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Puppets, Dolls, Stuffed Animals

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Cliff Richard with strings

“Thunderbirds Are Go!”   Cliff Richard Sings “Shooting Star” with The Shadows   Columbia EMI Records (UK)   A 1966 film based on the popular British TV series featuring marionettes set in 2065 .

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And they called it, puppet love

“Sunny Sounds” with Ann Marie & Jackie

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Strange relations

“Adventures of Uncle Cousin”   Bill Salisbury (and Uncle Cousin!?)

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Let it be

George Harrison   “All Things Must Pass” Apple Records   (1970)   (I got my copy that year.)   A triple album with the #1 hit “My Sweet Lord,”   “Isn’t It A Pity,” and many other beautiful songs.   Album design and photography:   Tom Wilkes.

Wilkes was partner in a Long Beach advertising firm when he became art director for the 1967 Monterey International Pop Music Festival for which he created all of the graphics and print materials, including the festival’s psychedelic poster that was printed on foil stock.   Music producer Lou Adler, who produced the landmark music festival with singer John Phillips, said Wilkes “caught the spirit of the time” with his festival graphics.   The Monterey pop festival “catapulted” Wilkes’ career into the music industry, his daughter said, beginning as art director at A&M Records.

During his heyday, Wilkes designed or provided the art direction or graphic design for scores of album covers, including designing the covers for the Rolling Stones’ “Beggars Banquet,” Neil Young’s “Harvest,” Eric Clapton’s “Eric Clapton,” Joe Cocker’s “Mad Dogs & Englishmen” and George Harrison’s “Concert for Bangladesh” and “All things Must Pass.”

As he did with many of the albums, Wilkes also shot the cover photo of Joplin for her 1971 “Pearl” album, which shows the flamboyant singer lounging on a settee.   (Their photo session was the night she overdosed.)

In 1973, Wilkes won a Grammy Award for best recording package for the Who’s rock opera “Tommy,” as performed by the London Symphony Orchestra and Chamber Choir.

Wilkes passed away in 2009.   He was 69 years old.

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Brother from another mother*&^#@!

Low Down and Dirty Richard & Willie     Dooto Records [1967]   Ventriloquist Richard Sandfield and his pal Willie.

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Sitting in limbo

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Saturdays, Ramon holds open auditions

Ramon Calduch   Columbia Records

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Another club date

McDonald’s Cave   By The Piltdown Men   Capitol Records Sweden   (Thanks again Ulf)     I feel like this photo is on a U.S. album cover too.   I’ll think of it.   Unless someone out there can first.   I’ll throw in an LP Cover Lover T-shirt to anyone that can show me an American released LP with the same cover…

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Chimp thrills

Ben sa tumba et son orchestre   Barclay Records EP

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“That’s what she said”

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