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Thread #98649 Message #1956080
Posted By: Severn
02-Feb-07 - 06:46 PM
Thread Name: Obit: Eric Von Schmidt RIP (1931-2007)
Subject: RE: Obit: Eric Von Schmidt RIP (February 2007)
For examples of his artistic talents, he did covers for a lot of LPs for Vanguard including many of the Twofers and the budget Everyman series which featured The Weevers, Odetta, Rev. Gary Davis, etc.
He did some book illustrations too, including those for the book (I forget the whole title) that was made into the film "Bullwhip Griffin".
The piece-de resistance may have been the "Mansion Of Sweet Moments" board game he designed for the inside of the LP "Sweet Moments With The Blue Velvet Band" on Warner Bros. records during the brief time it was known as W7, for Warner Bros.-Seven Arts (W7 WS1802). The record was a one-time only release by a band that was made up of Bill Kieth Jim Rooney, Eric Weissberg and Richard Greene and the object of the game was to reach "The Mansion Of Sweet Moments a/k/a The Ryman Auditorium, original home of The Grand Old Opry. Squares said things like "Stuck In Folsom Prison. Miss a turn" or "Your blue moon has turnes to gold again. Forward two spaces". The type of thing that LPs were invented to contain successfully but CDs were not.
So even if you never heard him sing, you might have stuff with his illustrations.