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“I had a wonderful history of working with Frank, and later I got to work with his daughter Nancy, as well. The producer was Jimmy Bowen, and the arranger was Nelson Riddle – not a bad pair, those two.
“From a drummer’s standpoint, here’s what’s funny about this song: The beat I played on Be My Baby, which Phil Spector produced for The Ronettes, is the same beat I played on Strangers In The Night. ‘Boom-boo-boom-BANG! Boom-boo-boom-BANG!’ – exactly the same, only much softer.
“Everybody loved it. It fit the mood of the song perfectly. I didn’t tell Frank that I was using the Be My Baby beat. He never asked, so I didn’t think he had to know. With Frank, if he didn’t mention something, there was no reason you had to bring it up. Another Record Of The Year.