April 11, 2018

20,000 Vinyl LPs 136: Frank Sinatra ~ Strangers In the Night 4.11.66

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The song, Strangers in the Night, was recorded by Frank Sinatra on April 11, 1966, one month before the rest of the album with the same title. From May 11 to May 16, 1966, Sinatra, recorded the album, Strangers In the Night. Hal Blaine was the drummer on the record and Glen Campbell played rhythm guitar It was issued by Reprise Records on May 30, 1966. It marked Sinatra's return to #1 on the pop album charts.   

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Sinatra recorded for Columbia Records in the 40's then for Capitol Records until 1960 when he started his own record company, Reprise Records, and after a string of successful albums, he recorded the pensive and nostalgic, September of My Years.   

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Strangers In the Night was a combination of Broadway show tunes and standards. My favorite from the album is Summer Wind which is a 1965 song, originally released in Germany as Der Sommerwind. It was written by Heinz Meier, a German pianist, songwriter and arranger, with German language lyrics by Hans Bradtke. Johnny Mercer re-wrote the song into English using the same themes as the original, which talked of the changing of the seasons using the Southern European sirocco wind as a metaphor. In America, it was first recorded by Wayne Newton, Bobby Vinton and Perry Como. Heinz Meier, Hans Bradtke, Johnny Mercer) (arranged by Nelson Riddle).       

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At the Grammy Awards of 1967 Sinatra won two Grammys for this album, including the Record of the Year for the title track, Strangers in the Night, as well as Best Male Vocal Performance for the same song. It became his most commercially successful album.        

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The song, Strangers in the Night is credited to 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. It was initially given to Melina Mercouri, who thought that a man's vocals would suit more to the melody and therefore declined to sing it. There are several disputes about who wrote the song (link below).   

It reached #1 on both the Billboard Hot 100 chart and the Easy Listening chart. The song also reached #1 on the UK Singles Chart.         


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Side 1:

A1 - Strangers In The Night, arranged By  Ernie Freeman, Producer – Jimmy Bowen, written by Bert Kaempfert, Charles Singleton, Eddie Snyder
A2 - Summer Wind, written by Mayer*, Mercer*
A3 - All Or Nothing At All, written by Altman*, Lawrence*
A4 - Call Me, written by Tony Hatch
A5 - You're Driving Me Crazy, written by Walter Donaldson

Side 1:
B1 - On A Clear Day (You Can See Forever), written by Lerner*, Lane*
B2 - My Baby Just Cares For Me, written by Kahn*, Donaldson*
B3 - Downtown, written by Tony Hatch
B4 - Yes Sir, That's My Baby, written by Kahn*, Donaldson*
B5 - The Most Beautiful Girl In The World, written by Rodgers-Hart*
Companies, etc.

    Recorded At – United Western Studios
    Recorded At – Eastwest Studios


    Arranged By – Nelson Riddle (tracks: A2 to B5)
    Art Direction, Photography – Ed Thrasher
    Conductor – Nelson Riddle
    Engineer – Eddie Brackett, Lee Herschberg
    Liner Notes – Stan Cornyn
    Producer – Sonny Burke


Manufactured for Bristol Productions.
Made/printed in U.S.A. Warner Bros. Records, Inc.

Track A1 from the Universal Picture "A Man Could Get Killed".
Barcode and Other Identifiers

    Matrix / Runout (Vinyl Label: A-side): 30,509
    Matrix / Runout (Vinyl Label: B-side): 30,510
    Matrix / Runout (Runout: A-side): 30509-FS-1017A-1J
    Matrix / Runout (Runout: B-side): 30510-FS-1017B-1L
    Matrix / Runout (Runout [variation 1]: Side A - etched): 30509 FS 1017A 1C.
    Matrix / Runout (Runout [variation 1]: Side A - etched): 30510-FS-1017B-1C.
    Matrix / Runout (Runout [variation 2]: Side A - etched): 30509-FS-1017A-1E
    Matrix / Runout (Runout [variation 2]: Side B - etched): 30510-FS-1017-B-1F
    Matrix / Runout (Runout [variation 3]: Side A - etched P upsidedown): P 30509-FS-1017A-1A 0
    Matrix / Runout (Runout [variation 3]: Side B - etched P upsidedown): P 30510-FS-1017-B-1J 0
    Other (Code on back cover, bottom-left): ELT

Frank Sinatra ‎– Strangers In The Night
Label: Reprise Records ‎– FS 1017, Reprise Records ‎– FS-1017
Format: Vinyl, LP, Album, Stereo
Country: US
Released: 1966
Genre: Jazz
Style: Easy Listening

Viewfinder link:      
Frank Sinatra articles/mentions     
Net link:      
Authorship disputes           
YouTube links:      
Strangers In the Night     
Summer Wind    
On A Clear Day (You Can See Forever)   

"I'm gonna live 'til I Die!"
               ~ Frank Sinatra

Styrous® ~ Wednesday, April 11, 2018      

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