I've Got You Under My Skin

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"I've Got You Under My Skin"
Song by Frank Sinatra from the album Songs for Swingin' Lovers
Released 1956
Genre Vocal jazz, traditional pop
Length 3:40
Label Capitol
Writer Cole Porter
Composer Cole Porter
Arranged and conducted by
Nelson Riddle
Producer Voyle Gilmore
Songs for Swingin' Lovers track listing
"Our Love Is Here to Stay"
(8)
"I've Got You Under My Skin"
(9)
"I Thought About You"
(10)
"I've Got You Under My Skin"
Single by The Four Seasons
from the album 2nd Vault of Gold Hits
B-side Huggin' My Pillow (from the album Rag Doll)
Released August 1966
Format 7"
Genre Vocal jazz, Baroque Pop
Length 3:41
Label Philips
Writer(s) Cole Porter
Producer(s) Bob Crewe
The Four Seasons singles chronology
"On the Good Ship Lollipop"
(as The Wonder Who?)
(1966)
"I've Got You Under My Skin"
(1966)
"Tell It to the Rain"
(1966)
"I've Got You Under My Skin"
Single by Neneh Cherry
from the album Red Hot + Blue
Released 1990 (1990)
Format
Genre Hip-hop
Length 3:46
Label Circa
Writer(s) Cole Porter
Producer(s)
Neneh Cherry singles chronology
"Inna City Mamma"
(1989)
"I've Got You Under My Skin"
(1990)
"Money Love"
(1992)

"I've Got You Under My Skin" is a song written by Cole Porter. Written in 1936, the song was introduced in the Eleanor Powell MGM musical Born to Dance, in which it was performed by Virginia Bruce. It was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Song that year. It became a signature song for Frank Sinatra and, in 1966, became a top 10 hit for The Four Seasons. It has gone on to be recorded by many leading pop artists and jazz musicians.

Frank Sinatra versions[edit]

Frank Sinatra first sang the song on his weekly radio show in 1946, as the second part of a medley with "Easy to Love". He put his definitive stamp on the tune ten years later, in a swinging big-band version that built to successive climaxes on the back of an arrangement by Nelson Riddle. Riddle was a fan of Maurice Ravel, and has said that this arrangement was inspired by the Boléro.[1] Sinatra aficionados usually rank this as one of his finest collaborations with Riddle's orchestra. An insistent saxophone section propels the chart which climaxes in a startlingly out-of-control slide trombone solo by Milt Bernhart. Appreciating the excitement of the arrangement, Sinatra usually included the song in his concerts thereafter—a tradition carried on by Sinatra's son, Frank Jr.[2]

Sinatra re-recorded "I've Got You Under My Skin" for the album Sinatra's Sinatra (1963), an album of re-recordings of his personal favorites. This time the trombone solo was by Dick Nash because Bernhart was booked for another session.

A live version of the song also appears on the 1966 album "Sinatra at the Sands" featuring Count Basie and his orchestra.

In 1993, Sinatra recorded a version as a duet with Bono of U2 for the album Duets. It was also released as a double A-side single with U2's "Stay (Faraway, So Close!)", and a music video was directed by Kevin Godley.

Neneh Cherry version[edit]

Neneh Cherry's hip-hop interpretation of the song was the lead single for the Red Hot + Blue charity album, and reached number 25 in the UK Singles Chart. The music video was directed by Jean-Baptiste Mondino.

Neneh Cherry replaced most of the lyrics with a rap on AIDS victims and how society reacts to them. Of the original Cole Porter lyrics, she kept only the first four lines and "Use your mentality, wake up to reality".

Other recorded versions[edit]

In popular culture[edit]

In 1952, Stan Freberg produced a parody of the song.

In 1993, The song was used in The Flintstones' movie I Yabba-Dabba Do!

In 2004, The song was used in the Treehouse of Horror XV episode of The Simpsons

The 2009 action film Gamer includes the Sammy Davis Jr. version of the song in a musical number in which Ken Castle, the villain (played by Michael C. Hall), lip-syncs it to show he has the ability to control people with technology.

In Star Trek: Deep Space 9 a holographic version of Vic Fontaine sings this song during Odo and Major Kira's first date in the episode His Way

Tyreese, a character from The Walking Dead (TV series), sang this song to his girlfriend in the second episode of Series 4.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Levinson, Peter J. "September in the Rain: The Life of Nelson Riddle", via Google Books, p. 129.
  2. ^ Obituary: Milt Bernhart, trombonist who got under Sinatra's skin, The Guardian, London, 4 February 2004

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