“I’ve Got You Under My Skin“ is a song written by Cole Porter in 1936…..which was introduced that year in the Eleanor Powell musical film Born to Dance….in which it was performed by Virginia Bruce…..and it was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Original Song also that year….as it became a signature song for Frank Sinatra…..and,in 1966, the song became a top 10 hit for the Four Seasons.
Sinatra first sang the song on his weekly radio show in 1946….as the second part of a medley with “Easy to Love”. He sang it with a big band in an arrangement by Nelson Riddle….as Riddle was a fan of Maurice Ravel….and said that this arrangement was inspired by the Boléro…..when Sinatra aficionados usually rank this as one of his finest collaborations with Riddle’s orchestra….with the slide trombone solo being by Milt Bernhart. Sinatra usually included the song in his concerts….which is a tradition carried on by his son, Frank Sinatra Jr.
He recorded a studio version with Nelson Riddle’s orchestra for his 1956 album Songs for Swingin’ Lovers!….and then re-recorded “I’ve Got You Under My Skin” for the album Sinatra’s Sinatra in 1963…. which was an album of re-recordings of his favorites….and this time the trombone solo was by Dick Nash because Bernhart was unavailable. A live version of the song appears on the 1966 album Sinatra at the Sands with Count Basie and his orchestra….plus, another version of the song is an electronically assembled duet featuring Sinatra and U2 lead singer Bono on Sinatra’s 1993 Duets album. The track was released on a “double A-side” with U2’s “Stay (Faraway, So Close!)”…..and the single peaked at # 4 on the UK charts.
In this video herewith….one of the very best voice impersonators to ever grace a stage, Bob Anderson, performs by impersonating Sinatra and his version of the song….for this man was as good of a music impersonator as there ever has been….and we are “tickled pink” to have this video in our treasure chest of vintage memories here at ImaSportsphile.