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April 25, 2023

Vintage Album Covers Featuring Miss Dolores Erickson

A collection of vintage album covers featuring miss Dolores Erickson, who made famous by the Herb Alpert album cover Whipped Cream and Other Delights.

Dolores Erickson (born September 1935) is an American model and artist. She started her modeling career at 14 or 15 after winning a contest to model for the Seattle department store Frederick & Nelson. In 1954, she won the Miss Maritime beauty pageant and in 1955 won Miss Greenwood and competed to be Seafair Queen. She was also Miss Longshoreman.

With two fellow Seafair Princesses, future actresses Dorothy Provine and Dyan Cannon, Erickson visited San Francisco, where she found work for Macy’s department store, earning $600 weekly at age 19. She left the University of Washington to pursue a modeling career, signing with the Ford Modeling Agency in New York City.

In the early 1960s, following a broken engagement, Erickson lived in Mexico for a year before returning to the U.S. in 1963. Afterward, through art director Peter Whorf, for whom she did many record-label photo shoots, and appeared on 13 or 18 album covers for artists such as the Kingston Trio (Sold Out), Cy Coleman (Piano Witchcraft), Nat King Cole (Wild Is Love), and The Sandpipers (Guantanamera).

Nat King Cole – Wild Is Love (1960)

The Kingston Trio – Sold Out (1960)

Roger Williams – Temptation (1960)

Nat King Cole – The Touch Of Your Lips (1961)

Jonah Jones – Jazz Bonus (1962)

Cy Coleman – Piano Witchcraft (1963)

Dante Varela & His Amigos – Cosa Nueva (1963)

Herb Alpert’s Tijuana Brass – Whipped Cream & Other Delights (1965)

The Sandpipers – Guantanamera (1966)

Pancho Purcell & His Bambuco Players – Bambuco Moves In (1966)

Bill Irwin – The Magic Sounds Of Bill Irwin (1970)




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