The American Record Cover Museum

The American Record Cover Museum Our mission is to preserve and exhibit the best in record cover art, design, and photography.

We are currently fundraising for a museum building and operational funds, so we can open to the public and begin our mission. If you'd like to donate, please use the Paypal link below. Anything is appreciated!! If you would like to donate records or related artifacts, thats great too!

Well, it's officially summer again! 🌞A few of our favorite covers featuring summer/pretty girls/bikini themes...
06/22/2019

Well, it's officially summer again! 🌞
A few of our favorite covers featuring summer/pretty girls/bikini themes...

06/19/2019

Happy Birthday to Al Hirshfeld!

Albert "Al" Hirschfeld (June 21, 1903 – January 20, 2003) was an American caricaturist best known for his black and white portraits of celebrities and Broadway stars.
Hirschfeld's style is unique, and he is considered to be one of the most important figures in contemporary drawing and caricature, having influenced countless artists, illustrators, and cartoonists. His caricatures are almost always drawings of pure line in black ink, into which he dipped not a pen but a genuine crow’s quill.

Hirschfeld himself found nothing interesting about caricatures that exaggerate and distort their subjects' faces. In fact, he rejected the designation of caricaturist altogether, calling himself a “character-ist” instead. Al started young and continued drawing to the end of his life, thus chronicling nearly all the major entertainment figures of the 20th century.

June 20th is American Eagle Day.
06/19/2019

June 20th is American Eagle Day.

06/19/2019

Kowa Bunga!! June 20th is International Surfing Day!!
To celebrate, we're sharing our Top-10 Surf-Themed Record Covers.

June 19th is "National Martini Day", so whether you like yours shaken or stirred, dry or wet, enjoy a cool, sophisticate...
06/18/2019

June 19th is "National Martini Day", so whether you like yours shaken or stirred, dry or wet, enjoy a cool, sophisticated martini and kick back and relax to some equally cool music.

June 18th, 1948-Columbia Records begins first mass production of the 33 1/3 rpm record. It is vastly superior in all way...
06/17/2019

June 18th, 1948-Columbia Records begins first mass production of the 33 1/3 rpm record. It is vastly superior in all ways to the venerable 78 rpm disc.

06/17/2019
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Happy Birthday to artist Rick Griffin!!

Richard Alden "Rick" Griffin (June 18, 1944 – August 18, 1991) was an American artist and one of the leading designers of psychedelic posters in the 1960s. As a contributor to the underground comix movement, his work appeared regularly in Zap Comix. Griffin was closely identified with the Grateful Dead, designing some of their best-known posters and album covers such as Aoxomoxoa. His work within the surfing subculture included both film posters and his comic strip, Murphy.

Griffin became a born again Christian in November 1970, which led to fundamental changes in his lifestyle and in the style and content of his art. His 1973 painting Sail on Sailor for the band Mustard Seed Faith is an example of his fine art painting from this period. His most significant 1970s project was the creation of hundreds of paintings and drawings for The Gospel of John, published by the Christian record label Maranatha! Music. He also produced much album art for Maranatha! during the 1970s and 1980s.

Richard Alden "Rick" Griffin (June 18, 1944 – August 18, 1991) was an American artist and one of the leading designers of psychedelic posters in the 1960s. As a contributor to the underground comix movement, his work appeared regularly in Zap Comix. Griffin was closely identified with the Grateful Dead, designing some of their best-known posters and album covers such as Aoxomoxoa. His work within the surfing subculture included both film posters and his comic strip, Murphy.

Griffin became a born again Christian in November 1970, which led to fundamental changes in his lifestyle and in the style and content of his art. His 1973 painting Sail on Sailor for the band Mustard Seed Faith is an example of his fine art painting from this period. His most significant 1970s project was the creation of hundreds of paintings and drawings for The Gospel of John, published by the Christian record label Maranatha! Music. He also produced much album art for Maranatha! during the 1970s and 1980s.

June17, 1971: Carole King's album, 'Tapestry' becomes the #1 album in the US. It stayed at the top for 15 straight weeks...
06/17/2019

June17, 1971: Carole King's album, 'Tapestry' becomes the #1 album in the US. It stayed at the top for 15 straight weeks. The album contained ‘It's Too Late’, ‘I Feel the Earth Move’, ‘Will You Love Me Tomorrow’’ and ‘You've Got a Friend’.
The cover photograph taken at Carole's Laurel Canyon home shows her sitting in a window frame, holding a tapestry she hand-stitched herself, with her cat Telemachus at her feet.

Art Direction-Roland Young
Design-Chuck Beeson
Photography-Jim McCrary

June17, 1971: Carole King went to No.1 on the US album chart with ‘Tapestry’ for the first of 15 consecutive weeks. The album contained ‘It's Too Late’, ‘I Feel the Earth Move’, ‘Will You Love Me Tomorrow’’ and ‘You've Got a Friend’. The cover photograph taken at King's Laurel Canyon home shows her sitting in a window frame, holding a tapestry she hand-stitched herself, with her cat Telemachus at her feet.

06/17/2019

Happy Birthday to artist Raymond Pettibon!

Raymond Pettibon (born Raymond Ginn; June 16, 1957) is an American artist who lives and works in New York City. Pettibon came to prominence in the early 1980s in the southern California punk rock scene, creating posters and album art mainly for groups on SST Records, owned and operated by his brother, Greg Ginn. He has since gone on to international acclaim, earning several awards and exhibiting in major galleries and museums.

Known for his comic-like drawings with disturbing, ironic or ambiguous text, Pettibon's subject matter is sometimes violent and anti-authoritarian. In addition to his work for Black Flag and SST, (he also designed Black Flag's distinctive "four bars" logo), Pettibon designed the cover of the 1990 Sonic Youth album Goo; bassist Kim Gordon had been a longtime admirer of Pettibon's art and written about him for Artforum in the 1980s. Beginning in the mid-1980s, he became a well-known figure in the contemporary art scene.

Pettibon works primarily with India ink on paper and many of his early drawings are black and white, although he sometimes introduces color through the use of pencil, watercolor, collage, gouache or acrylic paint. He has stated that his interest in this technique is a result of the influence of artists such as William Blake and Goya, and the style of political editorial cartoons.

06/15/2019
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Happy Fathers Day!

The American Record Cover Museum salutes all the dads, grandads, foster dads and dads in spirit out there!
Here are some of our favorite covers with a "fatherly" theme.

Happy Fathers Day!
The American Record Cover Museum salutes all the dads, grandads, and dads in spirit out there!
Here are some of our favorite covers with a "father" theme.

06/12/2019

Happy Birthday to record cover artist, David Stone Martin!!

David Stone Martin was born June 13, 1913, in Chicago and attended evening classes at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He was greatly influenced by the line art of Ben Shahn. By 1950, Martin had produced more than 100 covers for Mercury, Asch, Disc and Dial record labels. Many assignments came from his longtime friend, record producer Norman Granz.

For various companies, Martin eventually created illustrations for more than 400 record albums. Many of these were simply line art combined with a single color. Martin's favorite tool was a crowquill pen which enabled him to do delicate line work. CBS-TV art director William Golden gave Martin many print ad assignments during the 1950s, and Martin soon expanded into illustration for Seventeen, The Saturday Evening Post and other slick magazines of the 1950s and 1960s. His studio was located in Roosevelt, New Jersey, near his home there.

Martin is represented in the Museum of Modern Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Art Institute of Chicago and the Smithsonian Institution.

David was the husband of muralist Thelma Martin, who painted the post office mural for the facility in Sweetwater, Tennessee. He was the father of graphic artist Stefan Martin (born 1936) and painter Tony Martin. He died March 6, 1992, in New London, Connecticut,where he had lived in his old age.

Remembering Prince on his birthday...Born on June 7, 1958, Prince Rogers Nelson, the American singer-songwriter, multi-i...
06/08/2019

Remembering Prince on his birthday...

Born on June 7, 1958, Prince Rogers Nelson, the American singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and actor. He has produced ten platinum albums and thirty Top 40 singles during his career including the 1984 US No.1 & UK No.4 single 'When Doves Cry'. His releases have sold over 80 million copies worldwide. He has won seven Grammy Awards, a Golden Globe, and an Academy Award. Prince died on April 21, 2016, aged 57.

Happy Birthday, Prince!
Born on June 7, 1958, Prince Rogers Nelson, the American singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and actor. He has produced ten platinum albums and thirty Top 40 singles during his career including the 1984 US No.1 & UK No.4 single 'When Doves Cry'. His releases have sold over 80 million copies worldwide. He has won seven Grammy Awards, a Golden Globe, and an Academy Award. Prince died on April 21, 2016, aged 57 after being found unresponsive, in an elevator at Paisley Park, his Minnesota home.

The American Record Cover Museum's cover photo
06/08/2019

The American Record Cover Museum's cover photo

Another nice Christine Delaroche single, "Une Fleur/Demain On Se Marie" Released in1967 on the Maxi label in France.
06/08/2019

Another nice Christine Delaroche single, "Une Fleur/Demain On Se Marie"
Released in1967 on the Maxi label in France.

R.I.P. Dr. John.Malcolm John Rebennack (November 20, 1941 – June 6, 2019), better known by his stage name Dr. John, wa...
06/07/2019

R.I.P. Dr. John.

Malcolm John Rebennack (November 20, 1941 – June 6, 2019), better known by his stage name Dr. John, was an American singer and songwriter. His music combines blues, pop, jazz, boogie woogie and rock and roll.

Active as a session musician since the late 1950s, he gained a following in the late 1960s after the release of his album Gris-Gris and his appearance at the Bath Festival of Blues and Progressive Music. He performed a lively, theatrical stage show inspired by medicine shows, Mardi Gras costumes and voodoo ceremonies.
Dr. John recorded more than 20 albums and in 1973 produced a top-10 hit, "Right Place, Wrong Time".

The winner of six Grammy Awards, Rebennack was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame by singer John Legend in March 2011.

June 8th is National Best Friends Day!
06/06/2019

June 8th is National Best Friends Day!

06/06/2019

June 6th is National Eyewear Day!! (Turn up sound for full experience)

June 4th, 1984, Bruce Springsteen released the album, 'Born In The USA', which became the best-selling album of 1985 in ...
06/04/2019

June 4th, 1984, Bruce Springsteen released the album, 'Born In The USA', which became the best-selling album of 1985 in the United States (and also Springsteen's most successful album ever). The album produced a record-tying string of seven Top 10 singles (tied with Michael Jackson's Thriller and Janet Jackson's Rhythm Nation 1814).

Art Direction/Design-Andrea Klein,
Photography-Annie Leibovitz

June 4th, 1984, Bruce Springsteen released the album, 'Born In The USA', which became the best-selling album of 1985 in the United States (and also Springsteen's most successful album ever). The album produced a record-tying string of seven Top 10 singles (tied with Michael Jackson's Thriller and Janet Jackson's Rhythm Nation 1814).

Art Direction/Design-Andrea Klein,
Photography-Annie Leibovitz

June 6th, 2019 marks the 75th Anniversary of the Allied Invasion of Fortress Europe that marked a pivotol turning point ...
06/02/2019

June 6th, 2019 marks the 75th Anniversary of the Allied Invasion of Fortress Europe that marked a pivotol turning point during WW2..

The Longest Day is a 1962 epic war film based on Cornelius Ryan's 1959 book The Longest Day (1959) about the D-Day landings at Normandy on June 6, 1944, during World War II. The film employed several Axis and Allied military consultants who had been actual participants on D-Day, and many had their roles re-enacted in the film. The film won two Academy Awards and was nominated for three others.

The soundtrack was released on LP in 1962 by Diplomat Records. Cover Photography by Frank Daniel.

06/01/2019
13TH FLOOR ELEVATORS - YOU'RE GONNA MISS ME (UPGRADED)

13th Floor Elevators performing "You're Gonna Miss Me" on the TV show Where The Action Is, September 26, 1966. The band consisted of Benny Thurman on bass, Ronnie Leatherman on bass guitar, John Walton on drums, Tommy Hall on vocals and electric jug, Stacy Sutherland on lead guitar and Roky Erickson on vocals and guitar.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_c6gDKsPQDM

13th Floor Elevators - You're Gonna Miss Me, Where The Action Is 26/09/66 (upgrade) These recordings were produced, with love, by the Roky CD Club and comply...

Roger Kynard "Roky" Erickson (July 15, 1947 - May 31, 2019) was an American singer-songwriter, harmonica player, and gui...
05/31/2019

Roger Kynard "Roky" Erickson (July 15, 1947 - May 31, 2019) was an American singer-songwriter, harmonica player, and guitarist from Texas. He was a founding member of The 13th Floor Elevators and a pioneer of the psychedelic rock genre.

The band released four albums of churning psychedelia for Lelan Rogers’ independent label International Artists between 1966 and 1969; its first two collections, “The Psychedelic Sounds of the 13th Floor Elevators” and “Easter Everywhere,” are acknowledged classics of psych-rock. After the band folded — due in no small measure to Erickson’s drug habits and escalating mental illness, Roky began a lengthy solo career that was interrupted by periods of institutionalization. (Which including forced electroconvulsive therapy)

In later years, he was able to return to music and toured regularly, backed by such acts as the Aliens, The Explosives and the Black Angels. Roky could often be found performing on his favorite holiday, Halloween. Projects like the Sire/Warner Bros. tribute album and the growing fandom of younger rock musicians kept him in the public eye; A strong 1995 album, “All That May Do My Rhyme,” was released by Butthole Surfers drummer King Coffey on his Trance Syndicate label. He appeared at the ACL festival in Austin that year for his first live date in 20 years.

After slowly weaning himself off medication employed to control his schizophrenia, Erickson worked U.S. stages regularly. He became a semi-regular at the South By Southwest Music Festival, and in 2015 he reunited with surviving members of the 13th Floor Elevators at Austin’s Levitation Festival, which was named after an Elevators song.

Survivors include his younger brother, Sumner, and son Jegar.

R.I. P. Roky Erickson.
05/31/2019
Roky Erickson, Legendary Psychedelic Musician, Dies at 71

R.I. P. Roky Erickson.

Roky Erickson, lead vocalist and principal songwriter for the psychedelic band the 13th Floor Elevators and one of the leading lights of Texas rock, died Friday in Austin. He was 71. Erickson’s dea…

Nice contemporary album cover by hip-hop artist, Anderson .Paak, for his 2015 single, "Am I Wrong" featuring Schoolboy Q...
05/31/2019

Nice contemporary album cover by hip-hop artist, Anderson .Paak, for his 2015 single, "Am I Wrong" featuring Schoolboy Q. (Released on Steel Wool Records)
We love the overall design, use of color and collaged imagery. Not sure who the artist is. It's probably Dewey Saunders, who is credited with similar artwork on other albums, EPs and singles by Paak.

Nice contemporary album cover by hip-hop artist, Anderson .Paak, for his 2015 single, "Am I Wrong" featuring Schoolboy Q. (Released on Steel Wool Records)
We really like the overall design, and the use of color and collaged imagery. Not sure who the artist is. It's probably Dewey Saunders, who is credited with similar artwork on other albums, EPs and singles by Paak.

June 4th 1942-Partners Glenn Wallich, Johnny Mercer and Buddy DeSylva launch Capital Records in the US. As a boy, Glenn ...
05/31/2019

June 4th 1942-Partners Glenn Wallich, Johnny Mercer and Buddy DeSylva launch Capital Records in the US.

As a boy, Glenn always had a fascination with radios. When he was 12, he built a fixed-tuned radio receiving set inside a thimble, complete with earphones. Eight years later he installed what is believed to have been the first automobile radio — an Atwater Kent table model with five tuning dials — in a rebuilt Model T Ford.

In 1932 Glenn set up a small shop in Los Angeles where he sold radio parts and made his own sets for car and home use. He later set up five other shops throughout the Los Angeles area. In the mid‐1930's he set up two recording studios which led to the opening of Wallichs Music City in July, 1940. At the time it was the largest record store in the nation. It expanded into Wallichs Music and Entertainment, a national record and entertainment services chain.

In 1942, Johnny Mercer (songwriter) along with business partners Buddy DeSylva (film producer), and Glenn Wallichs, the owner of Wallich's Music City, formed Capitol Records. Music City was opened in 1940 and was the largest music store in LA . It was located on the corner of Sunset and Vine and Capitol Records had a storefront office in the building. Johnny Mercer was committed to give the Capitol artists freedom to grow and expand and this new, fresh and revolutionary approach to recording soon too proved very effective.

Glenn ran the business while Johnny Mercer found the artists and supervised their artistic output. Buddy DeSylva, himself a noted songwriter also headed up production at Paramount Studios and provided the initial funding. At this time RCA-Victor, Columbia and Decca were the giants of the US recording industry and all based in NY whereas Capitol Records provided a competitive alternative centred on the west coast. The first artists to record for Capital were Paul Whitemna and his band, Margaret Whiting, Martha Tilton (The Angels Cried, 1942), and Ella Mae Morse. Paul Whiteman recorded Capitol's first release in 1942 with instrumentals "I Found a New Baby" and "The General Jumped At Dawn." Later lyrics to commemorate the D-Day invasion were written by Larry Orenstein who was the singer with the band. The company produced records in 78 rpm and Ella Mae Morse gave Capitol their first major success with "Cow Cow Boogie."

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