Jack Stoughton, who founded California-based Stoughton Printing Company, which since its inception in 1965 has worked closely with the music and entertainment industries (Light in the Attic is a client), died Tuesday night. He was 84.
Stoughton retired from the company in 1990, and his sons, Jack Jr. and Clay, took over operations from their father.
The manufacturing side of the music business is hardly glamorous, and for many, fans and insiders alike, rarely thought of. But it takes skill to craft a well-designed record sleeve or ensure a final package is eye-catching and aesthetically pleasing. LITA’s Matt Sullivan had the following to say about the work produced at Stoughton:
“Stoughton is one of the best printers on the planet. They manufacture those gorgeous old school ‘tip on’ vinyl LP jackets that are heavier than a Monopoly board – The Free Design, Rodriguez, Wheedle’s Groove, The Monks, Black Angels’ Directions To See A Ghost, Serge Gainsbourg, etc. The level of craftsmanship and attention to detail and endless quality of these guys is unmatched. They’re the best.”
Our thoughts are with the family and friends of Jack Stoughton, and everyone at Stoughton Printing.