I've Got You Under My Skin

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"I've Got You Under My Skin"
Published1936 by Chappell & Co.
GenrePop, jazz
Songwriter(s)Cole Porter
"I've Got You Under My Skin"
I've Got You Under My Skin - The Four Seasons.jpg
Song by The Four Seasons
B-side"Huggin' My Pillow"
ReleasedAugust 1966
GenreTraditional pop
Songwriter(s)Cole Porter
Producer(s)Voyle Gilmore

"I've Got You Under My Skin" is a song written by Cole Porter in 1936. It was introduced that year in the Eleanor Powell musical film Born to Dance in which it was performed by Virginia Bruce. It was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Original Song that year. It became a signature song for Frank Sinatra, and, in 1966, became a top 10 hit for the Four Seasons.

Chart history[edit]

Weekly charts[edit]

Louis Prima & Keely Smith
Chart (1959) Peak
U.S. Billboard Hot 100[1] 95
The Four Seasons

Versions by Frank Sinatra[edit]

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. Riddle was a fan of Maurice Ravel and said that this arrangement was inspired by the Boléro.[6] Sinatra aficionados usually rank this as one of his finest collaborations with Riddle's orchestra. The slide trombone solo is by Milt Bernhart. Sinatra usually included the song in his concerts—a tradition carried on by his son, Frank Sinatra Jr.[7]

He recorded a studio version with Nelson Riddle's orchestra for his 1956 album Songs for Swingin' Lovers!.

Sinatra re-recorded "I've Got You Under My Skin" for the album Sinatra's Sinatra (1963), an album of re-recordings of his favorites.[8] 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.[9]

Another version of the song is an electronically assembled duet featuring Sinatra and U2 lead singer Bono on Sinatra's 1993 Duets album.[10][11] The track was released on a "double A-side" with U2's "Stay (Faraway, So Close!)". The single peaked at #4 on the UK charts.[12]

Neneh Cherry version[edit]

"I've Got You Under My Skin"
Neneh Cherry 'I've Got You Under My Skin' 7" single.jpg
Single by Neneh Cherry
from the album Red Hot + Blue
Released1990 (1990)
GenreHip hop
Songwriter(s)Cole Porter
Producer(s)Baby Afrika Bambaataa, Booga Bear, Jonny Dollar, Neneh Cherry
Neneh Cherry singles chronology
"Inna City Mamma"
"I've Got You Under My Skin"
"Money Love"

Neneh Cherry's hip-hop interpretation of the song in 1990 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. 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".

Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (1990) Peak
Australia (ARIA Charts) 61
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[13] 27
Germany (Official German Charts) 23
Greece (IFPI)[14] 6
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[15] 14
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[16] 14
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[17] 32
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[18] 16
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[19] 25
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[20] 25


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  2. ^ "Item Display - RPM - Library and Archives Canada". Collectionscanada.gc.ca. 1966-10-24. Retrieved 2019-02-09.
  3. ^ Joel Whitburn's Top Pop Singles 1955–1990 - ISBN 0-89820-089-X
  4. ^ Cash Box Top 100 Singles, October 15, 1966
  5. ^ Whitburn, Joel (1999). Pop Annual. Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin: Record Research Inc. ISBN 0-89820-142-X.
  6. ^ Levinson, Peter J. (2005). September in the Rain: The Life of Nelson Riddle. Taylor Trade Publications. pp. 129–. ISBN 978-1-58979-163-3. Retrieved 29 November 2018.
  7. ^ Obituary: Milt Bernhart, trombonist who got under Sinatra's skin, The Guardian, London, 4 February 2004
  8. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Sinatra's Sinatra: A Collection of Frank's Favorites". AllMusic. Retrieved 29 November 2018.
  9. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Sinatra at the Sands". AllMusic. Retrieved 29 November 2018.
  10. ^ "Bono on Sinatra's Legacy". MTV. May 15, 1998. Retrieved April 4, 2019.
  11. ^ Ramone, Phil; Granata, Charles L. (2007). Making Records: The Scenes Behind the Music. Hyperion. pp. 5, 89. ISBN 9780786868599.
  12. ^ "Frank Sinatra full UK chart history". Official Charts Company. Retrieved October 7, 2019.
  13. ^ "Ultratop.be – Neneh Cherry – I've Got You Under My Skin" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50. Retrieved 22 March 2018.
  14. ^ "Top 10 Greece" (PDF). Music & Media. December 22, 1990. Retrieved March 22, 2018.
  15. ^ "Nederlandse Top 40 – Neneh Cherry" (in Dutch). Dutch Top 40. Retrieved 22 March 2018.
  16. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Neneh Cherry – I've Got You Under My Skin" (in Dutch). Single Top 100. Retrieved 22 March 2018.
  17. ^ "Charts.nz – Neneh Cherry – I've Got You Under My Skin". Top 40 Singles. Retrieved 22 March 2018.
  18. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – Neneh Cherry – I've Got You Under My Skin". Singles Top 100. Retrieved 22 March 2018.
  19. ^ "Swisscharts.com – Neneh Cherry – I've Got You Under My Skin". Swiss Singles Chart. Retrieved 22 March 2018.
  20. ^ "Neneh Cherry: Artist Chart History". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 22 March 2018.

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