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Nina Gibbs
Nina Gibbs • 10 weeks ago

Here goes an illustration from the back of Floyd Cramer's 1960 album, Hello Blues (RCA Victor, LSP-215). This image is pinned from a blogger who's a fan of Mozelle Thompson's work. He blogged about him sporadically between 2005 and 2010. If you read the posts, Thompson's signature is first interpreted as "Myelle", then "Mezelle", "Mayelle", "Mazelle" and then the guy finally gets it right circa 2007 ... Mozelle!

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1969 musical feat. Muhammad Ali as Buck. Illustration by Mozelle Thompson. Description reads 'A militant black lecturer addresses a meeting organized by a black political group in this musical adaptation of Joseph Dolan Tuotti's play Big Time Buck White.' Unfortunately there is no record album to accompany the production. I WISH! #mostwantedfineart, #pittsburgh, www.mostwantedfin...

One of six records in RCA's Holiday Abroad series, all of which are illustrated by Mozelle Thompson (1958). This was a collaboration with Sabena Belgian World Airlines. This image is pinned from the blog of a watercolor painter. She's under the impression that Mozelle Thompson is a woman. She attributes a few other illustrations, which are uncredited, to the artist. A few of these could possibly be Thompson's work, others are definitely not.

Ella Fitzgerald's 1968 live LP on Verve Records (illustration by Mozelle Thompson). This is actually a Brazillian import. The weekend of Friday, June 20th to Sunday, June 22nd, 2014 I will put together a small selection of Mozelle Thompson's Jazz album cover illustrations. They'll be on display in the TrustVinyl pop-up record store as a part of the Pittsburgh JazzLive International Festival.

Gerry Mulligan Meets Johnny Hodges. One of the four Gerry Mulligan albums on Verve reissued in the 1960's with Mozelle Thompson artwork. One of the Jazz album covers illustrated by Mozelle Thompson that I'll have on display next month during the Pittsburgh JazzLive Festival.

Memorial Day-appropriate Mozelle Thompson illustration from the back of Arthur Fielder/Boston Pops' Marches In Hi-fi (1958, RCA Victor).

First edition of Ernest Tidyman's novel, Shaft, with dust cover illustration by Mozelle Thompson (1970).

I may have to take a trip to Detroit soon to see this Warhol exhibit. It says "nearly 100 album covers, including variations of more than 50 unique designs." I've identified 80+ unique albums by Thompson. Warhol and Thompson were both from Pittsburgh, each was born in 1928, they both received Scholastic Art awards in high school and each of them went to New York and wound up illustrating album covers. They were even working for RCA at the same time. It's kind of insane coincidence.

Pinterest keeps telling me "Oops! This Site doesn't have any images to pin." But I just uploaded 30+ Mozelle Thompson illustrations here:

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