Classic Album covers : Whipped Cream & Other Delights - Herb Alpert

One of the best selling albums of the 1960s in the USA, Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass’ Whipped Cream & Other Delights was released in April 1965, topped the Billboard pop albums list in both 1965 and ’66 and has sold more than 6 million copies

But the songs are rarely played on oldies stations, and chances are you don’t remember the album because of the tunes. As trumpeter Alpert would say in concert, “Sorry, we can’t play the cover for you!”

The cover, still a head-turner now, was salacious in the 1960s, showing a seductive-looking young woman wearing what appeared to be only whipped cream. It sparked the imaginations of young boys at record stores, was rarely re-shelved, and has become a piece of pop culture art with a place in the Smithsonian

Here’s how a 2006 New Yorker magazine article explain the impact of that photo. It “fogged the minds of many young men, as they gazed at the… personalized come-hitherhood to the woman staring back … the inner portion of a bare breast protrudes from the foam. She is licking cream from the index finger of her right hand… in the virtually pornless atmosphere of the suburban mid-sixties it was … the pinnacle of allure”

Guys, the girl of your teen dreams is now 77! Her name is Dolores Erickson and she lives in Longview, Washington

In 1965, Erickson got a call to fly to Los Angeles for a photo shoot for A & M, a new label started by Herb Alpert and Jerry Moss. The photographer was Peter Whorf, with whom she had done other covers. That year Erickson also appeared on the cover of The Kingston Trio’s album Sold Out – one of 13 album covers she’s posed for, including Whipped Cream. Two of them were Nat King Cole records

Payment would be around $1,500 ($11,000 in today’s money), plus expenses

The shoot began midmorning and lasted through the afternoon. Erickson put on a bikini, but with the straps down

She was 29 and three months pregnant. “But I wasn’t showing,” she says

Erickson sat on a stool and from the waist down, Whorf placed on her a white Christmas tree blanket. Then shaving cream was sprayed on Erickson. Under the bright lights, whipping cream would melt, although it was real whipping on top of her head. The shoot kept going, Erickson remembers, and she didn’t notice that the shaving cream kept slipping down

By 2013 standards, that album cover is demure

Yet it endures. Teen dreams!

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