Thursday, August 24, 2006

Nancy Sinatra

Nancy Sinatra is the daughter of legendary singer Frank Sinatra and his first wife Nancy Barbato.

Nancy made her television debut in 1960, on her father's television special, with co-star Elvis Presley. (Nancy was sent to the airport on her father's behalf to welcome Elvis back from his stint in the army...)

Nancy's recordings in the early 1960's went virtually unnoticed. It wasn't until 1965 that her life would change forever.

Record producer and collaborator Lee Hazlewood convinced Nancy to lower her singing voice. Her new sound was paired up with a drastic image overhaul: dyed-blonde hair, heavy eye makeup with frosty lips and a mod new wardrobe. It was then that Nancy released her first and biggest hit: These Boots Are Made For Walkin'.

Nancy pioneered the way for a whole new generation of tough-yet-sexy rock chicks. Up until that point, female love songs involved girls crying over their diaries for a boy who misbehaved. Nancy Sinatra turned the tables on men and let them know who was boss!

Pop-goddess Madonna was quoted to have said: "Nancy Sinatra was a huge influence on me. I wanted to put on my go-go boots and walk all over someone..."

The video for These Boots Are Made For Walkin' is a great example of 60's high camp. Needless to say, it's also one of my all-time favorites... Enjoy!

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