Only in the middle of Hollywood would you ever find a 7 inch record like this. Yeah it’s a theme song from a soundtrack, but not from your typical movie, this 45 pop record is from the soundtrack of a soft-core pornography hit called "Diary of a Stewardess." Imagine the treasures we could have unearthed if only Amoeba hadn’t opened its doors on Sunset Blvd, but instead, opened for business deep in the heart of the America’s well lit, scantily clad, steady-cam ready, zoom in, action, work-it-a-little-slower-honey, bedroom community known as the San Fernando Valley.
Released in 1972 and sung by Bob Grabeau, Diary of a Stewardess b/w Fasten Your Set Belts (released on Segue Records and based in Canoga Park!) is an actual artifact of the valley’s 1970’s pop-porn culture, a culture that resurfaced with the 1997 film “Boogie Nights.” I bet many of our Dads saw “Stewardess” in a triple bill with “Deep Throat” and “Behind the Green Door.” Okay … maybe not your Dad …
The song Diary of a Stewardess was co-written by the legendary Buddy Feyne, celebrated for his swinging hep-cat lyrics and penning some of the biggest hits of the '30s and '40s, including Tuxedo Junction, Jersey Bounce and After Hours. During his career he wrote more than 400 songs collaborating with legends like Raymond Scott, Al Sherman, Avery Parrish, Louis Jordan, Erskine Hawkins, Lester Young, and even Milton Berle. Feyne’s compositions might even be considered essential to the hipsters of that era, actually any era, as a matter of fact: Bee Bop On the Range, After School Swing Session, Aristocrat of Harlem, Cream Cheese and Jelly, She Works In Men's Pajamas - the list goes on and on. Feyne also wrote the original lyrics to something called Dolomite that a certain bon vivant named Rudy Ray Moore re-navigated into his own signature song.
It's now being reported that The Love Boat will be released on DVD next year, possibly in the spring!! Now through the winter we'll have thoughts of those gorgeous warmer climes of the Love Boat's destinations to keep our brains toasty with anticipation!
I have so many fond memories of watching The Love Boat! It really is one of the greatest ideas for a TV show ever. Only a genius like Aaron Spelling could essentially give us a floating and neatly packaged visual romance novel every week. There's so much to see-- Skin! Beaches! Glitz! Glamour! Scandals and mishaps galore! Gopher making a fool of himself! Isaac giving "The Point" at the beginning of each episode! It makes me happy just to think of it all, and to own an entire season and have it at arm's reach at any given moment, it's almost too much for me! The concept works particularly well because there are your favorite crew characters who appear each week and then there's the constantly revolving cast of vacationers who can interact with the regular cast or have their own storylines....and then there's all that scenery! And room for celebrity guest appearances! Oh I love it so!