Album:Tease! The Beat Of Burlesque
I'm sure all of you have heard The Stripper. But I bet you didn't know that it topped the pop charts in 1962. The song was written and recorded by veteran film composer and arranger David Rose. He was born David Rosenberg June 15, 1910 in London, England. His family moved to Chicago and shortened the family name to Rose. He studied at the Chicago School of Music and he was 16 when he joined Ted Fio Rito's dance band. Rose also worked at NBC Radio and he was an arranger for Frankie Trumbauer at WGN. Rose moved to Hollywood in 1938 and he worked for the Mutual Broadcasting System on the radio show California Melodies. He soon became musical director for Mutual. Rose scored his first hit single when Holiday for Strings reached #2 on the hit parade in 1944. This song is best known as the theme for The Red Skelton Show. Rose and Skelton met in The US Army during WWII and Rose became Skelton's musical director. In the 50s, Rose got into composing music for film and especially TV. He wrote the music for Highway Patrol, Sea Hunt and he won an Emmy for composing Bonanza. Rose recorded The Stripper for MGM Records in 1958. It was not released. In 1962, MGM was releasing Rose's recording of Ebb Tide as a single and they needed a B side. They had an office boy go through Rose's unreleased tapes and he chose the Stripper as the B side. And as sometimes happens in radio, DJs preferred the B side and The Stripper topped the Billboard Hot 100. I think many believe the song is from the 40s. Of course The Stripper is now a burlesque standard. It was helped by a Noxzema shave cream commercial with with a model cooing "Take It Off. Take It All Off". There is a David Rose budget comp of his MGM recordings available. But I think most will only want The Stripper and you can get it on this Verve various artists burlesque music comp. Rose returned to composing music for TV. He worked a lot for Michael Landon and Rose won a couple of Emmys for Little House on the Prairie. David Rose died on Aug. 23, 1990 at age 80. Here's a video for The Stripper by David Rose and his Orchestra.