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“A love to last a lifetime through”: Nancy Sings Michael Leonard

November 16th, 2015 by Andrew

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“My dear friend, composer, Michael (Mickey) Leonard has passed away.
I’m so sad. 

Friends for more than fifty years, Nancy and Mickey shared a milestone in her eighth single, 1964’s “Where Do The Lonely Go.” It was Mickey’s first published song and it was first recorded by Nancy. “Where Do The Lonely Go” was also the first of several Mickey Leonard compositions that Nancy would interpret.

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Bringing Broadway to television, Nancy delivered a touching rendition of Mickey’s “My Dad (My Pa)” on her father’s 1966 special, A Man And His Music, Part II.

“‘My Pa’ is the original title from THE YEARLING,
a broadway show from 1965.
Jody, the young lad who wants to keep the little deer,
sings ‘My Pa’ about his father…
His lyricist, Herb Martin also wrote the book for the show.”

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The International Influence of Nancy’s “Like I Do”

October 27th, 2015 by Andrew

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“I wasn’t really interested in a career.
I was a happily married young woman,
who wanted to be a good wife and raise a family.
But when I told my father that I thought I could make a hit record,
he said, ‘Try it.’
In those days, it didn’t cost a fortune.

“I went to Tutti Camarata,
who was Disney’s musical director
and produced Annette Funicello’s records,
and told him that I wanted to do what she was doing,
only with a couple of changes.
One of my first singles for Reprise, ‘Like I Do,’
was successful in Japan, Italy… all over the world,
except the United States.
And my dad said, ‘You’re right, you do know how to make a hit record.’
Also, I repaid his recording company’s investment,
which was very important to me.”

“Like I Do” was not a domestic smash, but Nancy would persevere, releasing numerous singles between 1961 and 1965. Although “These Boots Are Made For Walkin’,” Nancy’s twelfth U.S. single, has been widely perceived as her “breakthrough” record, “Like I Do” was actually the first big hit. And, as with her definitive take on “Boots,” Nancy’s recording of “Like I Do” has resonated globally, inspiring other artists and spawning some interesting interpretations.

Nancy’s sophomore 45, Like I Do / To Know Him Is To Love Him (Reprise 20,045) was originally issued in January 1962. Although Dick Manning’s innocuous lyrics and Camarata’s bubblegum production may seem light-years away from the feminist statement of “These Boots Are Made For Walkin’,” “Like I Do” does share an assertive element with “Boots” in Nancy’s sweet but determined reading. Fifty years before Taylor Swift sang, “we are never ever ever getting back together,” Nancy had been conversely emphatic.

But she’ll never
No never never
She will never never
Love you
Like I do”

Nancy’s version of “Like I Do”Nancy Sinatra

Following international triumphs with the single, Reprise renewed their efforts to promote “Like I Do” in the U.S., evidenced by this February 23, 1963 Billboard magazine ad. It touted the record as “Nancy Sinatra’s Newest,” even though it had been issued one year earlier and three singles had been released in the interim, including the recent I See The Moon / Put Your Head On My Shoulder.

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“So Long, Babe”; Hello, Charts!

October 2nd, 2015 by Andrew

“My first chart record in the U.S.A.
A new sound.
A new look.
A new vocal approach.
A little bit country and a lot of Hazlewood and Strange.”

Nancy Sinatra

“So Long, Babe” hit Billboard’s Hot 100 and Cash Box’s Top 100, fifty years ago: October 16, 1965. Ironically, the “leavin'” song represents Nancy’s arrival on U.S. charts, as well as her introduction to writer-producer Lee Hazlewood and arranger Billy Strange. The prolific team would rack up seventeen chart singles and seven best-selling albums within three years. In their own words, Nancy, Lee and Billy trace the history of this seminal record in Nancy’s career. (Additional audio comments are adjacent to related quotes.)

“When Reprise moved to Warner Brothers,
[chief executive] Mo Ostin put me with producer Jimmy Bowen,
saying, ‘This girl has had hit records all over the world.
Let’s get her one here.’
Jimmy’s roots were country
and he didn’t quite know what to do with Sinatra’s daughter.
We both tried hard to cut a commercial record.
But, though we did some interesting sides
like Cole Porter’s ‘True Love’ (with an ominous rhythm feel),
we didn’t make magic.

. “Jimmy was friends with Barton Lee Hazlewood, Duane Eddy’s producer.
Duane had become a big record seller.
Lee told Jimmy he knew how to record me
and then made a deal with Mo.
I was just about to be dropped from the label.
Mo didn’t want to spend money
on another Nancy Sinatra session,
but Lee played him a song
and said he would get me a chart record
the first time out.
Mo said he’d give Frank’s kid one more chance.”

. “… I said, ‘I’m retired’…
[Jimmy] talked me into going over there and meeting her.
We set up a meeting.
She was, she was something! …
Great personality.
Bright!” – Lee Hazlewood

“I was working with Lee on several projects
and he called one day and said,
‘How would you like to record
a skinny Italian girl?’
And I said, ‘A skinny Italian girl!’
He said, ‘Yeah.
Nancy Sinatra is going to be
produced by me
and arranged by you.’ ” – Billy Strange

. “I was still staying with my mother.
Jimmy brought Lee to her house.
My father was there for a visit
and he sat in the living room, reading the paper,
while Jimmy, Lee, arranger Billy Strange, and I met in the bar.
Lee strummed his guitar
and sang the songs he wanted me to record.
I especially liked a song
that had only two verses
[‘These Boots Are Made For Walkin'”]
and asked him if he could write a third verse.
He said, ‘That’s really not a girl’s song.
I sing it myself on stage.’
But he said he would write a third verse.”

“… I’m going, ‘I have really been sucked into this one.’ ” – LH

“When they left, my dad said,
‘The song with the two verses is the best.’
Sure, he’d been

“While Lee worked on a third verse for that song,
we recorded ‘So Long, Babe.’
It looked like a hit–
and then it was,
landing on the charts
at about the same time
as another ‘Babe’ song,
Sonny and Cher’s ‘I Got You, Babe.’ ”

. “My retirement went to hell ’cause I lucked out too fast.” – LH

. “[‘So Long, Babe’] wasn’t a big hit,
but enough of one to get me the new contract.”

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Nancy Works Jax

September 8th, 2015 by Andrew

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Before Nancy sang of  .“boots,”  .“shades,” and  .“a striped pair of pants,” her now-iconic sense of style had been influenced during the summer prior to her junior year at University High School in West Los Angeles. Beyond her scholastic endeavors, she received an education in apparel from “the hippest shop in California.” Nancy would become a “fashion force of the ’60s,” as sellin’ at Jax eventually led to movin’ with Jax.

“My first job was selling clothes when I was sixteen.
I worked for a store called JAX.

Nancy Sinatra JAX

Many years later the owners,
Jack and Sally Hanson,
did the clothes for
my TV show, ‘Movin’ with Nancy!'”

“We were paid on a commission basis.
I had to sell $100.00 worth of clothes to earn $8.00.
I think that’s how it worked.
I can’t remember that far back.”

Nancy remembers one customer in particular: Rita Moreno.

“Rita was my first customer
and I was really nervous.” 

Decades later, Nancy and Rita would participate in JVC Jazz Festival’s “There’ll Be Another Spring.”

“I was thrilled to be able to work with her
for the Peggy Lee tribute
[at Carnegie Hall in 2003].”

Nancy’s industriousness at her first job gained national press coverage, featuring a quote from her mother. Here is the news, as it appeared on June 26, 1956, reported by syndicated Hollywood columnist Louella Parsons.

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