BBC Newcastle presenter, actor and comedian Alfie Joey, share his most memorable song and story: Frank Sinatra- I’ve Got You Under My Skin
I am a life long Frank Sinatra fan. I am obsessed by every thing he’s ever sung and every thing he’s ever done. Do you know what? My favourite isn’t one of the big fat obvious ones like ‘New York’ or ‘My Way’ or ‘Strangers in the Night’ all the karaoke classics. This one is sort of hidden away on a seminal album ‘Songs for Swinging Lovers” and I love this song because it takes me back to when I actually saw him for the one and only time. I took my Dad to see Frank Sinatra. London Arena, 1990.
It was the day Boris Becker won Wimbledon and Sinatra walked on stage with an old broken wooden tennis racket. His first words down the mike were ‘I whopped them all’. And he did. And the best Sinatra song we found in the programme that night- according to true fans wasn’t ‘New York’ or any others it was ‘I’ve Got You Under My Skin’ from this very album. Cole Porter wrote it- how good’s that? Nelson Riddle arranged it- how good’s that? But then, Frank Sinatra recorded it. That to me, is vinyl perfection.
If you haven’t heard it go and find it. It’s out there might be in a charity shop, download it, get it, and listen to it. It will change your life. It’s beautiful.