Fruit Jamz! Album Covers Featuring Fruit (1950s-1980s)

Andy Warhol’s banana, which adorned the 1967 Velvet Underground & Nico record, is likely the first album that comes to mind when thinking of fruit inspired album covers.


Note that the original record allowed you to peel off the banana sticker, revealing a flesh colored banana underneath. It only sold about 50,000 copies its first five years, but has since become considered a landmark LP – and the banana itself the center of legal battles (over who actually is allowed to market the iconic banana).

Wow by Moby Grape/ Eat a Peach by the Allman Brothers

There are other fruit records that are fairly well known: Moby Grape’s Wow, Eat a Peach by The Allman Brothers, Exotic Birds and Fruit by Procol Harum and, of course, we have to mention the Apple Records logo.

But we’re going to explore the less traveled regions of the vintage vinyl landscape. Here is a stack of lesser known albums from yesteryear, all featuring fruit. Enjoy.

Cha Chas Mambos Meringues by the Cha Cha Boys (1970)

I’m guessing the cover model was uncomfortable posing on the floor… so they just pulled off the couch pillows and laid them on the ground.

That guy hidden in the foliage is a bit creepy.

15 Exitos Bailables Verdes Pintones Y…Maduros (1981)/ La Voz Tropical by Gabriel Romero

The banana cover is a tad phallic, wouldn’t you say?  I’m not sure what to think of the lady chomping down on the watermelon slice.

Agitar Antes De Usar by Hombres G (1988)

What do you think, folks?  A bag of onions… or oranges? All album covers aren’t as clear and fruit-centric as The Velvet Underground – but we’re including them anyway.

Vereda Tropical (1984)

Fruit related vinyl cheesecake – there are enough examples of this for entire post.

4 Lessons In Jazz by Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers, Charles Mingus, Australian Jazz Quintet, Johnny Richards ‎(1956)

You Don’t Have to be Black to Love the Blues by Junior Parker (1971)/ Outta Season by Ike & Tina Turner (1968)

For more vinyl lookalikes, click here.

Leberkäs’ Hawaii by Gerhard Polt (1981)

While not the worst album cover of all time – it’s in the top twenty.

101 Strings Play Songs Of England by the 101 Strings Orchestra (1970)

I never knew maidens wore such thick mascara back in Merry Old England.

Juicy Fruit (Disco Freak) by Isaac Hayes (1978)/ Musique Du Film Orange Mecanique (Music from A Clockwork Orange) by Paul Kramer

Bananas by Fruit (1979)

I should get extra credit for this one. Not only do we have bananas, but the band’s name is Fruit.

El Natural by Richie Ricardo and his Orchestra (1987)

Wild Cherry by Wild Cherry (1976)/ En Plein Orgasme by Beauregard, Violletti & Ste-Claire (1975)

A couple more vinyl clones.

It’s sexy and all… but I’m not sure I’d want to bite into any of those apples at the bottom.

For more on the awesome gatefold check out: Hail to the Gatefold

This is an interesting teenage party – it looks like they’re doing shots… and there’s a bowl of oranges.  I’m impressed that these teens thought to decorate their happenin’ pier with a fancy vase of oranges.

Bananenlied (Er Zijn Vandaag Geen Bananen) ‎(7″, Single) by De Germa’s (1986)/ Sentimental Mr Vaughn by Billy Vaughn and his Orchestra

 

Auf, Auf Zum Fröhlichen Sexy-Picknick – Keine Party Ohne Sexy Nr. 3

14 Cañonazos Bailables Vol. 23 (1983)/El Disco Del Año: Vol. 7

You’ll notice that Latin America/South America records are the clear winners when it comes to volume of fruit-filled record covers. But other countries around the world still produced a fair share….

Al Ritmo De Xavier Cugat by Xavier Cugat and his Orchestra (1970)

Accept No Substitutes by Pleasure (1976)

Fruitful by The McKameys (1984)

I think it’s safe to assume the McKamey family are really into smoothies.

Forbidden Fruit by HOT R.S. (1978)/ Hawaiiannette: Annette Sings Songs Of Hawaii by Annette Funicello (1960)/ One Dozen Berrys by Chuck Berry (1958)

 

Tangos Por El Gran Combo (1968)

Is that a papaya I see?  Well, I think this is a good stopping point.  Just know that we’ve only snacked on the tip of the fruity vinyl iceberg.  Cheers.