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Famous rock album cover designer passes away
[Posted by Dave Haber on Monday, 07/20/09 6:23 am] [Full Blog] [Tweet] [Facebook]

Unfortunately, we missed covering this because the news was dominated at the time by the death of Michael Jackson. Tom Wilkes, a Grammy Award-winning art director and album cover designer whose work included albums for George Harrison, Ringo Starr and the Beatles, died last month on June 28. He was 69.

Wilkes was the art director for the 1967 Monterey International Pop Music Festival for which he created all of the graphics and print materials. After Monterey, he became the art director at A&M Records.

Wilkes designed album covers including George Harrison's All Things Must Pass in 1970, The Concert for Bangladesh in 1971, the Beatles Red and Blue albums in 1973 and Starr Struck, Best of Ringo Starr Vol. 2 for Rhino Records in 1989.

He also created or provided the art direction or graphic design for scores of other covers, for artists like the Who, the Rolling Stones, Neil Young, Eric Clapton and Joe Cocker.

You can see a gallery of the album covers and posters of Tom Wilkes here, and you can read more about the life of Tom Wilkes here.

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