Herb Alpert’s Whipped Cream Lady is Now 77

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Guys, the girl of your dreams in 1965 is now 77 years old.

Her name is Dolores Erickson and she has been living in Longview for around 36 years, after a career that included being an Eileen Ford model in New York.
We never knew her by name, just referred to her as the "Whipped Cream Lady" but we certainly knew her by the album cover of the 1965 Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass' "Whipped Cream & Other Delights."

There she is, appearing to be naked but covered in what is supposed to be whipping cream looking right at YOU. By today’s standards it’s not even risqué but in the virtually pornless days of 1965 it was a hot topic. Whenever a list of the most memorable record covers is put together, that album is right at the top.

In later years, at concerts, Alpert would tell audiences, "Sorry, but I can't play the cover for you.".

At age 24, Erickson went to New York City and ended up being signed by Eileen Ford. She was in ads for Max Factor and was in all the women's magazines. Erickson is 5 feet 7, with dark brown hair and green eyes, and still weighs about the same as in the modeling days, which is around 119 pounds.
In 1965, she got a call to fly to Los Angeles for a photo shoot for A&M Records  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. 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.

In the year 2000, recognition began for Erickson's role on that memorable album cover. She had stopped by a local oldies record store to buy some used copies of "Whipped Cream."

She had no copies of her own and wanted to sign some for friends. Before that, the album's importance in pop culture hadn't registered with her.

By 2013 standards, that album cover is demure. Yet it endures. It was the stuff of young boys dream.

"I looked at it as being an ice cream sundae," Erickson says.