Nancy Sinatra Biography

8 June 1940, Jersey City, New Jersey, USA. Determined not to rest on the laurels of famous father, Frank Sinatra, Nancy spent several years taking lessons in music, dance and drama. She made an impressive appearance in 1959 on the Frank Sinatra/ Elvis Presley television special, and two years later made her recording debut with ‘Cuff Links And A Tie Clip’. From 1960-65, she was married to pop singer Tommy Sands. Further releases were combined with a budding acting career until 1966 when, having teamed with producer/songwriter Lee Hazlewood, Nancy enjoyed an international smash with the sultry number 1 ‘These Boots Are Made For Walkin’’. It’s descending bass line on every verse made it one of the most recognisable hits of 1966. ‘How Does That Grab You, Darlin’’, ‘Friday’s Child’, and ‘Sugar Town’, all entered the US Top 40, before ‘Somethin’ Stupid’, a duet with her father, gave the singer a second UK and US chart topper. Her other mostly country-styled record hits during the 60s included ‘Love Eyes’, ‘Jackson’ and ‘Lightning’s Girl’ (both with Hazlewood), ‘Lady Bird’, ‘Highway Song’, and ‘Some Velvet Morning’. In 1971, Sinatra joined Hazlewood again for the slightly risqué ‘Did You Ever’. She also made nightclub appearances, and starred in television specials and feature movies such as Get Yourself A College Girl, The Wild Angels and Elvis Presley’s Speedway, and sang the theme song to the James Bond movie You Only Live Twice.

After spending some years away from the limelight, during which she concentrated on bringing up her two daughters by choreographer Hugh Lambert, in 1985 she published a biography entitledFrank Sinatra: My Father. A decade later she embarked on a major comeback, releasing her first solo album for more than 15 years, and posing au naturel for a six-page pictorial in Playboy magazine. An array of younger artists provided the material for 2004’s self-titled collection, including Morrissey, Calexico, Jarvis Cocker and Bono.

Source: The Encyclopedia of Popular Music by Colin Larkin. Licensed from Muze.

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