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Klaus Voormann
Born 29 April 1938
Berlin, Germany

Klaus Voormann (born 29 April 1938) is a German artist, musician, and record producer who was associated with the early days of The Beatles in Hamburg and later designed the cover of their album Revolver. Image File history File links Klaus_Voorman. ... April 29 is the 119th day of the year (120th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1938 (MCMXXXVIII) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will take you to calendar). ... Location of Berlin within Germany / EU Coordinates Time zone CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2) Administration Country NUTS Region DE3 City subdivisions 12 boroughs Governing Mayor Klaus Wowereit (SPD) Governing parties SPD / Left. ... April 29 is the 119th day of the year (120th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1938 (MCMXXXVIII) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will take you to calendar). ... The definition of an artist is wide-ranging and covers a broad spectrum of activities to do with creating art, practising the arts and/or demonstrating an art. ... “Instrumentalist” redirects here. ... In the music industry, a record producer (or music producer) has many roles, among them controlling the recording sessions, coaching and guiding the musicians, organizing and scheduling production budget and resources, and supervising the recording, mixing and mastering processes. ... The Beatles were an English rock band from Liverpool whose members were John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr. ... Location Coordinates Time zone CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2) Administration Country NUTS Region DE6 First Mayor Ole von Beust (CDU) Governing party CDU Votes in Bundesrat 3 (from 69) Basic statistics Area  755 km² (292 sq mi) Population 1,754,317 (11/2006)[1]  - Density 2,324 /km² (6,018... The Beatles U.S. chronology Revolver is The Beatles seventh album, released on August 5, 1966. ...

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Early years

Voormann (pronounced "foreman") was the son of a doctor, and was born and grew up in the suburbs of North Berlin as one of six brothers. The Voormann family were interested in art, classical music, and literature, with respect for history and tradition. Voormann and his parents decided together that instead of studying music it would be best for Klaus to study commercial art in Berlin at the "Meisterschule für Grafik und Buchgewerbe".[1] He later moved to Hamburg to study at the "Meisterschule für Gestaltung", but before his graphic art education was finished Voormann started work as a commercial artist, graphic designer, and illustrator. Voormann was employed by art studios, advertising agencies, and fashion magazines.[1] Location of Berlin within Germany / EU Coordinates Time zone CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2) Administration Country NUTS Region DE3 City subdivisions 12 boroughs Governing Mayor Klaus Wowereit (SPD) Governing parties SPD / Left. ...


It was in Hamburg that Voormann first met Astrid Kirchherr. After an argument with her and Jürgen Vollmer one day, Voormann wandered down the Reeperbahn, which is in the St.Pauli district of Hamburg, and heard music coming from the Kaisekeller club. He walked in and watched a performance by Rory Storm and the Hurricanes, and the next group scheduled to play were The Silver Beetles. Voormann stayed and watched both groups, and was left "speechless" by the performances.[1] Voorman had never heard this new music called Rock 'n Roll before, having previously only listened to traditional Jazz, with some Nat King Cole and The Platters mixed in.[2] After hearing this new music, Voormann and the other two decided that all they wanted was to listen to it, watch groups perform it, and to be as close to The Silver Beatles as they could.[3] Astrid Kirchherr (b. ... A sexshop on the Reeperbahn The Reeperbahn is a street in Hamburgs St. ... The White Album, see The Beatles (album). ...


Voormann invited Kirchherr and Vollmer to watch the performances the next day. The St.Pauli district was well-known as being an area where prostitutes were to be found, and was dangerous for anyone that looked different than the usual clientele. As a trio Voormann, Kirchherr and Vollmer stood out in the Kaiserkeller—dressed in their suede coats, wool sweaters, jeans and round-toed shoes—when most of the customers had greased-back Teddy boy hairstyles and wore black leather jackets and pointed boots.[4] During a break, Voormann tried to talk (in faltering English) to Lennon, and pressed a crumpled record sleeve he had designed into Lennon's hands. Lennon took little interest, and brushed Voormann off, suggesting that he talk to Stuart Sutcliffe, who, as Lennon said, "is the artist round here".[4] Stuart Fergusson Victor Sutcliffe (23 June 1940 – 10 April 1962) was a British musician and artist who, until his early death, worked in a style related to Abstract Expressionism. ...


Sutcliffe didn't share Lennon's attitude, and was fascinated by the trio, who he thought looked like "real bohemians". He later wrote that he could hardly take his eyes off them, and had tried to talk to them during the next break, but they had already left the club. This was due to the strict German law at the time which prohibited young people from frequenting bars after 10 o'clock at night, and bars like the Kaiserkeller were dangerous for anybody that looked as different as Voormann, Kirchherr and Vollmer did when customers became drunk and aggressive.[4]


Sutcliffe managed to meet them eventually, and learned that all three had attended the "Meisterschule für Mode", which was the Hamburg equivalent of the Liverpool art college that both Sutcliffe and Lennon had attended. Lennon dubbed the trio the Exies, as a joke about their affectation for existenstialism.[2] Exy, or Exi was the nickname used by many of the Hamburg fans of the Beatles during the earliest years of their career. ...


Voormann was in a relationship with Kirchherr at the time, and lived just around the corner from her parent's upper-class home in the Altona district of Hamburg. Kirchherr's bedroom (which was all in black, including the walls and furniture) was decorated especially for Voormann, although after the visits to the Kaiserkeller their relationship became purely platonic. This was because Astrid started dating Sutcliffe, who was fascinated by her, although she always remained close friends with Voormann.[5]


London

Revolver, The Beatles album cover designed by Klaus Voormann in 1966

In the early 1960s, Voormann decided to leave Germany and move to London. He was invited by George Harrison to live with George and Ringo Starr in their apartment. After John Lennon and Paul McCartney moved out to live with their respective wife and girlfriend, Cynthia Lennon and Jane Asher, Voormann formed a boys´ living community with Starr and founded the beat band Paddy, Klaus & Gibson, in which he played the bass. To earn money, he worked for a London-based graphics company. In early 1965, Voormann moved into his own flat in London, but he kept in touch with all four Beatles, at least as far as their rising fame would let him stay in contact with the world-famous singers. Cover of The Beatles album Revolver. ... Cover of The Beatles album Revolver. ... The Beatles were an English rock band from Liverpool whose members were John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr. ... George Harrison, MBE (25 February 1943[1][2] – 29 November 2001[3]) was an Academy Award and Grammy Award-winning English rock guitarist, singer, songwriter, author and sitarist best known as the lead guitarist of The Beatles. ... Richard Starkey, MBE (born 7 July 1940), known by his stage name Ringo Starr, is an Academy Award and Grammy Award-winning English musician, singer and actor, best known as the drummer of The Beatles. ... John Winston Ono Lennon, MBE (October 9, 1940 – December 8, 1980), (born John Winston Lennon, known as John Ono Lennon) was an iconic English 20th century rock and roll songwriter and singer, best known as the founding member of The Beatles. ... Sir James Paul McCartney, MBE (born 18 June 1942) is an iconic Academy Award– and Grammy Award–winning English singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist who first gained worldwide fame as one of the founding members of The Beatles. ...


In 1966, Voormann was asked by John Lennon to design the sleeve for the Beatles´ forthcoming album Revolver. Klaus had a style of "scrapbook collage" art in mind, as it is later shown on the sleeve of Revolver. When showing his efforts to the band and their manager Brian Epstein, the band loved it. Epstein was so pleased by the design that he started to cry. Voormann's payment for the soon-to-be world-famous album cover was a mere 40 pounds. The Beatles U.S. chronology Revolver is The Beatles seventh album, released on August 5, 1966. ... Brian Samuel Epstein, born in Liverpool, Lancashire, England (19 September 1934 – 27 August 1967), was an English businessman best known as the manager of The Beatles. ...


For this work, Klaus won the Grammy Award for Best Album Cover, Graphic Arts. The Beatles' next album, Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, used a similar collage technique for its iconic cover (designed by Peter Blake). The Grammy Award for Best Album Cover, Graphic Arts was awarded from 1966 to 1968, alongside the award for Best Album Cover, Photography. ... The Beatles U.S. chronology Sgt. ... There have been several notable individuals named Peter Blake. ...


Around the same another British group was about to release their international debut album. The Bee Gees had recorded their first album, Bee Gees 1st and Klaus was hired to design the cover of that album. The album cover featured all five group members standing above a colorful, psychedelic collage painted by Voorman. The Bee Gees were a singing trio of brothers — Barry, Robin, and Maurice Gibb — that became one of the most successful musical acts of all time. ... Bee Gees 1st is the debut album by future stars The Bee Gees, released in July of 1967 (see 1967 in music). ...


Bassist

1n 1966, at the same time he was designing the cover of Revolver, Voormann became a member of the 1960s band Manfred Mann. Voorman played bass for the band from 1966 to 1969, appearing on all their UK hits from "Just Like A Woman" (July 1966) through to their final single "Ragamuffin Man" (April 1969). As well, he played bass and flutes on Manfred Mann's 1968 international hit "The Mighty Quinn (Quinn The Eskimo)" (#1 UK, #10 US). The 1960s decade refers to the years from January 1, 1960 to December 31, 1969, inclusive. ... Cock-A-Hoop Manfred Mann was a British R&B and pop band of the 1960s, named after its keyboard player, who later led the successful 1970s follow-on group Manfred Manns Earth Band. ... British film by Christopher Monger (1992) starring Julie Walters, Adrian Pasdar and Paul Freeman. ...


After that, he became a session musician, playing on solo efforts by John Lennon, George Harrison, Ringo Starr, Lou Reed, Carly Simon, James Taylor, Harry Nilsson and many others. Voormann was also a founding member of Lennon's Plastic Ono Band, along with Lennon, Yoko Ono, Alan White (future Yes drummer) and Eric Clapton. It has been suggested that this article or section be merged with Sideman. ... Lewis Allan Lou Reed[1] (born March 2, 1942 in Brooklyn, New York) is an American rock singer-songwriter and guitarist. ... James Vernon Taylor (born March 12, 1948) is an American singer-songwriter and guitarist, born in Belmont, Massachusetts. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... The Plastic Ono Band is the band John Lennon formed after he left the Beatles. ... Yoko Ono Lennon (小野 洋子 Ono Yōko, born February 18, 1933) is a Japanese artist and musician. ... Yes drummer Alan White Alan White (born June 14, 1949 in Pelton, County Durham, England and now resident in Seattle, USA) is a rock and roll drummer best known for his 34 years of work with the progressive rock band Yes. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Eric Patrick Clapton CBE (born 30 March 1945), nicknamed Slowhand, is a Grammy Award winning English guitarist, singer and composer, who is one of the most successful musicians of the 20th century,[1] garnering an unprecedented three inductions into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. ...


In 1971 he moved to Los Angeles with his first wife and his first son Otto.


In an interview with EMI about his album Walls And Bridges, John Lennon was asked who is playing bass on this album. John answered with a hard German accent: "Klaus Voormann. We all know Klaus, ja (German: "yes")!". He also played in Harrison's assembled band in the 1971 The Concert for Bangladesh; Harrison fittingly introduced him to the audience by saying, "There's somebody on bass who many people have heard about, but they've never actually seen him, Klaus Voormann." In the Concert for George on 29 November 2002, he played bass as part of the supporting band. Walls and Bridges is an album by John Lennon released in 1974. ... The Concert For Bangladesh was the event title for two benefit concerts organized by George Harrison and held on the afternoon and evening of August 1, 1971, playing to a total of 40,000 people at Madison Square Garden in New York City. ... DVD Cover For the released album, see Concert for George (album). ... November 29 is the 333rd day of the year (334th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... For album titles with the same name, see 2002 (album). ...


After the breakup of The Beatles, there were rumours of The Beatles reforming as The Ladders, with Voormann on bass as a replacement for Paul McCartney. An announcement to this effect filtered out of the Apple offices in 1971, but was ultimately withdrawn before it got very far. This lineup (Voormann, Lennon, Harrison and Starr) did perform in various combinations on Lennon's albums John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band (1970) (Voormann, Lennon, and Starr) and Imagine (1971) (Voormann, Lennon & Harrison) as well as on Ringo Starr's Ringo (1973), and Yoko Ono's Yoko Ono/Plastic Ono Band (1970) (Voormann, Lennon, Starr, and Ono). Starr's album features the Lennon-penned hit single "I'm The Greatest" which is the only song in which all four musicians appear together, joined by Billy Preston. Sir James Paul McCartney, MBE (born 18 June 1942) is an iconic Academy Award– and Grammy Award–winning English singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist who first gained worldwide fame as one of the founding members of The Beatles. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... Imagine is John Lennons second solo album and is the most popular of his solo works. ... Ringo is the third solo album by Ringo Starr, released in 1973. ... Yoko Ono/Plastic Ono Band is the avant-garde debut album by Yoko Ono, after recording three experimental releases with John Lennon and a live album with Lennon credited to the Plastic Ono Band. ...


In 1979, after sixteen years of musicianship, and being part of some of the greatest music ever produced, Voormann decided to move back to Germany where he found a music scene doing nothing more but imitating trends coming from the UK or the US. But then he discovered a German band called Trio, who later experienced international success, mainly with the hit "Da Da Da." The single, as well as their self-titled album, was produced by Klaus Voormann. Trio (1981) album cover Trio (sometimes written TRIO) was a German band that formed in 1980 and disbanded in 1985. ... Trio (sometimes written TRIO), was a German band that formed in 1980 and disbanded in 1985. ...


Later years

In 1989, Voormann eventually decided to retire from the music business. Since then he mainly concentrates on his family (he is living near Munich with his second wife Christine and their two children, born in 1989 and 1991). From time to time he appears on TV shows, mainly when the shows are about the '60s in general or the Beatles in particular, or when he is asked to talk about his famous album sleeve for Revolver. Munich (German: , pronounced  ; Austro-Bavarian: Minga [2]) is the capital of the German Federal State of Bavaria. ...


In 1996 Klaus was asked by Apple Records to design the covers for the upcoming Beatles Anthology albums. He painted the covers along with his friend, fellow artist Alfons Kiefer. More recently, Voormann designed a cover for the Norwegian band Turbonegro. The Beatles Anthology is the name of a documentary, a series of three albums, and a television miniseries which focus on the history of the popular rock band The Beatles. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ...


In October 2003, Voormann published the book Warum spielst du Imagine nicht auf dem weißen Klavier, John? Erinnerungen an die Beatles und viele andere Freunde ("Why don't you play "Imagine" on the white piano John? Memories of the Beatles and many other friends"), his autobiography with a special focus on the 1960s and 1970s. In his book, Klaus does not focus at all on his "achievements" or on being labeled "Germany's most important contribution to rock and roll history".[6] He is open about his close friendship with the Beatles and other musicians and artists as well as his private life.


A 2005 BBC documentary, Stuart Sutcliffe: The Lost Beatle features interviews with Voormann and showed drawings he made of the Beatles in Hamburg. The British Broadcasting Corporation, usually known as the BBC, is the largest broadcasting corporation in the world in terms of audience numbers, employing 26,000 staff in the United Kingdom alone and with a budget of more than GB£4 billion. ... Location Coordinates Time zone CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2) Administration Country NUTS Region DE6 First Mayor Ole von Beust (CDU) Governing party CDU Votes in Bundesrat 3 (from 69) Basic statistics Area  755 km² (292 sq mi) Population 1,754,317 (11/2006)[1]  - Density 2,324 /km² (6,018...


Notes

  1. ^ a b c Klaus Voormann Biography beatlemaniashoppe.com - Retrieved: 26 April 2007
  2. ^ a b Spitz 2005. p222
  3. ^ Spitz 2005. p223
  4. ^ a b c Spitz 2005. p221
  5. ^ Spitz 2005. p224
  6. ^ Der Spiegel

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References

Cynthia Lillian Lennon née Powell (born September 10, 1939) in Blackpool, Lancashire, England. ... Hodder & Stoughton is a British publishing house, now an imprint of Hodder Headline. ... Barry Miles (commonly known as, and called, simply Miles) is an author who has written biographies of Paul McCartney, William Burroughs and Allen Ginsberg as well as books about John Lennon, the Beatles and Frank Zappa. ... Many Years From Now, is the official biography of Sir Paul McCartney, by Barry Miles. ... Vintage Books was founded in 1954 by Alfred A. Knopf as a trade paperback home for its authors. ... Random House is a publishing division of the German media conglomerate Bertelsmann based in New York City. ... Little, Brown and Company is a publishing house established by Charles Coffin Little and his partner, James Brown. ... NY redirects here. ...

External links

  • Personal website
  • IMDB entry
  • i ♥ klaus tribute site
  • i ♥ klaus voormann myspace page
  • HAMBURG DAYS With unseen imagery by Astrid Kirchherr & Klaus Voormann & Foreword by George Harrison

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Klaus Voormann (born April 29, 1942) is a German artist, musician, and record producer who was associated with the early days of The Beatles in Hamburg and later designed the cover of their album Revolver.
Voormann (pronounced "foreman") was born and grew up in Berlin where he was one of six brothers.
Klaus Voormann faded out of the history of that rock group (which became The Beatles, with Sutcliffe gone and a new drummer).
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