Movin' With Nancy

Movin' With Nancy

Although legend has it that she was offered a TV series, Nancy Sinatra opted for a one-time special. Movin’ with Nancy aired on Dec. 11, 1967, gathering vignettes featuring her and other musicians and artists. Unlike similar musical specials shot on a studio stage, this one had Sinatra singing in various places—in a hot air balloon (doing Jimmy Webb’s “Up, Up, and Away”), in the West Coast countryside (scored with “Sugar Town”), and in her car as she drives down a freeway (for the sassy Lee Hazlewood tune “I Gotta Get Out of This Town”). This companion soundtrack was released less than a month later and includes the psychedelic baroque-pop masterpiece “Some Velvet Morning”—a darkly sexual departure from the duo’s country and western repertoire, in which Sinatra and Hazelwood portray mythological lovers. Other notable performances are with Rat Pack members Dean Martin (“Just Bummin’ Around”) and Sammy Davis Jr. (“What I’d Say”). During the show's filming, Davis gave Sinatra the very first televised interracial kiss in the United States.

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