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With her 1965 smash “These Boots Are Made for Walkin’,” singer and actress Nancy Sinatra strutted out of her legendary father Frank’s shadow and established a career that has yielded numerous hits over six decades. • Sinatra’s first professional appearance came in 1960 on her father Frank Sinatra’s TV special welcoming Elvis Presley home from military service in Europe. (She later appeared with Elvis in the 1968 film Speedway.) • After releasing 11 singles, Nancy Sinatra finally reached the charts with her twelfth, 1965’s “So Long, Babe.” The song peaked at No. 86. • Her next single was “These Boots Are Made for Walkin’.” Written by Lee Hazlewood, the song reached No. 1 in the US and the UK and was the centerpiece of her first album, Boots. The 1966 LP reached No. 5 in the US and No. 12 in the UK. • Sinatra had a jam-packed 1967: “Something Stupid,” a duet with her father, was a No. 1 hit on both sides of the Atlantic; she had three Top 40 singles with Hazlewood, including “Jackson” and “Some Velvet Morning”; and she recorded the theme song for the James Bond film You Only Live Twice. • In 1968, Sinatra and Hazlewood teamed up on Nancy & Lee, the first of three collaborative albums they made together. This one reached No. 13 and yielded the minor hit “Summer Wine.” • Sinatra’s commercial fortunes dropped off dramatically in the ’70s, when only two of her songs reached the chart. One of them, the 1971 duet with Hazlewood “Did You Ever,” was a No. 2 hit in the UK. • In 1981 Sinatra made a country album with Mel Tillis. Mel and Nancy spawned the minor country hits “Texas Cowboy Night” and “Play Me or Trade Me.” • Sinatra released seven solo albums between 1995 and 2013. None of them charted, but her self-titled 2004 album included “Let Me Kiss You,” co-written by the English indie-rock singer Morrissey (her former L.A. neighbor). She and Morrissey each released a version of the song on the same day; hers peaked at No. 46 in the UK.

Jersey City, NJ, United States
June 8, 1940

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