Skip to comments.Herb Alpert's 'Whipped Cream Lady' now 76, living in Longview and looking back
Posted on 08/17/2012 11:29:21 AM PDT by a fool in paradise
The Whipped Cream Lady who is the model on the memorable LP cover of the 1965 Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass' "Whipped Cream & Other Delights" is 76 now and living in Longview. Dolores Erickson wants to tell all you teen dreamers, "Enjoy the memories."
...The record spent 141 weeks on Billboard's Top 40 albums chart.
In later years, at concerts, Alpert would tell audiences, "Sorry, but I can't play the cover for you."
...Erickson drove up here to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Golden Oldies, the used-record store in Wallingford. A steady stream of fans stopped by, including, surprisingly, women.
...In 1965, she got a call to fly to Los Angeles for a photo shoot for A & M, a new label started by Herb Alpert and Jerry Moss. The photographer was Peter Whorf, with whom she had done other covers.
Payment would be around $1,500 ($11,000 in today's dollars), plus expenses.
The shoot began midmorning and lasted through the afternoon. Erickson put on a bikini, but with the straps down.
She was 29 and three months pregnant. "But I wasn't showing," she says.
Erickson sat on a stool and from the waist down, Whorf placed on her a white Christmas tree blanket.
Then shaving cream was sprayed on Erickson. Under the bright lights, whipping cream would melt, although it was real whipping on top of her head.
The shoot kept going, Erickson remembers, and she didn't notice that the shaving cream kept slipping down.
Months later, Whorf mailed her two outtakes.
"He sent them to shock me. And it did shock me. I screamed," says Erickson. "I was a Christian girl."
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caption: Dolores Erickson appeared on the cover of the 1965 Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass' "Whipped Cream & Other Delights." The former model now is 76 and living in Longview.
I still have that album
I grew up listening to Herb Alpert, still love it. He married Lani Graves who was the singer for Sergio Mendes and Brasil 66, for quite awhile.
I have about six copies (did a lot of bulk buying at estate sales in the last months before I left Seattle).
My first copy was stolen when I worked at my high school library in 1970. The cover made it popular. ;)
She still has nice hair and eyes.
Every adolescent boy in America had that album.
I can’t believe how many times I see that album obscurely used in movies. Watch Boondock Saints. When their sidekick returns to the apartment in a rush to grab his stuff and leave, he grabs some records and that one is on top.
Yeah, he looks like a real Herb Alpert fan. ;)
I don’t care what other people say the Sixties had the best looking ladies...
The Seventies are a close second.
Oh Herb Albert’s music is great, too......
Eh, anybody could make that claim now!
I'm sure not just the minds of young men.
I wonder if she realized how many young boys dreams were fueled by that very sexy album cover. It is a testament to the old axiom that erotic is based on what you DON’T show in a picture.
I do too
I believe it is her featured on two album covers that were obviously done during the same shoot.
I remember that album. Do you still have it?
...The record spent 141 weeks on Billboard's Top
40 200 albums chart.
Yep. I just checked. I still have the album as well.
According to many internet sources, her name was Lani Hall. Perhaps you have some non-public knowledge on the subject.
She and Janis Hanson were the voices in so many great Brazil '66 songs from the 60's.
I believe that it's Ms. Hanson who sings the iconic Bacharach masterpiece The Look Of Love. Of the two female vocalists of Brazil '66, Lani Hall is the prettier, in my opinion. Herb Alpert knew how to pick 'em.
She has aged pretty well
That is awesome.
How did they get a grand piano out on those rocks ?
Hubby said the same thing last night while watching a PBS Ed Sullivan show.
Back in the day when even instrumental music would sell to the masses.
A spin off of Basso Nova.
For nearly 80? Holding up wonderfully.
Alpert is a true giant, A&M produced some great stuff back in the 60s, namely the last albums of the late, great Wes Montgomery. Some criticized Wes for those albums, but as a kid, I loved them.
I think you’re right, I might have messed up her name.
....looks so much like my mom when she was young, it's scary.
I wonder how many young men wanted to learn to play the trumpet because of that?
Here they are today..time waits for no one but they both look good for their age..
Oh nuts. I thought maybe you knew her! I've always thought she was such a doll.
Nothing against Janis Hanson, either; she was a head-turner too. I just thought Ms. Hall had the edge in looks.
Here they are.
Mas que Nada
Damn, this stuff was cool! This is the part of the 60s I miss. I think they used this song in the original Austin Powers movie.
God does that song bring me back.
Great music is timeless.
I think her name may be Lani Hall.
"Mas que Nada" is sometimes translated as "More Than Nothing." Neither of the ladies singing it know Portugese, according to the lore. They memorized the words phonetically.
I loved Sergio Mendez and Brazil 66 as a fifth grader and I love them today. Not all their songs are that good; the ones that made it to radio airplay are pretty much the best.
If you like music of that era, something else you might check into is Mason Williams, composer/performer of Classical Gas. He was also a comedy writer; I believe he was the head writer for the Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour. Very, very talented guy. There are a number of YouTube videos of him playing in different venues.
That’s just wrong, but funny
I rediscovered vinyl about 10 years ago. I had kept most of my old stuff and added to it from bulk purchases at estate and garage sales. I now have several thousand, not counting the junk I threw in dumpsters. I have less than $200 invested. The Herb Alpert stuff is still some of my favorite. I can’t explain it. I guess it’s what I learned to love even before rock. As an amateur studio recorder myself now, I love to listen to the different production styles in the music. They were all top notch musicians, too.
I listen to his stuff for the same pleasure a guy gets out of driving a fully restored, but very old auto. It’s not for the handling...
She has kept herself very trim as well
Well, not so much. He was an alcoholic who split before I turned three.
I inherited my father's, not my mother's, looks. :(
Not all their songs are that good; the ones that made it to radio airplay are pretty much the best.
Yep. I got a lot of their stuff in my “estate saling” and some of their music is awful, but some is really catchy.
Then again, art is subjective.
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