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The New Vaudeville Band – Winchester Cathedral U.S. album art

Photo(s) by Bart Solenthaler. Imported from Flickr on Apr 12, 2021. Artwork published in .
    The New Vaudeville Band – Winchester Cathedral U.S. album art
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    From Wikipedia:

    The New Vaudeville Band was a group created by songwriter Geoff Stephens [1934–2020] in 1966 to record his novelty composition “Winchester Cathedral”, a song inspired by the dance bands of the 1920s and a Rudy Vallee megaphone-style vocal. To his surprise, the song became a transatlantic hit that autumn, reaching the Top 10 in the United Kingdom and rising to #1 in the United States. Initially a studio group composed of session players, Stephens quickly assembled a permanent group to continue recording and to play live shows. The New Vaudeville Band placed several singles in the US and UK top 40 through 1967 before dissolving.

    The Winchester Cathedral album was released by Fontana Records in 1966. While the British release has a photographic cover with Broadway, this post shows the US version with an illustration by Bob Post. It’s paired with Broadway Condensed. Its round forms for e, a, w, the triangular i dot, and the Futura Black-like r with the separated dot make it a much more animated design than its wider precursor. “The Original Hit!” is set in caps from Akzidenz-Grotesk’s breit fett style; “Monaural MGF 27560” is in Copperplate Gothic.

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    • Copperplate Gothic

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