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


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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."

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."

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.

Toni Weschler, 56, got signed copies for her brothers. She remembers growing up in New York and playing the album.

She remembers how her brothers couldn't take their eyes off the LP. “They stared at it constantly. It was very risqué. They hadn't seen this much breast in their life."

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