singer, and daughter of the legendary Frank Sinatra who fashioned a
respectable career for herself in the music industry. She attended UCLA in the ‘50s
and studied dance, music, and voice.
Her career got
a jump-start from her dad when she appeared on one of his TV specials, with
Elvis Presley, no less. In
1961, she inked a deal with Frank’s record label, Reprise. Early efforts bombed in the States
but received a warm welcome in Europe and Japan.
In 1964, Nancy
forayed into the movies with roles in For
Those Who Think Young and Get
Yourself a College Girl.
gave her career—and image—a makeover, writing songs for her,
encouraging her to sing in her lower register, dye her hair blonde, frost
her lips, and basically dress like a go-go dancer.
In 1966, she
struck gold with “These Boots Are Made for Walkin’”
which was nominated for three Grammy awards. The title of the song is culled from
a line in one of her dad’s movies, Four For Texas, a western spoof co-starring Dean Martin. More hits followed: “Sugar Town” shot to #5
and “How Does That Grab You, Darlin’?”
grabbed the #7 spot.
In 1967, she
and Frank topped the charts with “Somethin’
Stupid”, the lone daughter-father duet to achieve that feat in the
United States. All told, Nancy
had thirteen chart hits from 1966 to 1967, including “Friday’s
Child”, “Jackson”, “Lightning’s Girl”, “Love
Eyes”, and “Some Velvet Morning”.
recorded the theme song to one of her dad’s movies, Tony Rome, which reached a modest
#83 on the Billboard Top 100.
More famous was the theme song she recorded for You Only Live Twice, a James Bond movie starring Sean
time (1966-1967) she also played some shows for U.S. troops in Vietnam,
many of whom had made “These Boots Are Made for Walkin’”
their own theme song. She ended
1967 with a TV special of her own, Movin’ with
Nancy, which co-starred Frank’s fellow Rat-Packer, Sammy Davis,
Jr. In 1968, Nancy was back on
the big screen in Speedway,
starring Elvis Presley.
the Yuletide on The Sinatra Family
Wish You a Merry Christmas.
Two of the songs she recorded for the album, “It’s Such
a Lonely Time of Year” and “Kids”, were released on a
single in 1969.
labels in 1971, from Reprise to RCA.
She released an album a year through 1973, including Nancy & Lee – Again, This is Nancy Sinatra, and Woman. In 1975, she appeared on the rockumentary, Nancy
& Lee in Las Vegas.
labels again, this time to Private Stock, and continued to record and
release singles. Many of these
are coveted by record collectors, including “Annabell
of Mobile”, “Indian Summer”, “It’s for My
Dad”, and “Kinky Love”, which many radio stations refused
to play because of its provocative lyrics.
In the 1970s,
Nancy withdrew from the music industry in order to take care of her
family. She re-emerged in an
unlikely fashion, duetting with country singer
Mel Tillis on Mel
& Nancy. The album
produced a pair of hits, “Play Me or Trade Me” and “Texas
In 1995, at
the age of 54, she infamously posed nude for Playboy and it caused quit a stir with the Sinatras,
according to sources close to the family.
performing live with Lee Hazlewood at venues such
as The Fillmore, The House of Blues, Mama Kin, The Viper Room, and The
Whiskey-a-Go-Go. Interest was
rekindled in Nancy’s early recordings, and Sundazed
Records re-mastered and re-released them on compact disc.
Quentin Tarantino famously used her recording of “Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down)” at the beginning of Kill Bill: Vol. 1. The song has been repeatedly sampled
since. She also recorded Nancy & Lee 3 with Lee Hazlewood, although it was only released Down
Under. In the fall of 2004, she
released an eponymous album featuring a duet with Morrissey entitled
“Let Me Kiss You”.
It reached #46 in the United Kingdom, her first taste of chart
success in over two decades.
In 2006, EMI
Records issued The Essential Nancy
Sinatra, an anthology of hits, hand-picked by Nancy herself. The album went to #73 on the U.K.
May 2006, Nancy Sinatra was immortalized on The Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Nancy Sinatra recordings
It’s Such a Lonely Time of Year (Al Gorgoni/Chip
Kids (Scott Davis)