Obit of the Day: Cover-ing Music
Jim McCrary decided to stop photographing musicians after working with Michael Jackson. Taking photos for Jackson’s upcoming solo album Off the Wall, the singer appeared nervous, so McCrary turned on some music and asked his niece to dance with the soon-to-be-megastar. As they danced, “Don’t Stop Till You Get Enough’ came on the radio and McCrary immediately switched the station - not good when that was Jackson’s new hit. Needless to say, Jackson and his management didn’t use McCrary’s photos. McCrary realized that he was better off with portraits and still lifes.
Prior to that, McCrary was one of the best album photographers in the industry. Working with A&M Records, McCrary would capture iconic images of Carole King (he asked that Ms. King’s cat be placed in the photo), The Carpenters (taking the moody photo for their debut album, and then re-shooting a happier version for the re-issue) and The Flying Burrito Brothers. McCrary, who was self-taught was A&M’s chief photographer for seven years beginning in 1967. He opened his own studio in 1974 and would also open Pix Camera in Hollywood.
McCrary died at the age of 72.
(Tapestry cover is courtesy of centerfieldmaz.com; Offering and Ticket to Ride covers are courtesy of 991.com; The Gilded Palace of Sin is courtesy of this-is-just-a-modern-rock-song.blogspot.com)
Also recommended: Cover photographer and Grammy winner, Bill Johnson and cover photographer for George Harrison, The Byrds, Bob Dylan, Eric Clapton and others, Barry Feinstein