Tuesday, June 05, 2012
AccuRadio Song Of The Day-Nancy Sinatra
Of course Nancy Sinatra is the daughter of the legendary Frank Sinatra. She is not a great singer but she was still able to record two number one hits including this 1967 duet with her dad Somethin' Stupid. She was born June 8, 1940 in Jersey City, NJ. She studied music and dance at UCLA in 1959. She left school and made her professional debut on the 1960 TV special The Frank Sinatra Timex Show: Welcome Home Elvis to welcome Elvis Presley home from his stint in the Army. She sang a duet with her dad on the show. Nancy married actor Tommy Sands in 1960. They divorced in 1965. Nancy signed with her dad's label Reprise Records in 1961. She had little success until getting together with producer Lee Hazlewood in 1965. He produced the recordings of guitarist Duane Eddy. His idea was for Nancy to have a sexier image and some attitude. The result was the 1966 number one smash hit These Boots Are Made For Walkin'. The song is still considered a feminist anthem today. After a couple more top ten hits, Nancy hit the jackpot again with the number one hit Somethin' Stupid. It topped the Billboard Hot 100 for four weeks. Somethin' Stupid was written by C. Carson Parks, older brother of legendary music producer Van Dyke Parks. Parks recorded Somethin' Stupid in 1966 with his wife Gaile Foote as Carson and Gaile for Kapp Records. Kapp's attempt to turn them into another Sonny & Cher didn't work out. But Frank Sinatra played Somethin' Stupid for Hazlewood and Hazlewood told him "If you don't record it with Nancy, I will." It is the only father daughter duet to top the charts and is commonly known as The Incest Song. You gotta give Frank a break. He was trying to help his daughter. The song was only released as a single but you can get it and all of Nancy's hits on this CD that was sold on TV in Europe. Nancy Sinatra had a few more hits and recorded an album of duets with Hazlewood. She also starred in the 1966 film The Wild Angels with Peter Fonda and the 1968 film Speedway with Elvis Presley. Nancy left Reprise in 1970 and recorded for RCA and Private Stock in the 70s. Nancy married dancer Hugh Lambert in 1975 and slowed down her career to raise their two daughters. Lambert died in 1985. Nancy recorded a country album with Mel Tillis in 1981. Nancy appeared in Playboy in 1995 and still performs and records occasionally. She currently hosts the radio show Siriusly Sinatra on Sirius Satellite Radio. Here's Nancy Sinatra with her brother Frank Sinatra Jr. and The Smothers Brothers performing Somethin' Stupid on The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour 1967.