Nancy Sandra Sinatra (born June 8, 1940) is an American singer
and actress. She is the elder daughter of
Frank Sinatra and Nancy
(Barbato) Sinatra, and is widely known for her 1966 signature hit
"These Boots Are Made for Walkin'".
Other defining recordings include "Sugar Town", the 1967 number one
"Somethin' Stupid" (a duet with her father), the title song from the
James Bond film You Only Live Twice, several collaborations with Lee
Hazlewood such as "Jackson", and her cover of Cher's "Bang Bang (My
Baby Shot Me Down)".
Nancy Sinatra began her career as a singer and
actress in November 1957 with an appearance on her father's ABC-TV
variety series, but initially achieved success only in Europe and
Japan. In early 1966 she had a transatlantic number-one hit with
"These Boots Are Made for Walkin'". She appeared on TV in high boots,
and with colorfully dressed go-go dancers, creating a popular and
enduring image of the Swinging Sixties. The song was written by
Lee Hazlewood, who wrote and produced most of her hits and sang with
her on several duets, including the critical and cult favorite "Some
Velvet Morning". In 1966 and 1967, Sinatra charted with 13 titles, all
of which featured
Billy Strange as arranger and conductor.
Sinatra also had a brief acting career in the mid-1960s including a
co-starring role with
Elvis Presley in the movie Speedway, and with
Peter Fonda in The Wild Angels. In Marriage on the Rocks, Frank and
Nancy Sinatra played a fictional father and daughter.
1 Early life
2 Recording career
2.1.1 Films and television
2.2 1970s and 1980s
7 External links
Sinatra was born on June 8, 1940 in Jersey City, New Jersey. She is
the eldest daughter of three children between
Frank Sinatra and his
first wife, Nancy Barbato. When she was a toddler, the family moved to
Hasbrouck Heights, New Jersey. They later moved again to Toluca Lake,
California for Frank Sinatra's Hollywood career. There, she spent many
years in piano, dance and dramatic performance lessons, as well as
undergoing months of voice lessons.
Her father sang about her as "Nancy (with the Laughing Face)" in
In the late 1950s, Sinatra began to study music, dancing, and voice at
the University of California, Los Angeles. She dropped out after a
year, and made her professional debut in 1960 on her father's
television special, The
Frank Sinatra Timex Show: Welcome Home Elvis,
celebrating the return of
Elvis Presley from Europe following his
discharge from service in the U.S. 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.
Sinatra was signed to her father's label, Reprise Records, in 1961.
Her first single, "Cuff Links and a Tie Clip", went largely unnoticed.
However, subsequent singles charted in Europe and Japan. Without a hit
in the US by 1965, she was on the verge of being dropped. Her singing
career received a boost with the help of songwriter/producer/arranger
Lee Hazlewood, who had been making records for ten years, notably with
Duane Eddy. Hazlewood became Sinatra's inspiration.
He had her sing in a lower key and crafted songs for her. Bolstered
by an image overhaul—including bleached-blonde hair, frosted lips,
heavy eye make-up and
Carnaby Street fashions—Sinatra made her mark
on the American (and British) music scene in early 1966 with "These
Boots Are Made for Walkin'", its title inspired by a line in Robert
Aldrich's 1963 western comedy
4 for Texas
4 for Texas starring her father and Dean
Martin. One of her many hits written by Hazlewood, it received three
Grammy Award nominations, including two for Sinatra and one for
arranger Billy Strange. It sold over one million copies, and was
awarded a gold disc. She appeared on TV in high boots, and with
colorfully dressed go-go dancers, a craze during the late '60s, and
created a popular and enduring image of the Swinging Sixties.
A run of chart singles followed, including the two 1966 Top 10 hits
"How Does That Grab You, Darlin'?" (U.S. No.7) and "Sugar Town" (U.S.
No.5). "Sugar Town" became her second million-seller. The ballad
"Somethin' Stupid"—a duet with her father—hit No. 1 in the U.S.
and the U.K. in April 1967 and spent nine weeks at the top of
Billboard's easy listening chart. It earned a
Grammy Award nomination
Record of the Year
Record of the Year and remains the only father-daughter duet to
hit No.1 in the U.S.; it became Sinatra's third million-selling
disc. Other 45s showing her forthright delivery include "Friday’s
Child" (U.S. No.36, 1966), and the 1967 hits "Love Eyes" (U.S. No. 15)
and "Lightning’s Girl" (U.S. No.24). She rounded out 1967 with the
raunchy but low-charting "Tony Rome" (U.S. No. 83)—the title track
from the detective film
Tony Rome starring her father—while her
first solo single in 1968 was the more wistful "100 Years" (U.S.
No.69). In 1968 she recorded the Kenny Young song "The Highway Song"
with Mickey Most producing for the U.K. and European markets. The song
reached Top 20 in the U.K. and other European countries.
Sinatra enjoyed a parallel recording career cutting duets with the
husky-voiced, country-and-western-inspired Hazlewood, starting with
"Summer Wine" (originally the
B-side of "Sugar Town"). Their biggest
hit was a cover of the country song, "Jackson". The single peaked at
#14 on the
Billboard Hot 100
Billboard Hot 100 in the summer of 1967, when Johnny Cash
June Carter Cash
June Carter Cash also made the song their own. In December they
released the "MOR"-psychedelic single "Some Velvet Morning", regarded
as one of the more unusual singles in pop, and the peak of Sinatra and
Hazlewood’s vocal collaborations. It reached No. 26 in the US. The
promo clip is, like the song, sui generis. The British broadsheet The
Daily Telegraph placed "Some Velvet Morning" in pole position in its
2003 list of the Top 50 Best Duets Ever. ("Somethin' Stupid" ranked
In 1967, she recorded the theme song for the
James Bond film You Only
Live Twice. In the liner notes of the CD reissue of her 1966 album,
Nancy In London, Sinatra states that she was "scared to death" of
recording the song, and asked the songwriters: "Are you sure you don't
want Shirley Bassey?" There are two versions of the Bond theme. The
first is the lushly orchestrated track featured during the opening and
closing credits of the film. The second—and more
guitar-heavy—version appeared on the double A-sided single with
"Jackson", though the Bond theme stalled at No.44 on the U.S.
Billboard Hot 100. "Jackson"/"You Only Live Twice"
was more successful in the U.K., reaching No.11 on the singles chart
during a nineteen-week chart run (in the Top 50) that saw the single
become the 70th-best-selling single of 1967 in the U.K.
In 1966 and 1967 Sinatra traveled to
Vietnam to perform for the US
troops. Many US soldiers adopted her song "These Boots Are Made for
Walkin'" as their anthem, as shown in Pierre Schoendoerffer's Academy
The Anderson Platoon
The Anderson Platoon (1967) and reprised in
a scene in Stanley Kubrick's
Full Metal Jacket
Full Metal Jacket (1987). Sinatra
recorded several anti-war songs, including "My Buddy", featured on her
album Sugar, "Home", co-written by Mac Davis, and "It's Such A Lonely
Time of Year", which appeared on the 1968 LP The Sinatra Family Wish
You a Merry Christmas. In 1988 Sinatra recreated her
appearances on an episode of the television show China Beach. Today,
Sinatra still performs for charitable causes supporting US veterans
who served in Vietnam, including Rolling Thunder Inc..[citation
Films and television
1960s publicity photo
Sinatra starred in three teen musicals ("beach party films")—For
Those Who Think Young (1964),
Get Yourself a College Girl
Get Yourself a College Girl (1964) and
The Ghost in the Invisible Bikini
The Ghost in the Invisible Bikini (1966)—the latter of which
featured her in a singing role. She was also scheduled to appear in
the role that went to
Linda Evans in Beach Blanket Bingo. Nancy did
not do the film as her character was kidnapped and the parallel to her
brother Frank Sinatra, Jr.'s kidnapping was not considered
In 1965 Sinatra was a guest with Woody Allen on the game show
In 1966 she appeared as herself in The Oscar, and starred in The Last
of the Secret Agents, as well as singing the title song. She also
starred in Roger Corman's biker story
The Wild Angels
The Wild Angels with Peter Fonda
and Bruce Dern, then in 1968 she shared the screen with Elvis Presley
in his musical comedy Speedway—her final film. She was the only
singer to have a solo song on an Elvis album or soundtrack.
Ann-Margret had performed a solo in the film
Viva Las Vegas
Viva Las Vegas in 1964.
However, the film's soundtrack was an EP and not a full-length LP
Sinatra made appearances on The Ed Sullivan Show, The Smothers
Brothers Comedy Hour, The Man from U.N.C.L.E., and Rowan &
Martin's Laugh-In, The Virginian, and in a 1967 Christmas-themed
episode of The
Dean Martin Show that featured the Sinatra and Martin
families. Nancy starred in television specials that included the
Frank Sinatra special A Man and His Music – Part
II, and the 1967 NBC
Emmy Award-winning TV special Movin' With
Nancy. She appeared with Lee Hazlewood, her father and his Rat Pack
Dean Martin and Sammy Davis, Jr., with a cameo appearance by her
Frank Sinatra, Jr.
Frank Sinatra, Jr. and guest-star appearance by West Side
Story dancer David Winters.
Jack Haley, Jr. was the director and
producer of the special and received an
Emmy Award for Outstanding
Directorial Achievement in Music or Variety. At one point in the
video, Sinatra shared a kiss with
Sammy Davis, Jr. She has stated,
"The kiss [was] one of the first interracial kisses seen on television
and it caused some controversy then, and now. [But] contrary to some
inaccurate online reports, the kiss was unplanned and
spontaneous." The special features choreography and dancing by
David Winters. As there was no
Emmy Award category for
Choreography—the shows one of two
Emmy nominations was placed in the
Special Classification of Individual Achievements" category. Winters
lost to co-winners
The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour
The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour and The Jackie
Gleason Show. Possibly due to this special's success and its
choreography a new category for "Outstanding Choreography" was created
by the Emmys the next year.
Movin' With Nancy
Movin' With Nancy was sponsored by
Royal Crown Cola.
1970s and 1980s
Sinatra remained with Reprise until 1970. In 1971, she signed with
RCA, resulting in three albums: Nancy & Lee – Again (1971),
Woman (1972), and a compilation of some of her Reprise recordings
under the title This Is
Nancy Sinatra (1973). That year she released a
non-LP single, "Sugar Me" b/w "Ain't No Sunshine". The former was
written by Lynsey De Paul/
Barry Blue and, with other covers of works
by early-'70s popular songwriters, resurfaced on the 1998 album How
Does It Feel.
In the autumn of 1971, Sinatra and Hazlewood’s duet "Did You Ever?"
reached number two in the UK Singles Chart. In 1972, they
performed for a Swedish documentary, Nancy & Lee In Las Vegas,
which chronicled their Vegas concerts at the Riviera Hotel and
featured solo numbers and duets from concerts, behind-the-scenes
footage, and scenes of Sinatra's late husband, Hugh Lambert, and her
mother. The film did not appear until 1975.
By 1975 she was releasing singles on Private Stock, which are the most
sought-after by collectors (citation needed). Among those released
were "Kinky Love", "Annabell of Mobile", "It's for My Dad," and
"Indian Summer" (with Hazlewood). "Kinky Love" was banned by some
radio stations in the 1970s for "suggestive" lyrics. It saw the light
of day on CD in 1998 on Sheet Music: A Collection of Her Favorite Love
Songs. Pale Saints covered the song in 1991.
By the mid-1970s, she slowed her musical activity and ceased acting to
concentrate on being a wife and mother. She returned to the studio in
1981 to record a country album with
Mel Tillis called Mel & Nancy.
Two of their songs made the Billboard Country Singles Chart: "Texas
Cowboy Night" (#23) and "Play Me or Trade Me" (#43).
In 1985, she wrote the book Frank Sinatra, My Father.
At 54, Sinatra posed for
Playboy in the May 1995 issue and made
appearances on TV shows to promote her album One More Time. The
magazine appearance caused some controversy. On the talk show circuit,
she said her father was proud of the photos. Sinatra told
Jay Leno on
a 1995 Tonight Show that her daughters gave their approval, but her
mother said she should ask her father before committing to the
project. Sinatra claims that when she told her father what Playboy
would be paying her, he said, "Double it."
Taking her father's advice from when she began her recording career
("Own your own masters"), she owns or holds an interest in most of her
material, including videos.
On Monday 12 August 2002, Nancy appeared live in-concert for the first
time in the UK at The Liquid Rooms, Edinburgh as part of the official
Edinburgh International Festival. Her Musical Director &
keyboardist was long-time collaborator & former member of "The
Wrecking Crew" Don Randi. This sold-out one-off concert was filmed by
The BBC. An edited version including brief interview &
tourist-type segments was later broadcast on BBC4.
In 2004 she collaborated with former Los Angeles neighbor
record a version of his song "Let Me Kiss You", which was featured on
her autumn release Nancy Sinatra. The single—released the same day
as Morrissey’s version—charted at #46 in the UK, providing Sinatra
with her first hit for over 30 years. The follow-up single, "Burnin'
Down the Spark", failed to chart. The album, titled Nancy Sinatra,
featured rock performers such as Calexico, Sonic Youth, U2, Pulp's
Jarvis Cocker, Steven Van Zandt, Jon Spencer, and Pete Yorn, who all
cited Sinatra as an influence. Each artist crafted a song for Sinatra
to sing on the album.
Two years later
EMI released The Essential Nancy Sinatra—a UK-only
greatest-hits compilation featuring the previously unreleased track,
"Machine Gun Kelly". The collection was picked by Sinatra and spans
her 40-year career. The record was Sinatra's first to make the UK
album charts (#73) in 30 years.
Sinatra also recorded "Another Gay Sunshine Day" for Another Gay Movie
Sinatra received her own star on the
Hollywood Walk of Fame
Hollywood Walk of Fame on May 11,
2006. In 2002, a Golden Palm Star on the Palm Springs, California,
Walk of Stars was dedicated to her.
Sinatra appeared, as herself, on one of the final episodes ("Chasing
It") of the
HBO mob drama The Sopranos. Her brother, Frank Jr., had
previously appeared in the 2000 episode "The Happy Wanderer".
Sinatra recorded a public service announcement for Deejay Ra's
'Hip-Hop Literacy' campaign, encouraging reading of Tarantino
screenplays and related books.
September 2009 saw the release of Sinatra's digital-only album Cherry
Smiles: The Rare Singles, featuring previously unreleased tracks and
songs only available on 45.
Sinatra now hosts a weekly show called Nancy for Frank on Sirius
Satellite Radio, Siriusly Sinatra, where she shares her personal
insights about her late father.
On April 11, 2011,
Black Devil Disco Club
Black Devil Disco Club released their second album
featuring Sinatra's vocals on "To Ardent". A single featuring the
album version and several remixes of "To Ardent" was released on May
The single "Jack in Boots" by Lempo and Japwow, was also released in
2011 on SuSu Music, featuring Nancy on vocals, reaching #13 in The
Music Week Club Chart (UK) and #36 on Beatport, plugged on Capital FM,
BBC 6Music and BBC Radio One.
In Irvine, California, on August 3, 2013, Sinatra joined alt-rock band
Wilco on "Bang Bang" and "These Boots are Made for Walkin'" at the Bob
Dylan-headlining AmericanaramA tour.
On December 3, 2013, Sinatra released the digital-only album Shifting
Gears, featuring 15 previously unreleased tracks from the vault,
including a stirring rendition of Neil Diamond's Holly Holy. The
orchestra tracks were recorded in the 1970s while Sinatra was touring
with a 40-piece orchestra and her vocal tracks were recorded within 10
years of the release of the collection.
In May 2017, Sinatra's 1967 hit duet with Lee Hazlewood, Summer Wine,
was used by clothing-retail giant, H&M in their "The Summer Shop
2017" ad campaign. As a result, the song debuted at #1 on
Billboard magazine and Clio's Top TV Commercial chart for May
Tommy Sands, 1960–1965 (divorced)
Hugh Lambert, 1970–1985 (deceased)
Children (with Lambert):
Angela Jennifer "AJ" Lambert Paparozzi (whose godparents are James
Darren and his second wife Evy Norlund)
Amanda Catherine Lambert
(Both women were left $1 million from their grandfather Frank
Sinatra's will in a trust fund started in 1983)
Nancy Sinatra discography
For Those Who Think Young (1964)
Get Yourself a College Girl
Get Yourself a College Girl (1964)
Marriage on the Rocks (1965)
The Ghost in the Invisible Bikini
The Ghost in the Invisible Bikini (1966)
The Last of the Secret Agents?
The Last of the Secret Agents? (1966)
The Oscar (1966)
The Wild Angels
The Wild Angels (1966)
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