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Strangers in the Night

This article is about the song. For other uses, see Strangers in the Night (disambiguation).

"Strangers in the Night" is a song composed by Bert Kaempfert with English lyrics by Charles Singleton and Eddie Snyder. Kaempfert originally used it under the title "Beddy Bye" as part of the instrumental score for the movie A Man Could Get Killed. The song was made famous in 1966 by Frank Sinatra, although it was initially given to Melina Mercouri, who thought that a man's vocals would better suit the melody and therefore declined to sing it.

"Strangers in the Night"
Single by Frank Sinatra
from the album Strangers in the Night
B-side"Oh, You Crazy Moon"
ReleasedMay 1966 (1966-05)
RecordedApril 11, 1966
StudioUnited Western Recorders
GenreTraditional pop
Length2:35
LabelReprise
Composer(s)
Lyricist(s)
Producer(s)Jimmy Bowen
Frank Sinatra singles chronology
"It Was a Very Good Year"
(1965)
"Strangers in the Night"
(1966)
"Summer Wind"
(1966)
Audio sample

Reaching #1 on both the Billboard Hot 100 chart and the Easy Listening chart, it was the title song for Sinatra's 1966 album Strangers in the Night, which became his most commercially successful album. The song also reached No. 1 on the UK Singles Chart.

Sinatra's recording won him the Grammy Award for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance and the Grammy Award for Record of the Year, as well as a Grammy Award for Best Arrangement Accompanying a Vocalist or Instrumentalist for Ernie Freeman at the Grammy Awards of 1967.

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Avo Uvezian

In an interview, Avo Uvezian gave an account of the story behind "Strangers in the Night", stating that he originally composed the song for Frank Sinatra while in New York at the request of a mutual friend who wanted to introduce the two. He wrote the melody after which someone else put in the lyrics and the song was originally titled "Broken Guitar". He presented the song to Sinatra a week later, but Sinatra did not like the lyrics, so they were rewritten and the song was renamed and became known as "Strangers in the Night".

When asked about why someone else (Kaempfert) was claiming the song, Uvezian went on to say that since Kaempfert was a friend of his and in the industry, he asked him to publish the German version in Germany so the two could split the profits, since Uvezian did not feel he would get paid for his work on the song in the US. Uvezian stated that when he gave the music to Kaempfert the song had already been renamed and lyrics revised. Uvezian also stated that Kaempfert gave him a letter acknowledging Uvezian as the composer.

Ivo Robić

It is sometimes claimed that Croatian singer Ivo Robić was the original composer of "Strangers in the Night", and that he sold the rights to Kaempfert after entering it without success in a song contest in Yugoslavia. This has not been substantiated. Robić—often referred to as "Mr. Morgen" for his 1950s charts success with "Morgen", created in collaboration with Bert Kaempfert—was rather the singer of the Croatian version of the song, called "Stranci u noći".[citation needed]

It was published in 1966 by the Yugoslav record company Jugoton under the serial number EPY-3779. On the label of the record, Kaempfert and Marija Renota are stated as authors, wherein Renota is the author of the Croatian lyrics. The original composition of "Strangers" was under the title "Beddy Bye"—referring to the lead character William Beddoes—as an instrumental for the score of the movie A Man Could Get Killed.[citation needed]

The phrase "Strangers in the Night" was created after the composition, when New York music publishers Roosevelt Music requested that lyricists Eddie Snyder and Charles Singleton put some words to the tune. "Stranci u noći" is a literal translation of this phrase.[citation needed]

In an interview on Croatian TV with a renowned Croatian composer Stjepan Mihaljinec, Robić stated that he had composed a song "Ta ljetna noć" (That Summer Night) and sent it to a festival in former Yugoslavia, where it was rejected. Then he sang a first few tunes from that song, identical to the first few tunes from "Strangers in the Night" ("Strangers in the night, exchanging glances..."). He added that, later, Bert Kaempfert "composed" for him that very same song, which later became known as "Strangers in the Night".

Philippe-Gérard

In 1967 French composer Michel Philippe-Gérard (more commonly known as Philippe-Gérard) established a claim that the melody of "Strangers" was based on his composition "Magic Tango", which was published in 1953 through Chappells in New York. Royalties from the song were thus frozen until a court in Paris ruled in 1971 against plagiarism, stating that many songs were based on similar constant factors.

The track was recorded on April 11, 1966, one month before the rest of the album. Hal Blaine was the drummer on the record and Glen Campbell played rhythm guitar. According to Blaine, he reused the iconic drum beat from "Be My Baby" by the Ronettes in a slower and softer arrangement.

One of the most memorable and recognizable features of the record is Sinatra's scat improvisation of the melody (on take two) with the syllables "doo-be-doo-be-doo" as the song fades to the end. For the CD Nothing but the Best, the song was remastered and the running time is 2:45 instead of the usual 2:35. The extra ten seconds is just a continuation of Sinatra's scat singing. In 1968, CBS television executive Fred Silverman was inspired by the scat whilst listening to the recording on a red-eye flight to a development meeting for a Saturday morning cartoon show and decided to rename the dog character to "Scooby-Doo".

Sinatra despised the song, calling it at one time "a piece of shit" and "the worst fucking song that I have ever heard." He was not afraid to voice his disapproval of playing it live. In spite of his contempt for the song, for the first time in 11 years he had a number one hit. It remained on the charts for 15 weeks.

Chart Peak
position
Argentinian Singles Chart 1
Australian Singles Chart 4
Austrian Singles Chart 6
Brazilian Singles Chart 1
Danish Singles Chart (DGGIF) 6
Dutch Singles Chart 4
French Singles Chart 1
German Singles Chart 2
Greek Singles Chart 6
Hong Kong Singles Chart 5
Israeli Singles Chart 3
Italian Singles Chart (Musica e Dischi) 1
Mexican Singles Chart (Audiomusica) 3
Norway Singles Chart (Verdens Gang) 5
Philippines Singles Chart 1
Singapore Singles Chart 9
Swiss Singles Chart 1
UK (Official Charts Company) 1
US Billboard Hot 100 1

The single sold 60,000 copies in Brazil, 600,000 copies in France, combined it sold a million copies in United States and United Kingdom and over 2 million worldwide.

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Strangers in the Night
Strangers in the Night Article Talk Language Watch Edit This article is about the song For other uses see Strangers in the Night disambiguation Strangers in the Night is a song composed by Bert Kaempfert with English lyrics by Charles Singleton and Eddie Snyder 1 Kaempfert originally used it under the title Beddy Bye as part of the instrumental score for the movie A Man Could Get Killed 1 The song was made famous in 1966 by Frank Sinatra although it was initially given to Melina Mercouri who thought that a man s vocals would better suit the melody and therefore declined to sing it 2 3 Strangers in the Night Single by Frank Sinatrafrom the album Strangers in the NightB side Oh You Crazy Moon ReleasedMay 1966 1966 05 RecordedApril 11 1966StudioUnited Western RecordersGenreTraditional popLength2 35LabelReprise 1 Composer s Bert KaempfertLyricist s Charles Singleton Eddie Snyder 1 Producer s Jimmy Bowen 1 Frank Sinatra singles chronology It Was a Very Good Year 1965 Strangers in the Night 1966 Summer Wind 1966 Audio sample source source filehelp Reaching 1 on both the Billboard Hot 100 chart and the Easy Listening chart 4 it was the title song for Sinatra s 1966 album Strangers in the Night which became his most commercially successful album The song also reached No 1 on the UK Singles Chart 5 Sinatra s recording won him the Grammy Award for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance and the Grammy Award for Record of the Year as well as a Grammy Award for Best Arrangement Accompanying a Vocalist or Instrumentalist for Ernie Freeman at the Grammy Awards of 1967 Contents 1 Authorship disputes 1 1 Avo Uvezian 1 2 Ivo Robic 1 3 Philippe Gerard 2 Recording 3 Chart performance 4 Commercial performance 5 References 6 External linksAuthorship disputes EditAvo Uvezian Edit In an interview Avo Uvezian gave an account of the story behind Strangers in the Night stating that he originally composed the song for Frank Sinatra while in New York at the request of a mutual friend who wanted to introduce the two He wrote the melody after which someone else put in the lyrics and the song was originally titled Broken Guitar He presented the song to Sinatra a week later but Sinatra did not like the lyrics so they were rewritten and the song was renamed and became known as Strangers in the Night 6 When asked about why someone else Kaempfert was claiming the song Uvezian went on to say that since Kaempfert was a friend of his and in the industry he asked him to publish the German version in Germany so the two could split the profits since Uvezian did not feel he would get paid for his work on the song in the US Uvezian stated that when he gave the music to Kaempfert the song had already been renamed and lyrics revised Uvezian also stated that Kaempfert gave him a letter acknowledging Uvezian as the composer 6 Ivo Robic Edit It is sometimes claimed that Croatian singer Ivo Robic was the original composer of Strangers in the Night and that he sold the rights to Kaempfert after entering it without success in a song contest in Yugoslavia This has not been substantiated Robic often referred to as Mr Morgen for his 1950s charts success with Morgen created in collaboration with Bert Kaempfert was rather the singer of the Croatian version of the song called Stranci u noci citation needed It was published in 1966 by the Yugoslav record company Jugoton under the serial number EPY 3779 On the label of the record Kaempfert and Marija Renota are stated as authors wherein Renota is the author of the Croatian lyrics The original composition of Strangers was under the title Beddy Bye referring to the lead character William Beddoes as an instrumental for the score of the movie A Man Could Get Killed citation needed The phrase Strangers in the Night was created after the composition when New York music publishers Roosevelt Music requested that lyricists Eddie Snyder and Charles Singleton put some words to the tune Stranci u noci is a literal translation of this phrase citation needed In an interview on Croatian TV with a renowned Croatian composer Stjepan Mihaljinec Robic stated that he had composed a song Ta ljetna noc That Summer Night and sent it to a festival in former Yugoslavia where it was rejected Then he sang a first few tunes from that song identical to the first few tunes from Strangers in the Night Strangers in the night exchanging glances He added that later Bert Kaempfert composed for him that very same song which later became known as Strangers in the Night 7 Philippe Gerard Edit In 1967 French composer Michel Philippe Gerard more commonly known as Philippe Gerard established a claim that the melody of Strangers was based on his composition Magic Tango which was published in 1953 through Chappells in New York 8 Royalties from the song were thus frozen 9 until a court in Paris ruled in 1971 against plagiarism stating that many songs were based on similar constant factors 10 Recording EditThe track was recorded on April 11 1966 one month before the rest of the album Hal Blaine was the drummer on the record and Glen Campbell played rhythm guitar 11 According to Blaine he reused the iconic drum beat from Be My Baby by the Ronettes in a slower and softer arrangement 12 One of the most memorable and recognizable features of the record is Sinatra s scat improvisation of the melody on take two with the syllables doo be doo be doo as the song fades to the end 3 For the CD Nothing but the Best the song was remastered and the running time is 2 45 instead of the usual 2 35 The extra ten seconds is just a continuation of Sinatra s scat singing In 1968 CBS television executive Fred Silverman was inspired by the scat whilst listening to the recording on a red eye flight to a development meeting for a Saturday morning cartoon show and decided to rename the dog character to Scooby Doo 13 Sinatra despised the song calling it at one time a piece of shit and the worst fucking song that I have ever heard 14 He was not afraid to voice his disapproval of playing it live In spite of his contempt for the song for the first time in 11 years he had a number one hit It remained on the charts for 15 weeks Chart performance EditChart Peak positionArgentinian Singles Chart 15 1Australian Singles Chart 16 4Austrian Singles Chart 16 6Brazilian Singles Chart 15 1Danish Singles Chart DGGIF 17 6Dutch Singles Chart 16 4French Singles Chart 18 1German Singles Chart 15 2Greek Singles Chart 17 6Hong Kong Singles Chart 16 5Israeli Singles Chart 16 3Italian Singles Chart Musica e Dischi 15 1Mexican Singles Chart Audiomusica 16 3Norway Singles Chart Verdens Gang 16 5Philippines Singles Chart 18 1Singapore Singles Chart 16 9Swiss Singles Chart 15 1UK Official Charts Company 1US Billboard Hot 100 19 1Commercial performance EditThe single sold 60 000 copies in Brazil 20 600 000 copies in France 21 combined it sold a million copies in United States and United Kingdom 21 and over 2 million worldwide 22 References Edit a b c d e Rice Jo 1982 The Guinness Book of 500 Number One Hits 1st ed Enfield Middlesex Guinness Superlatives Ltd p 101 ISBN 0 85112 250 7 Eddie Snyder obituary The Daily Telegraph 2011 03 31 Retrieved 2011 04 02 a b Gilliland John 1969 Show 22 Smack Dab in the Middle on Route 66 A skinny dip in the easy listening mainstream Part 1 audio Pop Chronicles University of North Texas Libraries Track 3 Whitburn Joel 1996 The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits 6th Edition Billboard Publications Roberts David 2006 British Hit Singles amp Albums 19th ed London Guinness World Records Limited pp 191 2 ISBN 1 904994 10 5 a b A Manhattan Theft Rooted in a Tale of Songwriting Sinatra and Cigars Ivo Robic confirms authorship of Strangers in the night Ivo Robic je autor pjesme Stranci u noci Court Told Music Hit Plagiarized French Composer Asks 400 000 For Sinatra Record Toledo Blade 7 December 1968 p 4 Charge Is Holding Up Strangers Royalties Billboard 15 April 1967 p 52 Writer Loses Strangers Case Billboard 17 April 1971 p 50 Hartman Kent The Wrecking Crew The Inside Story of Rock and Roll s Best Kept Secret Thomas Dunne Books St Martin s Press New York 2012 pp 133 134 Mattingly Rick Hal Blaine www pas org Percussive Arts Society Retrieved 25 March 2021 Fred Silverman TV executive came up with Scooby Doo and championed All in the Family has died Los Angeles Times 30 January 2020 Summers Anthony Swan Robbyn Sinatra The Life Random House Digital Inc New York 2006 p 334 a b c d e Hits of the World Billboard October 15 1966 p 42 Retrieved August 7 2021 via Google Books Cite magazine requires magazine help a b c d e f g h Hits of the World Billboard August 20 1966 p 57 Retrieved August 7 2021 via Google Books Cite magazine requires magazine help a b Hits of the World Billboard November 12 1966 p 57 Retrieved August 7 2021 via Google Books Cite magazine requires magazine help a b Hits of the World Billboard October 1 1966 p 32 Retrieved August 7 2021 via Google Books Cite magazine requires magazine help Frank Sinatra Chart History Hot 100 Billboard International Brazil PDF Cash Box October 8 1966 p 58 Retrieved August 7 2021 via World Radio History a b Murrells Joseph 1985 Million selling records from the 1900s to the 1980s an illustrated directory Arco Pub p 231 ISBN 0668064595 Combined U S British sales were over a million France over 600 000 sold Don Gigilio November 26 1966 Frank Fisher A Win Parley at Las Vegas PDF Billboard p 28 Retrieved August 7 2021 via World Radio History Cite magazine requires magazine help External links EditStrangers in the Night at MusicBrainz Retrieved from https en wikipedia org w index php title Strangers in the Night amp oldid 1061832598, wikipedia, wiki, book,

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