February 19 Music et al

Whipped Cream and Other Delights

Whipped Cream and Other Delights

We stood in record stores and flipped through albums starting at A and hoped we had the time to get to Z. Homework be damned. Dentist be damned. World be damned. So much to look at. So many wishes to make.
Some covers we flipped to read the back. Some covers we stared and searched.
Whipped Cream and Other Delights we stared. Maybe we'd missed something the last time.
On February 19, 1966  Herb Albert’s Whipped Cream and Other Delights became the Billboard #1 album. The record spent 141 weeks on Billboard’s Top 40 albums chart and an eternity in the minds of those then adolescent boys.
In  2006 a New Yorker magazine article explained the cover's impact saying that 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.”
Who was this visage?  Model Dolores Erickson . And we didn't know it then, but the picture was taken when Erickson was three months pregnant. During concerts, Herb Alpert would tell the audience, "Sorry, we can't play the cover for you!"
Spoiler alert: it is not whipped cream, but shaving cream. Whipped cream just wouldn't have worked under the lights needed for the shot, although it is apparently actual whipped cream on Erickson's head.
The outtakes for the album were given to Erickson in 1965 and she still has them. She was shocked at how much it revealed, but today’s standards they are rather modest.
Whipped Cream and Other Delights
Whipped Cream and Other Delights

Whipped Cream and Other Delights

Because Erickson rarely walked around partially nude covered in shaving cream, the cover did not make her famous in her everyday life. Erickson later  retired from modeling and went on to become an artist. She sometimes appears at record and collectibles shows.

Whipped Cream and other Delights

Dolores Erickson (photo from the Seattle Times)
The Peter Whorf who designed the album cover passed away at the age of 64 on November 11, 1995 in Los Angeles, CA.
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5 thoughts on “Whipped Cream and Other Delights”

  1. Charlie Rose recently had Herb on his show, if you can pull an archive on it, it is excellent. Very multi-dimensional.

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