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Billy Mure and His Orchestra – Blue Hawaii album art

Photo(s) by Bart Solenthaler. Imported from Flickr on Mar 3, 2020. Artwork published in
circa 1965
Billy Mure and His Orchestra – Blue Hawaii album art
Source: Uploaded to Flickr by Bart Solenthaler and tagged with “ludlowblack”, “melior” and “mandate”. License: All Rights Reserved.

Hawaiian-themed easy listening album by American guitarist Billy Mure (1915–2013) and his orchestra. The B side features tracks by Harry Kaapuni and His Royal Polynesians, a group that also went under many other aliases. It was released by Spin-O-Rama Records, probably in the mid 1960s.

The title typeface is not Cooper Black, as one might assume, but the very similar Ludlow Black (1922). Designed by Robert Hunter Middleton in 1924 as his first original typeface (well), it’s distinguished by concave serifs. The track list is set in more caps from Hermann Zapf’s Melior (1952), with alternating line colors. The script used for “Also Featuring” is another design by Middleton, Mandate (1934).

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