Outtake Photos From The Sexiest Album Cover of The 1960’s

Dolores Erickson on Whipped Cream and Other Delights

The cover is the stuff of teenage dreams and yearning of older men to return to their youth.  Innocence and come-hither looks wrapped into one alluring package.

If an album cover ever helped to sell mega amounts of copies, this was it. Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass, certainly benefited from the album design of  A&M art director Peter Whorf, and model, Dolores Erickson, gracing the cover of Whipped Cream and Other Delights.

The iconic album cover, which is best appreciated in its full 12″ x 12″ vinyl incaranation, can still be found for sale at many thrift shops, flea markets and garage sales for a couple of dollars.

The album released in 1965, went to #1 on the Billboard pop music charts and ended up selling over six million copies over the years.

Was it based on the music? While it is a good album of instrumentals, I am positive that the provocative cover had a lot to do with its popularity.

Modeling for The Ford Agency, Dolores Erickson was married and 28 years old at the time. She had known Peter Whorf from working with him previously on other album covers and he was engaged to Erickson’s best friend.  When she got the call from Whorf to do the album cover, she came to his garage which had been converted to a photography studio and the cover was shot in one day.

Although Erickson appears not to be wearing anything, she had been wrapped in cotton and had on a bikini underneath all the “cream.”

She was also three months pregnant at the time.

Photographer and cover designer Whorf did a masterful job at hiding Erickson’s pregnancy. One problem: they could not use whipped cream because it kept sliding off. The solution? Shaving cream which adhered better to Erickson’s body.  The only bit of whipped cream is on her head and fingers.

The outtakes for the album were given to Erickson and she still has them. When she received them in 1965 she was shocked at how much it revealed. By today’s standards they are still rather modest. Here are two of them.

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The cover did not make a celebrity out of Erickson and she was rarely recognized in public as the “Whipped Cream” girl. It wasn’t until many years later that people began asking her to autograph the album cover.

Dolores Erickson (center) in 2006 (photo © Vinyl Times)

Erickson, a Washington native, retired from modeling and went on to become an artist and sometimes appears at record and collectibles shows.

The talented Peter Whorf who designed this and scores of other album covers passed away at the age of 64 on November 11, 1995 in Los Angeles, CA.

Herb Alpert, the musician who founded A&M records can partially thank the album cover for spurring huge sales of his albums and dominating the music charts in the mid-1960’s. For instance, for the week of June 22, 1966 Cash Box Magazine, which measured album sales, noted that Herb Albert had three of the top four selling albums in the country, outselling the Beach Boys and the Rolling Stones.

As Herb Alpert said, people still come up to him today and say how they really liked the album Whipped Cream and really, really liked the cover!

Click below to listen to two of the better known songs from Whipped Cream and Other Delights.

Whipped Cream was used on the TV show The Dating Game as was Lollipops and Roses.

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8 Responses to Outtake Photos From The Sexiest Album Cover of The 1960’s

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  2. George Spelvin says:

    I bought this album when it first came out strictly because of its cover. She was a beautiful woman when this album cover was shot and she still is — one of
    those people the camera loves.

  3. Truman Lewis says:

    I worked for a record shop (remember them) when this album came out, we had church folks tell us how lewd it was and we kept them behind the counter to keep them from getting stolen. we’ve cam a long way since then.

  4. rob gold says:

    I was fortunate enough to know Peter Whorf as well as his talented brother Chris who has also created iconic album covers. I have a piece of Peter’s art in my office and think of him fondly. I worked for A&M Records for over a decade and consider Herb Alpert one of the greatest men of our generation. treat yourselves and listen to his old and current musical creations!

  5. Harry S. says:

    When I was a little boy, we had a finished basement, hardly ever used. I loved going there and listening to a phonograph of Beatles songs, West Side Story, and Herb Albert. But this album created my first fantasy as a growing boy, always staring at the cover, wishing I could see what else was under that whipped cream! Wow! Who would think that that would be considered risque, when you see what the world shows on the internet, T.V., and movies today. Imagination was so important back then. It made you appreciate when the “real deal” happened. Ah, the “good old days”. Now, I’m sounding like an old man. Oh, well…

  6. Trenton Quarantino says:

    My girlfriend at the time gave me this album for Christmas back in 1965. It was very risque, even back then. And she was so straight laced! I admired this photo for years.

  7. Steve Adams says:

    I loved the music of Herb Alpert and the TB as a kid growing up in Minnesota. In college I had the album Rise. I LOVED this model on the cover of this album. Was pretty revealing stuff for it’s day. Good memories….It was great to see Herb Alpert in concert where I live now in LA. My wife and I saw him at the Hollywood Bowl.

  8. Doug McFarland says:

    My mother gave me the album for Christmas after putting a little Santa Claus sticker over Ms. Erickson’s breast! I played the trumpet then and was nuts about the music. She wouldn’t have given it to me otherwise, I was surprised she let her guard down for something that was really risque.

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