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  • Aretha Franklin, NYC, 1960 http://icon-collectibles.com/Photographed by : Don Hunstein Not long after coming to Columbia Records, Aretha Franklin was enjoying her first moderate chart success with tracks including "Won't Be Long," "Operation Heartbreak" and her first Top 40 record, a jazz-infused "Rock-a-Bye Your Baby with a Dixie Melody," which reached #37 on the US pop charts. This charming shot by Don Hunstein finds the young Aretha in the studio blissfully playing the piano as she hums along to the sound of the trombone player sitting beside her.
  • Benny Goodman, NYC, 1958Photographed by: Don Hunstein
    The ninth of twelve children born to Hungarian Jewish immigrants in Chicago, the jazz clarinetist and band leader Benny Goodman would grow up to head the vanguard of a musical and cultural revolution in the 1930s. He famously broke down the wall between polite high culture and the swinging Dionysian jazz pulsing on the edges of society with an historic Carnegie Hall concert in January 1938, marking the first time a note of jazz had ever been performed in that citadel of European classical music. Goodman, jazz's King of Swing, would return the favor with frequent forays over the years into the world's classical repertory. Beginning in the 1930s, Goodman's music found a home at Columbia Records, who released "The Famous 1938 Carnegie Hall Jazz Concert" as the first-ever double album in the newly emerging LP format in 1950. Don Hunstein caught Goodman in the 30th Street Studio in February 1958, the year of his enormously popular appearances at the Brussels Worlds Fair.
  • Billie Holiday Candid Portrait in Studio, 1957
    Photographed by: Don Hunstein
    After 16 years recording for other labels, Billie Holiday returned to Columbia Records in late 1957 to create one of her last studio masterpieces, the "Lady In Satin" album. Featuring arrangements by renowned bandleader Ray Ellis, "Lady In Satin" was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2000. Nearing the end of her turbulent emotional life and career, Billie Holiday took "Lady In Satin" into a realm of raw emotional truth unprecedented in jazz or popular music. The unvarnished soul of Lady Day is captured verbatim in this iconic candid portrait taken in the recording studio by Don Hunstein in December, 1957.
  • Billy Joel - Scenes From 'The Stranger', 1977
    Photographed By: Jim Haughton
    Released in September 1977, "The Stranger," Billy Joel's fifth studio album and first to hit the Top 10, catapulted the artist into pop music superstardom while bringing home two Grammys: Record of the Year and Song of the Year (for "Just The Way You Are"). Photographer Jim Haughton's iconic cover portrait of Billy is as psychologically and emotionally complex as the songs; both, unforgettably rich with symbolism and implication. "We all have a face that we hide away forever and we take them out and show ourselves when everyone has gone," sings Billy on the album's title track. Here, like frames from a film, are 12 sequential images from "The Stranger" cover shoot, many of them formerly unseen, each offering a different perspective on the mysteries of "The Stranger." You can also notice the red mark which designates the actual chosen cover.

  • Bob Dylan At Piano During Recording Session, june 1965
    Photographed by: Don Hunstein
    Bob Dylan in a contemplative mode, lost in thought behind his RayBans, pausing for a break between takes at the upright piano at Studio A, Columbia Recording Studios in New York City during the sessions for "Highway 61 Revisited" in June 1965, a mere month before his electric set at the Newport Folk Festival would send folk and rock and popular music into a whole new direction.
  • Carlos Santana, On Stage, 1981
    Photographed by: Art Maillett
    By 1981, Carlos Santana -- one of the most influential and immediately recognizable guitarists of all-time -- had achieved and sustained international success for his patented blend of rock, jazz & blues with his distinct Latin-flavored sound. Whether working as a solo artist, collaborating with musical legends like Alice Coltrane or John McLaughlin, or powering hits for his eponymous multi-platinum band, Santana has always brought qualities of spiritual truth and beauty to his music. This on-stage portrait of Carlos, snapped by photograph Art Maillett during a Dr. Pepper Festival performance in 1981, is classic vintage Santana, the young master channeling enlightenment on the fretboard of his battered signature six-string to the delight of an unseen audience off-camera, sharing the inner mounting rapture of the guitarist. NOTE: At this time not available in limited edition prints.

  • Charles Mingus in the Studio, November 1971
    Photographed by: Don Hunstein
    Charles Mingus was one of the towering masters of jazz, with a personality as rich and complex and as uncompromising as the music he created. He'd returned to Columbia Records in 1971 to release "Let My Children Hear Music," a record he called "the best album I have ever made." This in-the-studio portrait of Mingus in November 1971 is a portrait of the musician at the peak of his genius.
  • Dave Brubeck, In Studio, July 1959
    Photographed by: Don Hunstein
    In the summer of 1959, the Dave Brubeck Quartet -- Brubeck (piano), Paul Desmond (alto saxophone), Eugene Wright (double bass) and Joe Morello (drums) -- laid down three sessions (June 25, July 1, August 18) in the 30th Street Studio with producer Teo Macero for an experiment in polyrhythmic cool jazz called "Time Out." The album's defining track, "Take Five," with its eternal sax hook and quintuple time signature has become one of the most enduring jazz standards of all-time. This Don Hunstein snapshot of the Brubeck Quartet captures the essential magic of that in those sessions.
  • Duke Ellington & Dizzy Gillespie, In Studio, 1959
    Photographed by: Don Hunstein
    In February 1959, Duke Ellington assembled a cavalcade of jazz heavyweights and superstars for the swinging "Jazz Party" album. Jazz great Dizzy Gillespie was one of the guests for Duke's party album and the legendary trumpeter's solo on "U.M.M.G. (Upper Manhattan Medical Group)" is still awe-inspiring. Photographer Don Hunstein caught Duke and Dizzy together in the studio during the "Jazz Party" sessions and the reverence in Ellington's face as savors the mythic sounds pouring out of Gillespie's trademark upswept horn.hotographed by:
  • Ella Fitzgerald, in Studio, 1960
    Photographed by: The quintessential swing singer, Ella Fitzgerald became America's undisputed "First Lady of Song" over the course of a recording and performing career lasting more than half a century. Her 1938 re-iteration of a familiar children's rhyme, "A-Tisket A-Tasket" took her from the stage of Harlem's Savoy Ballroom into her first blush of widespread national acclaim. By the mid-1940s, Ella had incorporated her wordless vocal improvisations, or "scat" singing, into a new jazz idiom. Her series of "Songbook" albums, recorded between 1956-1964, became emblematic of the musical canon lovingly known as the "Great American Songbook." Among her countless accolades, Ella Fitzgerald took home an astounding 13 Grammys as well as the National Medal of Art and the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
  • Glenn Gould Formal Portrait, Toronto, January 1961
    Photographed by: Don Hunstein
    In January 1961, photographer Don Hunstein accompanied Glenn Gould to the pianist's hometown of Toronto, Ontario, to photograph the internationally renowned classical musician. Gould would withdraw from all public performances a mere three years later and in Hunstein's remarkably formal and dignified portrait, taken in the private home of one of Gould's Canadian patrons, one senses the psychological discomfort and mesmerizing genius of an artist who cannot compromise with the rigors imposed upon him by situation and circumstance.
  • Igor Stravinsky, Conducting in NYC, 1959
    Photographed by: Don Hunstein
    Named by Time magazine as one of the 100 Most Influential People of the 20th Century, Russian composer Igor Stravinsky provoked a riot in Paris with the premiere of his notorious "Le sacre du printemps (The Rite of Spring)" in 1913. He began recording with Columbia Records in 1928, making the label his primary home through the next four decades. Don Hunstein snapped this photograph of Stravinsky conducting in the studio in January 1959.
  • Jaco Pastorius Fingers on Fretless Fingerboard, December 1975
    Photographed By: Don Hunstein
    In this rare color photo from December 1975, an outtake from the 1976 "Jaco Pastorius" album cover photo sessions, Don Hunstein focuses on the spider-like dexterity of Jaco's left-hand on the fretless fingerboard of the artist's Fender bass. Jaco had removed the metal frets (which he called "speedbumps"), filled in the holes, sanded down the fingerboard and applied epoxy to prevent his Rotosound strings from cutting into the bare wood. The cubist and diagonal composition of Hunstein's photograph echoes the eloquence and virtuosity of Jaco's music.
  • Dennis Wilson - "Pacific Ocean Blue"Canvas Art Collection

    Canvas Album Cover Art Collection. Featuring some of the most recognizable covers in the world from your favorite artists. Available in 2 sizes (16 X 16 and 24 X 24), each Album Cover is meticulously transferred to canvas and wrapped around a deep wooden frame. All edges are completely finished and each canvas is ready to hang right out of the box. Every canvas is custom made, so please allow 7-10 days for delivery.
  • Jefferson Airplane - "Surrealistic Pillow"Canvas Art Collection
    Canvas Album Cover Art Collection. Featuring some of the most recognizable covers in the world from your favorite artists. Available in 2 sizes (16 X 16 and 24 X 24), each Album Cover is meticulously transferred to canvas and wrapped around a deep wooden frame. All edges are completely finished and each canvas is ready to hang right out of the box. Every canvas is custom made, so please allow 7-10 days for delivery.
  • Johnny Cash, In Studio, October 1959
    Photographed by: Don Hunstein
    After three years as Sun Records' most consistently top-selling performer, the outlaw country artist Johnny Cash came to Columbia Records in 1958 to record "The Fabulous Johnny Cash," the first in a long series of chart-topping iconic releases for the label. In this candid in-the-studio portrait of a man in black pompadour, Johnny Cash is deep in reflection, pondering the fine points of a playback, ruminating the next move in a career that would take him deep into the American cultural psyche.
  • Sly & The Family Stone, Close-Up, March 1969
    Photographed By: Don Hunstein
    Another shot of Sly from March 1969, this one a close-up of the crossover genius whose next album, "Stand!" would sell more than three million copies and drive "Everyday People" to the top of the charts. By the end of the summer of '69, Sly & the Family Stone would perform at the mythic Woodstock Arts & Music Festival.
  • Johnny Mathis, Recording Session, April 1960
    Photographed by: Don Hunstein
     The incomparable Johnny Mathis, one of the last, most popular, and ultimately most enduring traditional male vocalists to emerge before the rock-dominated 1960s, has recorded more than 110 albums and sold more than 350 million records worldwide since the release of his debut, "Johnny Mathis: A New Sound In Popular Song," in 1956. This intimate studio portrait, shot by Columbia Records photographer Don Hunstein in April 1960, captures Johnny delivering one of the exquisitely sustained romantic velvet tones that became one of the unmistakable trademarks of his art.
  • Leonard Bernstein, Conducting, 1959
    Photographed by: Don Hunstein
    Leonard Bernstein, who'd signed his first long term contract with Columbia Records in 1956, became the musical director of the New York Philharmonic in November 1957. By December 1959, when this photo of Bernstein conducting in the studio was taken, the maestro had seen his musical, "West Side Story," premiere at the Wintergarden, launched his influential series of televised NYP concerts for young people on CBS, broken through the Iron Curtain with a three-week NYP tour of Russia, and published his groundbreaking first book, "The Joy of Music."
  • Louis Prima and Keely Smith, Recording for Columbia, date unknown
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    A musical trend-setter who drew from big band, New Orleans jazz, rhythm & blues and rock & roll for his ever-evolving non-stop party sound, Louis Prima was truly a king of swing. With a resume that ran from composing the jazz classic "Sing Sing Sing" in 1936 to providing the voice for orangutan King Louie in Walt Disney's "The Lion King" in 1967, Prima hit his highest notes with wife Keely Smith, a deadpan foil with whom he shared a Grammy in 1959 for an unforgettable rendition of "That Old Black Magic." This stunning shot of the two of them captures the Prima-Smith chemistry at its hottest, the way they were and the way we want to remember them.
  • Miles Davis, Poly-Cultural, NYC, 1969
    Photographed By: Don Hunstein
    1969 was the year Miles Davis launched his "electric" period with the groundbreaking "In A Silent Way," considered by many to be the opening salvo in the jazz-fusion revolution. This portrait of Miles in June 1969 provides a visual analog to the poly-cultural eclecticism of both the era and Davis's music, hot and cold, African primal in a New York urban jungle, psychedelic and funky, and all of it simply Miles.
  • Mitch Miller, Conducting, NYC, 1961
    Photographed By: Vernon Smith
    Born on the 4th of July in 1911, Mitch Miller -- musician, producer, record executive -- became one of the most influential personalities in American popular music during the 1950s and early 1960s. As a Columbia Records A&R man, he signed Johnny Mathis, Tony Bennett, Frankie Laine, Johnnie Ray, Ray Conniff, Percy Faith, and more. As leader of "Mitch Miller & the Gang," he had a string of hits of his own including "Tzena, Tzena, Tzena" "The Yellow Rose of Texas," and two popular marches from "The Bridge on the River Kwai." He became an indelible pop culture legend with his interactive television program "Sing Along With Mitch." The Vernon Smith portrait is classic vintage Mitch, exuding unbridled enthusiasm and exuberance, a psyche liberated by boundless good cheer. Mitch Miller received the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2000.
  • Muhammad Ali (a.k.a Cassius Clay), August 1963
    Photographed By: Hank Parker
    Along with the braggadocio of his boasts and rhymes, Cassius Clay brought a balletic elegance to the boxing ring. "Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee," was how he described his moves. Muhammad Ali's simultaneous defiance of gravity and convention, coupled with his invisible right and left hooks and relentless taunts gave credence to his claim, "I Am The Greatest!" On his Columbia Records album, Cassius Clay laid out, in graphic detail, a blow-by-blow description of his future bout with Sonny Liston. The album climaxed with "Round 8: The Knockout." In this photographic portrait, by Hank Parker, of Cassius Clay in formal black tails in August 1963, the future champ holds out a defiant and prescient 8 fingers, a reminder to the world that "knockout n 8" rhymes with "I Am The Greatest!"
  • My Fair Lady -  The Original Broadway Cast, March 1956
    Photographed By: Don Hunstein
     The New York Times called it "one of the best musicals of the century" and, with songs like "I Could Have Danced All Night," "Wouldn't It Be Loverly?," I Could've Danced All Night and "I've Grown Accustomed To Her Face," "My Fair Lady" is still a heavy contender for greatest Broadway musical ever. Joining Julie Andrews on the original cast album were her co-stars Rex Harrison (as Professor Henry Hill) and Stanley Holloway (as Eliza's father, Alfred Doolittle). Don Hunstein's in-the-studio shot of the Broadway cast recording captures how much fun and excitement lay at the beginning of the My Fair Lady success story.
  • Richard Burton & Elizabeth Taylor, NYC, 1964
    Photographed By: Don Hunstein
     In April 1964, Richard Burton was playing Hamlet in a Broadway production, directed by John Gielgud, that holds the record for the longest run (136 performances) of the William Shakespeare masterpiece in Broadway history. Columbia Records would release an original Broadway cast recording (now long out-of-print) of the production that year and this rare Don Hunstein photograph of the proceedings captures an anything-but-melancholy Burton and his new wife, actress Elizabeth Taylor, sharing a moment of mirth in the studio a couple of weeks after their wedding.
  • Sarah Vaughan, NYCPhotographed By: Unknown
     It was during her five-year tenure (1948-1953) recording for Columbia Records that American jazz singer Sarah Vaughan was dubbed "The Divine One" by Chicago DJ Dave Garroway. In addition to a number of pop chart successes achieved during this period, Vaughan recorded tracks with fellow jazz legends Miles Davis and Benny Green that stand among the finest of her career. This undated photo of Sarah in the studio finds her scoping out a vocal chart.
  • Thelonious Monk, Blue Angel, July 1963
    Photographed By: Don Hunstein
    A seminal figure in the history of jazz, Thelonious Sphere Monk spent much of the 1950s composing, recording and performing his unorthodox angular music outside the Big Apple. By 1962, when Monk came to Columbia Records, the master had returned to the New York music scene with a vengeance, performing a string of mythic Gotham concerts, ranging from a watershed six-month residency at the Five Spot Café to a landmark concert at Carnegie Hall. His Columbia catalog included numerous live albums including 1963's "Miles and Monk at Newport" and 1964's "Live At The Jazz Workshop." In this 1963 archival photograph, Columbia staff photographer Don Hunstein caught Monk between numbers, standing near the jukebox at Manhattan's fabled Blue Angel. Interestingly, on February 28, 1964, Time Magazine featured Thelonious, "The Loneliest Monk," on its cover. This photograph is available signed by the photographer, Don Hunstein.
  • Tony bennett, The Copacabana, March 1956
    Photographed By: Don Hunstein
     In March 1956, Tony Bennett headlined at the legendary Copacabana, the Manhattan nightclub known throughout the world for its cosmopolitan sophistication. Don Hunstein's lens makes palpable and permanent the magic of Tony on-stage at the Copa, an evocation of an era both lost and timeless. This photograph is available signed by the photographer, Don Hunstein.
  • Carol Lawrence, West Side Story, NYC 1957
    Photographed by: Don Hunstein
    The original Broadway cast of "West Side Story" starred Carol Lawrence as Maria, a role which earned her a Tony Award nomination for Best Leading Actress in a Musical. Don Hunstein caught the actress during some contemplative downtime during the original cast recording.
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