Ringo Starr, Ringo
Cover painting by Tim Bruckner
Tim Bruckner, from The Beatles Bible:
I’d been working at a jewellery store in Beverly Hills, California as a sculptor and apprentice jeweller. I’d been there almost two years when I realized that wasn’t the career path for me. So, one day, sitting in my apartment, I thought I’d like to do album covers.
I looked in the phone book and found two listings. There was no answer at the first one I called. The second, Camouflage Productions, answered. I told the receptionist what I was interested in and after putting me on hold for a few minutes, asked if I’d be willing to come to the studio and show my portfolio. I said yes.
The only hitch was, I didn’t have a portfolio, so I took a handful of framed drawings off the wall, loaded them into the car and spent my last 28 cents to get to the Hollywood Hills, about 26 miles from where I lived. I was greeted by a lovely, smoky voiced receptionist and asked to wait. Ten minutes later I was being interviewed by Barry Feinstein, a famous art director/photographer. He looked at my stuff, seemed to like what he saw and asked me to wait.
He left the room and came back about 20 minutes later in the company of a tall, lanky, generously toothed gentlemen. I was introduced to Richard Perry, the producer for the Ringo album. He looked at my work, said something to Barry and the two left together.
Shortly thereafter, Barry returned and asked if I had a passport. I did not. He told me I needed to get one as soon as possible. I was going to England to work on Ringo Starr’s album cover art.
On the identities of the people on the balcony:
There was no concept at the time. I put together 10 concept sketches and they picked the one with him on stage with a balcony full of people. There are 26 portraits in the balcony. The rest are people I invented.