NANCY SANDRA SINATRA (born June 8, 1940) is an American singer and
actress. She is the eldest daughter of
Frank 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 ".
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 1960s
* 2.1.1 Films and television
* 2.2 1970s and 1980s
* 2.3 1990s–present
* 3 Family
* 4 Discography
* 5 Filmography
* 6 References
* 7 External links
Sinatra was born on June 8, 1940 in
Jersey City, New Jersey
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
University of California, Los Angeles
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
US 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
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
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 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 Sixties, 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 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
The Daily Telegraph
The Daily Telegraph placed "Some Velvet Morning" in pole
position in its 2003 list of the Top 50 Best Duets Ever. ("Somethin\'
Stupid " ranked number 27).
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
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
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 Award winning documentary
The Anderson Platoon
The Anderson Platoon (1967) and
reprised in a scene in
Stanley Kubrick 's
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
Vietnam concert 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. .
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 (1964) and
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
Frank Sinatra, Jr.
Frank Sinatra, Jr. 's kidnapping was not considered tasteful.
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 with Peter
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.
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
Emmy -nominated 1966
Frank Sinatra special
A Man and His Music – Part II , and the 1967
Emmy Award Winning TV special Movin\' With Nancy . She appeared
with Lee Hazlewood, her father and his
Rat Pack pals
Dean Martin and
Sammy Davis, Jr.
Sammy Davis, Jr. , with a cameo appearance by her brother Frank
Sinatra, Jr. and guest star appearance by
West Side Story
West Side Story dancer David
Jack Haley, Jr.
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
Sammy Davis, Jr.
Sammy Davis, Jr. She has stated, "The kiss one of the first
interracial kisses seen on television and it caused some controversy
then, and now. 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
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 specials success and its
choreography a new category for "Outstanding Choreography" was created
by the Emmys the next year. Movin\' With Nancy was sponsored by Royal
1970S AND 1980S
Sinatra remained with Reprise until 1970. In 1971, she signed with
RCA , resulting in three albums: Nancy ">
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 ">
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 ">
Sinatra also recorded "Another Gay Sunshine Day" for Another Gay
Movie in 2006.
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
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 1970's 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
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