ACHOF Class of 2019 Inductee Intro Page

Announcing the 2019 Inductees into the Album Cover Hall of Fame

November 22, 2019

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 seven classes of Inductees based on the results from the group’s yearly surveys, with the voting panel considering the creative output of all producers active any time since 1960. Dozens 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.

Continuing on via our standard methodology, 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.

The Album Cover Hall of Fame’s Mike Goldstein had this to say about this year’s efforts – “Through the ongoing efforts of those who support of this Hall of Fame, we’re able 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, along with 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.”

Goldstein added “I’d also like to note that this year’s voting includes package and promo designs for musical acts popular in the “classic rock”, punk, New Wave and Hip-Hop genres, showing fans that album cover imagery continues to be an important part of the relationship between musical acts and their buying/listening public of all ages and musical tastes. I’m happy to say that, while many thought that the album cover had “died” when the music industry moved headfirst into the digital arena, musical acts and their labels continue to invest in the visual aspects of their products and work hard to impress fans with the totality of their creative output.”

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 

Janette Beckman, Fin Costello and Hideki Fujii, Daniel Kramer, Simon Larbalestier and Linda McCartney

Janette Beckman – Notable album cover credits include – The Police – Outlandos D’Amour, Reggatta De Blanc, Zenyatta Mondatta and Every Breath You Take: The Singles; Squeeze – Six Of One; Arthur Russell – Another Thought; Gang Starr – No More Mr. Nice Guy; Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five – On The Strength; Salt-n-Pepa – A Salt With A Deadly Pepa and Push It

To learn more about this artist, please visit her web site at – http://www.janettebeckman.com/

Fin Costello – Deep Purple – Made In JapanWho Do We Think We Are and Burn; Manfred Mann – Solar Fire; Uriah Heep – Sweet Freedom; Rainbow – Richie Blackmore’s Rainbow and Rising; Twisted Sister – Under The Blade; Japan – Obscure Alternatives and Assemblage; Status Quo – Riffs; Rush – Sector 2

More information available at – https://www.facebook.com/pages/category/Photographer/Fin-CostelloPictures-in-Rock-719292074947658/

Hideki Fujii – notable album cover credits include – Steely Dan – Aja; Skyhooks – Hot For The Orient; Isao Tomita – Grand Canyon

More information on this artist is available on this Japanese photography web site (some parts are in English) – http://www.fgraphy.com/

Daniel Kramer – Notable album cover credits includeBob Dylan – Highway 61 Revisited, Bringing It All Back Home and The Essential Bob Dylan; George Benson – Giblet Gravy; Joan Baez – Any Day Now; Janis Joplin – The Essential Janis Joplin; Gordon Lightfoot – Lightfoot and Did She Mention My Name; Ian & Sylvia – Greatest Hits; Big Brother & The Holding Company – Big Brother & The Holding Company; Mississippi John Hurt – Live; The James Cotton Blues Band – Pure Cotton

More information available at – http://www.danielkramer.com/

Simon Larbalestier – Notable album cover credits include – The Pixies – Pilgrim, Doolittle, Surfer Rosa, Monkey Gone To Heaven and Minotaur (box set); Heidi Berry – Pomegranate: An Anthology; Various Artists – Dig For Fire: A Tribute To The Pixies

To learn more about this artist, please visit the following web site – http://www.simon-larbalestier.co.uk

Linda McCartney – notable album cover credits include – Paul McCartney – McCartney, Ram, Red Rose Speedway, Venus & Mars, Wings At The Speed of Sound, London Town ; Mary Hopkin – Post Card; Neil Young – Sugar Mountain: Live At Canterbury House 1968 and Neil Young Archives, Vol. 1; Jimi Hendrix – The Jimi Hendrix Experience and Valleys of Neptune; Various Artists – Apple Box Set; Thin Lizzy – Chinatown

Learn more about this artist on her web site at http://www.lindamccartney.com/

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

Pedro Bell, Ioannis, Tom Nikosey, Terry Pastor, Gerald Scarfe and Winston Smith

Pedro Bell – notable album cover credits include – Parliament/Funkadelic /P-Funk All Stars – One Nation Under A Groove, Hardcore Jollies, Cosmic Slop, Standing On The Verge of Getting It On, Let’s Take It To The Stage, The Electric Spanking of War Babes, Uncle Jam Wants You, T.A.P.O.A.F.O.M and How Late Do U Have 2 B B 4 U R Absent ? ; Axiom Funk – Funkcronomicon

More on this artist via a page on the George Clinton web site – http://georgeclinton.com/family/pedro-bell/

Ioannis – Notable album cover work examples – The Allman Brothers – Where It All Begins; Extreme – Pornograffitti; Styx – Return to Paradise; Blue Oyster Cult – Curse of the Hidden Mirror; Starship – Loveless Fascination; Uriah Heep – Into The Wild and Celebration:40 Years of Rock; Fates Warning – Awaken The Guardian Live

To learn more about Ioannis, please visit his website at http://www.dangerousage.com

Tom Nikosey – Notable album cover work examples – Bee Gees – Children of the World and Bee Gees Greatest; Commodores – Zoom and Midnight Magic; Three Dog Night – American Pastime; Eric Clapton – No Reason to Cry; Tommy Bolin –Raw Jams Vol.1; Steeley Dan – The Royal Scam; Kenny Rogers – 20 Great Years; Midnight Star – Victory; The Doobie Brothers – Cycles; Bob Seger – Face The Promise; Allan Holdsworth – Road Games

To view his portfolio online, please visit his web site at www.tomnikosey.com

Terry Pastor – Notable examples of album cover work – David Bowie – Ziggy Stardust & The Spiders From Mars and Hunky Dory; Soft Machine – Six; The Beach Boys – 20 Golden Greats; Sweet – Off The Record; Imagination – Body Talk; The Flicks – Go For The Effect; Camel – A Live Record; Byzantium – Byzantium; Ariel – A Strange Fantastic Dream

More information is available on his website at http://www.terrypastor.co.uk

Gerald Scarfe – Notable album cover work examples – Pink Floyd – The Wall, Shine On and Is There Anybody Out There? The Wall: Live 1980-1981; Roger Waters – Pros and Cons of Hitch Hiking; Alan Price – Shouts Across The Street;

More information on this artist is available on his web site at http://www.geraldscarfe.com  

Winston Smith – Notable album cover work examples – Dead Kennedys – In God We Trust. Inc., Plastic Surgery Disasters, Frankenchrist, Bedtime For Democracy and Give Me Convenience or Give Me Death; Green Day – Insomniac; One Hit Wonder – Outfall; NRA – New Recovery; Storm, Inc. – Calm Years; Ben Harper – White Lies For Dark Times; Jello Biafra – If Evolution Is Outlawed, Only Outlaws Will Evolve

More information is available at http://www.winstonsmith.com

Album Cover Designer Inductees

John Berg, Mike Doud, Rod Dyer, Rob O’Connor (& Stylorouge) and Glen Wexler 

John Berg – notable album cover credits include – Barbra Streisand – Barbra Streisand Album; Bob Dylan – Greatest Hits and Blonde on Blonde; Chicago – V, VI, VII, VIII and X (14 in all); Bruce Springsteen – Greetings From Asbury Park and Born To Run; Jeff Beck – Blow By Blow

More information available at – http://www.aiga.org/content.cfm/across-the-graphic-universe-an-interview-with-john-berg?searchtext=john%20berg

Also inducted in the Art Director category in 2015

Mike Doud – Notable album cover credits include – Humble Pie – Smokin’; Vangelis – Heaven & Hell; Led Zeppelin – Physical Graffiti; Be Bop Deluxe – Sunburst Finish; Supertramp – Breakfast In America. Paris, Famous Last Words and Even In The Quietest Moments; Heart – Little Queen, Dog & Butterfly and The Collection (Box Set); Bonham – The Disregard of Timekeeping; War – Life (Is So Strange); The Go-Gos – Beauty & The Beat;Rick Springfield – Working Class Dog and Success Hasn’t Spoiled Me Yet; The Strawbs – Hero & Heroine; Chris De Burgh – Into The Light; Kool & The Gang– Ladies Night

More information available at – http://www.chrishigh.com/cdeb_mikedoud.htm

Also inducted in the Art Director category in 2015

Rod Dyer – Alice Cooper – Goes To Hell; Carole King – Writer; The Raspberries – Raspberries and Side 3; Roberta Flack – Killing Me Softly; Parliament – Up For The Down Stroke; Kansas – Point of Know Return; Peter & Gordon – Lady Godiva; Richie Havens – Portfolio; Linda Ronstadt – Heart Like A Wheel; James Taylor – Walking Man; Peter Frampton – Frampton; Rufus Featuring Chaka Khan – Ask Rufus; The Babys – Union Jacks; Elton John – Too Low For Zero; Pages – Pages

More information available at – http://www.roddyerinternational.com/

Rob O’Connor & Stylorouge – Notable album cover credits include – The Cure – The Cure; George Michael – Faith; a-ha – Headlines & Deadlines; Robert Fripp – God Save The King; Blur – Parklife, Dream In Colour and Modern Life Is Rubbish; Broken Records – Until The Earth Begins To Part; Jesus Jones –Already; Rolling Stones – No Security; Crowded House – Time On Earth; David Bowie – The Best of David Bowie 1969-74; Squeeze – Five Live; Pretenders –Loose Screw; Siouxsie & The Banshees – Join Hands, Kaleidoscope and Ju Ju

More information is available at http://www.stylorouge.co.uk/

Glen Wexler – Notable album cover credits include – Van Halen – Balance; Slaughter – Stick It To Ya and Stick It Live; Heaven & Earth – Dig; Black Sabbath – Reunion; Rush – Hold Your Fire: Missing Persons – Spring Session M and Late Nights, Early Days; Chaka Khan – Naughty; House of Lords – House of Lords, Sahara and Demons Down; Stir – Holy Dogs; Oslo – The Rise & Fall of Love & Hate; ZZ Top – Greatest Hits

To learn more about Glen and see more of his work, please visit his website at http://glenwexlerstudio.com

Album Cover Art Director Inductees

Cey Adams, Stanley Donwood, Garbrielle Raumberger, Tommy Steele and Larry Vigon

Cey Adams – notable album cover credits include – Notorious BIG – Ready To Die; Beastie Boys – Intergalactic, Hello Nasty, The Negotiation Limerick Fileand Body Movin’; Geto Boys – The Resurrection; Mary J. Blige – What’s The 411?; 3rd Bass – Cactus Revisited; Slick Rick – The Ruler’s Back; Public Enemy – There’s A Poison Goin’ On; Maroon 5 – Songs About Jane; LL Cool J – All World 2 and Authentic

More information on this artist is available at http://cargocollective.com/ceyadams

Stanley Donwood – notable album cover credits include – Radiohead – The Bends, OK Computer, Kid A, Amnesiac (Grammy Award, 2002), Hail To The Thief, In Rainbows (Grammy Award, 2009), The King of Limbs; Thom Yorke – The Eraser; Atoms for Peace – Amok

More on this artist is available via his web site at http://www.slowlydownward.com/

Previously inducted in the Illustration category in 2014

Gabrielle Raumberger – notable album cover credits include – Frank Zappa – Them or Us; Hank Williams, Jr. – Greatest Hits, Vol.2, Five-O-Five andMontana Cafe; Aerosmith – Pump and Chronicles; Barbra Streisand – Just For The Record…, The Concert, A Love Like Ours, Timeless: Live in Concert and Duets; Natalie Cole – Holly & Ivy and Stardust; Neil Diamond – Live in America and In My Lifetime; Dwight Yoakam – Hillbilly Deluxe and Under The Covers; Olivia Newton-John – Grace and GratitudeMagic: The Very Best of…and Back With A Heart; Fleetwood Mac – Time; Cher – Cher

For more information on this artist, please visit her website at –http://www.eposinc.com/work/

Tommy Steele – notable album cover credits include – Foo FIghters – The Colour and the Shape; Fetchin’ Bones – Monster; Various Artists – Ultra Lounge;  Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers – Damn The Torpedoes, Southern Accents and Hard Promises; Neil Young – Trans, Everybody’s Rockin’ and Old Ways; Steve Miller Band – Abracadabra; Blind Melon – Blind Melon; Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band – Greatest Hits; James Taylor – One Man Band; The Beach Boys – Pet Sounds and Friends; Crowded House – Temple of Low Men and Woodface; Smithereens – 11; MC Hammer – Too Legit To Quit; Tina Turner – Simply The Best; Frank Sinatra – Duets and Duets II; Megadeth – Youthanasia

See what Tommy Steele is up to these days via this link to his LinkedIn profile – https://www.linkedin.com/in/tommy-steele-59b4841

Larry Vigon – notable album cover credits include – Sparks – Pulling Rabits Out Of A Hat; Eric Clapton – Behind The Sun; Counting Crows – August And Everything After; Fleetwood Mac – Rumours,  Mirage and Tusk; Grateful Dead – Astronauts & Heretics;  Stevie Wonder – The Invisible Life Of Plants; Pablo Cruise – Reflectors; Bob Welch – Bob Welch; Missing Persons – Rhyme & Reason; Oingo Boingo – Dead Man’s Party; Thomas Dolby – Close But No Cigar; Counting Crows – August & everything After; Boney James – Sweet Thing; Chicago – Chicago 17; Bonnie Raitt – Nick Of Time; The Rembrandts – The Rembrandts; Rick Springfield – Rock Of Life; Richard Marx – Rush Street and Paid Vacation

More information on this artist can be found on his web site – http://www.larryvigon.com/bio/

Inducted Record Labels with a long-standing commitment to great Album Cover imagery

Island, Nonesuch and Yep Roc

Island – learn more about this label and its artists at https://www.islandrecords.com/

Nonesuch – learn more about this label and its artists at https://www.nonesuch.com/

Yep Roc – learn more about this label and its artists at https://yeproc.com/

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

Black Sabbath, St. Vincent, White Stripes and Kanye West

Black Sabbath – a page detailing all of their record albums can be found on their official web site at  https://www.blacksabbath.com/discography.html

St. Vincent – a page detailing this artist’s music can be found on their official web site at https://ilovestvincent.com/

Kanye West – learn more about this artist on his official web site at https://www.kanyewest.com/

White Stripes – a page detailing all of their products can be found on their official web site at https://thirdmanstore.com/bands/the-white-stripes

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 – https://albumcoverhalloffame.wordpress.com/achof-nominee-inductee-menu-page/achof-inductee-list-main-page/

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