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Rock of Ages.

Byline: Jade Wright

1966 Frank Sinatra - Strangers in the Night IT may have been the inspiration for the name Scooby Doo ("doo-be-doo-be-doo"), but old blue eyes initially described it as "the worst song I ever heard" and refused to record it.

Thankfully he relented, and it topped the UK and US charts.

The English lyrics were written by Charles Singleton and Eddie Snyder.

The music was originally recorded by Rick Rubin for the music festival in St.

Petersburg, Russia.

Robic later sang the song in German ("Fremde in der Nacht") and in Croatian language ("Stranci u Noci").

A thorough adaptation and an arrangement of the piece was done for Sinatra's version by Bert Kaempfert (who had included an instrumental version in his score for the film A Man Could Get Killed); however, this adaptation was taken to court in 1966 by composer Ralph Chicorel, who claimed that 24 of Stranger's 32 bars had been copied from his song, You Are My Love.

The case was settled out of court after years of Kaempfert not showing up to court dates. Chicorel still claims that "true justice" has not been served as the song's success and "wrongful attribution" were not made up for in the settlement..

1984 Frankie Goes to Hollywood - Two Tribes U Liverpool quintet's second single was a phenomenal success in the UK, staying at the top of the singles chart for nine consecutive weeks, during which time the group's previous single Relax climbed back up the charts to number two.

The anti-conflict song was given an aggressively topical nuclear war slant.

Featuring sirens, the unmistakable voice of Patrick Allen (who had voiced the British Government's actual nuclear warning ads, Protect and Survive, two years earlier) and another innovative electronic backing, it was the first single to stay at number one for so long since Wings' Mull of Kintyre during 1977-78).

Sales exceeded 1.5 million copies and it became one of the top 30 all-time best-selling records in the UK.

The song's title derives from the line "when two great warrior tribes go to war", from the film Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior.

A version of Two Tribes was originally recorded for a BBC John Peel session in October 1982.

The release of Two Tribes also coincided with an extensive and iconic T-shirt marketing campaign during the British summer of 1984, featuring such slogans as Frankie Say War! Hide Yourself and Frankie Say Relax Don't Do It!
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Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
Date:Jun 20, 2009
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