Nashville Artist Bill Johnson Passes Away At Age 68
June 16, 2011 at 7:59 AM (PT)
NASHVILLE artist BILL JOHNSON died WEDNESDAY morning (6/15), at his NASHVILLE home after a battle with lung cancer. He was 68. JOHNSON is known for his creations, which include the logo for ROLLING STONE magazine and the arts direction on ROSANNE CASH’s “King’s Record Shop” album, for which he won a GRAMMY.
After serving as art director in the 1970s at ROLLING STONE, where he worked to redesign the magazine’s original logo, which is still used today, JOHNSON became CBS RECORDS’ art director in the early 1980s. He worked with hundreds of CBS/SONY releases. He first worked for CBS in NEW YORK and eventually moved to CBS NASHVILLE, where he became the head of the label’s creative department.
He is survived by his wife CYNDA. Learn more about his work from THE TENNESSEAN here.