Saturday, January 24, 2009

Herb Alpert And Tijuana Brass- Whipped Cream And Other Delights

Whipped Cream sold over 6 million copies in the United States and the album cover alone is considered a classic pop culture icon. It featured model Dolores Erickson wearing chiffon and shaving cream. The picture was taken at a time when Erickson was three months pregnant. The cover was so popular with Alpert fans that, during concerts, when about to play the song "Whipped Cream", Alpert would tell the audience, "Sorry, we can't play the cover for you!" The art was parodied by several groups including once A&M band Soul Asylum, who made fun of the liner notes along with the back cover on their album Clam Dip & Other Delights, comedian Pat Cooper on his album Spaghetti Sauce and Other Delights, the Frivolous Five on a Herb Alpert tribute album, "Sour Cream and Other Delights" and by Peter Nero on his album, Peter Nero Plays a Salute to Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass.
Singles taken from the album included "A Taste of Honey," "Whipped Cream" and "Lollipops and Roses". The latter two of these were eventually featured on the ABC-TV series The Dating Game: "Whipped Cream" as the intro to the bachelorette, and "Lollipops and Roses" as the theme used when the bachelor(ette) learned about the person chosen for the date. ("Spanish Flea", a song taken from the TJB's next album Going Places, was used as the theme for the bachelor.)
Up until this album, Alpert had utilized Los Angeles area studio musicians to back him on his records. On this album eventual members of the Tijuana Brass (John Pisano, guitar and Bob Edmondson, trombone) were featured as well as studio vets Hal Blaine, Carol Kaye, Russell Bridges (better known as Leon Russell) and Chuck Berghofer. With the success of "Whipped Cream" came huge demands for concert appearances. It was at this time that Alpert formed the public version of the Tijuana Brass which included: Pisano, Edmondson, Nick Ceroli (drums), Pat Senatore (bass), Tonni Kalash (trumpet), Lou Pagani (piano) as well as Julius Wechter on marimba and vibes (studio only).
A remix of the album was released in 2006 on the Shout Factory label with a similarly "clothed" model on the cover.
The pop standard "Tangerine" appeared around the time that another version of that song was used as the theme for a then-popular dietary supplement called SEGO.
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