Monday, April 25, 2016

AccuRadio Song Of The Day-Nancy Sinatra

Artist:Nancy Sinatra
Song:These Boots Are Made For Walking
Album:The Very Best Of Nancy Sinatra

These Boots Are Made For Walking is probably one of the kitschiest songs of the 60s with an equally kitschy video clip. It topped the charts in 1966 and made Nancy Sinatra the star her loving father Frank Sinatra wanted her to be. The record is still very popular today. Nancy had been with her dad's label Reprise Records since 1961. She recorded several singles but none of them charted. This all changed when producer Lee Hazlewood entered the picture. He had previously produced guitarist Duane Eddy. He told Frank that Nancy needs to be sexy and that would sell records. Hazlewood wrote These Boots Are Made For Walking. He told Nancy to sing it as if she were "a sixteen year old girl who ****s truck drivers". He used the Los Angeles session musicians known as the Wrecking Crew. Guitarist Billy Strange wrote the arrangement. Other musicians include Hal Blaine on drums, Al Casey and Tommy Tedesco on guitar, Carol Kaye on electric bass and Chuck Berghofer on double bass who played the famed bass run suggested by Hazlewood. Apparently Strange liked using the two basses together. Of course the record topped the charts and was a huge success and it made Nancy a star. Of course the problem was she wasn't a great singer. Nancy had a few other chart hits. Her other number one hit was the duet with her dad Something Stupid. Both hits are on this comp. Nancy left Reprise in 1970 and she recorded for RCA and Private Stock in the 70s. She never had another big hit but These Boots Are Made For Walking is still popular today. Some folks see it as a female empowerment song but I doubt Hazlewood had that in his mind. He just wanted to give Frank Sinatra a Nancy Sinatra hit record. Here's the video for These Boots Are Made For Walking by Nancy Sinatra.

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