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8th June 2022
David Rose (1910 - 1990) was an American songwriter, composer, arranger, pianist, and orchestra leader. During the 1950s to 70s he worked on music for many films (like "Operation Petticoat" starring Cary Grant & Tony Curtis in 1959, and "Hombre" starring Paul Newman in 1967) and TV shows (like "Bonanza", "Little House on the Prairie", "The High Chapparral", and "The Red Skelton Show"), gaining 4 Emmy's in the process.
"The Stripper" was written in 1958 and used as music for a TV show about burlesque, but it wasn't released until 4 years later. With two singles already having sold a million copies to his credit, "The Stripper" was hastily added as the "B-side" for the single "Ebb Tide" but became a surprise hit itself. It gained much radio play time and reached the no.1 spot in the US Billboard charts in 1962 - not bad for a not quite 2-minute long instrumental:
The song has been used in commercials across the years but also in a handful of films including: The Scarecrow (a 1973 American road movie starring Al Pacino & Gene Hackman); The Full Monty (a 1997 British male stripper comedy starring Robert Carlyle); and Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit (a Dreamworks animated comedy film from 2005). However, a favorite of ours is the 1977 American sports comedy movie "Slap Shot" starring Paul Newman. An ailing Ice hockey team resort to violence to increase their ratings and popularity, but one team member gets fed up with it...
The song sporadically gets used on TV and was used by the "Monty Python" comedy team on more than one occasion. Here are British comedians "Morecambe & Wise" using "The Stripper" for a funny breakfast routine in their BBC TV show in 1976:
BTW: David Rose's granddaughter is singer-songwriter Samanth Jones. She's had two albums released (2007 & 2010) in her soul/electronic style of music. Her best commercial success to date, has been "Rise" which hit the no.1 spot in the US Dance charts in 2007:
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