973 on their Live! Bootleg album, by The Yardbirds on their 1977 compilation album Shapes of Things, and by The Blues Brothers in 1980 on their Made in America album.
- Discogs - Calvin Carter profile and discography
- Discogs - James Bracken profile and discography
- The Rise and fall of Vee-Jay Records
- Pruter, Robert (1992). Chicago Soul (Music in American Life). University of Illinois Press.
- Steve Leggett, "Vee Jay: The Chicago Black Music", Allmusic.com. Retrieved 9 June 2014
- Discogs - Vee Jay Records profile and discography
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