A mischievous grubworm with spectacles, earrings, a “Love” hat, cowboy boots (note that grubworms aren’t true worms and do have legs), and a Mercedes chain necklace, crawling out from inside a guitar into a flowery rainbow-colored world … that’s how the debut album by Harlow Wilcox from 1970 was packaged. The typeface to go with all this grooviness is Neptun. First cast by the Aktiengesellschaft für Schriftgießerei und Maschinenbau in 1900, it was rediscovered in the 1960s, by Photo-Lettering (as Xenotype 3471), Headliners (as MP 428) and Lettergraphics (as Neptune), among others.
Harlow Wilcox (January 28, 1943 – August 26, 2002) was an American session musician from Norman, Oklahoma. In 1969 he released the instrumental single “Groovy Grubworm” on Plantation Records (as Harlow Wilcox and the Oakies), which hit No. 30 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart late that year. Two albums followed. “Groovy Grubworm” has sold over a million copies and was nominated for a Grammy in 1969.