Nelson Riddle finished his 1956 arrangement of “I’ve Got You Under My Skin”  in the back seat of a car on the way to the recording studio for a session with Frank Sinatra.  Sinatra had given him the song the day before for his  “Songs For Swinging Lovers” LP.  Though Riddle had dashed off the chart under maximum pressure, he knew Sinatra expected nothing less than greatness.  When the band's studio run-through was finished, the musicians stood as one and gave Riddle a warm ovation!  Sinatra also knew it was awfully good. Milt Bernhart recalled, “it was unusual that he would have to go past four or five takes.” "Accordingly, I left the best stuff I played on the first five takes,” Bernhart said. But, the trombonist remembered, Sinatra knew that something special was happening.


It took 22 takes before Sinatra was totally satisfied with the recording.  It is to his immense credit that his powerful final chorus, driving the song home, is as strong in its own right as Bernhart’s final, historic solo.  Take a listen and see if you agree!

Credit to Vanity Fair magazine from which much of this is quoted.

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