Alex Steinweiss, the man who invented the album cover in 1939, has died at the age of 94. And here it is, the first album cover:
Lots more images, here. I especially like this one:
ADDED: I decided to post that "Boogie Woogie" cover before I saw that the first name on it is Meade — Meade Lux Lewis. Meade notices and, after some Googling, informs me that Meade Lux Lewis is mentioned in Chapter 81 of Kurt Vonnegut's "Cat's Cradle." Indeed, it is:
Newt now put a long-playing record on the large phonograph in the room off the terrace. He came back with the record's slipcase, which he handed to me.Here, you can buy "Cat House Piano," which looks like it might have a cover designed by Steinweiss. I like the song title "Meade's Mambo." And here's Meade Lux Lewis playing "Low Down Dog":
The record was called Cat House Piano. It was of unaccompanied piano by Meade Lux Lewis.
Over at YouTube, the top-rate comment is: "There will never, ever be a cooler name than "Meade Lux Lewis." Now, have I wandered off topic? "If you find your life tangled up with somebody else's life for no very logical reasons... that person may be a member of your karass."