The early jazz album covers of Andy Warhol

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Before he became just about the most important person in the world in the 1960s, Andy Warhol made a living as a graphic designer. He did a whole slew of album covers and, as is well known, a good many book jackets as well. Often he enlisted his mom to write the scrawled text, as we saw in this delightful mock cookbook from 1959, her handwriting was his secret weapon until he made the silk screen his signature medium of choice.

For most of these albums, he was responsible for the drawing if not necessarily the layout. In the case of the Monk album above, we know it’s his mother’s handwriting and he may not have done the layout, so it’s unclear exactly how much credit he should get, but then again, that was more or less his method at The Factory!

Image result for warhol 50s jazz cover artCount Basie, s/t, 1955

Andy Warhol's illustrated Jazz Album Covers - Kenny Burrell / Blue Note: Kenny Burrell, Volume 2, 1956

Kenny Burrell, Blue Note 1596, Andy Warhol: Kenny Burrell, Blue Lights, 1958

Image result for warhol 50s jazz cover artArtie Shaw and His Orchestra, Both Feet in the Groove, 1956

Image result for warhol 50s jazz cover artFrank Lovejoy, Night Beat, 1949

Jay Jay Johnson, Kai Winding, and Bennie Green, Trombone by Three, 1956

Image result for warhol 50s jazz cover art moondogMoondog, The Story of Moondog, 1957

Image result for warhol 50s jazz cover artThe Joe Newman Octet, I’m Still Swinging, 1956

Image result for warhol 50s jazz cover artCool Gabriels, s/t, 1956

Johnny Griffin "The Congregation," on Blue Note #design & #illustration: Andy Warhol! #jazz #art #50s: Johnny Griffin, The Congregation, 1957

Image result for warhol 50s jazz cover artVarious artists, Progressive Piano, 1952

For an exhaustive look at Warhol’s cover art go to this site http://rateyourmusic.com/list/rockdoc/andy_warhols_record_cover_art/1/

 

3 thoughts on “The early jazz album covers of Andy Warhol

  1. rockdoc999 August 31, 2016 / 12:04 pm

    Great list, of course. But the link to the “Tromboone by Three” cover goes to the wrong version of the cover art! The one you link to was by MAD magazine’s illustrator Don Martin, not Warhol. See my list at http://www.rateyourmusic.com/rockdoc for the correct one.

    • Kenny Wilson September 17, 2016 / 12:32 pm

      Good point. My link goes to Amazon which only has the Don Martin cover (if you want to buy the album).Your link is very good and informative. Obviously it is impossible to buy 16 r.p.m. records now and they were pretty rare in the 50s and 60s. The format went the way of many things into oblivion. Mind you I imagine the sound quality wasn’t great, but an interesting piece of history. Thanks.

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