Sunday, July 5, 2009

Nancy Sinatra

In the late 1950s Sinatra began to study music, dancing, and voice at the University of California in Los Angeles. She dropped out after a year, and made her professional debut in 1960 on her father's television special with Elvis Presley, home from the army. Nancy was sent to the airport on behalf of her father to welcome Elvis when his plane landed. On the special, Nancy and her father danced and sang a duet, "You Make Me Feel So Young/Old". That same year she began a five-year marriage to Tommy Sands.

These Boots Are Made For Walking (1966)

Nancy Sinatra began her career as a singer and actress in the early 1960s, but initially achieved success only in Europe and Japan. Then she had a transatlantic number-one pop with "These Boots Are Made for Walkin'", which showed her provocative but good-natured style, and which popularized and made her synonymous with go-go boots. The promo clip featured a big-haired Sinatra and six young women in tight tops, go-go boots and mini-skirts, and is considered[by whom?] a classic example of high camp. The song was written by Lee Hazlewood, who wrote and produced most of her hits and sang with her on several duets, including "Some Velvet Morning". In 1966 and 1967, Sinatra charted with 13 titles, all of which featured Billy Strange as arranger and conductor.

In 1967 she paired with her father for her second number-one single, "Somethin' Stupid". She also co-starred with Elvis Presley in the movie Speedway.

1 comment:

  1. I recently watched the sixties James Bond film, "You Only Live Twice", one of the least memorable Connery Bonds. However, Nancy Sinatra sang the title song from the film, and I have to say, I was very impressed with it. Her musical phrasing in this song were impeccable. She obviously was taught by the master, Daddy. It is just a terrific song in my estimation, but nobody except a Bond devotee remembers it I suppose.