Nancy Sinatra was the eldest daughter of famed tenor Frank Sinatra and his wife, Nancy Barbato Sinatra, born on June 8, 1940.
Nancy will always be connected with the smash hit “These Boots Were Made for Walkin” in my mind, although she has accomplished a lot in her life.
Nancy is the oldest of Frank Sinatra and Nancy Barbato’s three children. In the early years of the famed crooner’s life, the family moved to Hasbrouck Heights, New Jersey.
In an interview with The Guardian, Nancy recalled, “We had a wonderful small house there, but the windows were visible from the street, which upset my mother because I was a tiny little child, and she didn’t want anyone kidnapping me from the front yard once they found out he lived there.”
You’d think that because she grew up surrounded by celebrities and luxury. Under the constant glare of fame, her move into becoming a singing phenomenon in her own right would have been seamless.
However, her initial singles were a flop, and she was on the verge of being dropped by her father’s label, Reprise Records. On the other hand, Nancy enjoyed the success of following some vocal training and an appearance change.
Nancy took ballet, acting, piano, and voice classes when her family moved to California to pursue their acting career in Hollywood.
She’s well known for singing “These Boots Are Made For Walking” while wearing her signature go-go boots. Before MTV, the song was accompanied by a music video, which was unique.
“The first time [writer-producer] Lee Hazlewood performed the bass line on his guitar in my mother’s living room, I knew it was a success.” When I first heard the track in the studio, I knew it would be a hit right away. I even advised Lee that the tune should be released without the vocal! Its lasting power may be seen because it has been welcomed by small girls generation after generation. I was fortunate enough to videotape it, and I believe fashion played a role in it. In 2016, Nancy Sinatra told Los Angeles Magazine, “Girls always want a pair of boots.”
She had dropped out of college after a year, married and divorced. She was on the point of being dismissed from her father’s record label before her Grammy-nominated triumph.
Thankfully, lyricist Lee Hazlewood taught her to sing in a lower register. In 1966, she assumed the “Carnaby Street” persona and recorded her best-known song, No.#1, on the Billboard Hot-100 and the UK Singles Chart in the United States.
She had further hits after that, such as “How Does That Grab You, Darlin’?” and “Sugar Town.” She even had lead roles in films such as The Wild Angels, starring Peter Fonda, and Speedway, starring Elvis Presley, in 1966 and 1968, respectively.
In the 1970s, the design icon took a break from the spotlight to raise her children from her second marriage to Hugh Lambert. But, at the age of 54, she returned with a splash, appearing for Playboy and releasing her third album, which featured musicians such as Bono and Morrissey
She wrote two books on her father and received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
She also has no idea where her infamous go-go boots went, which she suspects she gave away at some point.
“I couldn’t find them.” I believe I gave them to a club. Nancy said, “I didn’t comprehend the worth of memorabilia back then!”
The romantic life of Nancy Sinatra
Sinatra married Tommy Sands, a young singing idol, in 1960, but the couple separated just a few years later.
“My recommendation to young people is to marry later in life. Looking back on her love life in 2021, the sixties icon remarked, “Have an affair.”
Hugh Lambert entered her life in 1970, just as she was getting set for a new marriage. Nancy took a break from the spotlight to raise Amanda Erlinger and AJ Lambert, her two daughters.
Lambert, unfortunately, died of cancer in 1985.
Nancy now has grandchildren through her daughters, and her daughters have recently assisted her with her music. AJ and Amanda, for example, were the brains behind their mother’s collection record.
Nancy told The Independent, “I’m privileged to have two kids that care about my legacy.”
How Nancy Sinatra today
Nancy keeps herself busy these days and has no intention of slowing down. Nancy’s Boutique, an online shop where fans can order CDs, unique goods, and signed items, opened in 2020. Nancy also held a weekly radio show called Nancy for Frank during the pandemic and until 2021, when she disclosed facts about her life and her bond with her late father