5. A member of Manfred Mann designed the cover.
The album’s iconic cover, a black-and-white psychedelic bricolage of mini-Beatles, was designed by Klaus Voormann, who had chanced upon the group way back in Hamburg and introduced them to Astrid Kirchherr, later to become the wife of original Beatles bassist Stuart Sutcliffe. Despite not being able to play an instrument, Voormann had moved to England and joined Manfred Mann.
In his 1970s interviews with Jann Wenner, Lennon asks, “Can you tell me if that white album with the drawing by Klaus Voormann on it, was that before Rubber Soul or after?” – revealing that the name of the Beatles’ masterpiece had slipped his mind, but Voormann’s artwork had not.
“We liked the way there were little things coming out of people’s ears, and how he’d collaged things on a small scale while the drawings were on a big scale,” McCartney said. “He also knew us well enough to capture us rather beautifully in the drawings. We were flattered.”