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"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 Stripper"
Single by David Rose & His Orchestra
A-side "Ebb Tide"
B-side "The Stripper"
Released May 1962
Format 7" vinyl
Recorded 1958
Genre Jazz
Length 1:57
Label MGM
Songwriter(s) David Rose
David Rose (standing on the right) in AFRS Radio Show, c. 1946

The song came to prominence by chance. David Rose had recorded "Ebb Tide" as an A-side of a record. His record company, MGM Records, wanted to get the record on the market quickly, but they discovered they had no B-side 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.


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 a Swedish model,[1] and for a key scene in the 1977 film Slap Shot.

The song reached number one on Billboard's Top 100 chart in July, 1962.[2] It became a gold record. Billboard ranked the record as the No. 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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