Saturday 9: 77 Sunset Strip (1958)
Unfamiliar with this week's tune? Hear it here.
1) 77 Sunset Strip was one of TV's early hits, running for six seasons. Before this morning, were you familiar with this show? Not familiar, but I was aware of it. My mom was a fan and as a kid I listened to her 45 of Kookie, Kookie (Lend Me Your Comb).
2) The show's jazzy theme is punctuated by finger snaps. When you snap your fingers, is the left-handed snap as loud as your right-handed snap? It's louder.
3) The show revolved around Bailey and Spencer Investigations. Stu Bailey and Jeff Spencer were among TV first "private eyes." Who is your all-time favorite TV PI? I loved Pierce Brosnan on Remmington Steel and Bruce Willis on Moonlighting.
4) Their office had "a fancy label," meaning an attractive address, on Los Angeles' Sunset Blvd. Tell us about the prestige area of your neighborhood. My neighborhood doesn't have one. We're solidly, working class, blue-collar folk. Now, my town has several more upscale areas, but the most prestigeous area is probably the area directly around the country club...Arnold Palmer owned the club and his home is near it.
5) Next door was Dino's Lodge, the real-life restaurant and bar owned by entertainer Dean Martin. Are you a Dean Martin fan? Yep. I've always like him. His song Everybody Loves Somebody was the #1 song the week I was born in 1964.
6) The valet at Dino's was Kookie. He was known for his perfect hair, his slang ("ginchy" meant cool, "germsville" was the hospital, "a dark seven" was a bad week) and his desire to someday be a private investigator, like Stu and Jeff. Do you think you'd be a good detective? Actually, I do think I'd do okay at it. I tend to be very intuitive.
7) Stu and Jeff had a loyal secretary named Suzanne, played by French actress Jacqueline Beer. In real life, she was married to adventurer Thor Heyerdahl, who famously traveled from Peru to French Polynesia by raft. Does 100 days on a raft, sailing the south seas, sound fascinating to you? No. It sounds like a miserable time...if we are speaking of a raft in the truest sense of a raft.
8) Clint Eastwood was a fan of the show and, in the 1990s, tried unsuccessfully to bring 77 Sunset Strip back. Is there a show from the past you'd like to see "rebooted?" The Love Boat, Fantasy Island, Laverne & Shirley, and Welcome Back, Kotter all seem like shows that would lend themselves to being remade and haven't already been remade many times over.
9) Random question: Thinking about the last week, did you nag anyone? Or were you the one who was nagged? I wasn't nagged and I don't think I did any nagging, but I did ask my husband about something twice. He might call that nagging. LOL