How The 'Whipped Cream' Girl Sold 6 Million Herb Alpert Records
By | March 15, 2019
The 1965 album Whipped Cream & Other Delights by Herb Alpert's Tijuana Brass was a hot seller, moving over 6 million units. It's a good album, without a doubt, but it also benefited from Dolores Erickson, the model who appears on the cover slathered in "whipped cream," licking the index finger of one hand and holding a rose in her other. Dolores Erickson's Whipped Cream & Other Delights album cover is one of the most recognizable of the '60s, and has been the subject of numerous tributes and parodies over the years. For Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass, Whipped Cream & Other Delights was the first of three consecutive #1 albums, and kicked off a period in which Alpert consistently outsold the Beatles. At one point in 1966, Alpert had five albums in the top 20 of the Billboard chart, something nobody else has ever done. The explosion of Herb Alpert's career in the mid-'60s can be traced to Whipped Cream & Other Delights, and cover girl Dolores Erickson.
It has been called the raciest album cover of all time.
In 1965, Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass were nearly finished recording their sixth album, Whipped Cream & Other Delights, when the art director for the record label, A&M Records, showed Alpert the photo he intended to use on the cover of the album. It was a salacious image of a beautiful girl who appeared to be nude, covered only in strategically-place whipped cream. Alpert recalled later that his first reaction was, “Wow, that’s too much. Too racy.” But the band ultimately decided to use the photo and the iconic image of the model, Dolores Erickson, became legendary. Here’s the story of Dolores Erickson, the whipped cream girl, and more pictures of her through the years.