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.
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Record covers with Fairy Tale Themes.
02/26/2020

Record covers with Fairy Tale Themes.

Happy Birthday to legendary American cartoonist and illustrator, Arnold Roth, born on February 25, 1929!Arnold created a...
02/26/2020

Happy Birthday to legendary American cartoonist and illustrator, Arnold Roth, born on February 25, 1929!

Arnold created a variety of artwork for advertisements, album covers, books, magazines, and newspapers. Novelist John Updike wrote, "All cartoonists are geniuses, but Arnold Roth is especially so."
Roth has done covers for The New Yorker and his artwork has appeared in TV Guide, Sports Illustrated, Premiere, The Saturday Evening Post, Holiday, Smithsonian, Time, Newsweek, and Esquire. His cartoons and illustrations also appeared regularly in humor and satire magazines, including Trump, Humbug, Help!, Playboy, Punch and National Lampoon.

Arnold has also written and illustrated numerous children's and sports books, illustrated book jackets and drawn the syndicated comic strip Poor Arnold's Almanac. He is also a very talented jazz musician and music aficionado, an interest which led him to illustrate many jazz, pop, dixieland and even classical record covers.

On June 25, 2009, Roth was inducted into the Society of Illustrators Hall of Fame which honors artists for their “distinguished achievement in the art of illustration.”

John Lee Hooker-The Great John Lee Hooker (1963) Crown Records Cover Art-Fazzio
02/22/2020

John Lee Hooker-The Great John Lee Hooker (1963) Crown Records Cover Art-Fazzio

The American Record Cover Museum's cover photo
02/18/2020

The American Record Cover Museum's cover photo

February 20th is "National Love Your Pet Day"!!! So whether you have a cat, dog, bird, iguana, or perhaps something more...
02/18/2020

February 20th is "National Love Your Pet Day"!!!
So whether you have a cat, dog, bird, iguana, or perhaps something more exotic, today is their special day!!

To celebrate, we're sharing some outstanding record covers featuring loving bonds between pets and their families. ❤️❤️

02/18/2020
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Happy National Eyelash Day! (Yep, it's a real day!)

We're celebrating by sharing some of our favorite record covers featuring striking eyelashes.

Happy National Lash Day!!

Observed annually on February 19th, this is a day to promote the love and need for true and false eyelashes.
We're happy to share some of the best record covers ever made which feature outstanding eyelashes.

Happy Birthday to Illustrator/cartoonist Bill Campbell!!William W. "Bill" Campbell (born February 14, 1920, Bunker Hill,...
02/18/2020

Happy Birthday to Illustrator/cartoonist Bill Campbell!!

William W. "Bill" Campbell (born February 14, 1920, Bunker Hill, Massachusetts) is a former freelance illustrator and cartoonist and is best known as the creator of the "Weird-ohs", "Silly Surfers", and "Frantics" plastic model kit series for the Hawk Model Company, which were popular in the early 1960s.

Bill also did artwork for national ad campaigns, editorial cartoons, and of course, some fantastic album covers.

Happy Birthday to Illustrator/cartoonist Bill Campbell!!

William W. "Bill" Campbell (born February 14, 1920, Bunker Hill, Massachusetts) is a former freelance illustrator and cartoonist and is best known as the creator of the "Weird-ohs", "Silly Surfers", and "Frantics" plastic model kit series for the Hawk Model Company, which were popular in the early 1960s.

Bill also did artwork for national ad campaigns, editorial cartoons, and of course, some fantastic album covers.

The American Record Cover Museum's cover photo
02/15/2020

The American Record Cover Museum's cover photo

Happy Valentine's Day from The American Record Cover Museum! Here are some of our favorite record covers with a "Valenti...
02/14/2020

Happy Valentine's Day from The American Record Cover Museum! Here are some of our favorite record covers with a "Valentine's" feel. ❤️❤️

02/14/2020
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😍 Happy Valentine's Day!
Record covers with a romantic/kissing theme...

Our February salute to Valentines day and all things love-related continues with this post...Great record covers with a romantic or playful "kissing theme".

February 11, 1969: The Monkees set a new record when their second album, 'More Of The Monkees' jumped from No.122 to the...
02/11/2020

February 11, 1969: The Monkees set a new record when their second album, 'More Of The Monkees' jumped from No.122 to the top of the US chart. The album then stayed in pole position for eighteen weeks.

The American Record Cover Museum's cover photo
02/07/2020

The American Record Cover Museum's cover photo

02/07/2020
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Today is "National Wear Red Day" (Observed on the first Friday in Feb.) Wear red to show your support for saving womens lives. (Especially important are screening for heart disease and stroke, which are 80% preventable)

February 3rd is "National Wear Red Day" (Observed on the first Friday in Feb.) Wear red to show your support for saving womens lives. (Especially important are screening for heart disease and stroke, which are 80% preventable)

02/06/2020
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Black History Month, or National African American History Month, is an annual celebration of achievements by black Americans and a time for recognizing the central role of African Americans in U.S. history. The event grew out of “Negro History Week,” the brainchild of noted historian Carter G. Woodson and other prominent African Americans.
Since 1976, every U.S. president has officially designated the month of February as Black History Month.

To celebrate this rich heritage, we're sharing just a few of the many historically and culturally significant record covers featuring African Americans.

Black History Month, or National African American History Month, is an annual celebration of achievements by black Americans and a time for recognizing the central role of African Americans in U.S. history. The event grew out of “Negro History Week,” the brainchild of noted historian Carter G. Woodson and other prominent African Americans.
Since 1976, every U.S. president has officially designated the month of February as Black History Month.

Fun article on famed record cover model and actress, Sandy Warner. Nice reproductions of all of her covers as well.
02/02/2020
Sandy Warner: Exotica King Martin Denny's Cover Girl

Fun article on famed record cover model and actress, Sandy Warner. Nice reproductions of all of her covers as well.

You’ve seen Sandra Sandy Warner on Martin Denny's album covers, even if you're not sure who Martin Denny is. The albums had titles like Exotica, Primitiva, Quiet Village, Afro-Desia, and The Enchanted Sea, and the music Martin Denny played was in the very dated genre known as exotica. Sandy Warner...

February 3, 1959: "The Day the Music Died."This day we remember the unfortunate and untimely death of singers 22-year-ol...
02/02/2020

February 3, 1959: "The Day the Music Died."

This day we remember the unfortunate and untimely death of singers 22-year-old Buddy Holly, 17-year-old Richie Valens, and 28-year-old J. P. Richardson, aka: “The Big Bopper”. These three singers died in an airplane accident on February 3, 1959 near Clear Lake, Iowa. Their pilot, Roger Peterson, also died in the crash.

Buddy Holly’s band was on tour and had played at the Surf Ballroom in Clear Lake. They were headed to their next destination in Moorhead, Minnesota. For this leg of their journey, they decided take a charter plane rather than go with their tour bus. Richardson “The Big Bopper”, had swapped places with Waylon Jennings, taking the latter’s place on the plane and Tommy Allsup had lost his place to Ritchie Valens in a coin toss.

Not long after takeoff, they were no longer able to be reached by radio and they did not reach their destination, therefore the aircraft was reported missing. The next day, the wreckage was found less than 6 miles northwest of the airport in a cornfield. Poor weather conditions and pilot error were determined, during investigation, to have been the cause of the pilot losing control of the plane.
This event has echoed through history for over 50 years. Visitors still make the pilgrimage each year to Clear Lake, Iowa, the resort town about 110 miles north of Des Moines, as this was the point of their last concert before the fatal accident.

“The day the music died” is a line in the 1972 Don McLean hit “American Pie.” McLean’s song, which he wrote in the late 1960s and released in 1971, was in part inspired by the tragic event which took the lives of three great musicians and their pilot.

Following are lyrics from the song “American Pie”

But February made me shiver,
With every paper I’d deliver,
Bad news on the doorstep
I couldn’t take one more step.
I can’t remember if I cried
When I read about his widowed bride
But something touched me deep inside,
The day the music died.

February 3, 2016: "The Day the Music Died."

This day we remember the unfortunate and untimely death of singers 22-year-old Buddy Holly, 17-year-old Richie Valens, and 28-year-old J. P. Richardson, aka: “The Big Bopper”. These three singers died in an airplane accident on February 3, 1959 near Clear Lake, Iowa. Their pilot, Roger Peterson, also died in the crash.
Buddy Holly’s band was on tour and had played at the Surf Ballroom in Clear Lake. They were headed to their next destination in Moorhead, Minnesota. For this leg of their journey, they decided take a charter plane rather than go with their tour bus. Richardson “The Big Bopper”, had swapped places with Waylon Jennings, taking the latter’s place on the plane and Tommy Allsup had lost his place to Ritchie Valens in a coin toss.
Not long after takeoff, they were no longer able to be reached by radio and they did not reach their destination, therefore the aircraft was reported missing. The next day, the wreckage was found less than 6 miles northwest of the airport in a cornfield. Poor weather conditions and pilot error were determined, during investigation, to have been the cause of the pilot losing control of the plane.
This event has echoed through history for over 50 years. Visitors still make the pilgrimage each year to Clear Lake, Iowa, the resort town about 110 miles north of Des Moines, as this was the point of their last concert before the fatal accident.

“The day the music died” is a line in the 1972 Don McLean hit “American Pie.” McLean’s song, which he wrote in the late 1960s and released in 1971, was in part inspired by the tragic event which took the lives of three great musicians and their pilot.

Following are lyrics from the song “American Pie”

But February made me shiver,
With every paper I’d deliver,
Bad news on the doorstep
I couldn’t take one more step.
I can’t remember if I cried
When I read about his widowed bride
But something touched me deep inside,
The day the music died.

HOW TO OBSERVE

Listen to some of the music by Richie Valens, Buddy Holly or The Big Bopper.

Use #TheDayTheMusicDied to post on social media.

January 29th is National Puzzle Day. Featured record cover: Biffy Clyro-Puzzle (2007)  Cover Design & Photography–StormS...
01/29/2020

January 29th is National Puzzle Day.

Featured record cover: Biffy Clyro-Puzzle (2007)
Cover Design & Photography–StormStudios

Wendell "Dell" Richardson sang vocals and played guitar for the band Osibisa. It was released in 1973 on the MCA label i...
01/29/2020

Wendell "Dell" Richardson sang vocals and played guitar for the band Osibisa. It was released in 1973 on the MCA label in the UK and South Africa. The cover art is instantly recognizable as the work of Roger Dean.

January 31st is National Backwards Day.January 31st honors everything backward. National Backward Day is an opportunity ...
01/28/2020

January 31st is National Backwards Day.

January 31st honors everything backward. National Backward Day is an opportunity to reverse our ways, our direction or simply our shirt. Dessert for breakfast, perhaps? There are many ways to celebrate this fun day, so just let your imagination be your guide. (For us, it's finding cool record covers which fit the theme.) :) #NationalBackwardsDay

January 31st is National Backwards Day.

January 31st honors everything backward. National Backward Day is an opportunity to reverse our ways, our direction or simply our shirt. Dessert for breakfast, perhaps? There are many ways to celebrate this fun day, so just let your imagination be your guide. (For us, it's finding cool record covers which fit the theme.) :) #NationalBackwardsDay

01/28/2020
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Ron Slenzak (Born January 29, 1948) is an American photographer, best known for his work photographing record album covers.

Some of the album covers that he has photographed include Spitfire (Jefferson Starship), Huey Lewis and the News (their self-titled debut album), It Must Be Magic (Teena Marie), Dreams (Grace Slick), Throwin' Down (Rick James) and Beat Street (Prism).

In the 1970s, he became one of the most sought after photographers of album covers. Throughout a career that spans nearly four decades, Slenzak has photographed album covers for a wide range of recording acts including Rick James, Jefferson Starship and numerous Motown artists.

Currently, Ron is based in Venice, California. He is a member of the faculty at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California.

Ron Slenzak (Born January 29, 1948) is an American photographer, best known for his work photographing record album covers.

Some of the album covers that he has photographed include Spitfire (Jefferson Starship), Huey Lewis and the News (their self-titled debut album), It Must Be Magic (Teena Marie), Dreams (Grace Slick), Throwin' Down (Rick James) and Beat Street (Prism).

In the 1970s, he became one of the most sought after photographers of album covers. Throughout a career that spans nearly four decades, Slenzak has photographed album covers for a wide range of recording acts including Rick James, Jefferson Starship and numerous Motown artists.

Currently, Ron is based in Venice, California. He is a member of the faculty at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California.

Happy Birthday to singer Amii Stewart!Amy Paulette "Amii" Stewart (born January 29, 1956) is an American disco/soul/danc...
01/28/2020

Happy Birthday to singer Amii Stewart!

Amy Paulette "Amii" Stewart (born January 29, 1956) is an American disco/soul/dance-pop singer, dancer and actress most famous for her hit disco record cover of Eddie Floyd's "Knock on Wood". Stewart is the stepsister of actress-singer Miquel Brown and aunt to Brown's actress-singer daughter Sinitta.

Since 2001 Stewart has been working as a goodwill ambassador for Italian Unicef and has been involved in a large number of projects such as "Uniti per i bambini, Uniti contro l'AIDS" (translated as "United for the children, united against AIDS"). In 2006, she recorded the charity single "Love Song" for UNICEF in four different languages, once again returning to work with Ennio Morricone. The following year saw her return to duet with Mike Francis on the track "Nothing Can Come Between Us". In 2006 Stewart and long-time friend and collaborator Ennio Morricone released 5 track single "Love Song", sung in English, Italian, French, Spanish as well as a multilingual version. All proceeds from the single went to Unicef's campaign "Check Out For Children".

In May 2007 Stewart again participated in the Sanremo Music Festival, performing the duet "Schiavo D'Amore" with Piero Mazzocchetti.

In 2014 she took part in the prime-time Rai TV show La Pista as teamleader of the Virality dance troupe. Stewart and the dance team became the overall competition winners.

Stewart now resides in Italy, and is fluent in Italian.

Happy Birthday to singer Amii Stewart!

Amy Paulette "Amii" Stewart (born January 29, 1956) is an American disco/soul/dance-pop singer, dancer and actress most famous for her hit disco record cover of Eddie Floyd's "Knock on Wood". Stewart is the stepsister of actress-singer Miquel Brown and aunt to Brown's actress-singer daughter Sinitta.

Since 2001 Stewart has been working as a goodwill ambassador for Italian Unicef and has been involved in a large number of projects such as "Uniti per i bambini, Uniti contro l'AIDS" (translated as "United for the children, united against AIDS"). In 2006, she recorded the charity single "Love Song" for UNICEF in four different languages, once again returning to work with Ennio Morricone. The following year saw her return to duet with Mike Francis on the track "Nothing Can Come Between Us". In 2006 Stewart and long-time friend and collaborator Ennio Morricone released 5 track single "Love Song", sung in English, Italian, French, Spanish as well as a multilingual version. All proceeds from the single went to Unicef's campaign "Check Out For Children".

In May 2007 Stewart again participated in the Sanremo Music Festival, performing the duet "Schiavo D'Amore" with Piero Mazzocchetti.

In 2014 she took part in the prime-time Rai TV show La Pista as teamleader of the Virality dance troupe. Stewart and the dance team became the overall competition winners. Other well known singer-contestants included Tony Hadley and Sabrina Salerno.

Stewart now resides in Italy, and is fluent in Italian.

01/28/2020
The American Record Cover Museum

Happy Birthday to Fausto Papetti!

Fausto Papetti (January 28, 1923 – June 15, 1999) was an Italian alto saxophone player. A jazz musician by formation, Papetti became widely known for producing instrumental covers of some of the most famous pop & jazz songs.

Papetti reached the height of his popularity in the 1960s and 1970s. His albums were particularly successful in the European and Latin American markets. Papetti's first greatest hits album, released in 1975, is still his best-selling album. His influence on saxophone music was substantial and in the 1970s many imitators appeared, like Johnny Sax and Piergiorgio Farina.

Papetti's records are also characterized for their sexy covers, often featuring scantily clad women. (Most of which we can't show here) He occasionally recorded under the pseudonym Fausto Danieli.

Happy Birthday to Fausto Papetti!

Fausto Papetti (January 28, 1923 – June 15, 1999) was an Italian alto saxophone player. A jazz musician by formation, Papetti became widely known for producing instrumental covers of some of the most famous pop & jazz songs.

Papetti reached the height of his popularity in the 1960s and 1970s. His albums were particularly successful in the European and Latin American markets. Papetti's first greatest hits album, released in 1975, is still his best-selling album. His influence on saxophone music was substantial and in the 1970s many imitators appeared, like Johnny Sax and Piergiorgio Farina.

Papetti's records are also characterized for their sexy covers, often featuring scantily clad women. (Most of which we can't show here) He occasionally recorded under the pseudonym Fausto Danieli.

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Come visit Facebook Group Old Album Album. Lots of rare and researched record cover artwork
Last show as Five by Five tonight. Changing the name to "The Record Selector" for next week's broadcast. Probably also gonna have to start a new page since the geniuses at FB wont' allow me to change the page name. Anyhow, here's a few of the records I'll be pulling from on tonight's all vinyl, live show. Tune it at 8pm on TheRecordSelector.com https://www.facebook.com/therecordselector/photos/a.144215909474145/326407737921627/?type=3&theater
United Artists, 1959 - out there Latin dance lp.