Strangers In The Night – Frank Sinatra

THIS DAY IN MUSIC…………………………………..on July 2nd of 1966 Frank Sinatra’s version of “Strangers In The Night” displaced The Beatles’ “Paperback Writer” at the top of the Billboard Hot 100. It was also a UK #1. Sinatra’s recording would win him a Grammy Award for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance and Record of the Year, despite the fact that Frank often said he didn’t really like the song.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 four 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). This was a big comeback song for Sinatra, becoming his first #1 pop hit in 11 years. His previous chart-topper was “Learnin’ The Blues” in 1955. Sinatra despised the song, calling it “a piece of s–t.” Even though it was his biggest hit in 11 years, the singer never included this number in any of his late 1960s specials. This topped the charts 18 weeks after Frank’s daughter Nancy had a #1 hit with “These Boots Are Made For Walkin’.” Not long after, the pair would make history with “Somethin’ Stupid” as the first father-daughter duo to have a #1 single. This was released through Sinatra’s Reprise Records, the label he founded in 1960. The song was the third #1 hit from the company, following Dean Martin’s “Everybody Loves Somebody” and Nancy Sinatra’s “These Boots Are Made for Walkin’.” The song also reached #1 in the UK.