On this day in music history: July 7, 1962 – &…

On this day in music history: July 7, 1962 – “The Stripper” by David Rose And His Orchestra hits #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for 1 week. Written by David Rose, it is the biggest hit for the British born bandleader and composer. In 1958, Rose writes the music for a television series called “Burlesque” (starring Dan Dailey and Joan Blondell), and composes a piece of music to underscore a scene featuring the two actors. Recorded during the last ten minutes of a recording session, “The Stripper” goes unreleased as the rest of the tracks recorded are more string oriented and the brassy instrumental seems out of place. Four years later, Rose records a version of the pop standard “Ebb Tide” to promote the then new Paul Newman film “Sweet Bird Of Youth”. Without any time to record a B-side, “The Stripper” is pulled out of the vault and issued as the single’s flip side. A DJ in Los Angeles named Robert Q. Lewis discovers the obscure track, and plays it over and over for forty five minutes on his show. The stunt makes the record a hit locally in L.A., eventually spreading to the rest of the country. Entering the Hot 100 at #90 on May 12, 1962, it climbs to the top of the chart eight weeks later. Though the instrumental is Rose’s only hit, he later goes on to write the music for the long running TV series’ “Little House On The Prairie” and “Highway To Heaven”. “The Stripper” is certified Gold in the US by the RIAA.