Zuviel Strontium ist schlecht fürs Plattencover

Single-Cover, The Fidelios: Strontium 90

Als Strontium noch populär war: The Fidelios auf Elite Special (1964).
(Foto: Feathered Apple Records)

Ein erstaunliches Schweizer Beispiel für abgefahrene Covergrafik fand ich auf Feathered Apple Records. Diese Seite listet Singles des Schweizer Labels Elite Special auf, ein Unterlabel von Turicaphon.

Elite Special hatte in den 60er-Jahren anscheinend vor allem deutsche und amerikanische Produktionen in Lizenz veröffentlicht. Aber auch Schweizer Beat-Combos waren unter Vertrag. Gegründet wurde Turicaphon 1930 in Zürich. Später verlegte die Firma ihren Sitz nach Riedikon ZH und stellte bis 1992 Schallplatten her.

CDs gegen Angstzustände statt Beatmusik

Produziert wurden The Fidelios von Heinz Schiegl für seine Nürnberger Plattenfirma Abanori Records. Abanori Records und der dazugehörige Musikverlag Noriton sind heute noch tätig und vertreiben nicht nur CDs gegen Angst und Schmerzen, sondern verkaufen unter dem Namen Norimed «Colortron»-Lampen für Lichttherapien.

The Fidelios sollen später laut eines Forumeintrags unter dem Namen Fred Schultheiss und die Fidelios aufgetreten sein.

Photographer And LP Cover Designer William Claxton Made West Coast Jazz Look Good

Jazz Photographer William Claxton

William Claxton (1927 – 2008) made the West Coast jazz scene of the 1950ies and early sixties look good. His photos were used for countless LP covers and he was sometimes also responsible for the cover design. Most of his pictures for LP covers are very colorful and have a California touch: sun, sea, desert and fun. Back then most jazz photography was caught in clichés – harsh flashlights, sweat, and strong contrasts were dominant. Claxton gave jazz photography a fresh perspective. Read the New York Times obituary for more information about William Claxton.

Photo-Audio Mashup (audio tribute from NPR)

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Photographer George Hoole – Defining The Look Of British Rock Stars In The Sixties

British Photographer George Hoole

British Photographer George Hoole (Photo: David Berman)

George Hoole worked as a successful photographer in London in the nineteen-sixties. His promising career was suddenly hampered by a stroke when he was 33.

His pictures defined the look of many British pop and rock musicians like Traffic, The  Animals. Keith Moon an Donovan. His camera also showed interest in the British  flower power scene.

But Hoole didn’t only take pictures in the word of show business. He also photographed people who didn’t live on the sunny side of the street.

David Berman produced a wonderful and touching portrait of George Hoole (length: 4 min 31 sec) that includes many great photos from the nineteen-sixties.

Michael Jackson (1958 – 2009) Tribute Photo Gallery

Motown Publicity Shot

Motown Publicity Shot

Shot & Found: Nellie Lutcher

Selected music photographs from the Google LIFE photo archive

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Nellie Letcher (Lutcher?)

Nellie Letcher (Lutcher?)

Source: Google LIFE Photo Archive

I think that this is singer/pianist Nellie Lutcher, although in the Google LIFE Photo Archive she is labeled “Letcher”. Does anybody know for sure? Please let me know.

Shot & Found: Bobbie Gentry

Selected music photographs from the Google LIFE photo archive

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Bobbie Gentry Crossing Tallahatchie Bridge

Bobbie Gentry Crossing Tallahatchie Bridge

Source: Google LIFE Photo Archive

Shot & Found: Peggy Lee

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Peggy Lee

Peggy Lee

Source: Google LIFE Photo Archive