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Strangers in the Night


Frank Sinatra

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This song was originally written by Ivo Robic for a music festival in Split, Croatia; Robic later recorded versions of it in Croatian ("Stranci u Noci") and in German ("Fremde in der Nacht"). English lyrics about love at first sight were written by Charles Singleton and Eddie Snyder.
Bert Kaempfert rewrote this for the film A Man Could Get Killed, and the song was used as the movie's theme. It won a Golden Globe Award in 1967 for Best Original Song in a Motion Picture. In addition, the song won the 1966 Grammys in 4 different categories: Record Of The Year; Best Arrangement Accompanying A Vocalist Or Instrumentalist (Ernie Freeman was the arranger); Best Pop Vocal Performance, Male; and Best Engineered Recording - Non-Classical (Eddie Brackett and Lee Herschberg were the engineers).
Other artists who have covered this song include Shirley Bassey, Hal Blaine, James Brown, Vikki Carr, Petula Clark, Engelbert Humperdinck, Brenda Lee, Peggy Lee, Barry Manilow, Al Martino, Johnny Mathis, Bette Midler, Matt Monro, Jim Nabors, Wayne Newton, Johnny Rivers, the Sandpipers, Kate Smith, the Supremes, Mel Torme, the Ventures, Andy Williams, and Young-Holt Unlimited. (thanks, Jerro - New Alexandria, PA, for above 3)
This was a big comeback song for Sinatra, becoming his first #1 Pop hit in 11 years. (thanks, Bertrand - Paris, France)
Sinatra ad-libbed the "Dooby dooby doo" closing scat. Iwao Takamoto, the animator who created the cartoon dog Scooby-Doo, said that he got the inspiration to name his character from Sinatra's ad-lib.
Sinatra despised the song, calling it "a piece of s--t." Even though it was his biggest hit in eleven years, the singer never included this number in any of his late 1960s specials.
Legendary Country star Glen Campbell, who was then a session musician for hire, played rhythm guitar on this track. He recalled to The Daily Telegraph October 9, 2008 that he was so dumbstruck by being in the presence of the master that he couldn't stop staring at him. "Frank asked [the producer] Jimmy Bowen, 'Who's the fag guitarist over there?' I told him I'd slap him if he said that again."
Glen Campbell recalled to the Daily Mail that when this song was cut, "we did the whole song in two takes. We were all in the studio together, Frank and the band. They spliced together the best bits of both versions for the final record."
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Comments (8):

My parents remembered me singing this a lot as a kid. I still like it.
- Larry, Coral Springs, FL
My dad used to parody this song all the time by singing "Stranglers in the Night"! LOL!
I've heard a few nice anecdotes about FS in the past, but for the most part, he's always MOSTLY sounded like a person with a chip on his shoulder-a major attitude problem! Not a person I would've wanted to be around.
- Janetlee, Panama City, FL
as most of the time in history the original or the inventor receive little recognition if any the $$$ talks with the fame. Ivo Robic at that time was not famous or rich a great song re frank i heard from reliable source that Frank said the song is ridiculous stupid before he record it there you go .who got the credit ??? FF.
- jozef, toronto, ON
Great backing track from Glen Campbell and other members of the "Wrecking Crew".
and of coarse, ole Blue Eyes himself.
- Reed, New Ulm, MN
Sinatra didn't care much for this song. He didn't hate it, but he didn't think it was anything special, hence the throwaway "scooby doobie doo" patter at the end. He was shocked when it reached #1 on the Billboard charts.
- Ken, Louisville, KY
great song. hard to believe sinatra hit number one in 1966 which was the middle of the british invasion. then he teamed with his daughter to hit number one in 1967.
- rick, tuscola, United States
Chevy Chase does a parody of this song in the movie "Fletch". Instead of singing "Strangers in the night/Exchanging glances", Chevy sings "Strangers in the night/Exchanging clothing".
- Ken, Louisville, KY
It seems like when Frank gets to the end of this song and is doing the adlib fadeout he gets about half way through it and decides he doesn't like it and just starts using gibberish like he thinks he needs to re do it. Great recording though.
- Steve, Fenton, MO
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