March 27, 2007

"The Love Boat"

In the days before Dancing with the Stars or VH1 programming, has-been celebrities would be put out to pasture on The Love Boat (1977-1986). And celebrities who didn't make the Love Boat cut would find solace on the show immediately following The Love Boat every Saturday night, Fantasy Island. But that's another story, for another post...

Jack Jones

"The Love Boat" was composed by Paul Williams and Charles Fox, and was sung by the ultra-smooth Jack Jones. From 1985 onward, Dionne Warwick sang the theme. Here is the Jack Jones era version, along with the opening credits sequence (talk about a potpourri of guest stars - Mike Connors, Elke Sommer and Halston?):

I know you'll be singing this to yourself for the rest of the day now (as I will be - loudly and proudly), so you might as well know the actual lyrics:

Love, exciting and new
Come aboard, we're expecting you
Love, life's sweetest reward
Let it flow, it floats back to you

The Love Boat soon will be making another run
The Love Boat promises something for everyone
Set a course for adventure
Your mind on a new romance

And love won't hurt anymore
It's an open smile on a friendly shore
Yes love...
Welcome aboard it's love...

The theme would be used for comedic purposes (how else could it be used?) in Airplane II: The Sequel (1982), with Jack Jones making a cameo appearance. More recently, it was parodied in the South Park episode "Red Hot Catholic Love." Via the South Park site, here is a little bit of their version.

1 comment:

dana said...

I can remember watching the first part of each Love Boat episode to see what stars were going to be on. Scott Baio is on? Sweet! That show was the last stop for a lot of actors. Thanks - now I will sing the theme song all weekend. Very poignant, because love WILL in fact "float back to you".