Strangers in the Night (Frank Sinatra album)

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Strangers in the Night
Studio album by Frank Sinatra
Released May 30, 1966 (LP)
October 1990 (CD)
Recorded April 11 – May 16, 1966, Hollywood
Genre Traditional pop, vocal jazz
Length 27:10
Label Reprise
FS 1017
Producer Jimmy Bowen
Frank Sinatra chronology
Moonlight Sinatra
(1966)Moonlight Sinatra1966
Strangers in the Night
Sinatra at the Sands
(1966)Sinatra at the Sands1966
Singles from Strangers in the Night
  1. "Strangers in the Night"
    Released: 1966
  2. "Summer Wind"
    Released: 1966
Strangers in the Night: Deluxe Edition
Studio album by Frank Sinatra
Released January 26, 2010
Recorded April 11 - May 16, 1966, Hollywood
April 18, 1985, Budokan Hall, Tokyo, Japan
Genre Traditional pop, vocal jazz
Length 35:21
Label Concord Records
Producer Nelson Riddle, Sonny Burke

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").

In this 2010 version the audio channels are inverted.

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic (1966 original) 3.5/5 stars link
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic (2010 reissue) 3/5 stars link

Track listing[edit]

Side A

  1. "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
  2. "Summer Wind" (Heinz Meier, Hans Bradtke, Johnny Mercer) (arranged by Nelson Riddle)– 2:53
  3. "All or Nothing at All" (Arthur Altman, Jack Lawrence) (arranged by Riddle)– 3:57
  4. "Call Me" (Tony Hatch) (arranged by Riddle)– 3:07
  5. "You're Driving Me Crazy!" (Walter Donaldson) (arranged by Riddle)– 2:15

Side B

  1. "On a Clear Day (You Can See Forever)" (Alan Jay Lerner, Burton Lane) (arranged by Riddle)– 3:17
  2. "My Baby Just Cares for Me" (Donaldson, Gus Kahn) (arranged by Riddle)– 2:30
  3. "Downtown" (Hatch) (arranged by Riddle)– 2:14
  4. "Yes Sir, That's My Baby" (Donaldson, Kahn) (arranged by Riddle)– 2:08
  5. "The Most Beautiful Girl in the World" (Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart) (arranged by Riddle)– 2:24
    Bonus tracks included on the 2010 reissue:
  6. "Strangers in the Night" - 2:14 (Live at the Budokan Hall, Tokyo, Japan, April 18, 1985) (arranged by Freeman)
  7. "All or Nothing at All" - 3:40 (Live at the Budokan Hall, Tokyo, Japan, April 18, 1985) (arranged by Riddle)
  8. "Yes Sir, That's My Baby" (Alternate take) - 2:17 (arranged by Riddle)

Chart positions[edit]

Year Chart Position
1966 Billboard Pop Albums (Billboard 200) 1


Arranger: Ernie Freeman (Track 1)

Preceded by
What Now My Love
by Herb Alpert and His Tijuana Brass
Billboard 200 number-one album
July 23–29, 1966
Succeeded by
Yesterday and Today by The Beatles