These Boots Are Made for Walkin’ Nancy Sinatra



” These Boots Are Made for Walkin’ ” is by Nancy Sinatra ( Nancy Sandra Sinatra ), the American singer and actress. Nancy is the eldest daughter of singer Frank Sinatra. Her first single ” Cuff Links And a Tie Clip “, released in 1961 by her father’s record label Reprise Records, wasn’t a big hit. It was to be later singles that would chart around the World.
The song was written and produced by Lee Hazlewood ( Barton Lee Hazlewood ). Lee was American country and pop singer, songwriter and also a successful record producer. He is best known for his work with 50s guitarist Duane Eddy and Nancy Sinatra a decade later.
” These Boots Are Made for Walkin’ ” was released on the 22nd of February 1966 by record label Reprise Records ( Warner Music Group ) and taken from the album of the same name.
For years Nancy had been recording and releasing teen songs without much success. Lee Hazlewood wanted something different from the singer; he said to her ” You’re not a virgin, you’re a grown woman, we have to reflect that. ” Their first attempt at a more grown-up song was ” So Long Babe ” which peaked at number eighty-six on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1965, the song spent four weeks on the chart there.
The second release under the writing skills of Lee Hazlewood was the now famous ” These Boots Are Made for Walkin’ “. Lee had Nancy sing in a lower key and changed her image to bleached-blonde hair, heavier make-up around the eyes and a new look based on the Carnaby Street fashions that were becoming popular at the time.
Although the image overhaul helped Nancy’s career, she did feel uncomfortable with the look, saying in an interview in 1971 ” The image created by ‘ Boots ‘ isn’t the real me, ‘ Boots ‘ was hard and I’m as soft as they come. ”
Lee Hazlewood had written the song for himself, in an interview with Jon Kutner and Spencer Leigh for their book 1000 UK Number One Hits, Lee said ” It was a party song I had written 2 or 3 years before that. It was a joke, to begin with. I had written a beautiful song for her, ‘ The City Never Sleeps At Night, ‘ and she wondered if it would sell. I replied, ‘ Three times more than ‘ So Long Babe, ‘ and that did 60,000. We’re building up your career.’ I changed my mind and put it on the back of ‘ Boots ‘, and that sold six million. ”
The title of the song was inspired by a line in 4 for Texas, the 1963 western comedy written by Teddi Sherman and Robert Aldrich ( who also directed ) and starring Nancy’s father Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Anita Ekberg, Ursula Andress, Charles Bronson and Mike Mazurki.
Sophia Loren turned down an offer of One million dollars to appear in the film. The role she would’ve played had she accepted, Elya Carlson was later played by Anita Ekberg.
The accompanying music video is a promotional film which Nancy made a long time before the video was invented and used for the sole purpose of music promotion. The rock group, Queen, is considered by many to be the first real music video with their 1975 hit ” Bohemian Rhapsody “.
The promotional film was produced by Color-Sonics and played via Scopitone video jukeboxes around the middle of 1966 with either 8mm or 16mm cartridges.
Directed by Robert Sidney and produced by Official Films at Paramount Studios in Hollywood in the US, it is widely accepted that Nancy was a pioneer of the music video.
” These Boots Are Made for Walkin’ ” was a commercial success for Nancy. In the United States, the song reached Number One on the Billboard Hot 100 and remained at the top for one week. The song spent fourteen weeks on the chart there. The RIAA ( Recording Industry Association of America ) certified the single Gold in March 1966 with sales of one million in the United States alone.
In the United Kingdom, the song entered the UK Singles Chart on the 2nd of February 1966 and reached Number One, holding the top for four weeks. It spent six weeks in the Top Ten and a total of fourteen weeks on the UK chart.
Nancy was the first female solo artist to top the UK Singles Chart since 1958 when Connie Francis had a Number One with ” Who’s Sorry Now “.

BillBoard Hot 100 Highest Chart Position: 1

UK Highest Chart Position: 1

Other Countries Highest Chart Positions: Australia 1, Canada 1, France 13, Ireland 1, Italy 3, New Zealand 1, Belgium (Flanders) 1, Belgium ( Wallonia ) 2, Netherlands 1, Norway 2, Germany 1, Switzerland 1

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