7-7-17 8:00 PM EST: Ok, gonna give it another go and see what happens. Seems like I may have gotten one music idea from History.com before, and if so, this would be the second, unless something other than grey matter is now also slipping my mind.

But was looking at some of the historic events a little earlier from "This Day in History" and one of them said this about July 7, 1962:

"1962 "The Stripper," by David Rose, becomes the #1 pop hit in America". There's an interesting story behind it too, which I'll quote right here:


"As points of shared cultural reference, certain pieces of movie and television soundtrack music have become nearly indispensable to our modern existence. The theme from The Twilight Zone, for instance, is used to indicate the occurrence of a spooky coincidence. Or the theme from Jaws is hummed just as one person sneaks up behind another in a pool. When people sing the familiar themes from famous movies like Psycho or Deliverance, they make an instantly understandable shorthand reference to a specific idea or emotion, without having to speak a single word. The same is true for a snippet of soundtrack from a very obscure 1950s television program called Burlesque. That piece of music by David Rose is to acts of old-fashioned striptease roughly what the theme from Rocky is to early-morning winter jogs. Composed in 1958 and released as a single four years later, the hammy tune called "The Stripper" became a #1 pop hit in the United States on July 7, 1962.

David Rose was a composer and arranger who had a huge hit record back in 1944 with "Holiday For Strings", but who is better known as a prolific composer for television from the 1950s to the 1980s. While working on the short-lived television show Burlesque in 1958, Rose decided to score a dressing-room scene with music playing softly in the background as if barely audible from backstage. "So I wrote eight measures of strip music and forgot about it," Rose later told Billboard magazine.

Purely as a joke, Rose used a few spare minutes of studio time shortly thereafter to have the brass, the clarinets and the percussion section of his orchestra record a slightly extended version of what he still regarded as a silly throwaway. Rose had a handful of copies of the untitled number pressed on vinyl and handed out to orchestra members as novelty gifts, and that was the end of that. Until four years later, that is, when someone at his label, MGM Records, pulled the one-minute-and-55-second master recording out of the archives and had it put on the "B" side of Rose's string-orchestra version of "Ebb Tide". When a Los Angeles disc jockey flipped "Ebb Tide" and heard the piece now entitled "The Stripper", he thought it was so funny that he played it almost continuously during his program one day. Soon "The Stripper" was a regional, then a national #1 hit, and well on its way to becoming a permanent piece of American pop culture." (Quoted from History.com)

Can you play the song without smiling at least a little? Here, give it a try. Who has not mouthed the trombone part of this tune while taking off a shirt or being in the same room while someone else slips into their PJ's? Folks sometimes need your help with the proper sound effects. It makes them smile too, they'll often ad lib right along with :-)

So, as Ladies and Germs, I think we can theme this thread as "slightly to moderately risque" without crossing any red lines, don't you? Ever walk up to a bar or coffee shop counter and ask for a double entendre? Try it. At a minimum, it'll give you a handle on the level of vocabulary your host be sportin'.

Yes, I'll take an Entendre! And make it a double!


Here are some rather mild mannered suggestions from back in the day...


Eddie Cantor did this one in 1929, but here's the version I like best...


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