Wonderland By Night – Bert Kaempfert

THIS DAY IN MUSIC……………………………….on January 9th of 1961 orchestra leader Bert Kaempfert knocked Elvis Presley out of the number one spot on the US charts after six weeks with a sleepy instrumental called “Wonderland By Night”. The instrumental classic (German title “Wunderland bei Nacht”) is a popular song by Bert Kaempfert that was a Billboard number one hit for three weeks, starting January 9, 1961. The song was written by Klaus-Günter Neumann with English lyrics by Lincoln Chase. It was Kaempfert’s first hit with his orchestra. The song featured Charly Tabor on trumpet. The original version of “Wonderland by Night” also crossed over to the R&B chart where it peaked at number five.