When it comes to male singers with golden pipes, very few men could even hope to touch Frank Sinatra at his prime. There was a reason why he ruled the roost before Elvis Presley came onto the scene. Even after then, he still had legions of fans that listened to him all the way up to and beyond his death. If you’re not familiar with his talent, this video here offers an excellent example of what he could do.
We see Frank come in through a door and smile benignly at two women who then exits through the same door. The description says that it aired on ABC TV, though not exactly when, so I’m going to hazard a guess, given the film quality, that it was at some point in the 1950’s. His appearance also makes me think that’s the case. He sings his classic version of “I’ve Got You Under My Skin.”
The man had an amazing voice, there’s no doubt about it. The thing that I noticed though, was that there was an undercurrent of tension while he was performing this. He seemed to be laser-focused on the words and hitting each note perfectly. Ol’ Blue Eyes wasn’t as loose as, say, Dean Martin. It may have been because he was still younger then, but Frank seemed to be all business up there.
That’s not to say that his voice isn’t enchanting. There’s a reason why he’s considered one of the best singers of all time. “I’ve Got You Under My Skin” is an all-time classic – even though he didn’t write it, he made it his own, adding a big-band sound to it and he performed it countless times. Cole Porter, the man who wrote the song originally, was no slouch, but having Frank cover your song had to feel like a badge of honor.
The best thing about song covers is when the singer puts his or her stamp on it. Do you think Frank did a good enough job? We’d love to hear your respectful opinions in the comments section. Also, please “Like” us on Facebook.
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