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.
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 .
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. The cover did not make a celebrity out of Erickson and she was rarely recognized in public as the “Whipped Cream” girl.When she received them in 1965 she was shocked at how much it revealed. It wasn’t until many years later that people began asking her to autograph the album cover.The iconic album cover, which is best appreciated in its full 12″ x 12″ vinyl incarnation, 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. 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.