Sunday, October 7, 2012

Beauty Icon: NANCY SINATRA




Nancy Sandra Sinatra 
[born June 8,1940] Is an American singer and actress. The daughter of singer/actor Frank Sinatra and first wife Nancy Barbato Sinatra.  Best know by many from her 1966 signature hit "These Boots Are Made For Walking". Other defining records included, "Sugar Town", the 1967 #1 Hit, "Something Stupid" [duet with her father], the title song from James Bond film, You Only Live Twice, and several collaborations with Lee Hazlewood such as "Jackson". and her cover of "BANG BANG" is an easy win over Cher's Original version. 




She began her career as an singer and actress in the early 1960's, but initially  achieved success only in japan and Europe. Early 1966 she had a transatlantic #1 Hit with These Boots, which showed her good-natured but sexy style. The song would popularize and made her synonymous with go-go boots forever.  The Promo clip [video] featured a big-haired, doubled lashed Sinatra and six young women in tight tops and  ultra mini's. The song was written by Lee Hazlewood who would write most of her hits and sang with her on several legendary duets. 
1960's 

In the late 1950s, Sinatra began to study music, dancing, and voice at the University of California in Los Angeles. She dropped out after a year, and made her professional debut in 1960 on her father's television special, The Frank Sinatra Timex Show: Welcome Home Elvis, welcoming the return of Elvis Presley home from Europe following his discharge from service in the US Army. Nancy was sent to the airport on behalf of her father to welcome Elvis when his plane landed. On the special, Nancy and her father danced and sang a duet, "You Make Me Feel So Young/Old". That same year she began a five-year marriage to Tommy Sands.

Sinatra was signed to her father's label, Reprise Records, in 1961. Her first single, "Cuff Links and a Tie Clip", went unnoticed. However, subsequent singles charted in Europe and Japan. Without a hit in the US by 1965, she was on the verge of being dropped. Her singing career received a boost with the help of songwriter/producer/arranger Lee Hazlewood, who had been making records for ten years, notably with Duane Eddy. Hazlewood became Sinatra's inspiration. He had her sing in a lower key and crafted pop songs for her. Bolstered by an image overhaul — including bleached-blonde hair, frosted lips, heavy eye make-up and Carnaby Street fashions — Sinatra made her mark on the American (and British) music scene in early 1966 with "These Boots Are Made for Walkin'", its title inspired by a line in Robert Aldrich's 1963 western comedy 4 for Texas starring her father and Dean Martin. One of her many hits written by Hazlewood, it received three Grammy Award nominations, including two for Sinatra and one for arranger Billy Strange. It sold over one million copies, and was awarded a gold disc. The camp promo clip featured a big-haired Sinatra and six young women in loose sweaters, go-go boots and hot pants. The song has been covered by artists such as Geri Halliwell, Culture Club,  MegadethJessica SimpsonLil' KimLittle BirdyBilly Ray CyrusFaster PussycatKMFDM,SymaripOperation Ivy and the Del Rubio Triplets and The Supremes.
A run of chart singles followed, including the two 1966 Top 10 hits "How Does That Grab You, Darlin'?" (#7) and "Sugar Town" (#5). "Sugar Town" became her second million seller. The ballad "Somethin' Stupid" — a duet with her father — hit #1 in the US and the UK in April 1967 and spent nine weeks at the top of Billboard's easy listening chart. It earned aGrammy Award nomination for Record of the Year and remains the only father-daughter duet to hit No.1 in the US It became Sinatra's third million-selling disc.mOther 45s showing her forthright delivery include "Friday’s Child" (#36, 1966), and the 1967 hits "Love Eyes" (#15) and "Lightning’s Girl" (#24). She rounded out 1967 with the raunchy but low-charting "Tony Rome" (#83) — the title track from the detective film Tony Rome starring her father — while her first solo single in 1968 was the more wistful "100 Years" (#69).
Sinatra enjoyed a parallel recording career cutting duets with the husky-voiced, country-and-western-inspired Hazlewood, starting with "Summer Wine" (originally the B-side of "Sugar Town"). Their biggest hit was a cover of the country song, "Jackson". The single peaked at #14 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the summer of 1967, when Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash also made the song their own. In December they released the single "Some Velvet Morning", regarded as one of the more unusual singles in pop, and the peak of Sinatra and Hazlewood’s vocal collaborations. It reached #26 in the US. The promo clip is, like the song, sui generis. The British broadsheet The Daily Telegraph placed "Some Velvet Morning" in pole position in its 2003 list of the Top 50 Best Duets Ever. ("Somethin' Stupid" ranked number 27)
Amazing Record!
In 1967 she recorded the theme song for the James Bond film You Only Live Twice. In the liner notes of the CD reissue of her 1966 album, Nancy In London, Sinatra states that she was "scared to death" of recording the song, and asked the songwriters: "Are you sure you don't want Shirley Bassey?" There are two versions of the Bond theme. The first is the lushly orchestrated track featured during the opening and closing credits of the film. The second – and more guitar-heavy — version appeared on the double A-sided single with "Jackson", though the Bond theme stalled at #44 on the Billboard Hot 100.
In 1966 and 1967 Sinatra traveled to Vietnam to perform for the troops. Many US soldiers adopted her song "These Boots Are Made for Walkin'" as their anthem, as shown in Pierre Schoendoerffer's academy award winning documentary The Anderson Platoon (1967) and reprised in a scene in Stanley Kubrick's Full Metal Jacket (1987). Sinatra recorded several anti-war songs, including "My Buddy", featured on her album Sugar, "Home", co-written by Mac Davis, and "It's Such A Lonely Time of Year", which appeared on the 1968 LP The Sinatra Family Wish You a Merry Christmas. In 1988 Sinatra recreated her Vietnam concert appearances on an episode of the television show China Beach. Today, Sinatra still performs for charitable causes supporting US veterans who served in Vietnam, including Rolling Thunder Inc.

Films and Television

Sinatra starred in three teen musicals (otherwise known as 'beach party' films) — For Those Who Think Young (1964), Get Yourself a College Girl (1964) and The Ghost in the Invisible Bikini (1966) — the latter of which featured her in a singing role. She was also scheduled to appear in the role that went to Linda Evans in Beach Blanket Bingo, but was unable. In 1966 she also starred in Roger Corman's The Wild Angels with Peter Fonda and Bruce Dern, and in 1968 she shared the screen with Elvis Presley in Speedway — her final film. She was the only singer to have a solo song on an Elvis album or soundtrack while he was still alive. Since his death, several previously unreleased Ann-Margret solo recordings have appeared on Elvis albums, but Sinatra's was the first.
She also made appearances on The Ed Sullivan ShowThe Smothers Brothers Comedy HourThe Man from U.N.C.L.E., and Rowan & Martin's Laugh-InThe Virginian and starred in television specials. These include the Emmy-nominated 1966 Frank Sinatra special A Man and His Music - Part II, and the 1967 NBC Emmy Award nominated for 'Special Classification of Individual Achievements' by choreographer David Winters TV special Movin' With Nancy, in which she appeared with Lee Hazlewood, her father and his Rat Pack pals Dean Martin and Sammy Davis, Jr., with a cameo appearance by her brother Frank Sinatra, Jr. and guest star appearance by West Side Story dancer David Winters. At one point in the video, Sinatra shared a kiss with Sammy Davis, Jr. She has stated "The kiss [was] one of the first interracial kisses seen on television and it caused some controversy then, and now. [But] contrary to some inaccurate online reports, the kiss was unplanned and spontaneous." The special also features Winters' choreography, dancing and dancers. As there was no Emmy Award category for Choreography – the shows Emmy Nomination was placed in the 'Special Classification of Individual Achievements' category. Possibly due to this specials success and its choreography a new category for 'Outstanding Choreography' was created by the Emmys the next year. Movin' With Nancy was sponsored by Royal Crown Co.

1970's and 1980's

Sinatra remained with Reprise until 1970. In 1971, she signed with RCA, resulting in three albums: Nancy & Lee – Again (1971), Woman (1972), and a compilation of some of her Reprise recordings under the title This Is Nancy Sinatra (1973). That year she released a non-LP single, "Sugar Me" b/w "Ain't No Sunshine". The former was written by Lynsey De Paul/Barry Blue and, with other covers of works by early-70s popular songwriters, resurfaced on the 1998 album How Does It Feel.

In the autumn of 1971 Sinatra and Hazlewood’s duet "Did You Ever?" reached number two in the UK singles chart. In 1972 they performed for a Swedish documentary, Nancy & Lee In Las Vegas, which chronicled their Vegas concerts at the Riviera Hotel and featured solo numbers and duets from concerts, behind-the-scenes footage, and scenes of Sinatra's late husband, Hugh Lambert, and her mother. The film did not appear until 1975.





By 1975 she was releasing singles on Private Stock, which are the most sought-after by collectors. Among those released were "Kinky Love", "Annabell of Mobile", "It's for My Dad," and "Indian Summer" (with Hazlewood). "Kinky Love" was banned by some radio stations in the 1970s for "suggestive" lyrics. It saw the light of day on CD in 1998 on Sheet Music: A Collection of Her Favorite Love Songs. Pale Saints covered the song in 1991.
By the mid-1970s, she slowed her musical activity and ceased acting to concentrate on being a wife and mother. She returned to the studio in 1981 to record a country album with Mel Tillis called Mel & Nancy. Two of their songs made the Billboard Country Singles Chart: "Texas Cowboy Night" (#23) and "Play Me or Trade Me" (#43).
In 1985, she wrote the book Frank Sinatra, My Father.
1990's - Present

At 54 Sinatra posed for Playboy in the May 1995 issue and made appearances on TV shows to promote her album One More Time. The magazine appearance caused some controversy. On the talk show circuit, she said her father was proud of the photos. Those close to the Sinatras claimed that family members were upset with the nude photo spread. Sinatra told Jay Leno on a 1995 Tonight Show that her daughters gave their approval, but her mother said she should ask her father before committing to the project. Sinatra claims that when she told her father what Playboy would be paying her, he said, "Double it.
She and Lee Hazlewood embarked on a US tour playing the House of Blues, the Viper Room, the Whiskey-a-Go-Go, the now-defunct Mama Kin in Boston, the Trocadero in Philadelphia, and The Fillmore.

That year, Sundazed Records began reissuing Sinatra's Reprise albums with remastered sound, new liner notes and photos, and bonus tracks. She also updated her biography on her dad and published Frank Sinatra: An American Legend.
In 2003 she reunited with Hazlewood once more for the album Nancy & Lee 3. It was released only in Australia.
One of her recordings — a cover of Cher's "Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down)" — was used to open the 2003 Quentin Tarantino film Kill Bill: Vol. One. In 2005, Sinatra's recording was sampled separately by the Audio Bullys and Radio Slave into dance tracks (renamed into "Shot You Down" and "Bang Bang" respectively), and by hip-hop artist Young Buck in a song titled "Bang Bang", as well as covered for a single and music video by R&B artist Melanie Durrant. Sinatra recorded the song for her second Reprise album, How Does That Grab You? in 1966. She and Billy Strange worked on the arrangement, and it was Sinatra's idea to change from a mid-tempo romp (as sung in Cher's hit single) to a ballad. Sinatra's father asked her to sing it on his 1966 TV special A Man and His Music - Part II. The footage of Sinatra's performance on that special was used in the Audio Bullys' music video of "Shot You Down.
Taking her father's advice from when she began her recording career ("Own your own masters"), she owns or holds an interest in most of her material, including videos.
In 2004 she collaborated with former Los Angeles neighbour Morrissey to record a version of his song "Let Me Kiss You", which was featured on her autumn release Nancy Sinatra. The single — released the same day as Morrissey’s version — charted at #46 in the UK, providing Sinatra with her first hit for over 30 years. The follow-up single, "Burnin' Down the Spark", failed to chart. The album, originally titled To Nancy, with Love, featured rock performers such as CalexicoSonic YouthU2Pulp's Jarvis CockerSteven Van ZandtJon Spencer, and Pete Yorn, who all cited Sinatra as an influence. Each artist crafted a song for Sinatra to sing on the album.
Two years later EMI released The Essential Nancy Sinatra – a UK-only greatest-hits compilation featuring the previously unreleased track, "Machine Gun Kelly". The collection was picked by Sinatra and spans her 40-year career. The record was Sinatra's first to make the UK album charts (#73) in 30 years.
Sinatra also recorded "Another Gay Sunshine Day" for Another Gay Movie in 2006.



Sinatra received her own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on May 11, 2006, which was also declared "Nancy Sinatra Day" by Hollywood’s mayor, Johnny Grant. In 2002, a Golden Palm Star on the Palm Springs, CaliforniaWalk of Stars was dedicated to her.


Sinatra appeared, as herself, on one of the final episodes (Chasing It) of the HBO mob drama The Sopranos. Her brother, Frank Jr., had previously appeared in the 2000 episode The Happy Wanderer.
Sinatra recorded a public service announcement for Deejay Ra's 'Hip-Hop Literacy' campaign, encouraging reading of Tarantino screenplays and related books.
September 2009 saw the release of Sinatra's digital-only album Cherry Smiles: The Rare Singles, featuring previously unreleased tracks and songs only available on 45.
Sinatra now hosts a weekly show on Sirius Satellite Radio, Siriusly Sinatra, where she shares her personal insights about her father

Trivia
Daughter of Frank Sinatra and Nancy Barbato
Older sister of Tina Sinatra and Frank Sinatra Jr..
Mother of A.J. Lambert and photographer Amanda Lambert (born March 17, 1976).
Phil Silvers wrote the lyrics to the Jimmy Van Heusen song "Nancy (With the Laughing Face)" for Nancy Sinatra in honor of her 4th birthday
Began her singing career in 1965 after she divorced Tommy Sands.
Actor James Darren is the godfather of her daughter A.J. Lambert.

Had 24 Billboard hits. Her most famous songs are 'These Boots Are Made for Walkin',' 'How Does That Grab You, Darlin'?' 'You Only Live Twice,' 'Sugar Town,' 'Lightning's Girl,' 'Some Velvet Morning,' 'Lady Bird,' 'Somethin' Stupid,' 'Love Eyes,' 'Did You Ever?' and 'The Highway Song,' as well as cult songs 'Bang Bang,' 'Kinky Love,' 'Hook and Ladder' and 'Flowers in the Rain.' Sinatra also has two Adult Contemporary chart favorites, 'Happy,' and the hard-to-find 'How Are Things in California?

Released a disco single in 1976 called Kinky Love, on Private Stock. The song's suggestive lyrics made the song unplayable to radio waves, and was only heard every so often in underground of the late 70's. It first gained resurrection when in the early 1990's, The Pail Saints covered the song for an album, but really rose attention when Nancy herself included on a 1998 compilation of rare and unreleased tracks called "Sheet Music." Today, the song is widely recognized as a cult hit of Sinatra's (being the talk of different places on the Internet), and original copies of the single [Private Stock 075] is a sought-after 
collectors item; rarely ever seen at all. Some copies sell for over $1,000 dollars.
Her first hit record, "These Boots Are Made for Walkin'", became popular partly due to the prominent bass guitar riff played throughout the song. That riff was played by Chuck Berghofer, with Carol Kaye on rhythm guitar. Both are of the legendary Wrecking Crew.
Former stepdaughter of Ava GardnerMia Farrow, and Barbara Marx.
Received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame [May 11, 2006].
Performed "Somethin' Stupid" with brother Frank Sinatra Jr. on "The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour" (1967). Nancy and father Frank Sinatrahad just had a number 1 hit with the song in the US and the UK, the only father-daughter duet ever to top the charts. [April 30, 1967]


She was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Recording at 7000 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California.

First American to perform the opening credits song to a "James Bond" film (You Only Live Twice (1967)).

Ex-sister-in-law of Wes Farrell.

Mykie's Note: 
I grew up listening to Frank Sinatra, My dad was the ultimate Frankie fan, "Ol' Blue Eye's" could be heard crooning throughout our house.The source of the music would come from a 8 track, if I remember correctly in work area, tool shop if you will, our garage. As a youngster myself i was maybe 8 or 9 years old, I was so not into his type of music, I was more an American Bandstand kinda kid. I think My dad wanted to be like Frank, but I'm pretty sure he was more Dino, Dean Martin. One Day when I was in my room, it was rather late at night i should have been asleep but my parents had friends over, back in the day that's what parents did, they had cocktail parties...well, i hear my dad singing, this song that caught my attention, i jumped up from bed and peeked out my door into the kitchen and at the sink my mom was washing a few glasses, my dad leaned into her and started singing, Frank & Nancy's  SOMETHING STUPID to my mom, she laughed at him, then as he persisted, she started singing along with him. To see my parents at that moment as people in love was a huge deal for me. and to this day it's one of my favorite moments from my child hood, with a soundtrack from Frank & Nancy Sinatra..So Thank you for that.
As I got older I realized I was more of Nancy man, well, as i laugh out loud, i meant that in terms of Nancy Sinatra over her fathers music, but yeah the other one too. Who can't  Remember dancing the pony to THESE BOOTS WHERE MADE FOR WALKING? As I grew older and in my teens, I would watch all the beach films, of course they where in reruns, but to me it was all so new. Musically, I think that some pass her off as bubble gum pop music, and maybe so in the beginning of her career, and what's wrong with that, i like Bubble Gum! I remember the day when I was at a friends house and we where getting ready to go out I think I was like 19 or 20, and this haunting, fable of a song came on the the cassette deck...."SOME VELVET MORNING WHEN I'M STRAIGHT, I'M GONNA OPEN YOU YOUR GATE..." I stopped in my tracks and was like who is this? NANCY SINATRA and LEE HAZLEWOOD. I remember sitting in front of my stereo in my bedroom, wearing huge headphones listening over and over to this song trying to learn ever word by heart until my mom barges in my room and asks, "why are you listening to that old music"? I remember saying, but it's from your generation, and she just said, "but still." 

To this day the music they recorded together is some, if not the best records ever produced. Far from Nancy's earlier work, this music was way ahead of the times and listening to it today is magic. It's  fairy tales and fables put to music. 
Nancy Sinatra to me Is ICON status, musically, in film, and beauty.  As a makeup artist I can't stress how many times she has been my influence and inspirations. The double layer eye lashes, the back combed hair prayed bouffant bump, Pale lips, and heavy smokey eyes.  She was an original and i think ahead of her time. If you ask me they stole her look for BARBARELLA....

Sometime when I am working I will refer to a look of a hairstyle as a Nancy Sinatra, or just simple BOOTS!  pure 60's!  Needless to say that the 1960's and early 70's have been a huge makeup influence for me and Nancy as been there at the top of my list. I would love to one day work with her, she's still a beautiful woman. Recently I have been able to  let her now that I adore her, via Twitter, she's  amazingly gracious with her fans.

cheers, Mykie!



MUSIC


  • 1966- Boots
  •          How Does That Grab You?
  •          Nancy In London
  • 1967- Country, My Way
  •          Sugar
  • 1968- Nancy and Lee [Lee Hazlewood]        
  •          Movin' With Nancy     
  • 1969- Nancy
  • 1970- Nancy's Greatest Hits
  • 1972- Woman
  •          Nancy and Lee Again [Lee Hazlewood]
  • 1973- This Is Nancy Sinatra
  • 1981- Nancy and Mel [Mel Tillis]
  • 1986- The Hit Years
  • 1989- Fairytales And Fantasies: The Best Of Nancy and Lee
  • 1995- One More Time
  • 1997- Lighting Girl: Greatest Hits 1965-1971
  • 1998- How Does It Feel
  • 2001- The Very Best Of: 24 Great Songs
  • 2002- California Girl
  • 2004- Nancy Sinatra
  •         Nancy and  Lee 3 [Lee Hazlewood]



FILMS


  • 1964- For Those Who Think Young
  • 1964- Get Yourself A Collage Girl
  • 1965- Marriage On The Rocks
  • 1966- The Ghost In The Invisible Bikini
  • 1966- The Last Of The Secret Agents
  • 1966- The Oscar
  • 1966- The Wild Angeles
  • 1968-Speedway 
Check Out and enjoy these amazing clips of Nancy


[Thank You]

[Myke]

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