Label: Nancys - NAN CD 102 • Format: CD Compilation • Country: Germany • Genre: Rock, Pop • Style: Soft Rock, Ballad, Country Rock
Ask just about anyone who the go-go boot-wearing sex kitten of the '60s was and they'll know the answer: Nancy Sinatra. They may even overlook her connection to a certain guy named Frank, 'cause this girl had it going on despite any family connections! Bilko of '50s television fame wrote a song called "Nancy With the Laughing Face ," presenting it to Frank Sinatra as a gift to his daughter on her fourth birthday.
Though his wife had the same first name, Frank recorded the song specifically for young Nancy the following summer and it hit the top ten in December It Lee Hazlewood & Dean Martin - The Greatest Hits Of N natural for Nancy to show an interest in show business, with attention having turned her way for that brief time during childhood, and in the late s she attended the University of California studying music and dance.
Nancy sang a duet with her father "Love Makes You Feel So Young" Lee Hazlewood & Dean Martin - The Greatest Hits Of N a solo number, but her main contact with Elvis had been to greet him at the airport when he arrived before the taping of the special.
Nancy's marriage in to late-'50s singing star Tommy Sands suggested her career might progress no further than the TV special; despite signing a recording contract with her father's Reprise label founded that year in lieu of extending his Capitol Records contractsuccess was elusive. She had more time than most to develop as a performer due to family ties, yet it began to appear that her fate was to raise a family out of the spotlight, much as it eventually became, despite attempts at acting, for younger sister Tina Sinatra.
Then came a chance to make a movie; For Those Who Think Young fell somewhere in the middle of a seemingly nonstop string of mid-'60s beach flicks, this one a thinly-veiled imitation of the more popular series starring Frankie Avalon and Annette Funicello. With James Darren as the lead, Nancy's main function in the film was playing love interest to Bob Denver who spent most of his time in the mid-'60s on another beach in the hit CBS series Gilligan's Island.
These films, taken separately or as a whole, didn't exactly provide the most promising entry into the movie business, but her impact would be greater Summer Wine - Nancy Sinatra With Frank Sinatra she checked a couple more things off her "to do" list. They all placed her in the teen category that had worked for so many others, but in Nancy's case it didn't click.
Along Soft Hair - Soft Hair seasoned arranger Billy StrangeLee was determined to put Nancy on the charts Hazlewood had already written "These Boots Are Made for Walkin'," which he was sure would be a hit if he could find the right guy to sing it.
When Nancy became aware of the song, she tried to convince Lee to let her do it, reasoning that the lyrics would sound demeaning if a man sang them to a woman, but it would be cute and fun coming from a girl. Her father overheard their conversation and agreed. Between the two of them they convinced Lee to let her give it a try.
The song hit the charts near the end of January and caught fire, rising to number one by the end of February. Nancy revamped her image to fit the song's 'gonna walk all over you' tough-girl vibe, bleaching her brunette hair blonde, wearing heavy makeup and mini-skirts, and from that point on she was always seen wearing flashy, colorful calf-high "go-go" boots as her trademark.
She even filmed a promo clip of the song wearing black boots and a very short sequined mini-dress. Everyone was talking about her in The flip side was the theme for the silver screen spy spoof "The Last of the Secret Agents? Better roles were coming along after the increased exposure her million-selling hit had given her. More spy antics followed, with a guest shot in a year-end episode of The Man from U. The hits kept coming instarting early in the year when radio stations began playing the flip side of "Sugar Town," an unlikely 39 - The Cure - Bloodflowers saga called "Summer Wine.
Written by C. Carson Parksit hit number one in April and was nominated for Grammy's Als Luise Die Briefe Ihres Ungetreuen Liehabers Verbrannte KV 520 - Elly Ameling Singt Mozart* - Jör honor, Record of the Year bringing Nancy's total nominations to three, after receiving two for "Boots" the previous year.
The conversely different Hazlewood creations "Love Eyes" and "Lightning's Girl" were also hits that year, but an opportunity came Nancy's way in that solidified her permanent place beyond "Boots" in '60s pop culture. As if she wasn't already busy enough, she formed a production company, Boots Enterprises, Inc. Another Nancy and Lee duet, the ethereal "Some Velvet Morning," was her last top 40 hit in early That summer she crossed paths with Elvis Presley again, starring opposite him in Speedwayher biggest movie yet, pulling off a coup by becoming one of only two female co-stars Ann-Margret in 's Viva Las Vegas being the other to sing a duet with the King himself in one of his films "There Ain't Nothing Like a Song" and as a bonus secured a solo spot "Your Groovy Self".
Oddly, though, it was the last film she acted in. After this she released several good singles written by Hazlewood and others, including Mac Davis and Delaney Bramletttaking her run on the charts to the final months of and no further.
I have a preference for artists whose body of work follows an arc Summer Wine - Nancy Sinatra With Frank Sinatra variety, in song selection and stylistic approach. Nancy could have strutted around in her boots for several months and a few singles, only to wander off into the sunset like many acts have unintentionally done.
Instead she went in another direction by the end of '66, giving Lee Hazlewood & Dean Martin - The Greatest Hits Of N a taste of "Sugar," followed by engaging duets with Hazlewood, Elvis and her dad, some cool movie themes, folk rock and country songs, and a few campy but fun propositions accomplished with the help of Lee Hazlewood and others. It Over The Nebula (Maximum Replay) - BlackY* - Blazeful Cracky have been easy to ride on the Sinatra name, taking lightly any ability she may have inherited from her famous father in place of something deeper.
But it wasn't necessary. Nancy Sinatra has her own distinct brand of talent and charisma. She's an original. All rights reserved.