In the mid 1960s, with songs like "So Long Babe" and "How Does that Grab You, Darlin'?", Nancy Sinatra took the image of a girl crying over her diary for a boy who wouldn't behave and changed it to a woman who let her men know, in no uncertain terms, just how things were going to be.
"These Boots Are Made For Walkin'" kicked open the doors for a whole new category of women in music. Nancy's tough girl attitude preceded women's liberation and created the first rebel chick singer. The era of the female rocker was born.
Armed with a signature style, catchy songs and memorable album covers and photo spreads, Nancy has scored more than 24 chart hits in the US and Internationally and become a role model for young, independent women as well as an icon of pop culture.
After "Boots" went to #1 in 1966, the theme of independence and free thinking that appealed to women and men was perpetuated by "How Does That Grab You", a #7 charter and "Sugar Town", a #4 chart record. Nancy's recording of the title song of the James Bond movie, "You Only Live Twice", became an anthem for many who still request it when she performs today. Her legendary #1 record with her father, "Somethin' Stupid", is always on the "best of" lists, as are many of her duets with her mentor/producer Lee Hazlewood, including "Sand", "Summer Wine and "Jackson". Their "Some Velvet Morning" was listed as the best duet ever recorded, by the London Daily Telegraph critics.
In the book, Rolling Stone: Women in Rock, Karen Schoemer wrote, "Nancy's combination of pristine innocence and vamp-o-rama sex appeal was a perfect expression for the ('60s)." "Nancy was the first woman to turn the tables on men by using the same technique perfected by Elvis Presley," wrote James Vickerson for his book Women On Top.
The core of her original band (some of whom still perform with her) was the world famous "Wrecking Crew", L.A.'s finest rhythm section, who also worked with the Beach Boys, The Righteous Brothers, Phil Spector and other rock legends. Producers whom Nancy considers herself fortunate to have worked with are Don Costa, Bones Howe, Snuff Garrett, Charles Calello, Jimmy Bowen, Tutti Camarratta, Lee Hazlewood, L. Russell Brown, Billy Strange, Duane Eddy and now AJ and Matt Azzarto. Nancy's current band has included former Guns & Roses Guitarist Gilby Clarke and Drummers, Pete Thomas of Elvis Costello's band and Clem Burke of Blondie.