W is for Whipped Cream and Other Delights

Whipped-Cream-and-Other-DelightsFor this post, you can blame Chuck Miller, who wrote about Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass in late May 2015. It reminded me of my history collecting TJB.

I owned at least 7 of the first eight albums by the band, starting with Lonely Bull, which was the very first album released on A&M Records, LP-101. This is not surprising since Alpert was the A in A&M. I suspect I got them through the Capitol Record Club.

Unfortunately almost all my albums, alphabetically A, B, much of S and all of T-Z were stolen from my grandmother’s house in the Great LP Theft of 1972.

Subsequently, I bought, again, the album Whipped Cream & Other Delights from a used record store. As it turned out, the LP inside was actually the TJB album Going Places. Oddly, I did not mind.
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The album cover was legendary. It featured model Dolores Erickson, who was three months pregnant when they photographed her. She was actually covered mostly in shaving cream, because whipped cream melts under the hot photography lights.

Listen to Whipped Cream & Other Delights, an album that spent 185 weeks on the US Billboard album charts starting in 1965, including eight weeks at #1.

Right before I started blogging back in 2005, my friend/blogging guru Fred Hembeck wrote a blogpost on March 31. It celebrated both Herb Alpert, who had turned 70 that day, so he’s now 80; and that album cover, which is now 50 years old, with the model now 78.

A couple days later, Fred shared a fascinating find of mine: Album covers spoofing album covers. Back then, the album was pictured #14, with #15-18 as goofs on the theme. A decade later, the page is still going. Now, the original cover of Whipped Cream & Other Delights is at #79, as of this writing, with the parodies, such as the one here, following.

ABC Wednesday – Round 16

Author: Roger

I'm a librarian. I hear music, even when it's not being played. I used to work at a comic book store, and it still informs my life. I won once on JEOPARDY! - ditto.

21 thoughts on “W is for Whipped Cream and Other Delights”

  1. I always enjoy your musical blogs. Always full of interesting facts. My dad was a big fan of Herb Albert and had all of his albums.

  2. I vaguely remember seeing another parody of that cover in a used book/used record store….I think it was Sour Cream? And it was a heavy set comedienne, not Sophie Tucker but someone kind of in that style (Argh, can’t think of her name)

  3. Herb Alpert reminds me of the Christmas my brother and I got a Dansette record player for Christmas, Herb Alpert and his Tijuana Brass was amongst our first collection along with Brenda Lee ‘Rocking around the Christmas Tree’. Even though the record player was our present from the parents, they already had a veritable collection of records of their choice to play… oh! and Connie Francis singing Carolina Moon… such nostalgia !

    Best wishes,
    Di.
    ABCW team.

  4. We have the whipped cream album and my hubby has listened to it many, many, many times.
    Ann

  5. I only remembered his Spanish Flea (the ultimate ear worm tune) until clicking on the album link.

  6. Our high-school band did a bang-up version of “Bittersweet Samba.”

    A&M, early on, had dual inventory: mono (LP-101) and stereo (SP-101); they abandoned this scheme for Whipped Cream, which was LP-110 (mono) and SP-4110 (stereo). (109, Baja Marimba Band Rides Again, did not get the 4 prefix.)

  7. I remember listening to this Tijuana Brass album during my youth and liking it. However, I’m most amused by the spoof cover that you’ve featured. LOL!

  8. Great title! Unfortunately I don’t know Herb. But he must be popular in your country judging by the comments of all bloggers.
    Wil, ABCW Team

  9. I don’t know this albums, but the covers are funny.
    (and your comment to my ABC-post has bought me on an idea for a shortstory, thanks)
    Greetings from Germany 🙂

  10. Tijuana Brass was always my Mother favorite and I often thought it was funny to see her dance to that music then especially when she was working at the Bait Store (family owned) while waiting on the customers. Those were the days then.

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