ACHOF Class of 2016 – Inductee Intro Page

ACHOF Class of 2016 – Inductee Intro Page

Announcing the 2016 Inductees into the Album Cover Hall of Fame!

Since officially launching the site in 2012, we’ve inducted Four classes of Inductees based on the results from the group’s yearly surveys (the initial three classes focused on nominees who began their careers as album cover artists between the years 1960 – 1975, 1976 – 1990 and, last year, from 1991 – present, while last year’s voting was the first to look at producers active any time since 1960). Hundreds of additional biographies were added for consideration by the esteemed panel of writers, curators of galleries (retail and online) that focus on album cover imagery, art/design museum curators and music marketing experts.

As I mentioned previously, this year’s Class is the second one that allowed for the consideration of any talent not previously inducted into the ACHOF. The people under consideration this year are people who BEGAN their careers in the field at any time during the period the ACHOF focuses its attention on  –1960 – present. As you can figure, this was a very long list, but after a research, nominating and voting process that began in September and ended in early-November with our final vote, the ACHOF Voting Panel has selected a list of individuals and companies that very clearly represent the best examples of a large number of talented men, women and teams who’ve cumulatively created and published a huge portfolio of memorable album cover images and record packages.

And so, without any further delay, we’d like to extend our congratulations to this year’s class – we’re proud to be able to announce their inductions into the Album Cover Hall of Fame!

We’ve divided the Inductees into their respective categories so that you, the fans, can get to know each winner individually and within their group of peers. Please note that some names may be seen in more than one category, as it is that certain individuals serve in more than one role in a project. Inductees are listed alphabetically and include a short list of some of their best-known album art credits:

New inductees in the “Album Cover Photographer” Category (whose first credits took place sometime after January, 1960) – 

 Roberta Bayley – notable album cover credits include – The Ramones – The Ramones; Elvis Costello – Rock And Roll Music; Mary Weiss – Dangerous Game; Johnny Thunders & The Heartbreakers – Live At Mothers. L.A.M.F. and L.A.M.F.: The Lost ’77 Mixes; The Real Kids – The Real Kids; Richard Hell – Blank Generation and Destiny Street

More information on this artist is available on her web site –

Ed Caraeff  – notable album cover credits includeCredence Clearwater Revival – Pendulum; Rod Stewart – Never A Dull Moment and Chronicles; Elton John – Honky Chateau; Carly Simon – No Secrets; Steely Dan – Royal Scam; Bee Gees – Children of The World; Ten Years After – A Space In Time; Linda Ronstadt – Don’t Cry Now;Ruben & The Jets – For Real!; Hall & Oates – Private Eyes; Jimi Hendrix – Fire: The Essential Jimi Hendrix Collection

More information available at –

Robert Frank  – notable album cover credits include – Rolling Stones – Exile On Main Street; Kraftwerk – Radio Aktivitat; Philip Glass – Hydrogen Jukebox; Jerry Garcia – Shady Grove; John Hiatt – Greatest Hits: The A&M Years ’87 – ’94 and Chronicles; New Order – Item; The New Lost City Ramblers – 50 Years: Where Do You Come From, Where Do You Go?; Tracy Nelson – Tracy Nelson Country

Learn more about this artist at

Brian Griffin  – Notable album cover credits include – Joe Jackson – Look Sharp!; Iggy Pop – Soldier; Depeche Mode – A Broken Frame and Construction Time Again; Psychedelic Furs – Mirror Moves; Elvis Costello – Spike; Wang Chung – Points on the Curve; Echo & The Bunnymen – Ocean Rain; Christine McVie – Christine McVie

More information available at

Aaron Rapoport – notable album cover credits include – REO Speedwagon –  High Infidelity; Supertramp – Breakfast In America; Larry Graham – Fired Up; Eagles – Eagles Live; Josie Cotton – Convertible Music; Saga – Wildest Dreams; Van Halen – 5150 and Van Halen Box; 1986 – 1993; James Taylor – The Collection; John Cougar – Nothing Matters and What If It Did; Highway 101 – Paint The Town; Linda Ronstadt – Get Closer

More information about this artist is available on his web site at –

New inductees in the “Album Cover Illustrator/Typographer” Category (whose first credits took place sometime after January, 1960) – 

Dave McKean – notable album cover credits include – The Residents – Freak Show; Paradise Lost – As I Die; Alice Cooper – The Last Temptation; Bill Bruford’s Earthworks – Stomping Ground and Heavenly Bodies; Testament – Low and Demonic; Tori Amos – God; Machine Head – Burn My Eyes; Front Line Assembly – Hard Wired, Live Wired and Fallout; Fear Factory – Demanufacture and Obsolete; Buckethead – Day of the Robot; Stabbing Westward – Darkest Days; Counting Crows – This Desert Life; Steve Morse – Major Impacts;

More information on this artist is available at his website at

Martin Muller AKA Neon Park – notable album cover credits include – Frank Zappa – Weasels Ripped My Flesh; Little Feat – Dixie Chicken, Waiting For Columbus, Hoy-Hoy!, Shake Me Up and Hotcakes & Outtakes: 30 Years Of Little Feat; Y&T – Down For The Count; Lowell George – Thanks I’ll Eat It Here; Chris Daniels (& The Kings) – In Your Face and Is My Love Enough?; .38 Special – Special Delivery; Y&T -Down For The Count; 

More information available at –

Bill Sienkiewicz  – notable album covers include – EPMD – Business As Usual; Dio – The Very Beast Of Dio; Soilent Green – A Deleted Symphony For The Beaten Down; Glenn Danzig – Black Aria II; Kid Cudi – Man On The Moon: The End Of Day; Corrosion Of Conformity – Blind; T.I. – Trouble Man: Heavy Is The Head; Jimi Hendrix – Jimi By Himself: The Home Recordings; RZA – Bobby Digital

More information on this artist is available on his web site –

Paul Whitehead  – Genesis – Trespass, Nursery Cryme and Foxtrot; Van Der Graaf Generator – Pawn Hearts and H To He, Who Am The Only One; Renaissance – Illusion; Peter Hammill – Fool’s Mate

More information available at – or

Tony Wright  – Traffic – Low Spark of High Heeled Boys and Shootout at The Fantasy Factory; Bob Marley – Natty Dread; Steve Winwood – Arc of A Diver; Black Uhuru – Sensimilla; Gryphon – Raindance; B-52s – High Fidelity; John Martyn – One World; Sly and Robbie – Rhythm Killers; Bob Dylan – Saved; Marianne Faithfull – A Child’s Adventure; Stomu Yamashita’s Go – Live From Paris; Chic – Take It Off; Ian Gillan Band – Scarabus; Gary Windo – Deep Water; Suicide – Suicide; Ramones – Too Tough To Die and Subterranean Jungle

More information available at –

New inductees in the “Album Cover Designer” Category (whose first credits took place sometime after January, 1960) – 

Stan Evenson – notable album cover credits include – Peter Frampton – Frampton Comes Alive!; Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers – Damn The Torpedoes; .38 Special – .38 Special; Sea Level – Cats On The Coast and Long Walk On A Short Pier; Steve Miller – Born 2B Blue; Ozark Mountain Daredevils – The Car Over The Lake Album; Joe Cocker – Joe Cocker Live; Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes – Reaching For The World; Timberline – The Great Timber Rush; Jim Hall – Commitment; Brubeck & Desmond – 1975: The Duets

More information on this artist is available on his web site at

Lively & Motch – Dave Lively & Jeff Motch – notable album cover credits include – Blink 182 – Cheshire Cat ; Rocket For The Crypt – Group Sounds ; Jack Johnson – In Between Dreams, Breakdown, Sleep Through The Static and To The Sea ; G-Love – Lemonade, Superhero Brother, Fixin’ To Die and Sugar; Kate Earl – Fate Is The Hunter;  Various Artists – Revolution Number 9: A Tribute To The Beatles; Ash – Meltdown; Matt Costa – Unfamiliar Faces; The Sultans – Shipwrecked; The Heartaches – Too Cool For School

The duo dissolved their partnership in 2009 – read more in their ACHOF site bio.

Vaughan Oliver – notable album cover credits include – Pixies – Come on Pilgrim, Surfer Rosa, Doolittle and Monkey Gone To Heaven; David Sylvian – Secrets of the Beehive; The Breeders – Pod and Safari; Modern English – Pillow Lips; Psychedelic Furs – Until She Comes and World Outside; Lush – Spooky, For Love and Hypocrite; Throwing Muses – House Tornado, University and Counting Backwards; Bush – Swallowed; TV On The Radio –Return To Cookie Mountain

Smog Design – Jeri & John Heiden – Notable album cover credits include – Madonna – True Blue, Like A Virgin and Like A Prayer; P!nk – The Truth About Love, I’m Not Dead and Try This; Eagles – The Very Best Of, Long Road Out Of Eden and Selected Works; k.d. lang – Ingenue, Shadowland, Absolute Torch and Twang, Hymns of the 49th Parallel and Reintarnation; a-ha – Hunting High and Low and Scoundrel Days; Don Henley – Cass County and Building The Perfect Beast; Sheryl Crow – The Globe SessionsC’mon C’mon and 100 Miles From Memphis; Sting – Mercury Falling; Elvis Costello – Spike, The Beloved Entertainer; Ben Folds and Ben Folds Five – Rockin The Suburbs and The Sound Of The Life Of The Mind; Rod Stewart – Storyteller and The Great American Song Book; Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers – MOJO and Hypnotic Eye; Janet (Jackson) – All For You and Damita Jo; Christina Aguilera – Back to Basics and Stripped; Britney Spears – Circus; The Decemberists – What a Terrible World, What a Beautiful World, Florasongs and The King Is Dead; Stone Temple Pilots – Purple and Tiny Music

More information on these artists can be found on their web site at

Dean Torrence DBA Kittyhawk Graphics Notable album cover credits include – Harry Nilsson – Point! and Nilsson Sings Newman; Nitty Gritty Dirt Band – Stars & Stripes ForeverUncle Charlie & His Dog Teddie and Will The Circle Be Unbroken; The Beach Boys – 15 Big Ones; Dennis Wilson – Pacific Ocean Blue; Walter Egan – Not Shy; The Turtles – Sound Asleep and Wooden Head; Michael Nesmith & The First National Band – Magnetic South; Canned Heat – Boogie With Canned Heat; Albert Collins – Love Can Be Found Anywhere; Steve Martin – A Wild & Crazy Guy and Comedy Is Not Pretty; Jan & Dean – Teen Suite 1958-1962;

More information available on his Facebook page at –

New inductees in the “Album Cover Art Director” Category (whose first credits took place sometime after January, 1960) – 

Phil Hartman (originally, Hartmann) – notable album cover credits include – Poco – Rose of Cimarron, Cantamos, Legend and Seven; Steely Dan – Aja; America – America Live, Silent Letter, Hideaway, Harbor and History: America’s Greatest Hits; Pure Drug & Food Act – Choice Cuts; Crosby, Stills & Nash – logo used on several LPs; Firesign Theatre – Fighting Clowns

Laura LiPuma-Nash – Notable album cover credits include – Prince – Purple Rain, Around The World In A Day, Sign Of The Times, Parade and Lovesexy; Sheila E – Glamorous Life; John Fogerty – Centerfield and Eye Of The Zombie; Emmylou Harris – Live At The Ryman and Brand New Dance; Neil Young – Weight Of The World; Kenny Rogers – Back Home Again; Bela Fleck & The Flecktones – Flight Of The Cosmic Hippo; Take 6 – So Much 2 Say; Randy Travis – No Holdin’ Back

More information on this artist is available at

Hugh Syme – Notable album cover credits include – Rush – All album covers since 1975: Def Leppard – Retroactive; Megadeth – Countdown To Extinction and Youthanasia; Supertramp – Some Things Never Change; Celine Dion – Live A Paris; Aerosmith – Get A Grip and Chronicles; Quiet Riot – QRIII; Whitesnake – World Trade, Slip of the Tongue and 1987; The Band – Jericho; Slaughter – Stick It To Ya; Alice Cooper – A Fistful of Alice; Red Rider – Neruda;  Jimmy Page – Pride & Joy

More information on this artist is available at his web site –

Wonder Graphics – (James) Flournoy Holmes and W. David Powell – notable album cover credits include – The Allman Brothers Band – Eat A Peach; Christopher Cross – Christopher Cross; The Marshall Tucker Band – The Marshall Tucker Band and Greetings From South Carolina; Dr. John – In The Right Place; The Charlie Daniels Band – Nightrider, Saddle Tramp and Fire On The Mountain; The Outlaws – Hurry Sundown; Carole King – Touch The Sky; Paul Davis – Ride ‘Em Cowboy; Jim Glaser – The Man In The Mirror; Tom MacKenzie – Finely Tuned; Widespread Panic – Space Wrangler and Uber Cobra; Kansas – Masque; Ted Nugent’s Amboy Dukes – Tooth Fang

More information on Flournoy Holmes’ latest projects is available on his web site at

Roland Young – notable album covers include – Cat Stevens – Foreigner and Buddha & The Chocolate Box; Canned Heat – Kings Of The Boogie; Patti Austin – Every Home Should Have One; The Flying Burrito Brothers – The Flying Burrito Brothers; Peggy Lee – Mirrors; Carole King – Tapestry and Music; Humble Pie – Rockin’ The Fillmore; Carpenters – Carpenters, A Song For You and Now & Then; Peter Frampton – Frampton and Frampton Comes Alive!; Barry De Vorzon – Nadia’s Theme; Styx – Equinox and The Grand Illusion; Chuck Mangione – Feels So Good and Bellavia; Herb Alpert – Midnight Sun and In The Mood; .38 Special – Rockin’ Into The Night and Special Delivery; The Tubes – Young & Rich and Remote Control; The Brothers Johnson – Blam!!; Richie Havens – The End Of The Beginning; Joe Cocker – Unchain My Heart; Lee Michaels – Fifth;

While Mr. Young has retired from this line of work (and, therefore, doesn’t maintain a web site), Artist/Educator Mary Scott shares her thoughts and feelings about Mr. Young in this article for the AIGA (American Institute of Graphic Arts) site –

New Inductees in the “Record Labels that Support Great Album Art ” Category (whose first credits took place sometime after January, 1960) – In as much as “pop” music in the early days of the Pop/Rock era included musical acts that easily crossed-over from jazz, R&B, country, folk and Rock & Roll to deliver music in many styles to a public hungry for their records, record companies were not eager to be classified and chose to make sure that their cover designs would appeal to a fairly broad audience.

However, many musical artists sought to team with like-minded art directors to create packaging for music that would best-represent their own feelings about how they’d like the buying public to perceive them and their music. Once shown to be effective marketing tools, trend-setting album cover design was embraced by certain record labels, who then – as a prelude to the big-budget video productions of the 1980s and 90s – put significant resources behind these promotional packages. It is the labels that showed this type of forethought that we look to honor in this category.

Mute – Depeche Mode, Erasure, New Order, Nitzer Ebb, Moby, Goldfrapp, The Birthday Party, Liars, The Residents –

Rough Trade – re-launched 1990s – Scritti Politti, Anthony & The Johnsons, The Strokes, The Libertines, Warpaint, Dean Blunt –

Verve – Count Basie, Natalie Cole, Duke Ellington, Wes Montgomery, Charlie Parker, Linda Ronstadt, Mel Torme, Sarah Vaughan –

New Inductees in the ” Musical Acts with a long-standing commitment to great Album Cover imagery” Category (whose first credits took place sometime after January, 1960) – Of course, without the patronage of musical acts and their record labels, there would be no great album cover art, but there were some acts that “got it” better than others and used their cover imagery to both help set the mood for the music packaged inside and build a deeper bond with their fans and potential fans. At times, a great album cover image could be a powerful enticement to shoppers browsing the racks at their favorite record store, whereas some fans of a band viewed them as “rewards” given to those who’d waited patiently for an act’s next release.

With the strong connection evident between the visual and aural arts, it only seems natural that musicians would find kindred spirits in the men and women tasked to produce the images for their recorded music.

Please note – I’ve included links to each act’s discography on the web site as this site provides album art imagery for each release (thumbnails which expand when you roll-over them with your cursor).

Electric Light Orchestra –

Pixies –

Santana –

One final note – Based on the input from our Voting Panel that was expressed during this year’s Nominee Survey, this year we will not be inducting winner in the “Individual Achievement Award” category. I’m assuming that this was due to the fact that it was the one category that required our voters to make a judgment call on the “worthiness” of a particular cover design. While, as a group, we’ve decided not to continue judging a person’s unique efforts on one particular work, I am asking you, our readers, to let us know if you have a suggestion for a particular work that you think that fans like yourselves might want to know more about. You can send that suggestion to me and I’ll try to create an entry for the site that provides all of the details on that particular work and the artist that created it.

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Questions about this announcement should be directed to Mike Goldstein, Curator/Editor, –    Chicago, IL, USA