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Nancy Sinatra then and now: Her transformation from failing singer to fashion icon

Nancy Sinatra was born on June 8, 1940, as the eldest daughter of famed vocalist Frank Sinatra and his wife, Nancy Barbato Sinatra.

The family moved to Hasbrouck Heights, New Jersey, during Sinatra’s childhood.

The tiny girl was surrounded by stars and luxury, always in the glare of fame – you’d think her transition into becoming a singing success in her own right would have been easy.

Her initial singles, however, were a flop, and she was on the verge of being dropped by her dad’s record label, Reprise Records. Nancy, on the other hand, experienced the success we all know her for following some vocal training and an appearance change.

Nancy took ballet, acting, piano, and voice classes when her family relocated to California so her dad could seek his acting career in Hollywood.

She is well known for her iconic go-go boots and the song “These Boots Are Made For Walking.” The song even got a music video, which was unusual in the days before MTV.

Nancy Sinatra said in 2016 that she realized it was going to be a smash the first time [writer-producer] Lee Hazlewood performed the bass line on his guitar in her mother’s living room. When she first heard the tune in the studio, she believed it would be a number-one hit. She even advised Lee that the tune should be released without the voice! The reality that it has been adopted by generation after generation of small girls demonstrates its longevity. She was fortunate enough to capture it, and believes the fashion contributed to its success.

However, prior to the song that garnered her three Grammy nominations, she had left out of college after a year, married and divorced, and was almost dumped by her dad’s record business.

Fortunately, songwriter Lee Hazlewood instructed her to sing in a lower tone, she acquired the “Carnaby Street” appearance, and in 1966, she delivered her best-known track, which achieved No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the United States and the UK Singles Chart.

She had several songs after her triumph, including “How Does That Grab You, Darlin’?” and “Sugar Town.” She even starred in films, co-starring with Peter Fonda in 1966’s The Wild Angels and Elvis Presley in 1968’s Speedway.

In the 1970s, the design star walked away from the spotlight to raise her kids from her second marriage to Hugh Lambert.

But, at the age of 54, she returned with a boom, appearing for Playboy and releasing her third album, which features musicians such as Bono and Morrissey, whom she describes as a mentor to her.

She published two books on her dad and received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

And she has no idea what happened to her famed go-go boots, which she believes she gave away at some time.

Sinatra married young singing sensation Tommy Sands in 1960, but the couple separated just a few years later.

In 1970 she was ready for a fresh marriage when Hugh Lambert came into her life. Nancy took a temporary break from the limelight to raise her two kids. Lambert passed away from cancer in 1985.

Nancy keeps herself active nowadays and has no intentions to slack down. Nancy’s Bootique, an online shop where fans may purchase CDs, special goods, and signed things, opens in 2020.

Nancy also held a weekly radio show called Nancy for Frank during the pandemic and until 2021, when she disclosed facts about her life and her bond with her late dad.

Such a stylish legend who continues to influence us now.

Please forward to any Sinatra enthusiasts you know.

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