Song of the Day #3,956: ‘Strangers in the Night’ – Frank Sinatra

‘Strangers in the Night,’ recorded by Frank Sinatra in 1966 for an album of the same name, reached #1 in both the U.S. and the UK. It won three Grammy awards, including Record of the Year and Best Male Pop Vocal Performance. The album became the most commercially successful in Sinatra’s career.

And yet Ol’ Blue Eyes hated the song. When he was first given the sheet music, he reportedly told his aid “I don’t want to sing this, it’s a piece of shit.”

Of course, he had no choice but to sing it given its popularity. Once, after performing the song live, the mic picked him up saying “That’s the worst fucking song I ever heard. If you like that song you must be crazy about pineapple yoghurt.”

I’ve always enjoyed this song just fine, especially the quintessentially Sinatra “doobie doobie do” at the fade out.

Strangers in the night exchanging glances
Wondering in the night, what were the chances?
We’d be sharing love before the night was through

Something in your eyes was so inviting
Something in your smile was so exciting
Something in my heart told me I must have you

Strangers in the night
Two lonely people, we were strangers in the night
Up to the moment when we said our first hello, little did we know
Love was just a glance away, a warm embracing dance away and

Ever since that night we’ve been together
Lovers at first sight, in love forever
It turned out so right for strangers in the night

[Instrumental-first three lines of Chorus]
Love was just a glance away, a warm embracing dance away

Ever since that night we’ve been together
Lovers at first sight, in love forever
It turned out so right for strangers in the night

2 thoughts on “Song of the Day #3,956: ‘Strangers in the Night’ – Frank Sinatra

  1. Dana Gallup says:

    He hated this song? Not “My Way?” Not his take on Jingle Bells?” 😁

  2. Peg says:

    Your commentary had us laughing out loud🤣 I am not and never was a fan of this song and to read about all the awards is stunning to me.

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