DAVID COVERDALE Comments On Passing Of Former DEEP PURPLE Art Director

WHITESNAKE frontman has issued a statement regarding the passing of Ed Thrasher, who worked on hundreds of major record albums as an art director.

Thrasher received 12 Grammy Award nominations as an art director between 1962 and 1974, the year he and fellow art director Christopher Whorf won Grammys for best album package for MASON PROFFIT's "Come and Gone".

Ed died August 5 at the age of 74.

Commented Coverdale: "Very sad to read in this week's Variety mag that an old associate of mine has moved on to greener, celestial pastures — Ed Thrasher, a remarkably creative and talented art director I worked with at Warner Brothers Records with DEEP PURPLE.

"I found the black-and-white pic of a tornado heading straight for a hut in the foreground. I suggested colorizing it and adding the winged white horse leaping over a rainbow. Yes, the 'Stormbringer' [DEEP PURPLE] album cover. Everyone loved it 'till we received a letter from the photographer's estate claiming we'd used the photograph without his permission. BUGGER!!! So, it cost us quite a pretty penny, or so (where on Earth did THAT expression come from???). I also worked with Ed on the 'Come Taste the Band' cover, which, unfortuantely, didn't come out as well as we hoped. However, it was an absolute treat for me to work with someone so gifted.

"My thoughts and prayers to his family."

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