Friday, November 27, 2015

Herb Alpert's Whipped Cream album hit #1 50 years ago today

First posted 3/25/2008; updated 9/6/2020.

Whipped Cream & Other Delights

Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass

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Charted: May 15, 1965

Peak: 18 US, 2 UK, -- CN, -- AU

Sales (in millions): 5.0 US, -- UK, 5.0 world (includes US and UK)

Genre: traditional pop

Tracks: (Click for codes to singles charts.)

Song Title (Writers) [Time] (chart date, peaks on charts)

  1. A Taste of Honey (Bobby Scott, Rick Marlow) [2:43] (9/4/65, #7 US, #1 AC)
  2. Green Peppers (Sol Lake) [1:31]
  3. Tangerine (Johnny Mercer, Victor Schertzinger) [2:46]
  4. Bittersweet Samba (Sol Lake) [1:46]
  5. Lemon Tree (Will Holt) [2:23]
  6. Whipped Cream (Naomi Neville) [2:33] (2/20/65, #68 US, #13 AC)
  7. Love Potion No. 9 (Jerry Leiber, Mike Stoller) [3:02]
  8. El Garbanzo (Sol Lake) [2:13]
  9. Ladyfingers (Toots Thielemans) [2:43]
  10. Butterball (Mike Henderson) [2:12]
  11. Peanuts (Luis Guerrero) [2:09]
  12. Lollipops and Roses (Tony Velona) [2:27]

Total Running Time: 28:22


4.275 out of 5.00 (average of 11 ratings)


About the Album:

“It’ll never be known exactly what made Whipped Cream & Other Delights Herb Alpert’s big commercial breakthrough – the music or the LP jacket’s luscious nude model covered almost entirely with simulated whipped cream. Probably both.” AMG

“In any case, Alpert’s most famous album is built around a coherent concept; every song has a title with food in it. Within this concept, Alpert’s musical tastes are still refreshingly eclectic; he uses Brazilian rhythms on Green Peppers and Bittersweet Samba, reaches back to the big-band era for the haunting Tangerine, uses Dixieland jazz on Butterball, and goes to New Orleans for the Allen Toussaint-penned title track (familiar to viewers of TV’s The Dating Game).” AMG

“He also has developed a unique sense of timing as a producer, using pauses for humorous effect, managing to score his second Top Ten hit with a complex, tempo-shifting version of A Taste of Honey.” AMG

“No wonder Alpert drew such a large, diverse audience at his peak; his choices of tunes spanned eras and generations, while his arrangements were energetic enough for the young and melodic enough for older listeners.” AMG

Notes: A 2005 reissue added bonus tracks “Rosemary” and “Blueberry Park.”

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