Gernreich was a gay Austrian designer who was opposed to the sexualisation of the body and he wanted to normalise nudity — what better way, then, than to allow women to sunbathe with their breasts exposed? Nevertheless, some 3000 were sold in New York alone in 1964, and at least a few of these must have been worn outside the house.
With a thumping beat provided by Billy Strange and the Senators, this is a magnificent novelty record — exactly the sort of beat girl groove that you would expect Mamie to come out with.
Mamie Van Doren Joan Lucille Olander; February 6, 1931 is an American actress, singer, model.
So they seemed the ideal pairing for a novelty single exploiting the new topless craze.