Every sports season here at The Gazette we honor the area’s top athletes with a special section that has a theme in an effort to capture the greatness of their athletic accomplishments. It was my turn for this year’s winter athletes and I really wanted to do something that stood out. I have been contemplating pairing great athletes with great albums for some time now. I knew a project like this would resonate if it was done right. I also knew their might be some resistance (it is rock and roll after all) but I had a gut feeling that readers would respond positively. By combining photography, these great athletes and some of the greatest album covers of all time I knew I could create a winning combination. Sure enough with this special section, I have received the more positive response from readers than anything I have done during my time at The Gazette. I think readers of all ages appreciated stepping back a little in time to ponder how much fun it was to look at an album cover. The athletes all seemed to have a lot of fun with the photo shoots and now know what people my age have known all along. That rock and roll rocks!
Brent Schwarz of Lewis-Palmer posing for the cover of Led Zeppelin IV
Christina Whitelaw of St. Mary's posing as the boy on U2 War.
Tyler Velazques of Doherty as George Harrison on the cover of The Beatles Abbey Road
Dan Barringer of Lewis-Palmer, a wrestler, as Elvis Costello on My Aim Is True
DeLovell Earls of Colorado Springs School as Al Green Greatest Hits