Album Cover Artists in History

Birthdays in Music

  • 1932-04-09 Abdul Mati [Matias Klarwein], French artist best known for his works used on music album covers (Annunciation, Grain of Sand, Bitches Brew, Aleph Sanctuary), born in Hamburg, Germany (d. 2002)
  • 1933-05-23 Gary Burden, American artist and one of the pioneers for the concept of album cover art (designed covers for Neil Young, Nash, The Doors), born in Cleveland, Ohio (d. 2018)
  • 1938-09-06 Henry Diltz, American music photographer (Woodstock; Monterey Pop Festival; album covers), born in Kansas City, Missouri
  • 1939-08-31 Jim McCrary, American photographer (album covers such as Tapestry, Ticket to Ride), born in Los Angeles (d. 2012)
  • 1940-12-28 Neon Park [Martin Muller], American illustrator of album covers (Little Feat), (d. 1993)

Person of interestRobert Crumb

1943-08-30 Robert Crumb, American cartoonist (Father Time, Fritz Cat) and album cover artist (Janis Joplin, Grateful Dead), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Cartoonist Robert Crumb
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Robert Crumb
  • 1944-08-31 Roger Dean, British artist and designer (Yes; Osibia; Asia album art), born in Ashford, Kent, England
  • 1945-03-30 Richard Evans, British graphic designer, album cover designer (The Who; The Doors; Pink Floyd; Louis Armstrong), born in Wilmslow, Cheshire
  • 1946-09-23 Aubrey "Po" Powell, British co-founder of album cover design company "Hipgnosis" (Led Zeppelin, Paul McCartney, Pink Floyd, Yes), born in Sussex, England
  • 1947-07-31 Ian Beck, British children's illustrator and author, who illustrated Elton John's "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road" album cover, born in Brighton, East Sussex
  • 1954-05-22 Aaron Rapoport, American photographer (music album covers), born in San Mateo County, California

Deaths in Music

  • 1992-07-22 David Wojuarowicz, artist (U2 album cover), dies of AIDs at 37
  • 1993-09-01 Neon Park [Martin Muller], American illustrator of album covers (Little Feat), dies at 52
  • 2002-03-07 Abdul Mati [Matias Klarwein], French artist best known for his works used on music album covers (Annunciation, Grain of Sand, Bitches Brew, Aleph Sanctuary), dies at 69
  • 2012-04-29 Jim McCrary, American photographer (album covers such as Tapestry, Ticket to Ride), dies of a chronic nervous system disorder at 72
  • 2018-03-07 Gary Burden, American artist and one of the pioneers for the concept of album cover art (designed covers for Neil Young, Nash, The Doors), dies at 84