Album Cover Artists in History

Events in Music

Music History

1964-03-28 Madame Tussauds Wax Museum in London unveils figures of The Beatles; they later appear on the Sgt. Pepper album cover

  • 1966-03-25 Beatles pose for photographer Robert Whitaker with mutilated dolls and butchered meat for album cover of "Yesterday & Today", it is later pulled from circulation and replaced with a different photo

Birthdays in Music

  • 1920-11-10 William S. Harvey, American graphic designer and album cover artist (The Doors; The Stooges; Tim Buckley), born in New York City (d. 1993)
  • 1923-09-05 Bob Cato, American photographer, graphic artist and Grammy Award-winning album cover designer (Columbia Records; United Artists), born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 1999)
  • 1927-07-04 Reid Miles, American photographer, and album cover art designer (Blue Note Records, 1955-67), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1993)
  • 1928-02-09 Frank Frazetta [Frazzetta], American fantasy illustrator of comic book, paperback, album cover art, born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2010)
  • 1931-02-04 Barry Feinstein, American portrait photographer and album cover designer (Bob Dylan; Peter, Paul & Mary; Janis Joplin; George Harrison), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2011)
  • 1932-01-12 John Berg, American art director (Columbia Records, 1961-85), winner of 4 Grammy Awards for album art, born in Brooklyn, New York City (d. 2015)
  • 1932-03-07 Ed Thrasher, American Grammy Award-winning art director (Warner Brothers Records, 1964-79), and photographer (album art for Frank Sinatra; Jimi Hendrix, Grateful Dead), born in Glendale, California (d. 2006)
  • 1932-04-09 Abdul Mati [Matias Klarwein], French artist known for his works used on music album covers (Santana's Abraxus; Miles Davis' Bitches Brew; Osibisa's Heads; Jon Hassel's Dream Theory), born in Hamburg, Germany (d. 2002)
  • 1932-06-25 Peter Blake, British visual artist (Beatles - "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band album cover), born in Dartford, Kent, England
  • 1933-05-23 Gary Burden, American artist and pioneer of album cover art (Neil Young; Graham Nash; The Doors), born in Cleveland, Ohio (d. 2018)
  • 1934-04-06 Guy Peellaert, Belgian graphic artist, photographer (Rock Dreams), movie poster and album cover designer (David Bowie -"Diamond Dogs'; Rolling Stones - "It's Only Rock 'n' Roll"), born in Brussels, Belgium (d. 2008)
  • 1934-07-14 Lee Friedlander, American portrait, and 'social landscape' photographer, and album cover artist (John Coltrane, Peggy Lee, Miles Davis, Mose Allison), born in Aberdeen, Washington
  • 1936-12-05 Robert Freeman, English photo-journalist and graphic designer (early Beatles album art and film posters), born in London (d. 2019) [1]
  • 1938-04-29 Klaus Voormann, German rock bassist (Manfred Mann - "Mighty Quinn"; John Lennon; George Harrison; Harry Nilsson; Carly Simon), and album cover artist (Beatles - Revolver; Ringo Starr - Ringo), born in Berlin, Germany
  • 1938-09-06 Henry Diltz, American music photographer (Woodstock; Monterey Pop Festival; album covers), born in Kansas City, Missouri
  • 1939-03-05 Norman Seeff, South African-American photographer, filmmaker, and album cover artist (Joni Mitchell; Captain & Tenille; Fleetwood Mac), born in Johannesburg, South Africa
  • 1939-07-30 Tom Wilkes, American photographer, art director, poster and album cover designer (George Harrison; Rolling Stones; Carpenters, Sir Doug; Janis Joplin; Sandpipers), born in Long Beach, California (d. 2009)
  • 1939-08-31 Jim McCrary, American photographer and album cover artist (Tapestry: Ticket to Ride), born in Los Angeles (d. 2012)
  • 1939-09-14 Guy Webster, American celebrity portrait photographer, album cover artist (The Byrds; The Mamas & the Papas; Taj Mahal; Rolling Stones), and educator, born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2019)
  • 1939-10-07 Joel Brodsky, American photographer, created over 400 album covers (The Doors; Isaac Hayes; Ohio Players), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2007)
  • 1940-06-17 Alton Kelley, American graphic artist, known for concert posters and album cover art (Grateful Dead -"Workingman's Dead"; Steve Miller Band - "Book of Dreams"), born in Houlton, Maine (d. 2008)
  • 1940-10-10 Mouse [Stanley Miller] American artist, notable for psychedelic rock concert poster designs and album art (Grateful Dead; Journey), born in Fresno, California
  • 1940-12-03 Kishin Shinoyama, Japanese photographer, including album cover art (Saori Minami; John Lennon and Yoko Ono - Double Fantasy), born in Shinjuku, Tokyo, Japan
  • 1940-12-28 Neon Park [Martin Muller], American illustrator of album covers (Little Feat; Frank Zappa), born in Berkeley, California (d. 1993)
  • 1941-12-28 Bob Seidemann, American photographer and album cover artist (Blind Faith; Jerry Garcia), born in New York City (d. 2017)
  • 1942-01-21 Martin Sharp, Australian cartoonist, album cover artist songwriter (Cream), and filmmaker, born in Sydney, Australia (d. 2013)

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

  • 1944-02-28 Storm Thorgerson, British graphic designer for album art, and music video director (Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, Genesis, The Cranberries), born in Potters Bar, Middlesex (d. 2013)
  • 1944-05-25 Herbert Worthington lll, American photographer and album cover artist (Stevie Nix; Fleetwood Mac), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2013)
  • 1944-08-31 Roger Dean, British artist and album cover designer (Yes; Osibia; Asia), 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
  • 1945-04-24 John Pasche, British graphic artist, album cover and concert poster designer (Rolling Stones' logo; Chrysalis Records, 1981-91), born in England
  • 1946-09-23 Aubrey "Po" Powell, British co-founder of album cover design company "Hipgnosis" (Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, Paul McCartney, Yes), born in Sussex, England
  • 1947-01-11 Bill Narum, American counter-culture figure, illustrator and rock poster and album art designer (ZZ Top), born in Austin, Texas (d. 2009) [1]
  • 1947-01-27 Calvin "Cal" Schenkel, American illustrator, graphic designer, and album cover designer (Frank Zappa; Captain Beefheart; Tom Waits), born in Willow Grove, Pennsylvania
  • 1947-02-05 George Underwood, British illustrator, and graphic designer for books and album cover art (Bowie; T. Rex; The Fixx), born in Bromley, England
  • 1947-07-10 (John) Trevor Key, British photographer and graphic designer, known for his work for album cover art (Mike Oldfield; Phil Collins; New Order; Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark), born in Hull, England (d. 1995)
  • 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
  • 1948-02-11 Lynn Goldsmith, American photographer, filmmaker, recording artist, and album cover designer (Grand Funk Railroad; Patti Smith; Frank Zappa; Paul Simon), born in Detroit Michigan
  • 1948-10-06 Paula Scher, American graphic designer, album cover designer (Boston; Bob James), painter and art educator, born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1949-10-23 Tony Wright, British graphic artist and album cover designer (Traffic - "The Low Spark of High Heeled Boys"; Steve Winwood - "Arc Of A Diver"; The B-52's), born in London, England
  • 1949-11-24 Jim Warren, American artist whose work includes album art for Bob Seger and Prince, born in Long Beach, California
  • 1950-04-18 Ed Caraeff, American photographer, illustrator, and album cover art director (Steely Dan, Bee Gees, Jimi Hendrix, Neil Diamond, Tom Waits, Hall & Oates), born in Santa Monica, California
  • 1952-03-19 Gerard Huerta, American graphic designer and album cover artist (CBS Records - AC/DC, Boston, Blue Oyster Cult, Rupert Holmes), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1954-05-22 Aaron Rapoport, American photographer, and music album cover designer (Lionel Richie - Dancing on the Ceiling; Supertramp - Breakfast In America), born in San Mateo County, California
  • 1958-09-23 Danielle Dax, British avant-garde rock musician, producer and album art designer, born in Southend-on-Sea, Essex, England
  • 1963-01-20 Mark Ryden, American Pop Surrealist painter, album cover art creator (Michael Jackson; Aerosmith; 4 Non-Blondes), born in Medford, Oregon
  • 1963-10-13 Michael Lavine, American portrait photographer and contributor to several grunge rock album art packages (Nirvana; Soundgarden), born in San Francisco, California
  • 1965-02-22 Dean Karr, American photographer, album cover designer, and music video and television advertisement director, born in Seattle, Washington
  • 1965-12-04 Rob Smits, Dutch experimental rock drummer (Kong) and album cover artist (Broken Hope), born in The Netherlands
  • 1968-10-29 Stanley Donwood [Dan Rickwood], British writer and album art designer (Radiohead; Thom Yorke), born in Essex, England
  • 1974-05-31 Adrian Tomine, American contemporary cartoonist (Optic Nerve; The New Yorker), and album art creator (The Eels; Yo La Tango), born in Sacramento, California
  • 1977-11-15 Logan Whitehurst, American musician, singer-songwriter (Tin Drum; The Velvet Teen), graphic artist, and album cover artist, born in Los Banos, California (d. 2006)
  • 1991-02-07 Spencer Elden, baby and model on grunge rock band Nirvana's "Nevermind" album cover (1991)

Deaths in Music

  • 1992-07-22 David Wojuarowicz, American artist (U2 single "One" sleeve), dies of AIDs at 37
  • 1993-02-03 Reid Miles, American photographer, and album cover art designer (Blue Note Records, 1955-67), dies at 65
  • 1993-07-15 William S. Harvey, American graphic designer and album cover artist (The Doors; The Stooges; Tim Buckley), dies at 72
  • 1993-09-01 Neon Park [Martin Muller], American illustrator of album covers (Little Feat; Frank Zappa), dies of ALS at 52
  • 1996-12-06 (John) Trevor Key, British photographer and graphic designer, known for his album cover art (Mike Oldfield; Phil Collins; New Order; OMD), dies of a brain tumor at 48
  • 1999-03-19 Bob Cato, American photographer, graphic artist and Grammy Award-winning album cover designer (Columbia Records; United Artists), of complications of Alzheimer's disease at 75
  • 2002-03-07 Abdul Mati [Matias Klarwein], French artist known for his works used on music album covers (Santana's Abraxus; Miles Davis' Bitches Brew; Osibisa's Heads; Jon Hassel's Dream Theory), dies at 69
  • 2006-08-05 Ed Thrasher, American Grammy Award-winning art director (Warner Brothers Records, 1964-79), and photographer (album art for Frank Sinatra; Jimi Hendrix, Grateful Dead), dies of cancer at 74
  • 2006-12-03 Logan Whitehurst, American musician, singer-songwriter (Tin Drum; The Velvet Teen), graphic artist, and album cover designer, dies of brain cancer at 29
  • 2007-03-01 Joel Brodsky, American photographer, credited with photographing over 400 album covers, dies of a heart attack at 67 [1]
  • 2008-06-01 Alton Kelley, American graphic artist, known for concert posters and album cover art (Grateful Dead -"Workingman's Dead"; Steve Miller Band - "Book of Dreams"), dies at 67
  • 2008-11-17 Guy Peellaert, Belgian graphic artist, photographer (Rock Dreams), movie poster and album cover designer (David Bowie -"Diamond Dogs'; Rolling Stones - "It's Only Rock 'n' Roll"), dies of cancer at 74
  • 2009-06-28 Tom Wilkes, American photographer, art director, poster and album cover designer (George Harrison; Rolling Stones; Carpenters, Sir Doug; Janis Joplin; Sandpipers), dies at 69
  • 2009-11-18 Bill Narum, American counter-culture figure, illustrator and rock poster and album art designer (ZZ Top), dies at 62
  • 2010-05-10 Frank Frazetta [Frazzetta], American fantasy illustrator of comic book, paperback, album cover art, dies of a stroke at 82
  • 2011-10-20 Barry Feinstein, American portrait photographer and album cover designer (Bob Dylan; Peter, Paul & Mary; Janis Joplin; George Harrison), dies at 80
  • 2012-04-29 Jim McCrary, American photographer (album covers such as Tapestry, Ticket to Ride), dies of a chronic nervous system disorder at 72
  • 2013-11-10 Herbert Worthington lll, American photographer and album cover artist (Stevie Nix; Fleetwood Mac), dies of heart disease at 69 (exact date uncertain, last seen on the 6th, body discovered on 10th)
  • 2013-12-01 Martin Sharp, Australian cartoonist, album cover artist songwriter (Cream), and filmmaker, dies of emphysema at 71
  • 2015-10-11 John Berg, American art director, 4-time Grammy Award-winner for album art (Columbia Records, 1961-85), dies of pneumonia at 83
  • 2017-11-27 Bob Seidemann, American photographer and album cover artist (Blind Faith; Jerry Garcia), dies at 75
  • 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
  • 2019-02-05 Guy Webster, American celebrity portrait photographer, album cover artist (The Byrds; The Mamas & the Papas; Taj Mahal; Rolling Stones), and educator, dies of liver cancer and diabetes complications at 79
  • 2019-11-06 Robert Freeman, English photo-journalist and graphic designer (early Beatles album art and film posters), dies of pneumonia at 82 [1]