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,...

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