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Stripper - David Rose

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Uploaded on Jan 2, 2010

Columbia Musical Treasury of All Time Favorites presents:
The Sensational Sixties.

This is an instrumental song that is usually associated with a strip tease.
This was used for the TV program Burlesque. It accompanied a scene featuring a woman stripping off screen while two men argued on screen. This gave it a reputation as a song to take your clothes off to.
Rose wrote this in the last 10 minutes of a recording session in 1958. He didn't have a name for it, and referred to it as "a funny piece of music with no title." Later that year, Rose was asked to re-record the song "Ebb Tide" to help promote the movie "Sweet Bird of Youth" (with Paul Newman and Geraldine Page), which he quickly did, but the movie studio needed a B-side for the single, so this song, which was an unnamed, unreleased cut, was pulled from the vaults, given a name ("The Stripper") and placed on the B-side of the "Ebb Tide" single.
Los Angeles DJ Robert Q. Lewis popularized this by playing it on the air for 45 minutes straight and playing it whenever a listener requested ANY song.
When Rose performed in the Royal Albert Hall years later, he had no intention of including this in his repertoire, but he played it anyway after someone in the audience yelled out a request for it. Rose apologized to Albert Hall management afterwards.
Rose did the score to over 1000 television programs, most notably the series The Red Skelton Show, Bonanza, Little House on the Prairie, and Highway to Heaven. He died in 1990 at the age of 80. (thanks, Brad Wind - Miami, FL, for above 5)

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