In commemoration of the 10th anniversary of Barton Lee Hazlewood’s passing, August 4, 2007, this retrospective captures Nancy and Lee’s unique bond as iconic collaborators and dear friends in the setting of a legendary recording studio.
“When I’m asked,
one of the first things I say about Barton is
how intelligent he is (was).
An educated, well-traveled, Korean War veteran
who had an intuitive instinct for what the public wanted.
Add all of that to his brilliance with lyrics,
and production in the studio
and you have an influential man
whether people realized it at the time or not.
The consummate professional
with an outrageous sense of humor and sensuality.”
“At United Recorders in the mid-’60s. …
“Most of my [songs],
they were recorded at United Studio B.
This is a great place.
A lot of history here.
A LOT OF HISTORY HERE!
If these walls could talk …”
Nancy & Lee’s 1967 Billboard Hot 100 hit “Summer Wine” enters Billboard & Clio’s Top TV Commercials chart for the month of May at number 1. The classic recording has been featured in H&M’s “The Summer Shop 2017” promotion.
“The track leads all songs
with 27,000 Shazam tags,
2,000 downloads sold
and 162,000 U.S. streams in the month of May,
according to Nielsen Music.”
“Summer Wine” was Nancy & Lee’s first of seven domestic (Hot 100, Top 40 Easy Listening, Bubbling Under) and international charted singles as a vocal duo. They would also create a trilogy of iconic duet albums.
“A running theme in his songs …
was the young girl with the older guy.
That was his fantasy
and he captured it beautifully in song. …
With me, he took the little girl quality
and put it with adult ideas
and something very interesting happened.”
“After my second daughter, Amanda, was born in 1976,
I was with Larry Uttal and his independent label
called Private Stock.
I was very fortunate to meet producers
Charlie Calello and Larry Brown
who brought me several wonderful songs.
Charlie Calello, Nancy and Larry Uttal at Media Sound, N.Y.C.
“None was as beautiful as ‘It’s For My Dad’
which was sent to them, for me,
by my old buddy Billy Strange
who had arranged a lot of my earlier records.”
“It’s For My Dad” was written by Lana Chapel and published by Frank & Nancy Music, Inc. Nancy and her dad had joined music publishing executive and erstwhile Elvis Presley song screener Freddy Bienstock to form the Nashville-based company in 1975. Bienstock handled administration and business supervision for the firm. Billy Strange was president, in charge of creative development: “He was always finding talented people.”
Nancy, Frank and Freddy Bienstock
The song that has “a life of its own” is helping to save lives. Nancy’s timeless and tireless recording of “These Boots Are Made For Walkin’ ” has been tapped for Cancer Research UK’s “Walk All Over Cancer.” Encouraging people to raise funds by walking 10,000 steps every day during the month of June, the campaign employs “Boots” as its soundtrack across satellite channels, video on demand, radio, digital display and social media.
According to UKFundraising:
“People can sign up on the event page and download motivational tools including a wall chart, leader board and sponsorship form. The charity estimates that participants will have walked 150 miles by the end of June – about the distance from London to Manchester.
“Jo Cooke, director of brand, marketing and innovation at Cancer Research UK said:
“ ’Nancy Sinatra’s iconic song combined with [award-winning music video director] Nez’s direction brings “Walk All Over Cancer” to life and showcases how easy it is to fit some extra steps into your day. We wanted to give a fun and upbeat feel to the challenge to reflect the inspiring engagement we’ve received from participants sharing their experiences with us on our social media channels.’ ”