Herb Albert Whipped Cream Dolores Erikson

Herb Albert Whipped Cream Dolores Erikson

Herb Albert Whipped Cream Dolores Erikson


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.


Sometimes we flipped over the album to read the back. Some covers we stared and searched.


Herb Albert Whipped Cream Dolores Erikson

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 its cover 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.”


Herb Albert Whipped Cream Dolores Erikson

Dolores Erickson


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.


And underneath? Erickson said in an interview, “I was wearing a bikini, and there was a cotton cloth that went around my body.”


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 by today’s standards they are rather modest.


Herb Albert Whipped Cream Dolores Erikson
outtake
Herb Albert Whipped Cream Dolores Erikson
outtake
Herb Albert Whipped Cream Dolores Erikson

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


She sometimes appears at record and collectibles shows.


Herb Albert Whipped Cream Dolores Erikson
Dolores Erickson (photo from the Seattle Times)

 

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 “Herb Albert Whipped Cream Dolores Erikson”

  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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