Nancy Sinatra: From "Boots" to "Bang Bang" and Back Again

Nancy Sinatra: From "Boots" to "Bang Bang" and Back Again

Photo: Frank Sinatra & Nancy Sinatra, Hollywood, CA (1967) c/o Frank Sinatra Estate

On the precarious brink of getting the boot from her famous father's record label after a string of lukewarm releases, Nancy Sinatra regains her stride come February 23, 1966 when "These Boots Are Made for Walkin" saunters its way to the coveted No. 1 spot on the Billboard Top 100. Released two months earlier, the anthem's slow-burning victory stroll to the top of the charts would prove a major success, not only for Sinatra but for music history at large.

More than a half-century onward, the slinky revenge classic remains an evergreen encompassment of having the power to exalt or destroy—coupled with the power to do so in come-hither footwear, no less. Though Nancy Sinatra might be best known for this chart-topper which sees contemporaneous acclaim by way of countless covers and soundtrack appearances, she's far from a one-hit-wonder as Morrison Hotel Gallery looks back on "These Boots Are Made for Walkin" and several other must-hear highlights from the sinewy chanteuse's swinging (and endlessly stylish) repertoire.

















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