The Stripper

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"The Stripper"
Single by David Rose & His Orchestra
A-side"Ebb Tide"
B-side"The Stripper"
ReleasedMay 1962
Format7" vinyl
Songwriter(s)David Rose
David Rose (standing on the right) in AFRS Radio Show, c. 1946

"The Stripper" is an instrumental composed by David Rose, recorded in 1958 and released four years later. It evinces a jazz influence with especially prominent trombone slides, and evokes the feel of music used to accompany striptease artists.

The song came to prominence by chance. Rose had recorded "Ebb Tide" as the A-side of a record. His record company, MGM Records, wanted to get it on the market quickly, but discovered there was no B-side available for it. Rose was away at the time the need for the B-side song surfaced. An MGM office boy was given the job of going through some of Rose's tapes of unreleased material to find something that would work; he liked the song and chose it as the flip side for the record.[citation needed]


It was the theme melody in the Swedish record sales list Kvällstoppen in the 1960s. It also became famous as the background music for a contemporary Noxzema Shaving Cream commercial, featuring Swedish model Gunilla Knutsson,[1] and for a key scene in the 1977 film Slap Shot. It was also performed in the 1997 movie The Full Monty in the scene where the steel mill band twits Lomper, their lead cornet player and one of the male strippers.

The song reached #1 on Billboard's Top 100 chart in July, 1962.[2] It became a gold record. Billboard ranked the record as the #5 song of 1962.[3]

It was used on BBC Television in 1976 by the British comedy duo Morecambe and Wise in their "Breakfast Sketch", where they perform a dance using various kitchen utensils and food items.


  1. ^ Bacon, James (21 July 1964). "Beatles Hit In New Film; Rose Is Happy". Gettysburg Times. Retrieved 3 June 2011.
  2. ^ Bronson, Fred (2003). The Billboard Book of Number 1 Hits. New York: Billboard Books. p. 112. ISBN 0823076776. Retrieved 3 July 2012.
  3. ^ Billboard Year-End Hot 100 singles of 1962

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