Born in 1940 in America, Nancy Sinatra is the daughter of famous American crooner, Frank Sinatra. As a young girl, Nancy was surrounded by music – she took music, dancing and singing lessons.
By 1961, Nancy had signed to the same record label as her father, Reprise Records, but failed to make any impact with her early releases. It was only when she teamed up with producer Lee Hazlewood that her music career began to take off.
Although their first collaboration, ‘So Long Babe’ only received minor success, it was their next offering, ‘These Boots Are Made For Walkin” that put Nancy Sinatra firmly on the map. Originally Lee wrote the song for himself, but Nancy persuaded him that it would sound better being sung by a female. Featuring lyrics about a cheating partner, Nancy sung with the help of session musicians, the Wrecking Crew. Both songs featured on her debut album, ‘Boots’.
This 1966 song release was an instant success and it reached number one in the USA and UK, as well as other countries. It remains Nancy’s most famous track to date. The single was accompanied by a music video, which featured Nancy wearing a pair of white go-go boots and a sweater. These famous boots have been on display in the Hard Rock Cafe in Beverly Hills since 1996.
Despite the huge success of the song, Nancy later admitted she regretted singing it, confessing that the image the song portrayed wasn’t a realistic one.
Nancy went on to enjoy other chart successes, and she achieved 10 US Top 40 hits from 1966-68, including six solo songs, three duets with Lee Hazlewood and even a collaboration with her famous father, entitled ‘Somethin’ Stupid’, which reached number one. Aside from singing, Nancy was an actress and appeared in a number of films, including Speedway, where she starred alongside Elvis Presley.
‘These Boots Are Made For Walkin” has also been covered over the years since its release, with the most famous version recorded by Jessica Simpson in 2005 as the soundtrack to the Dukes of Hazzard movie. The song was given quite a significant transformation by Jessica, with the lyrics altered and even a rap included to a hip-hop beat. It reached the top five in many countries.
Rock band Megadeth also covered the song, releasing their own version in 1985. The song has also been included in advertisements and on television.
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