ACHOF Class of 2020 Inductee Intro Page

Announcing the 2020 Inductees into the Album Cover Hall of Fame

November 20, 2020

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 eight 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 – “While 2020 has been a year like no other in recent memory, through the ongoing efforts of those who support of this Hall of Fame, we’ve been able to continue our work (online, to keep us all healthy) 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 voting efforts and, ultimately, our new list of honorees.”

Goldstein added “I’d also like to note that this year’s voting showcases the great range of package and promo designs for musical acts popular in the many rock and pop music genres we focus our attentions on, 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 considered the album cover as a relic of the music industry as it existed before its shift into the digital arena, the commitment shown by musical acts and their labels to continue to invest in the visual aspects of their products – vinyl records, web sites, merchandise, etc. – and to work hard to impress fans with the totality of their creative output is a true testament to the importance of this aspect of the recorded music business.”

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 

Drew Carolan, Ed Meola, Stephen Paley, Mark Seliger and Mark Weiss

Drew Carolan – notable album cover credits include – Ziggy Marley and the Melody Makers – Tomorrow People; Eric B. and Rakim – Follow the Leader; Edie Brickell & New Bohemians – Ghost of a Dog; Tony Bennett – 50 Years: The Artistry of Tony Bennett; Living Colour – Everything is Possible: The Very Best of Living Colour

To see more of this artist’s work, please visit his website at  http://www.drewcarolan.com

Eric Meola – Notable album cover credits include – Bruce Springsteen – Born To Run, The Promise and Greatest Hits; George Benson – The Other Side Of Abbey Road; Jimmy McGriff – Outside Lookin’ In; Les McCann – Road Warriors; The New Tony Williams Lifetime – Believe It; Eddie Daniels – Memos From Paradise

For more information on this artist, please visit his website at –http://www.ericmeola.com/

Stephen Paley – notable album cover credits include – Sly & The Family Stone – Stand!, Anthology, Greatest Hits and There’s A Riot Going On; The Sweet Inspirations – Sweets For My Sweet; Duane Allman – An Anthology; The Allman Brothers Band – The Allman Brothers Band, Gold and Icon 2; Iron Butterfly – In A Gadda Da Vida; Laura Nyro – New York Tendalovy, Laura Nyro Live:The Loom’s Desire and Sassafras & Moonshine; Cream – Live Cream, Vol. 1; Wilson Pickett – In Philadelphia; Aretha Franklin – Aretha’s Gold and Under Her Spell; Cher – 3614 Jackson Highway

To see more of Stephen’s work, please visit his photo site on Flickr at http://www.flickr.com/photos/stepale/

Mark Seliger –  notable album cover credits include – Lenny Kravitz – Greatest Hits; Paul McCartney – Back In The U.S.; Sheryl Crow – The Very Best of Sheryl Crow; Tony Bennett – Playin’ With My Friends and The Ultimate Tony Bennett; Bob Dylan – Blues; Bon Jovi – These Days; Ice-T – The Ice Opinion; Britney Spears – Oops!…I Did It Again; Elvis Costello – Il Sogno

For more information on this artist, please visit – http://www.markseligerphotography.com

Mark Weiss – notable album cover credits include – Twisted Sister – Stay Hungry; Bon Jovi – Slippery When Wet and One Wild Night Live; 38 Special – Live At Sturgis; Dokken – Erase The Slate; Christina Aguilera – Mi Reflejo; Van Halen – Live Without A Net (DVD); Cinderella – Heartbreak Station and Gold

For more information on this artist, please visit his web site at www.WEISSGUYgallery.com 

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

Stefan G. Bucher, Nic Dartnell, Boyd Elder, Jann Hawworth and Raymond Pettibon

Stefan G. Bucher – notable album cover credits include – Alanis Morissette – Supposed Former Infatuation Junkie; Candlebox – Happy Pills; Sting – Brand New Day: The Remixes; S Club 7 – 7; Cold – 13 Ways To Bleed On Stage; Whitney Houston – Love, Whitney; Morrissey – World Peace Is None Of Your Business; Marilyn Manson – Rock Is Dead; Film Soundtrack albums – Biker Boys, Minority Report and The Matrix; John McCarty – Plans We Made; Solar Twins – Solar Twins

More information on this artist is available on his design firm’s web site – https://344design.com/about/ and to see more details about his music-related projects, click over to https://www.344lovesyou.com/projects/type/cd-design/

Nic Dartnell – Notable album cover work includes – Emerson Lake & Palmer –  Emerson Lake & Palmer (debut); Randy California – All Along The Watchtower

For more information on this artist, please visit his website at www.nicdartnell.com

Boyd Elder – notable album cover credits include – Eagles – Eagles: Their Greatest Hits, The Complete Greatest Hits and One of These Nights; Rubicon – America Dreams; Lita Ford – Out For Blood; Blue Mountain Eagle – Blue Mountain Eagle

Mr. Elder died in 2018

Jann Haworth – notable album cover credits include – The Beatles – Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band and Ultimate Box Set

More information on this artist can be found on her web site at http://jannhaworth.com/

Raymond Pettibon – Notable album cover credits include – Minutemen – Introducing The Minutemen and Post-Mersh, Vol. 1; Life – A Tiny Twofer; Mike Watt – Hyphenated-Man; Black Flag – My War, Jealous Again, Slip It In and The Process of Weeding Out; Sonic Youth – Goo; Foo Fighters – One By One; Off! – Off! and Wasted Years; Saccharine Trust – Past Lives

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

Album Cover Designer Inductees

Susan Archie, Tracy Maurice, Mike Salisbury, Hugh Syme and Ed Thrasher

Susan Archie – notable album packaging credits include – Various artists – The Rise & Fall Of Paramount Records, Volume One (1917-27); Richard Bishop – Salvador Kali: The Sun City Girls Solo Editions; Charlie Feathers – Get With It; Chuck Leavell – Back Into The Woods; Peg Simone – Secrets From The Storm; Deerhunter – Cryptograms; Icewater Scandal – No Handle; John Cale – Inside The Dream Syndicate Vols 2-3; Captain Beefheart & The Magic Band – Grow Fins: Rarities; Rhys Chatham – Chatham: An Angel Moves Too Fast To See

For more about this artist and her work, please visit her web site at http://www.worldofanarchie.com/

Tracy Maurice – notable album cover credits include – Arcade Fire – Funeral and Neon Box; Belle Orchestre – Recording A Tape The Colour Of The Light; The Kissaway Trail – The Kissaway Trail; Colin Stetson – New History Warfare, Volume 2: Judges and  New History Warfare, Volume 3: To See More Light; Sarah Neufeld – Hello Brother; Malajube – Le Compte Complet; Lazer Cake – Welcome To The Bitter Dawn; Monuments – Brigadune

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

Mike Salisbury – Notable album cover credits include – Rickie Lee Jones – Rickie Lee Jones and Pirates; James Taylor – In The Pocket; George Harrison – George Harrison; Ike & Tina Turner – The World of Ike & Tina Turner; Michael Jackson – Off The Wall; Randy Newman – Sail Away, Little Criminals and Born Again; John Cale – Paris 1919; Ry Cooder – Bop Til You Drop

To learn more about this artist, please visit his website at http://www.mikesalisbury.net/index.cfm?page=home

Hugh Syme – Notable album cover credits include – Def Leppard – Retroactive; Megadeth – Countdown To Extinction and Youthanasia; Supertramp – Some Things Never Change; Celine Dion – Live A Paris; Aerosmith – Get A Grip; Rush – All album covers since 1975

For more information on this artist, please visit his web site at www.hughsyme.com

Ed Thrasher – Notable examples of album cover work – Frank Sinatra – Strangers in The Night and That’s Life; Arlo Guthrie – Alice’s Restaurant; Jimi Hendrix – Are You Experienced?, Axis: Bold As Love and Electric Ladyland; James Taylor – Sweet Baby James; Mason Proffit – Come & Gone; Prince – Purple Rain

Ed Thrasher died in 2006.

Previously inducted in the Design category in 2012

Album Cover Art Director Inductees

Ron Coro, Rod Dyer, Bill Levy, Vaughan Oliver and Winston Smith

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 – http://designarchives.aiga.org/#/entries/Ron%20Coro/_/grid/relevance/asc/0/8/120

Previously inducted in the Design category in 2018

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/

Bill Levy – Notable examples of album cover work include – Jesus Christ Superstar (Original Soundtrack), John Mellencamp – American Fool and Uh-Huh, Deep Purple – Perfect Strangers, Bon Jovi – Bon Jovi, 7800 Degrees Fahrenheit, Wild In The Streets, Chronicles and Slippery When Wet; Nina Simone – Let It Be Me; The Velvet Underground – Another View; Cameo – Word Up!; Yoko Ono – Starpeace; Rainbow – Down To Earth; Return To Forever – No Mystery; Climax Blues Band – FM/Live

For more information and to read updates on Bill’s projects, please visit his web site at www.rocknrollremembered.com

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; Psychedelic Furs – Until She Comes and World Outside; Lush – Spooky, For Love and Hypocrite; Throwing Muses – House Tornado and Counting Backwards

Vaughan Oliver died in 2019.

Winston Smith – Notable album cover credits include – Dead Kennedys – FrankenchristIn God We Trust. Inc., Plastic Surgery Disasters, Bedtime For Democracy, Give Me Convenience Or Give Me Death, Tijuana No! – Contra-Revolucion Avenue; Green Day – Insomnia and Singles Box; Lard – The Last Temptation of Reid; One Hit Wonder – Outfall; Ben Harper – White Lies For Dark Times; Jello Biafra – If Evolution Is Outlawed, Only Outlaws Will Evolve and White People & The Damage Done; Fish Karma – The Theory Of Intelligent Design; Plainfield – Smear The Queer; Various Artists – Let There Be Singles

See more of this artist’s work at his website – www.winstonsmith.com

Previously inducted in the Illustrator category in 2019

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

The Vinyl Factory and Smithsonian Folkways

The Vinyl Factory – a page detailing their in-house label can be found on their official web site at https://thevinylfactory.com/label/

Smithsonian Folkways – a page listing the many different styles of American Popular Music recordings they’ve release can be found at https://folkways.si.edu/search?query=American%20Popular

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

The Clash, The Decemberists and Cat Stevens/Yusuf

The Clash – a page detailing all of their record albums can be found on their official web site at https://www.theclash.com/discography

The Decemberists – a page detailing this group’s music can be found on their official web site at http://www.decemberists.com/home/

Cat Stevens/Yusuf – learn more about this artist on his official web site at https://catstevens.com/media/albums/

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. The ACHOF is committed to the idea 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.