Klaus Voormann is a Grammy Award-winning artist, graphic designer, noted musician, and record producer. He designed artwork for many bands including The Beatles, The Bee Gees, Wet Wet Wet and Turbonegro. As a musician, Voormann is best known for being bassist with Manfred Mann 1966-69, and for performing as a session musician on many recordings, including some by former members of the Beatles.
His association with the Beatles dates back to their time in Hamburg when he and his friends Astrid Kirchherr and Jurgen Vollmer were early fans and friends of the band. He then lived in a London flat with George Harrison & Ringo Starr after John Lennon & Paul McCartney moved out to live with their respective partners, and finally, he designed the cover of their album Revolver, for which he won the Grammy Award for Best Album Cover - Graphic Arts in 1967.
Following the band's split, rumors circulated of the formation of a group named The Ladders, consisting of Lennon, Harrison, Starr and Voormann. This failed to materialize, outside of all four bandmembers (plus Billy Preston) performing on the Ringo Starr track "I'm The Greatest," although Voormann did play on albums by all three, and was for a time a member of the Plastic Ono Band.
In the 1990s, he was again asked to collaborate with the Beatles by designing the artwork for the Beatles Anthology albums and book.