The cover photograph was taken at 334 West 4th Street, Greenwich Village, New York City by Frank Moscati. West 4th Street has always been a center of the Village’s bohemian lifestyle. The Village’s first tearoom, The Mad Hatter, was located at 150 West 4th Street and served as a meeting place for intellectuals and artists.
Sculptor and art patron Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney established the Whitney Studio Club in a brownstone at 147 West 4th Street in 1918 as a place for young artists to gather and show their work. The facility operated for ten years and was the second incarnation of what would later become the Whitney Museum of American Art. It started the careers of such artists as Ashcan School painter John Sloan, Edward Hopper, whose first one-man exhibit was held there in 1920, and social realists Reginald Marsh and Isabel Bishop. Sloan lived at 240 West 4th St and painted locations on the street including the Golden Swan.
The street was later home to the famous folk club Gerde’s Folk City (11 West 4th Street), which hosted the New York debuts of Bob Dylan in 1961 and Simon & Garfunkel. Dylan also lived from early-1962 until late-1964 in a small $60-per-month studio apartment at 161 West 4th Street; the cover of The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan was photographed at nearby Jones Street at West 4th, and the street may have inspired his 1965 hit song «Positively 4th Street». Louis Abolafia, the 1968 hippie candidate for the presidency, had his artists’ studio and campaign headquarters at 129 East 4th St.
Music venue The Bottom Line was at 15th West 4th Street from 1974 to 2004.
Mr. Natural is the Bee Gees' twelfth album (tenth worldwide), released in May 1974. It was the first Bee Gees release to be produced by Arif Mardin, who was partially responsible for launching the group's later major success with the follow-up album Main Course. The album's music incorporates more rhythm and blues, soul and funk and hard rock than their previous albums. The cover photograph was taken at 334 West 4th Street, Greenwich Village, New York City by Frank Moscati.
The album reached No. 178 on the Billboard 200. Mr. Natural was also the first album to feature drummer Dennis Bryon. Although the album contains R&B and soul numbers, Barry said that the album was "whiter" than their next album Main Course (on which he said that they started to turn black on their songs).
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