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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Some great examples of record cover art created in a cartoon style.
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Some great examples of record cover art created in a cartoon style.

May 4th is also Dave Brubeck Day (unofficial), so chosen because his hit "Time Out" (Composed by Paul Desmond) was writt...
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May 4th is also Dave Brubeck Day (unofficial), so chosen because his hit "Time Out" (Composed by Paul Desmond) was written in a 5/4 beat.

Cover art by S. Neil Fujita

May 4th is also Dave Brubeck Day (unofficial), so chosen because his hit "Time Out" (Composed by Paul Desmond) was written in a 5/4 beat.

Cover art by S. Neil Fujita

The American Record Cover Museum's cover photo
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The American Record Cover Museum's cover photo

Record covers featuring "Teacher" themes--For National Teacher Appreciation Day!
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Record covers featuring "Teacher" themes--For National Teacher Appreciation Day!

Record cover art from the first "Star Wars" trilogy.
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Record cover art from the first "Star Wars" trilogy.

December 2015 marks the world premier of the new Star Wars movie, "Star Wars: Episode VII-The Force Awakens." To celebrate, we're creating a retrospective of Star Wars albums which were released as vinyl, long-play records in the 1970s and 80s. "Star Wars", "The Empire Strikes Back" and "Return of the Jedi" were each followed up by "The Story Of…" albums, which contained movie dialogue and sound effects in addition to the music. They also contained a souvenir booklet.

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May the Fourth Be With You! :) :)

Thursday, May 4th is National Star Wars Day.
May the Fourth be with you! :) #NationalStarWarsDay

National Space Day, dedicates the first Friday in May, to the extraordinary achievements, benefits, and opportunities in...
05/01/2020

National Space Day, dedicates the first Friday in May, to the extraordinary achievements, benefits, and opportunities in the exploration and use of space. The goal of the observance is to promote math, science, technology, and engineering education in young people, The hope is to inspire them to pursue a career in science, especially a career in space-related jobs.Space-themed covers of distinction.

To that end, we're happy to share some of our favorite record covers featuring space themes. (These are science-oriented covers as opposed to science fiction)

May 1st is National Mother Goose Day, and we're celebrating by sharing some of our favorite record covers featuring this...
05/01/2020

May 1st is National Mother Goose Day, and we're celebrating by sharing some of our favorite record covers featuring this beloved story teller and her wonderful tales.

The figure of Mother Goose is the imaginary author of a collection of fairy tales and nursery rhymes. She is generally depicted in literature and book illustration as an elderly country woman in a tall hat and shawl, a costume identical to the peasant costume worn in Wales in the early 20th century, but is sometimes depicted as a goose (usually wearing a bonnet).

May 1st is National Mother Goose Day, and we're celebrating by sharing some of our favorite record covers featuring this beloved story teller and her wonderful tales.

The figure of Mother Goose is the imaginary author of a collection of fairy tales and nursery rhymes. She is generally depicted in literature and book illustration as an elderly country woman in a tall hat and shawl, a costume identical to the peasant costume worn in Wales in the early 20th century, but is sometimes depicted as a goose (usually wearing a bonnet).

April 30th is National Bugs Bunny Day!Bugs Bunny is an animated cartoon character, created in the late 1930s by Leon Sch...
05/01/2020

April 30th is National Bugs Bunny Day!

Bugs Bunny is an animated cartoon character, created in the late 1930s by Leon Schlesinger Productions (later Warner Bros. Cartoons) and voiced originally by Mel Blanc. Bugs is best known for his starring roles in the Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies series of animated short films, produced by Warner Bros.

The definitive character of Bugs is widely credited to have made his debut in director Tex Avery's Oscar-nominated film A Wild Hare (1940).

Bugs is characterized by a Brooklyn accent, his portrayal as a trickster, and his catch phrase "Eh... What's up, doc?" Due to Bugs' popularity during the golden age of American animation, he became an American cultural icon and the official mascot of Warner Bros. Entertainment. He can thus be seen in the older Warner Bros. company logos.

Here are some record albums that Bugs appeared on over the years.

Happy Birthday, Bugs!! :) :)

April 30th is National Bugs Bunny Day!

Bugs Bunny is an animated cartoon character, created in the late 1930s by Leon Schlesinger Productions (later Warner Bros. Cartoons) and voiced originally by Mel Blanc. Bugs is best known for his starring roles in the Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies series of animated short films, produced by Warner Bros. The definitive character of Bugs is widely credited to have made his debut in director Tex Avery's Oscar-nominated film A Wild Hare (1940).

Bugs is characterized by a Brooklyn accent, his portrayal as a trickster, and his catch phrase "Eh... What's up, doc?" Due to Bugs' popularity during the golden age of American animation, he became an American cultural icon and the official mascot of Warner Bros. Entertainment. He can thus be seen in the older Warner Bros. company logos.

Here are some record albums that Bugs appeared on over the years. Happy Birthday, Bugs!! :) :)

George Petty (April 27, 1894 – July 21, 1975) was an American pin-up artist who's career spanned over four decades. His ...
04/25/2020

George Petty (April 27, 1894 – July 21, 1975) was an American pin-up artist who's career spanned over four decades. His pin-up art appeared primarily in Esquire and Fawcett Publications's True but was also in calendars marketed by Esquire, True and Ridgid Tool Company. Petty's Esquire gatefolds originated and popularized the magazine device of centerfold spreads.

Petty is especially known for "the Petty Girl", a series of pin-up paintings of women done for Esquire from the autumn of 1933 until 1956. Petty frequently depicted these women with the relative lengths of their legs being longer—and the relative sizes of their heads being smaller—than those of his actual models.
Reproductions of his "Petty Girls," were widely copied by military artists as nose art decorating warplanes during the Second World War, including the Memphis Belle.

These Petty covers are from a series of record albums released by Decca in the mid-1950s.

PLAY BALL!! April 27th is "National Babe Ruth Day."On April 27, baseball fans around the country honor one of baseball’s...
04/25/2020

PLAY BALL!! April 27th is "National Babe Ruth Day."

On April 27, baseball fans around the country honor one of baseball’s all-time greatest players.
George Herman Ruth Jr. (February 6, 1895 – August 16, 1948) was an American professional baseball player whose career in Major League Baseball (MLB) spanned 22 seasons, from 1914 through 1935. Nicknamed "The Bambino" and "The Sultan of Swat", he began his MLB career as a stellar left-handed pitcher for the Boston Red Sox, but achieved his greatest fame as a slugging outfielder for the New York Yankees.

Ruth is regarded as one of the greatest sports heroes in American culture and is considered by many to be the greatest baseball player of all time. He was one of the first five inductees into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1936.

Pictured is the record 'The Greatest Moments in Sports', featuring original recordings of Babe Ruth, and a couple of record covers by a much later rock and roll band that named itself after the baseball great.

Wednesday, April 27th is "National Babe Ruth Day."

On April 27, baseball fans around the country honor one of baseball’s all-time greatest players.
George Herman Ruth Jr. (February 6, 1895 – August 16, 1948) was an American professional baseball player whose career in Major League Baseball (MLB) spanned 22 seasons, from 1914 through 1935. Nicknamed "The Bambino" and "The Sultan of Swat", he began his MLB career as a stellar left-handed pitcher for the Boston Red Sox, but achieved his greatest fame as a slugging outfielder for the New York Yankees. Ruth established many MLB batting (and some pitching) records, including career home runs (714), runs batted in (RBIs) (2,213), bases on balls (2,062), slugging percentage (.690), and on-base plus slugging (OPS) (1.164); the latter two still stand today.
Ruth is regarded as one of the greatest sports heroes in American culture and is considered by many to be the greatest baseball player of all time. He was one of the first five inductees into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1936.

April 26, 1976: 'Wings At The Speed Of Sound' went to No.1 on the US album chart. Paul McCartney's fifth No.1 album afte...
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April 26, 1976: 'Wings At The Speed Of Sound' went to No.1 on the US album chart. Paul McCartney's fifth No.1 album after The Beatles became his most successful American chart album, spending seven non-consecutive weeks at No.1. The album featured the hits 'Let 'Em In' and 'Silly Love Songs'. It was originally issued with a die-cut illustrated card inner sleeve with artwork by Humphrey Ocean.

Cover Photography-Linda McCartney

April 26, 1976: 'Wings At The Speed Of Sound' went to No.1 on the US album chart. Paul McCartney's fifth No.1 album after The Beatles became his most successful American chart album, spending seven non-consecutive weeks at No.1.
The album featured the hits 'Let 'Em In' and 'Silly Love Songs'.

A big happy Birthday to Ella Fitzgerald!Ella Jane Fitzgerald (April 25, 1917 – June 15, 1996) was an American jazz singe...
04/25/2020

A big happy Birthday to Ella Fitzgerald!

Ella Jane Fitzgerald (April 25, 1917 – June 15, 1996) was an American jazz singer sometimes referred to as the First Lady of Song, Queen of Jazz, and Lady Ella.
She was noted for her purity of tone, impeccable diction, phrasing, intonation, and a "horn-like" improvisational ability, particularly in her scat singing.

After a tumultuous adolescence, Fitzgerald found stability in musical success with the Chick Webb Orchestra, performing across the country but most often associated with the Savoy Ballroom in Harlem. Her rendition of the nursery rhyme "A-Tisket, A-Tasket" helped boost both her and Webb to national fame. After taking over the band when Webb died, Fitzgerald left it behind in 1942 to start her solo career.

Her manager was Moe Gale, co-founder of the Savoy, until she turned the rest of her career over to Norman Granz, who founded Verve Records to produce new records by Fitzgerald. With Verve she recorded some of her more widely noted works, particularly her interpretations of the Great American Songbook.

While Fitzgerald appeared in movies and as a guest on popular television shows in the second half of the twentieth century, her musical collaborations with Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, and The Ink Spots were some of her most notable acts outside of her solo career. These partnerships produced some of her best-known songs such as "Dream a Little Dream of Me", "Cheek to Cheek", "Into Each Life Some Rain Must Fall", and "It Don't Mean a Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing)".

In 1993, she ended her nearly 60-year career with her last public performance. Three years later, she died at the age of 79 after years of declining health. Her accolades included fourteen Grammy Awards, the National Medal of Arts, and the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

A big happy Birthday to Ella Fitzgerald!

Ella Jane Fitzgerald (April 25, 1917 – June 15, 1996) was an American jazz singer sometimes referred to as the First Lady of Song, Queen of Jazz, and Lady Ella.
She was noted for her purity of tone, impeccable diction, phrasing, intonation, and a "horn-like" improvisational ability, particularly in her scat singing.

After a tumultuous adolescence, Fitzgerald found stability in musical success with the Chick Webb Orchestra, performing across the country but most often associated with the Savoy Ballroom in Harlem. Her rendition of the nursery rhyme "A-Tisket, A-Tasket" helped boost both her and Webb to national fame. After taking over the band when Webb died, Fitzgerald left it behind in 1942 to start her solo career.

Her manager was Moe Gale, co-founder of the Savoy, until she turned the rest of her career over to Norman Granz, who founded Verve Records to produce new records by Fitzgerald. With Verve she recorded some of her more widely noted works, particularly her interpretations of the Great American Songbook.

While Fitzgerald appeared in movies and as a guest on popular television shows in the second half of the twentieth century, her musical collaborations with Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, and The Ink Spots were some of her most notable acts outside of her solo career. These partnerships produced some of her best-known songs such as "Dream a Little Dream of Me", "Cheek to Cheek", "Into Each Life Some Rain Must Fall", and "It Don't Mean a Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing)".

In 1993, she ended her nearly 60-year career with her last public performance. Three years later, she died at the age of 79 after years of declining health. Her accolades included fourteen Grammy Awards, the National Medal of Arts, and the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

Here's the second type of telephone-themed album covers-Hand-picked examples showing the girl at home either on the phon...
04/25/2020

Here's the second type of telephone-themed album covers-Hand-picked examples showing the girl at home either on the phone or waiting for a call...

While going through our telephone-themed record covers for National Telephone Day, (April 25th) we realized there are ba...
04/25/2020

While going through our telephone-themed record covers for National Telephone Day, (April 25th) we realized there are basically two kinds of covers featuring the telephone.

The first are guys (or on rare occasions, a woman) in, or next to phone booths trying to look cool, and second, women at home, waiting by their bedside phones, generally dressed in skimpy outfits.

This group features the first type of covers, along with that iconic relic of 20th century technology, the outdoor telephone booth.

Happy Birthday to Essra Mohawk!Essra Mohawk (born Sandra Elayne Hurvitz on April 23, 1948) is an American singer-songwri...
04/25/2020

Happy Birthday to Essra Mohawk!

Essra Mohawk (born Sandra Elayne Hurvitz on April 23, 1948) is an American singer-songwriter who has recorded a dozen albums, many receiving critical acclaim.
Her best known songs are Sufferin' Til Sufferage and Interjections! (both from Schoolhouse Rock!), Change of Heart, recorded by Cyndi Lauper and Stronger Than the Wind, recorded by Tina Turner.

She was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Her first record, The Boy With The Way, credited as Jamie Carter, was issued on Liberty Records in 1964. As Sandy Hurvitz, she was then discovered by Shadow Morton, who placed her songs with both the Shangri-Las ("I'll Never Learn") and the Vanilla Fudge ("The Spell That Comes After"). While living in New York City in 1967 she met Frank Zappa, who persuaded her to perform for a short time with The Mothers of Invention and then signed her to his Bizarre Records production company. Her first album Sandy's Album Is Here At Last was released on Bizarre/Verve in December 1968.

In 1969 she was signed by Reprise Records after executive Mo Ostin discovered her singing at a club in New York. The resulting album, Primordial Lovers, was later stated as being "one of the best 25 albums ever made" in Rolling Stone magazine. The album featured contributions from CSN&Y drummer Dallas Taylor and former Rhinoceros members Doug Hastings and Jerry Penrod. Essra nearly joined Rhinoceros in its original line up. While recording the album, she married her producer Frazier Mohawk and from then on was known as Essra Mohawk. "Essra" (S-ra) is an abbreviated form of Sandra. She was scheduled to perform at the Woodstock Festival in August 1969, but her manager missed a turn, resulting in them barely arriving before the end of the last act on Friday evening, too late to perform.

Members of Generation X may recognize her distinctive voice from the Saturday morning TV series Schoolhouse Rock!, as she lent her voice to Interjections! and Sufferin' Till Suffrage in the mid-1970s. In addition, Mohawk sang the theme song to "Teeny Little Super Guy", a regular segment on Sesame Street during the 1980s.
Her third, self-titled, album came out on Asylum Records in 1974. The next album, Essra, was released on yet another label, Private Stock, in 1976. During that period, she also worked as a session and background singer, for John Mellencamp, Carole King and later she performed with the Jerry Garcia Band, and recorded and arranged background vocals for Kool & the Gang. In 1982 after recording another album in L.A., she worked with McFadden and Whitehead in Philadelphia, penning "Not With Me" for their Capitol album, Movin' On. She released another solo album, E-Turn, before Cyndi Lauper had a big hit with her song "Change of Heart" in 1986.

In 2011 she provided the lead vocal for an animated short film produced by TDA Animation, about the Struggle for Gay Rights; called; Sufferin' Till You're Straight. The spot featured former Supremes, Scherrie Payne and Susaye Greene on background vocals.

She has written songs for other artists including co-writing a song entitled 'Infinite Eyes' with blues artist Keb Mo as well as recording and performing in concert. She 's released 6 more albums since moving to Nashville in 1993. Essra's songs have been aired on the TV series Joan of Arcadia and the soap opera All My Children. Rhino released a special limited edition of her second and third albums, Primordial Lovers MM in 2000.

Essra has been a longtime advocate of peace and environmental protection. She is a member of the board of Musicians and Artists for Peace and is their Nashville coordinator.

Happy Birthday to Essra Mohawk!

Essra Mohawk (born Sandra Elayne Hurvitz on April 23, 1948) is an American singer-songwriter who has recorded a dozen albums, many receiving critical acclaim.

Her best known songs are Sufferin' Til Sufferage and Interjections! (both from Schoolhouse Rock!), Change of Heart, recorded by Cyndi Lauper and Stronger Than the Wind, recorded by Tina Turner.

She was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Her first record, The Boy With The Way, credited as Jamie Carter, was issued on Liberty Records in 1964. As Sandy Hurvitz, she was then discovered by Shadow Morton, who placed her songs with both the Shangri-Las ("I'll Never Learn") and the Vanilla Fudge ("The Spell That Comes After"). While living in New York City in 1967 she met Frank Zappa, who persuaded her to perform for a short time with The Mothers of Invention and then signed her to his Bizarre Records production company. Her first album Sandy's Album Is Here At Last was released on Bizarre/Verve in December 1968.

In 1969 she was signed by Reprise Records after executive Mo Ostin discovered her singing at a club in New York. The resulting album, Primordial Lovers, was later stated as being "one of the best 25 albums ever made" in Rolling Stone magazine. The album featured contributions from CSN&Y drummer Dallas Taylor and former Rhinoceros members Doug Hastings and Jerry Penrod. Essra nearly joined Rhinoceros in its original line up. While recording the album, she married her producer Frazier Mohawk and from then on was known as Essra Mohawk. "Essra" (S-ra) is an abbreviated form of Sandra. She was scheduled to perform at the Woodstock Festival in August 1969, but her manager missed a turn, resulting in them barely arriving before the end of the last act on Friday evening, too late to perform.

Members of Generation X may recognize her distinctive voice from the Saturday morning TV series Schoolhouse Rock!, as she lent her voice to Interjections! and Sufferin' Till Suffrage in the mid-1970s. In addition, Mohawk sang the theme song to "Teeny Little Super Guy", a regular segment on Sesame Street during the 1980s.

Her third, self-titled, album came out on Asylum Records in 1974. The next album, Essra, was released on yet another label, Private Stock, in 1976. During that period, she also worked as a session and background singer, for John Mellencamp, Carole King and later she performed with the Jerry Garcia Band, and recorded and arranged background vocals for Kool & the Gang. In 1982 after recording another album in L.A., she worked with McFadden and Whitehead in Philadelphia, penning "Not With Me" for their Capitol album, Movin' On. She released another solo album, E-Turn, before Cyndi Lauper had a big hit with her song "Change of Heart" in 1986.

In 2011 she provided the lead vocal for an animated short film produced by TDA Animation, about the Struggle for Gay Rights; called; Sufferin' Till You're Straight. The spot featured former Supremes, Scherrie Payne and Susaye Greene on background vocals.

She has written songs for other artists including co-writing a song entitled 'Infinite Eyes' with blues artist Keb Mo as well as recording and performing in concert. She 's released 6 more albums since moving to Nashville in 1993. Essra's songs have been aired on the TV series Joan of Arcadia and the soap opera All My Children. Rhino released a special limited edition of her second and third albums, Primordial Lovers MM in 2000.

Essra has been a longtime advocate of peace and environmental protection. She is a member of the board of Musicians and Artists for Peace and is their Nashville coordinator.

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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.