Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Goodbye Yellow Brick Rd Artist Wants Picture Back


An artist who designed the iconic cover for Sir Elton John's album Goodbye Yellow Brick Road has asked the star to return the original picture.

Ian Beck was paid $688 (£430) for his artwork which was used on the sleeve of the classic 1973 record.

He now wants his original piece returned - and he is convinced the Rocket Man is in possession of the picture.

Beck tells Britain's Daily Mail, "I did the cover for Elton's label Rocket Records. Elton loved it and it was a very successful album... I think Elton kept the cover work... So if you are listening, Elton, I would like the Yellow Brick Road back, please, because I created it."

A spokesman for Sir Elton tells the publication, "I have no idea whether Elton has it, but presumably if he does, he paid for it so it is his; £430 was a hell of a lot of money back then. A bit weird, isn't it, to ask for something back 38 years later?"

- Contact Music

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Eh? He's saying he did the cover for "Rocket Records"??... Rocket might have been founded in 1972 and Yellow Brick Road came out in 1973, but I think he's forgotten Yellow Brick Road was published while EJ was still contracted to DJM Records (and the CD's/Vinyl all have the DJM logos on them). Still it's a great album cover (one of the classics for sure) :)