Herb Alpert’s ‘Whipped Cream Lady’ now 76, living in Longview and looking back

From The Seattle Times:

Guys, the girl of your teen dreams now is 76.

Her name is Dolores Erickson and she has been living in Longview for around 35 years, after a career that included being an Eileen Ford model in New York.

She appeared at a Seattle record store Wednesday and wants to tell you teen dreamers, “Enjoy the memories.”

You don’t know her by name — maybe as the “Whipped Cream Lady” — but certainly by the album cover on which she is featured: the 1965 Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass’ “Whipped Cream & Other Delights.”

There she is, seemingly naked but covered in what is supposed to be whipping cream looking at YOU.

Whenever a list of the most memorable record covers is put together, that album is right at the top.

How did a 2006 New Yorker magazine article explain the impact of that photo?

Oh, yes, 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.”

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.”

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