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Happy Time for Record Jacket Illustrators

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Over the last few years I've accumulated quite a few old illustrated album covers. This week I thought it might be fun to have a look at a few of them.

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This first one is from Happytime Records (a great name for a record label, in my opinion).

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The style of the artwork looks vaguely familiar... but I can't quite place it.

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Its wonderful, in any case.

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Illustrating album covers back in the day wasn't just a Happytime - it was also Playtime!

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No idea who did this one either. The back of the jacket shows a few other Playtime album covers...

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... and I found one of those which I believe was by the same artist on Flickr.

Here's yet another fun album cover, this time for a classical composer.

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No signature on this piece but I have a sneaking suspicion its by Don Silverstein. (Maybe Harry Borgman, who knew Don personally, will confirm or deny that for us).

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Next, a fabulous cover from 1958 signed "Gersten."

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Many thanks to Neil Shapiro, who informed me that this is the work of an illustrator named Gerry Gersten, whose work and career is presented in a post on this blog.

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Finally for today, here's a hilarious album cover. I would have bought this record just for the front cover, even though it isn't illustrated!

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Happily, it does have a great illustrated back cover - for those who dig, you know, actual "chicks."

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Cartoon chicks, that is.

6 comments

  1. The top one looks like Norman Bridwell- of Clifford the Big Red Dog fame.

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  2. I think Greg's right. Bridwell would be my guess too.

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  3. Greg and Glen are probably right, but I looked at it and thought, "Wow, so much stuff from that era looks like Paul Coker, Jr. ..."

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  4. Wow! That's it -- all three of you are right! Many thanks, guys.

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  5. it would be a good idea to put these thoughts into wood signs as well...to remind you daily, i mean.

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  6. Dr. Dolittle
    Entry of the Gladiators
    Jonah Jones
    Let's Dance
    It's sheer fun!

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