Flush with the success of her best-selling book Sex and the Single Girl, in 1963, Helen Gurley Brown sought new avenues of media in order to keep her face and name in the public's eye. Contacted by Gene Norman, owner of the Crescendo Night Club in Hollywood and founder of Crescendo Records about reading her book in the studio (for "people who don't like to read"), but finding that Warner Bothers owned not only the film but also the audio rights to the material, Brown wrote an all-new script for the lp that came to be titled Lessons in Love. Unlike the book and subsequent movie, the record sales never really took off, and she only moved around 10,000 copies of the album that year. A follow-up recording was planned: Helen Gurley Brown's Vacation Kit for Lovers, but was never completed. She did go on to release a second offering showcasing her live lecture tour material: Helen Gurley Brown at Town Hall.
As appalling as some of the dialogue may be to modern ears, Brown is charming and glib enough to put it over, and I for one get a kick out of her delivery and wording. Today we'll hear side one: How to Love a Girl, and in two weeks I'll be back with side two: How to Love a Man. It's amusing, too, that in a period where most music lps were barely over 30 minutes, if that, this spoken word project, since the grooves could be cut closer together, runs well over 40 minutes, so the consumers of this oddity got their money's worth, as far as quantity. Here, then, are the first six cuts of 12 total, with the remaining six cuts coming up on this saturday the 17th, at six pm EST right here at the superduperstation. And the full album artwork and liner notes by Helen can be found here.
01 How to Have an Affair - and Live Happily Ever After 02 How to Behave at Home - If You're Misbehaving Away from Home 03 Getting the Most from Your Secretary 04 Little Man You'll Have a Busy Day 05 How to Say No to a Girl 06 How to Love Your Wife and Nobody Else