In 1959, the Grammy Awards began presenting an award for Best Album Cover, recognizing the growing artistry of the ‘face’ of recorded music releases. In 1974 the award was renamed Best Recording Package design.
In this first installment are the winners from the 1970s. So here they are, the best album cover designs of the 70s, according to The National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences.
List of Winners
1970 – David Stahlberg & Evelyn J. Kelbish (graphic artists) for America the Beautiful performed by Gary McFarland
1971 – Robert Lockart (graphic artist) & Ivan Nagy (photographer) for Indianola Mississippi Seeds performed by B.B. King
1972 – Gene Brownell & Dean O. Torrence for Pollution performed by Pollution
1973 – Acy R. Lehman (art director) & Harvey Dinnerstein (graphic artist) for The Siegel-Schwall Band performed by the Siegel-Schwall Band
1974 – Wilkes & Braun (art director) for Tommy performed by the London Symphony Orchestra & Choir
1975 – Christopher Whorf & Ed Thrasher (art directors) for Come and Gone performed by Mason Proffit
1976 – Jim Ladwig (art director) for Honey performed by the Ohio Players
1977 – John Berg (art director) for Chicago X performed by Chicago
1978 – John Kosh (art director) for Simple Dreams performed by Linda Ronstadt
1979 – Johnny B. Lee & Tony Lane (art directors) for Boys in the Trees performed by Carly Simon