Nancy Sinatra (b. June 8, 1940) is a singer, actress, and the eldest daughter of the legendary Frank Sinatra. She made her professional debut in 1960 on her father's TV special, "The Frank Sinatra Timex Show: Welcome Home Elvis," which celebrated Presley's return home from military service. Her best known hits include the sassy and defiant 1966 smash hit, "These Boots Are Made For Walkin'," written by Lee Hazlewood, a pioneering country/pop singer, songwriter, and producer with whom she collaborated extensively. She often performed this song and other hits in high boots and colorful late 1960s garb, and with her sexy "tough girl" swagger, became a cultural and feminist icon of that era.
Sinatra debuted on the Pop/Rock charts in 1962 with her cover of the Teddy Bears' classic, "To Know Him Is To Love Him," which became a minor hit. Several other minor hits followed through 1965 before she took the nation by storm in early 1966 with "These Boots Are Made For Walkin'," which topped the charts in the U.S., the U.K., and many other countries and became her signature song. This brassy country rock smash was followed by a long string of mostly Hazlewood-penned hits through 1972 that included "How Does That Grab You, Darlin'?" (1966), "Friday's Child" (1966), "Sugar Town" (1966), "Love Eyes" (1967), "You Only Live Twice" (1967, the title song from the James Bond movie), and "Lightning's Girl" (1967). She topped the charts a second time in 1967 with "Somethin' Stupid," a duet performed with her father. She also had many hit duets with Lee Hazlewood that included "Summer Wine" (1967), "Jackson" (1967), "Lady Bird" (1967), and the enigmatic psychedelic masterpiece, "Some Velvet Morning" (1968).
At the height of her commercial success, Nancy Sinatra made numerous TV appearances and also acted in a number of movies. She travelled to Vietnam in 1966 and 1967 to perform for U.S. soldiers, many of whom adopted "These Boots Are Made For Walkin'" as their anthem. Her many honors and accolades include receiving a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2006. She has continued to perform and record over the years and released an album in 2013, "Shifting Gears."
- For more info on Nancy Sinatra's career and current projects, visit nancysinatra.com.
- Nancy Sinatra discusses growing up as the daughter of Frank Sinatra, her collaboration with Lee Hazlewood, and other topics in an interview with The Guardian (June 1, 2008).
Nancy Sinatra performs "These Boots Are Made For Walkin'" on The Ed Sullivan Show (February 27, 1966).
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Nancy Sinatra And Frank Sinatra
- Somethin' Stupid 1967
(This father-daughter duet topped both the Adult Contemporary and Pop/Rock charts.)
Nancy Sinatra And Lee Hazlewood
- Some Velvet Morning 1968
- Friday's Child 1966
- How Does That Grab You, Darlin'? 1966
- Lightning's Girl 1967
- Love Eyes 1967
- Sugar Town 1966
- These Boots Are Made For Walkin' 1966
(This song topped the charts.)
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