I've Got You Under My Skin
I've Got You Under My Skin is a song by Cole Porter that he wrote in 1936 for the singer Virginia Bruce as part of his compositions for the film Born To Dance, with James Stewart and Eleanor Powell in the leading roles. The song received an Oscar nomination for Best Song in 1937 . Bruce also released the song's first commercial record that same year, arranged by Roger Edens on Brunswick Records .
Within a few months, the song reached the top of the charts in the versions of several artists (including by Frances Langford , Jimmy Dorsey and Al Bowlly / Ray Noble ) and became the nationally known standard, used by many important vocalists as well as numerous Dance orchestras are performed. Frank Sinatra made the piece a classic in the Great American Songbook .
The song by Frank Sinatra
Frank Sinatra, who has had the song in his repertoire since 1944, also recorded I've Got You Under My Skin on January 12, 1956 for his album Songs for Swingin 'Lovers ( Capitol Records ) in the studio . The world-famous arrangement was done by Sinatra's long-time house arranger Nelson Riddle , who also directed the orchestra during the recording. Riddle had only finished the orchestration the night before, and his copyist Vern Yocum was still working on the duplication on the drive to the studio.
Part of the arrangement is a striking trombone solo, played by Milt Bernhart . The harmony sequence sketched by Riddle for improvisation, on which Bernhart built his part, came from the composition 23 Degrees North, 23 Degrees West by Stan Kenton in 1952. After the publication of Songs For Swingin Lovers in March 1956, the song became one of the most famous songs of Sinatra, also due to the fact that Sinatra led him from now on until his last stage year 1994, without interruption in his concert repertoire and in this way performed it over 2000 times.
There are also eight other studio remakes, namely from 1957 and 1958 (both ABC ), 1963 ( reprise ), 1965 and 1973 (each CBS ), 1976 and 1977 (each again ABC ) and finally 1993 (again Capitol), the latter an (electronically produced) duet with Bono , the frontman of group U2 . For all of these recordings, Sinatra stuck to Riddle's arrangement. In 1998, Capitol's 1956 induction was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame.
Other interpretations exist by countless artists of all genres, but mainly from the areas of jazz and the Great American Songbook . In addition to the above-mentioned first interpreters from 1936/37, in the English-speaking area these include:
- Josephine Baker
- Steve Barton
- Shirley Bassey
- Tony Bennett
- Michael Bublé
- Neneh Cherry (on the Cole Porter tribute album Red Hot + Blue )
- Rosemary Clooney
- Bing Crosby
- James Darren (as Vic Fontaine in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine )
- Sammy Davis Jr.
- Ella Fitzgerald
- Julio Iglesias (in several languages)
- Diana Krall
- Julie London
- Anita O'Day
- Oscar Peterson
- George Shearing
- Keely Smith in a duet with Louis Prima
- Mel Tormé
- Sarah Vaughan
- Caterina Valente (in several languages)
- Dionne Warwick
- Dinah Washington
Porter's song has been translated into numerous languages. From the ranks of German artists there are versions of
- Youtube video by Frank Sinatra (with text)
- I've Got You Under My Skin (1936) song documentation at JazzStandards.com