ACHOF Class of 2018 Inductee Intro Page

Announcing the 2018 Inductees into the Album Cover Hall of Fame

November 21, 2018

This latest class of honorees in the 6 major categories – as voted on by a world-wide panel of music, art and marketing experts in the area of album cover art & packaging – represents the “who’s who” of creative and production talent, including many recognized names of craftspeople working in the worlds of fine art, graphic design and photography.

Since officially launching the site in 2012, we’ve previously enshrined six 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 from 1991 – present, while the last three years’ voting looked at all 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 mentioned previously, this year’s Class allowed for the consideration of any talent not previously inducted into the ACHOF six major categories. 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 mid-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.

Through the ongoing efforts of those who support of this Hall of Fame, our goal continues to be to recognize the contributions of those who have had a significant impact in the ongoing development and advancement of rock and roll album cover-related art direction, illustration, photography and package design, as well as the record labels and musical acts who’ve supported great work in the field. Based on each inductee’s body of work in the field, we feel that their talents have exemplified the best possible efforts made to package and promote their clients’ recorded music, and so we’re privileged to have been able to include them in this year’s poll and, ultimately, our lists of honorees.

I’d also like to note that this year’s voting was rather unique in that one individual – Art Director/Illustrator Dean Torrence – was inducted in two categories and, prior to his working in the design field (where he was nominated several times for his album cover work, winning an award for Best Album Cover in 1972 for the cover he created for psych rockers Pollution), was part of multi-Top 10-selling musical duet (Jan & Dean, of “Surf City/The Little Old Lady From Pasadena” fame  (how multi-talented can you be!).

We’ve divided the Inductees into their respective categories so that our readers can get to know each winner individually and within their group of peers. Below, you’ll find a summary of the winners in each category:

Album Cover Photographer Inductees 

Chalkie Davies, Robert Ellis, Lynn Goldsmith, Jean-Baptiste Mondino and Paul Wakefield

Chalkie Davies – notable album cover credits include – Pretenders – Pretenders; The Specials – The Specials and More Specials; Pete Townshend – All The Best Cowboys Have Chinese Eyes; Squeeze – Six of One; Elvis Costello – My Aim Is True, This Year’s Model, Armed Forces and In Motion Pictures; Stray Cats – Stray Cats; Paul McCartney – All The Best; Thin Lizzy – Live & Dangerous and Vagabonds Kings Warriors Angels

More information on this artist is available on his studio’s website –

Robert Ellis – notable album cover credits include – King Crimson – Islands and Larks’ Tongues In Aspic; Jethro Tull – Thick As A Brick; AC/DC – Ballbreaker; Deep Purple – Live In California ’74; Black Sabbath – Black Mass; Led Zeppelin – Led Zeppelin II; T. Rex – Electric Warrior; Electric Light Orchestra – Face The Music; Genesis – Seconds Out; Joan Jett – Bad Reputation

More information on this artist can be found at

Lynn Goldsmith – Notable album cover credits include – Frank Zappa – Sheik Yerbouti and Broadway The Hard Way; Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers – Damn The Torpedos; B-52s – Wild Planet; Ted Nugent – Scream Dream; Talking Heads – The Name of This Band is Talking Heads; Yanni – Steal The Sky and The Collection; Grand Funk Railroad – Shinin’ On; Hall & Oates – Private Eyes and Live At The Apollo with David Ruffin and Eddie Kendricks

To find out more about this artist, please visit her web site at

Jean-Baptiste Mondino – Notable album cover credits include – Bjork – Bjork; Prince – Lovesexy; Malcolm McLaren – Paris; Marianne Faithful – Before The Poison and Easy Come Easy Go; Peter Murphy – Love Hysteria; Neneh Cherry – Raw Like Sushi; Boz Scaggs – Come On Home; Lenny Kravitz – Are You Gonna Go My Way; Eurythmics – We Too Are One; Placebo – Sleeping With Ghosts; Madonna – Music

For more information on this artist, please visit his web site at – 

Paul Wakefield – Notable album cover credits include – Supertramp – Crime of the Century and Crisis? What Crisis?; Siouxie and the Banshees – The Scream; Vangelis – Heaven & Hell; City Boy – Dinner at the Ritz; Ian Gillan – Child In Time; Jack Lancaster & Robin Lumley – Marscape; Sally Oldfield – Water Bearer; No Dice – No Dice

More on this artist can be found on his web site at

Album Cover Illustrator Inductees (inc. those specializing in logos and typography)

David Bailey, Carson Ellis, Frank Olinsky, Dean Torrence and George Underwood 

David Bailey – notable album cover credits include – The Rolling Stones – The Rolling Stones, 12 X 5, The Rolling Stones, Now!, Out Of Our Heads, Aftermath, Get Yer Ya-Ya’s Out! and Goats Head Soup; Marianne Faithful – Marianne Faithful; Procol Harum – Home; Cat Stevens – Teaser & The Firecat; Barbra Streisand – The Way We Were; Elton John – Victim of Love; Squeeze – Argybargy and Sweets From A Stranger; David Axelrod – The Big Country; Big Country – Brighton Rock; Pink Floyd – Shine On; Colin Hay – Looking For Jack

For more information on this artist, please visit his agency’s web site at

Carson Ellis – notable album cover credits include – The Decemberists – Her Majesty, The Tain, Picaresque, The Crain Wife, A Practical Handbook, Hazards of Love, The King Is Dead, What A Terrible World What A Beautiful World and Florasongs; Weezer – Make Believe; Laura Viers – July Flame and Warp & Weft; Colin Meloy – Colin Meloy Sings Live! 

Frank Olinsky – Notable album cover credits include – Duran Duran – Notorious; Tom Tom Club – Dark Sneak Love Action; Fountains of Wayne – Welcome Interstate Managers and Utopia Parkway; Peter Wolf – Sleepness; R.E.M. – Green; 10,000 Maniacs – Time Capsule and Few & Far Between; Natalie Merchant – Tiger Lily; Secret Machines – Now Here is Nowhere; Boz Scaggs – Speak Low; Sonic Youth – Sonic Youth, Daydream Nation and Goo; Talking Heads – Once In A Lifetime; The Waterboys – Dream Harder; The Smashing Pumpkins – Mellon Collie & The Infinite Sadness and The Aeroplane Flies High; Blues Traveler – Bridge; Joe Jackson – Volume 4 and Afterlife; The Power Station – The Power Station 

More information on this artist can be found on his web site at

Dean Torrence DBA Kittyhawk Graphics – Harry Nilsson – Point! and Nilsson Sings Newman; Nitty Gritty Dirt Band – Stars & Stripes Forever, Uncle 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 at –

George Underwood – notable album cover credits include – David Bowie – Hunky Dory, The Space Oddity Album and The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars; Tyrannosaurus Rex – Electric Warrior (inner sleeve), Futuristic Dragon, My People Were Fair and Had Sky In Their Hair, But Now They’re Content To Wear Stars On Their Brows and Metal Guru; The Fixx – Reach The Beach, Less Cities More Moving People, Phantoms, Calm Animals and Beautiful Friction; Gentle Giant – Gentle Giant and Scraping The Barrell; Procol Harum – Shine On Brightly; The Driven – Monkey in a Cage and Secret Police

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

Album Cover Designer Inductees

Ron Coro, Peter Curzon, Jean-Paul Goude, Storm Thorgerson and Tony Wright 

Ron Coro – notable album cover credits include – Neil Diamond – Jonathan Livingston Seagull; Mahavishnu Orchestra – Inner Mounting Flame; Loggins & Messina – Full Sail and On Stage; Bob Dylan – Blood on The Tracks and Self Portrait; Boz Scaggs – Silk Degrees and Slow Dancer; The Cars – The Cars and Candy-O; Paul Revere & The Raiders (Featuring Mark Lindsay) – Something Happening; Johnny Winter – Johnny Winter; Moby Grape – Truly Fine Citizen; Paul Simon- Paul Simon; Redbone – Rovoka; The Rockets – Back Talk; Greg Kihn Band – Rockihnroll; Don Henley – I Can’t Stand Still; Roy Orbison – Laminar Flow; Billy Joel – Streetlife Serenade

Ron’s retired, but you can find more information about his career at –

Peter Curzon – notable album cover credits include – Blinker The Star – August Everywhere; Audioslave – Audioslave; Alan Parsons – A Valid Path and On Air; The Mars Volta – Frances The Mute; Pink Floyd – The Dark Side Of The Moon, Wish You Were Here, The Wall and Pulse; Anthrax – Stomp 442; 10cc –Mirror Mirror; The Cranberries – Wake Up & Smell The Coffee; Megadeth – Rude Awakening; The Offspring – Splinter; O.A.R. – Stories Of A Stranger; Umphrey’s McGee – Safety In Numbers; Ween – The Mollusk; Dream Theater – Once in a LIVEtime; MUSE – Black Holes & Revelations

More information on this artist is available via his web sites at and

Jean-Paul Goude – Notable album cover credits include – Grace Jones – Warm Leatherette, Nightclubbing, Living My Life, Slave To The Rhythm, A State Of Grace and Hurricane/Hurricane Dub; Grand Funk Railroad – Born To Die; Christina – Sleep It Off; Various Artists – Hip City [Harmless]

For more information on this artist, please visit his web site at

Storm Thorgerson – Notable album cover work examples include – Pink Floyd – Dark Side of the Moon, Wish You Were Here, Animals, A Momentary Lapse of Reason, Discovery and Echoes: The Best of Pink Floyd; Led Zeppelin – Houses of the Holy; Black Sabbath – Technical Ecstasy; Muse – Absolution; The Cranberries – Bury The Hatchet and Wake Up & Smell The Coffee; Alan Parsons – The Time Machine; Peter Gabriel – Peter Gabriel; Anthrax – Stomp 442; Ian Dury – Reasons To Be Cheerful; Phish – Slip, Stitch & Pass; Audioslave – Audioslave

For more info on this artist, please visit his studio site at

Tony Wright – notable album cover credits include – 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 on this artist is available on his web site at 

Album Cover Art Director Inductees

Aaron & Shawn Brauch (Pen & Pixel), David Larkham, Aubrey Powell, Cal Schenkel and Dean Torrence

Aaron & Shawn Brauch DBA Pen & Pixel – notable album cover credits include – Snoop Dogg – Da Game Is To Be Sold, Not To Be Told; Big Bear – Doin’ Thangs; Three 6 Mafia – The End; Mystikal – Unpredicatble; Master P – MP Da Last Don; B.G. – Chopper City and Chopper City In The Ghetto; Hot Boys – Guerilla Warfare, Get It How U Live and Let ‘Em Burn; Juvenile – 400 Degreez; Sex Fiends – Let’s Get Butt-Naked; Big Tymer$ – How You Luv That; Chris Rock – Bigger and Blacker; Cher – Live in Las Vegas; 2 Live Crew – The Real One; Lil Wayne – Lights Out; Birdman – #1 Stunna; ESG –Sailin’ Da South; Eigthball and MJG – On Top of the World; DJ Screw – 3’n The Mornin’; E40 – Da Hall of Game

More info on this team can be found at

David Larkham – notable album cover credits includes – Elton John – Elton John, Tumbleweed Connection, Madman Across The Water, Don’t Shoot Me I’m Only The Piano Player, Goodbye Yellow Brick Road, Captain Fantastic & The Brown Dirt Cowboy and Greatest Hits; Three Dog Night – Cyan and Hard Labor; Steely Dan – Pretzel Logic; Leo Sayer – Endless Flight; Ambrosia – Somewhere I’ve Never Travelled; Paul McCartney – Pipes of Peace; Van Morrison – Too Late to Stop Now and Bryan Ferry – Boys & Girls

For more information on this artist, please visit his web site at

Aubrey Powell – Notable album cover art credits – Pink Floyd – Dark Side of the Moon, Wish You Were Here, Discovery and Animals; T.Rex – Electric Warrior; Led Zeppelin – Houses of The Holy and Presence; Genesis – The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway; Judas Priest – Rising In The East; UB40 – Who You Fighting For?; Robert Plant – Sixty Six To Timbuktu; Bad Company – Company of Strangers; Deep Purple – Nobody’s Perfect; Paul McCartney & Wings – Venus & Mars

More information available at –

Cal Schenkel – Notable album cover credits include – Frank Zappa (both with the Mothers of Invention and as a solo act) – Absolutely Free, Hot Rats, Cruising With Ruben & The Jets, Apostrophe (*), Uncle Meat; Tinseltown Rebellion, Waka/Jawaka, We’re Only In It For The Money, Lumpy Gravy, Filmore East:June ’71, Ahead of Their Time, Cheap Thrills, The Grand Wazoo, Threesome: Vols. 1-3 and Burnt Weeny Sandwich; Captain Beefheart – Trout Mask Replica; The Fugs – Golden Filth; Tom Waits – The Heart of Saturday Night and Small Change; Tim Buckley – Look At The Fool; Chris Connelly – Box Set; George Duke – Keyboard Giant; Billy Cobham/George Duke – Live On Tour In Europe

To see what he’s up to these days, please visit his site at

Dean Torrence DBA Kittyhawk Graphics (D, AD) – Harry Nilsson – Point! and Nilsson Sings Newman; Nitty Gritty Dirt Band – Stars & Stripes Forever, Uncle 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 at –

Inducted Record Labels 

Interscope and Parlophone

Interscope (part of Universal Music Group) – for a list of artists on this label, click on over to

Parlophone (now part of Warner Music Group) – a roster of this label’s current artists can be found at

Inducted Musical Acts with a long-standing commitment to great Album Cover imagery

The Decemberists, Bob Dylan, Peter Gabriel, Rush and The Smiths

The Decemberists – a page detailing all of their record albums can be found on their official web site at

Bob Dylan – a listing of all of Mr. Dylan’s albums can be found on his official web site at

Peter Gabriel – a page detailing all of Peter’s recorded music output can be found on his official web site at

Rush – there’s a page on this band’s official web site where you can find their discography –

The Smiths – the official web site for this band includes info on their various record releases –

Qualified individuals become eligible for induction 10 years after the publication of their first record album, CD, DVD or digital album cover image. Please note that some names will 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:

Going forward, the Voting Panel – currently consisting of over 75 experts in the fields of packaging design, illustration, photography and music product marketing – will continue the process each year (beginning again in Summer 2019 to nominate the next class of Inductees representing those whose works were published any time during the period of 1960 – present) by selecting nominees in each of the featured categories for consideration by both that voting body and those nominees that receive the most total votes in their respective categories will be inducted. Panel members discussed the possibility of opening some aspect of next year’s voting to the public – we’ll notify fans and the press once any decisions have been made regarding this effort.

To see a list of all of the current inductees to the Album Cover Hall of Fame, please visit –

Thanks again to all of the members of the Voting Panel who participated this year – this couldn’t be done without your continued support.