Nancy Sinatra's Salacious "These Boots Are Meant For Walkin'

By | March 3, 2022

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"These Boots are Made For Walkin" put young Nancy on the map. discogs

When it comes to the Sinatras, Ol’ Blue Eyes obviously reigns supreme. But thanks to his daughter’s 1966 "These Boots are Made For Walkin", Nancy Sinatra carved out a decent career for herself. Many people might think that Frank Sinatra’s offspring was a one-hit wonder. However, the second Sinatra managed to chart 10 times on the US Top 40 between ‘66 and ‘68.

Although, her career appeared in jeopardy until those boots walked themselves all the way to #1 around the globe. Predictably, Nancy needed to get a little dirty to move mountains of records. Reportedly, during one of the recording sessions, she was told to sing it like “a sixteen-year-old girl who f**ks truck drivers.” Here’s the story of "These Boots are Made For Walkin", a song meant for the ‘60s.

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Before Hazlewood, “Nancy Nice Lady” wasn't selling enough records. lifetime

A Struggling Sinatra

Despite working under the same label, Reprise, as her father, Nancy was in danger of being dropped after her first couple singles fell on their faces. Luckily for her, things turned around when they paired her with producer Lee Hazlewood. Their first song together, “So Long Babe” became a modest hit and laid the groundwork for "These Boots are Made For Walkin" to become a massive hit.

As she told Rolling Stone, Hazlewood changed her whole career:

“He changed everything for me. He pretended to be this country shitkicker, know-nothing kind of guy, but he was highly educated. An Army veteran. A very worldly person who knew what he was doing. He used to do what he called the “dumb sound” for my records. Dumb meaning uncomplicated. It consisted mainly of the rhythm section, the drummer, the bass, three guitars all kind of chugging along. And it created a whole different thing for me.”