Tin Pan Alley: Do Not Disturb

One of the most popular pop composers in the U.S. today is a Hamburger. He is a German named Bert Kaempfert who lives in Hamburg, tools all his music for the American public, and has visited the U.S. fewer than a dozen times. Yet his latest song, Strangers in the Night, as recorded by Frank Sinatra, was No. 5 among the bestsellers last week and headed straight for the top. Sinatra's version has already been matched by no fewer than 85 other performers who know a winner when they hear it.

Kaempfert, 42,...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now

Subscribe
Subscribe

Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on TIME.com

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!