I’ve Got A Crush On You

Frank Sinatra Tribute - Crush On You

George and Ira Gershwin wrote many memorable songs, including one that was recorded by Frank Sinatra in 1947, 1960 and 1993.  It’s a beautiful ballad called I’ve Got A Crush On You and Frank also sang it in concert many times throughout the years.  That includes a playful rendition preserved as part of Frank’s concert recorded live at the Sands in Las Vegas in the 60’s.

The song was first featured in a Broadway show called Treasure Girl in 1928, and it was later recorded by artists including Sarah Vaughn, Ella Fitzgerald, Linda Ronstadt, Carly Simon, Steve Tyrell, and Michael Buble.  And a duet version was recorded by Rod Stewart and Diana Ross in 2005.  Even Brian Wilson of the Beach Boys recorded the song in an album titled Brian Wilson Reimagines Gershwin.

But one of the most memorable recordings of the song was the duet between Frank and Barbra Streisand for the Sinatra Duets album in 1993.  All of the duets on that album used vocals recorded separately by Frank and his duet partners that were blended together in the studio by the engineer.

But the  Sinatra/Streisand duet has a unique exchange on it that sets it apart from the other duets.  Barbra personalized her vocal by singing “You make me blush, Francis”.  Hearing that, it was decided that Frank should respond vocally.  Since his vocal had already been recorded, an unusual step was taken.  Standing backstage at a concert in Atlantic City, Frank sang into a portable DAT recorder, singing the words “I have got a crush, my Barbra, on you”.  The combination, with Frank’s line actually coming first, was then incorporated into the mix, and I’ve Got A Crush On You by Frank and Barbra is considered one of the best tracks on the two Sinatra Duets albums.

For more background on the duet, visit the Barbra Archives.  And for more stories about Frank Sinatra, visit the Frank Sinatra Tribute website, FrankTribute.com 


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