Strangers in the Night is a 1966 studio album by Frank Sinatra. It marked Sinatra’s return to #1 on the pop album charts in the mid-1960s, and consolidated the comeback he started in 1966. Combining pop hits with show tunes and standards, the album creates a balance between big band and pop instrumentation. The single “Strangers in the Night” also reached #1 on the pop single charts, while “Summer Wind” would slowly become a classic, used for television commercials and mood-setting entrances by the 2000s.
At the Grammy Awards of 1967 Sinatra garnered two Grammys for his efforts on this album, including the Record of the Year for the title track, as well as Best Male Vocal Performance for the same song. (He also won a further Grammy that same year, the Album of the Year for A Man and His Music). Ernie Freeman’s arrangement of the title track won him the Grammy Award for Best Arrangement Accompanying a Vocalist or Instrumentalist.
This is the final album Sinatra performed with long-time arranger/conductor Nelson Riddle and his orchestra.
Strangers in the Night has been certified platinum for one million copies sold in the US. Aside from his Christmas output, it remains Sinatra’s only solo studio album to achieve this certification to date.
Also, this album has been reissued as a “Deluxe Edition” on January 26, 2010. Including three bonus tracks (two recorded tracks of “Strangers in the Night” and “All or Nothing at All” performed at the Budokan Hall from 1985, and an alternate take of “Yes Sir, That’s My Baby”) (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Strangers_in_the_Night_(Frank_Sinatra_album)).
“Strangers in the Night” (From the Universal Picture A Man Could Get Killed) (Bert Kaempfert, Charles Singleton, Eddie Snyder) (arranged by Ernie Freeman)– 2:35
“Summer Wind” (Heinz Meier, Hans Bradtke, Johnny Mercer) (arranged by Nelson Riddle)– 2:53
“All or Nothing at All” (Arthur Altman, Jack Lawrence) (arranged by Riddle)– 3:57
“Call Me” (Tony Hatch) (arranged by Riddle)– 3:07
“You’re Driving Me Crazy!” (Walter Donaldson) (arranged by Riddle)– 2:15
“On a Clear Day (You Can See Forever)” (Alan Jay Lerner, Burton Lane) (arranged by Riddle)– 3:17
“My Baby Just Cares for Me” (Donaldson, Gus Kahn) (arranged by Riddle)– 2:30
“Downtown” (Hatch) (arranged by Riddle)– 2:14
“Yes Sir, That’s My Baby” (Donaldson, Kahn) (arranged by Riddle)– 2:08
“The Most Beautiful Girl in the World” (Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart) (arranged by Riddle)– 2:24
Frank Sinatra – vocals
The Nelson Riddle Orchestra
Nelson Riddle – arranger, conductor
Glen Campbell – guitar
Leon Russell – piano
Arranger: Ernie Freeman (Track 1)
Released: May 30, 1966 (LP)
October: 1990 (CD)
Recorded: April 11 – May 16, 1966, Hollywood
Producer: Jimmy Bowen