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Died On This Date (June 15, 2011) Bill Johnson / Grammy Winning Art Director; Designed Rolling Stone Mag Logo

Posted by themusicsover on June 15, 2011

Bill Johnson
DOB Unknown – June 15, 2011

Bill Johnson was a longtime art director who helped shape the image of country music packaging during the ’80s and ’90s.  He spent the better part of two decades working at CBS Records where he created artwork for such albums as Willie Nelson’s Somewhere Over The Rainbow, Rodney Crowell’s Diamonds & Dirt, the Dixie Chicks’ Wide Open Spaces, Roseanne Cash’s King’s Record Shop, and the O’Kanes’ Tired Of The Runnin’.  The Cash and O’Kanes packages each earned him Grammys.  During his early days in the business, Johnson created the world-famous Rolling Stone magazine logo which is still used to this day.     Bill Johnson was 68 when he died of lung cancer on June 15, 2011.



One Response to “Died On This Date (June 15, 2011) Bill Johnson / Grammy Winning Art Director; Designed Rolling Stone Mag Logo”

  1. Henk de Bruin said

    First thank you for your very accurate listings of deceased artists! Very much appreciated.
    Looking for more info on the Rolling Stone logo I cam across this site: http://www.typedesign.com/index.html where the RS logo is claimed by Jim Parkinson of Parkinson Type Design, Oakland, California. Who is right?

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