Posted by themusicsover on April 18, 2013
February 28, 1944 – April 18, 2013
Storm Thorgerson was a renowned graphic artist whose catalog includes some of rock music’s most famous album covers. Born in Middlesex, England, Thorgerson went to high school with Syd Barrett and Roger Waters of Pink Floyd fame. He eventually joined a graphic arts collective called Hipgnosis which created many popular album cover designs until closing shop in 1983. He then went on to form his own design house, Storm Studios. Arguably, Thorgerson’s most famous cover is the one he designed for Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon. Often surreal in nature, his canon of work includes the covers of most of the Pink Floyd albums; the Cult‘s Electric; Led Zeppelin‘s Presence and In Through the Out Door; Peter Gabriel‘s three self-titled albums; as well as visually stunning covers for Muse, Phish, Megadeth, Catherine Wheel, Black Sabbath, the Cranberries, Genesis, Alan Parsons and many more. Thorgerson also directed popular videos by the likes of Bruce Dickinson, Nik Kershaw, Paul Young, David Gilmour, and of course, Pink Floyd. He suffered a stroke in 2003 but recovered and went back to work. Sometime later, he was diagnosed with cancer and ultimately died from it on April 18, 2013. Storm Thorgerson was 69 when he passed away.
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Posted in Other, Rock | Tagged: Alan Parsons, Black Sabbath, Bruce Dickinson, Catherine Wheel, David Gilmour, Genesis, Led Zeppelin, Megadeth, Muse Phish, Nik Kershaw, Paul Young, Peter Gabriel, Pink Floyd, Roger Waters, Storm Thorgerson, Syd Barrett, The Crainberries, the cult | 1 Comment »
Posted by themusicsover on March 22, 2010
December 8, 1950 – March 22, 1994
Although he had been playing and recording music since his teens, it wasn’t until 1984 that Dan Hartman had a major hit with “I Can Dream About You” from the Streets Of Fire soundtrack. It didn’t hurt that a little channel called MTV featured the video several times throughout the day. What few know is that it wasn’t Hartman’s voice that was heard on that video. The actual singer was Winston Ford, but it was actor Stoney Jackson that you actually saw “singing” it in the video. As a songwriter, Hartman was responsible for such hits as the Edgar Winter Group’s “Free Ride,” and James Brown’s “Living In America.” Hartman spent the better part of the 90s writing and producing hits for the likes of Tina Turner, Joe Cocker, Bonnie Tyler and Paul Young. Hartman passed away from a brain tumor reportedly caused by AIDS at the age of 43.
Posted in Producer, Songwriter | Tagged: Bonnie Taylor, Dan Hartman, Edgar Winter Group, James Brown, Joe Cocker, Paul Young, Stoney Jackson, Tina Turner, Winston Ford | 1 Comment »