Album Art – Herb Alpert’s Tijuana Brass – Whipped Cream & Other Delights

Herb Albert was frightened that the cover would be censored.

This is where I’ll be talking about the Album Art that I like. That is one of the benefits of 12″ vinyl albums, the cool packaging that surrounded the record. Here I’ll research the creations that we all loved as children, teenagers, and adults. I’ll try to find as much information on the artists as I can.

“Whipped Cream & Other Delights”, released in April of 1965, was the 4th studio album for Herb Alpert’s Tijuana Brass. It features a beautiful, seemingly naked woman, covered in whipped cream holding a rose. This album is a staple of used record stands, like in Goodwill and other thrift-type stores. There were obviously a lot of these records sold.

This was probably the sexiest album cover of the 1960s. The model is Dolores Erickson of Seattle, she won the Miss Maritime beauty pageant and in 1955 won Miss Greenwood and competed to be Seafair Queen. She was also Miss Longshoreman. Erickson did photo shoots for fashion layouts and for cosmetics companies such as Max Factor and appeared on about 18 album covers for artists such as the Kingston Trio (Sold Out), Cy Coleman (Piano Witchcraft), Nat King Cole (Wild Is Love), and The Sandpipers (Guantanamera).

As an actress, Delores appeared in “Love in a Goldfish Bowl” and Jerry Lewis’ “The Ladies Man”. She also appeared in episodes of the TV detective shows “Surfside 6” and “77 Sunset Strip” and the comedy-drama “Father Knows Best”. The photoshoot for “Whipped Cream” began in mid-morning, went on through the afternoon, and paid Erickson approximately $1,500 plus expenses.

The shoot took place in art director Peter Whorf’s[1] garage. Erickson, 29 years old, 5 feet, 7 inches tall, attractive figure, sparkling green eyes, and three months pregnant, sat on a stool with a white Christmas blanket covering her from the waist down and wore a bikini with the straps down. She then was covered with cotton batting and shaving cream, which unlike whipped cream would not melt under the hot photographic lights, with a dollop of whipped cream on her head.

My first reaction was, ‘Holy shit, man. Too racy’. Obviously now it would hardly register, but at the time I thought, ‘Wow, that’s a little much.’ And I didn’t know, quite frankly, whether it reflected the album — the music I was doing at the time. But we decided to go with it. Obviously that was fortuitous.

Herb Alpert

Due to the length of the shoot, some of the shaving cream did start to slip down making some of the outtakes risque. Herb Albert was frightened that the cover would be censored. The album reached #1 on the Billboard 200 chart. It remained on the chart for 141 weeks.

It wasn’t unusual for me. I’d worked on a catamaran in the middle of a storm for a cigarette commercial. This was just another job. Peter always told me to make love to the camera. We just had a lovely time.

Delores Erikson

The cover has been parodied many times including “Spaghetti Sauce & Other Delights” by Pat Cooper and “Clam Dip & Other Delights” by Soul Asylum. The actual cover is seen in movies like “The Big Lebowski” and “The Boondock Saints”. A remix of the album was released in 2006 on the Shout Factory label with model Bree Condon[2] “clothed” on the cover in a similar fashion to the original.



Footnotes
  1. Peter Whorf is an art director and photographer, He has worked on albums such as:
  • The Lonely Bull – Herb Alpert
  • Wild Things! – The Ventures
  • You Baby/Let Me Be – The Turtles
  • Them [1970] – Them
  • People Like Us – The Mamas & the Papas
  • Flush the Fashion – Alice Cooper [Back]
  1. Bree Condon has modeled for numerous major brands such as Guess, Frederick’s of Hollywood, JC Penney, OPI, Smet, True Religion Jeans, Venus Swimwear, Silvian Heachand, Morellato, and George Marciano. She has graced the magazine covers of Mexico’s Vanidades, Argentina’s Para ti, US’ Brentwood, Ocean Drive, Santa Barbara Magazine, and Vegas Essential. She has also been featured in Maxim magazine’s swimsuit issue. In 2014, she appeared as a model in Agent Provocateur’s commercial, directed by Penélope Cruz. [Back]

Sources

Billboard
Groovy History
Wikipedia


Author: Doyle

I was born in Atlanta, moved to Alpharetta at 4, lived there for 53 years and moved to Decatur in 2016. I've worked at such places as Richway, North Fulton Medical Center, Management Science America (Computer Tech/Project Manager) and Stacy's Compounding Pharmacy (Pharmacy Tech).

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