It was 55 years ago that everyone’s favourite striptease song hit No. 1 on the pop charts.
If you’ve ever seen a strip tease in film or television, you’ve likely heard a song called “The Stripper.” While it reached No. 1 on the pop charts in 1962, it was actually created four years prior to its release by David Rose, a prolific composer who scored a number of hit television shows between 1950 and 1980.It was born on the set of Burlesque in 1958, when Rose was tasked with scoring a dressing-room scene. “I wrote eight measures of strip music and forgot about it,” Rose told Billboard magazine.Later, Rose decided to have a little fun with the short piece. With some time to spare in a recording session, the composer decided to record a longer version of the song with the brass, clarinet and percussion section of his orchestra. Even with this polished version, Rose still considered the piece a joke, handing copies out to members of the orchestra as a novelty gift.Four years later, someone at MGM Records discovered the piece in the archives and had it placed on side B of Rose’s string-orchestra version of Ebb Tide. From there, a Los Angeles disc jokey would find the humour in “The Stripper” as well, reportedly playing it non-stop for 45 minutes even when listeners had called in to request something else.Since its No. 1 showing on the pop charts 55 years ago, its scored strip scenes in everything from Monty Python to Betty Boop.Watch Monty Python’s Terry Jones awkwardly strip to the song here