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Sammy Davis, Jr. – I’ve Gotta Be Me album art

Photo(s) by Bart Solenthaler. Imported from Flickr on Dec 18, 2021. Artwork published in
October 1968
Sammy Davis, Jr. – I’ve Gotta Be Me album art 1
Source: Uploaded to Flickr by Bart Solenthaler and tagged with “filmotypegenny”. License: All Rights Reserved.

Big tight-not-touching caps from a light geometric sans for the cover of I’ve Gotta Be Me. The album by Sammy Davis, Jr. (1925–1990) includes covers of three songs from the musical Sweet Charity and was released by Reprise Records in 1968. Artwork by Ed Thrasher, with a photograph by Ron Joy.

But which typeface is it? The image above shows Filmotype Genny, for a pressing with a misspelled title, “I Gotta Be Me” instead of “I’ve Gotta Be Me”. Discogs mentions that this variant is French, but it apparently was distributed in the United States as well, as promotional copy (and probably beyond). The image below shows a version that has the correct title, and a different typeface: this time, it’s Futura Light, which is distinguished by the M with splayed legs and the descending J, among other details.

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Sammy Davis, Jr. – I’ve Gotta Be Me album art 2
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  • Filmotype Genny
  • Futura




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