Monday, January 10, 2011
AccuRadio Song Of The Day-Frank Sinatra
Song:I've Got You Under My Skin
Album:Songs For Swingin' Lovers!
Of course Frank Sinatra is a legend of popular music with longevity unmatched by anyone. But in the early 50s, his career stalled and seemed to be over. But his Best Supporting Actor Oscar for the 1953 film From Here To Eternity saved him from obscurity. And his albums on Capitol Records including Songs For Swingin' Lovers returned him to the top of the charts. And though I've Got You Under My Skin was never released as a single, it is considered one of Sinatra's signature songs. He was born Sept. 12, 1915 in Hoboken, NJ and of course he made his name in the 40s with The Dorsey Brothers, Harry James and then on his own. But by 1948, his singing career had slipped and he was having trouble with his vocal chords. Columbia Records and his agency MCA dropped him in 1952. His performance in From Here to Eternity led to a contract with Capitol Records. And his mid-50s albums are probably as good as anything he ever recorded in his career. They had a much jazzier feel than any of his 40s recordings or anything he did later. The 1956 album Songs For Swingin' Lovers was his fourth Capitol album. It was his third album with arranger Nelson Riddle. So they were on a roll and Songs For Swingin' Lovers continued that and reached #2 on the album charts. There were hit singles from the album but I've Got You Under My Skin was never released as a single. Yet it is considered today as one of Sinatra's signature songs. Of course the song was written by Cole Porter and was sung by Virginia Bruce in the 1936 film Born To Dance. Sinatra first sang it on his radio show in 1946 but this was the first time he had recorded it. Riddle based his arrangement on Ravel's Bolero. Of course Sinatra re-recorded the song several times including on his 1963 album Sinatra's Sinatra. And he even recorded a duet with Bono in 1993 for the Duets album along with a music video. The song was also a hit for The Four Seasons in 1966. Normally I suggest a comp CD but in this case I suggest the Songs For Swingin' Lovers album on CD is a must. Of course Frank Sinatra enjoyed continued success for decades until his death on May 14, 1998 at age 82. But there was a time when he looked like he was through. Songs For Swingin' Lovers was a big part of getting him back to the top. Here's Frank Sinatra performing I've Got You Under My Skin on The Frank Sinatra Show mid-50s.
I've Got You Under My Skin
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