Nancy Sinatra

Nancy Sinatra

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Her career spans films with Elvis and James Bond, duets with both Dad and Lee Hazelwood plus many solo hits including "Boots". Her latest CD features Morrissey, Travis, and others who she has influenced including a song from U2. It's received kudos in the NY Times, LA Times, People and more.

Biography

In the mid 1960s Nancy took the image of a girl crying over her diary for a boy who wouldn’t behave, and changed it to a woman who let her men know in no uncertain terms just how things were going to be. Songs like “So Long Babe” and ”How Does that Grab You, Darlin'?” helped her do it.

“These Boots Are Made for Walkin” kicked open the doors for a whole new category of women in rock. Nancy’s tough girl attitude preceded women’s liberation and created the first rebel chick singer. A female revolution was born.

Armed with a signature style, catchy songs, memorable album covers and sexy, soft but confident pictures in magazines, Nancy hit the charts 22 times, becoming a role model for young, independent women as well as an icon of pop culture – Rock and Roll would never be the same!

After “Boots” went to #1 in 1966, the theme of independence and free thinking that appealed to women and men was perpetuated by “How Does That Grab You”, a #7 charter and “Sugar Town”, a #4 chart record. Nancy’s recording of the title song of the James Bond movie, “You Only Live Twice”, became an anthem for many who still request it when she performs today. Her legendary #1 record with her father, “Somethin' Stupid”, is always on the “best of” lists, as are many of her duets with her mentor/producer Lee Hazlewood. “Jackson”, “Some Velvet Morning”, “Sand”, “Summer Wine” and others were also chart records.

In the book, Rolling Stone: Women in Rock, Karen Schoemer wrote, “Nancy’s combination of pristine innocence and vamp-o-rama sex appeal was a perfect expression for the (‘60s).”

“Nancy was the first woman to turn the tables on men by using the same technique perfected by Elvis Presley,” wrote James Vickerson for his book Women on Top.

The core of her original band (some of whom still perform with her) was the world famous “Wrecking Crew”, L.A.’s finest rhythm section, who also worked with the Beach Boys, The Righteous Brothers, Phil Spector and other rock legends. Producers Nancy considers herself fortunate to have worked with are Don Costa, Bones Howe, Snuff Garrett, Charles Calello, Jimmy Bowen, Tutti Camarratta, Lee Hazlewood, L. Russell Brown, Billy Strange and Duane Eddy and now AJ and Matt Azzarto. Nancy’s current band has included former Guns & Roses Guitarist Gilby Clarke and Drummers, Pete Thomas of Elvis Costello’s band and Clem Burke of Blondie.

A staple of television variety shows, Nancy appeared on the Ed Sullivan Show, The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour, The Glen Campbell Show, The Bobby Darin Show, Johnny Carson, Laugh-In, The Perry Como Show, The Kraft Music Hall, Hollywood Palace and many others including Hippodrome and Top of the Pops in the UK.

During the Vietnam War, Nancy was a favorite pin-up for the GI’s on battlefields and ships. For them, she represented the ideal girl to come home to. In the liner notes of her “Sugar” album, Lee Hazlewood tried to explain the dichotomy of the Nancy persona which seemed to capture so many hearts. He called her “a girl and a woman who is quiet and noisy, square yet hip.”

Nancy often jokes about her film career, but the fact remains she did seven movies, two of which, “Speedway” with Elvis and “The Wild Angels” with Peter Fonda, made her the top female box-office draw two years in a row.

There were many other milestones along the way: record breaking appearances in Las Vegas, Juke Box Awards, Grammy nominations and an Emmy winning television special, conceived and produced by Nancy, called “Movin' with Nancy”.

Nancy has written two books about her legendary father with the hope of setting the record straight about his life. She is also pursuing the commission of a statue of Frank to be placed in Times Square near the Paramount Theatre (where Frank created a record breaking sensation and incited the birth of the ‘Bobby Soxers’), as a lasting gift to the city of New York. For several years, she has been working toward establishing the National Museum of American Music, an educational facility and repository for the collected libraries of the greatest contributors to the heritage of American music. Work will soon begin on a documentary film about her father.

She continues to be very active in politics and charitable causes, including Songs Of Love, which creates original songs, personalized for children with terminal illnesses, Jerry Lewis’ MDA Telethon and the Thalians, who operate mental health clinics out of Cedars Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. Over the years requests from fundraisers for donations of pairs of Nancy’s boots have resulted in auctions benefiting many worthy organizations.

In 1995, after raising her two daughters and seeing them happily ensconced in college, Nancy re-started her career with her “One More Time” album and a Playboy pictorial. The latter demonstrated once again that sexuality and feminism are not mutually exclusive. She performed sold-out rock shows in the United States and Scandinavia. N

Discography

Nancy Sinatra (2004) - Sanctuary
How Does It Feel? (1999) - Compact Classics
Yo Go Go Girl (1999) - Varese Vintage
Boots: All Time Hits (1998) - Rhino
The Hit Years (1998) - Rhino
Boots (1995) - Sundazed
Nancy (1969) - Sundazed
Movin' With Nancy (1968) - Sundazed
Sugar (1967) - Sundazed
Country My Way (1967) - Sundazed
How Does That Grab You? (1966) - Sundazed
Nancy In London (1966) - Sundazed

Set List

Varies