Nancy Sinatra had a major family name to live up to, but Frank Sinatra’s daughter made it big as a pop star in her own right. Her first super hit, 1966’s “These Boots Were Made for Walking,” with its accompanying promotional video of Sinatra and dancers in short dresses and tall boots, was a sensation and, while it remains her most iconic song, she has continued to produce music ever since. From her many collaborations with “Boots” songwriter and ‘psychedelic cowboy’ Lee Hazelwood, to her more recent recordings solo or with her rock band, and now her newest album, out this month, “Shifting Gears.”
Rico Gagliano: Yeah, not mentioning any names.
Brendan Francis Newnam: It’s a hypothetical.
Nancy Sinatra: Well, in my case, I’ve heard every possible Frank story, so it’s probably better with me to just talk about the weather or something. But I’ll be polite, you know, I’m not gonna say “Never mind” and walk away.
Brendan Francis Newnam: But you’re his daughter. Do people forget that this is actually your dad and tell you stories that maybe are inappropriate?
Nancy Sinatra: No, not that kind of story, but I mean, “I met your dad in so and so New Jersey and saw his shows 18 times,” and I’ve heard all of that, which is okay. I mean, when you think about it, isn’t it very sweet? No, I don’t think it’s inappropriate.
Rico Gagliano: That’s very big of you I should say.
Brendan Francis Newnam: It’s not just her hair that’s big, Rico, it’s Nancy’s heart.
Nancy Sinatra: It’s her heart, I know.
Brendan Francis Newnam: That will be the name of your next album.
Rico Gagliano: “Big Hair, Big Hearts.”
Nancy Sinatra: You know what you should do? You should ask my daughters that question.
Brendan Francis Newnam: Oh, there you go.
Nancy Sinatra: Amanda and AJ, they may have a totally different answer for you.
Rico Gagliano: Yeah, I bet they’re as sick of “These Boots” as you are.
Nancy Sinatra: Yeah, probably… No, I’m never sick of it. Please don’t misunderstand. I don’t sing it anyway, I just start it, and the audience sings it.
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