Hendrix, Joplin, Morrison, others get US stamps

Steve Jobs, Johnny Carson and Peanuts characters are also scheduled

Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Jim Morrison, Michael Jackson and more are slated to grace US postal stamps over the next few years.

It’s the United States Postal Service’s (USPS) policy to keep the subject and images of stamps private to generate buzz when new subjects are announced, but The Washington Post has obtained a list of approved subjects for the next few years that reflects a shift toward more popular individuals as a new revenue source for the cash-strapped USPS.

Hendrix and Joplin are scheduled to be released on collectible stamps sometime this year along with Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, basketball great Wilt Chamberlain, and the Star-Spangled Banner.

James Brown and a reissue of Elvis Presley, the USPS’s top-selling stamp, released in 1993 with a value of 29 cents, are slated for 2015 along with Apple founder Steve Jobs, legendary talk show host Johnny Carson, and Peanuts characters.

Musical acts that have been approved but do not have a release date include Michael Jackson, Bill Monroe, Jim Morrison, Sam Cooke, Tammy Wynette, “Fats” Waller, Freddie Fender, Roy Orbison, Sarah Vaughn, Run DMC and Willie Dixon. John Lennon is also on the list, but that would violate a rule that only Americans be depicted on stamps.

Susan McGowan, the Postal Service’s executive director for stamp services and corporate licensing says even though the list has been approved and work has started on many of the stamps, the subjects “are subject to change” at any time.

Author: Buddy Iahn

Buddy Iahn founded The Music Universe when he decided to juxtapose his love of web design and music. As a lifelong drummer, he decided to take a hiatus from playing music to report it. The website began as a fun project in 2013 to one of the top independent news sites.