Fifty-one years ago, country singer Lee Hazlewood set out to record "a party song" he had written, but a 25-year-old female friend talked him out of it, convinced she should sing it instead.
That woman was Nancy Sinatra and the song, of course, was "These Boots Are Made for Walkin'," which pranced all the way to No. 1 this week in 1966.
"When a guy sings it, the song sounds harsh and abusive," Sinatra told Hazlewood, who produced her signature hit. "But it's perfect for a little girl."
Later that year, Sinatra would follow up her first No. 1 single with another Hazlewood composition, "Sugar Town," which peaked at No. 5.
Sinatra's sweet stroll continued throughout 1967, when she sang the title theme of the James Bond film "You Only Live Twice" and collaborated with Hazlewood on two more noteworthy hits.
Their country duet, "Jackson," cracked the Top 20 pop chart and Hazlewood produced an even bigger duet for Sinatra and her famous father. "Somethin' Stupid" sat atop the Billboard Hot 100 for four weeks in the spring of '67—the last No. 1 single for either Frank, who died at 82 in 1998, or Nancy, now 76.
By Kevin Haynes |