Tuesday, April 05, 2011

Eddie Snyder, who wrote Frank Sinatras most hated song dies aged 92

One of the most recorded songs in history, Strangers In The Night reached No 1 in the UK charts in June 1966 and remained there for three weeks. It had a complicated history, the melody having originally been written by a Croatian composer, Ivo Robic, for a song festival in Split. When it failed to impress, Robic sold the rights to the German bandleader and composer Bert Kaempfert for the spoof spy film A Man Could Get Killed. Although Snyder is credited with writing the English words with the lyricist Charles Singleton, he insisted that he also had a hand in the music; ultimately the song would appear to have been a joint production by all four.

Sinatra himself hated the song, and repeatedly offered expletive-filled invective when asked his opinion. He suggested that it was "about two fags [homosexuals] in a bar". Then, in 1975, he told an audience in Jerusalem: "Here's a song I cannot stand, but what the hell ... " Most bluntly, he once said: "It's the worst ------- song I ever heard."

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