Vinyl-a-Day 32: Nancy Sinatra - Nancy’s Greatest Hits: With a Little Help From Her Friends (Reprise, 1970)
When she emerged as a solo performer in the early-Sixties, Nancy was little more than girl with a famous daddy and singing hobby. Everything changed in 1966 when enigmatic producer Lee Hazelwood transformed Nancy from mediocre pop singer to swinging-Sixties, “Icon of Cool,” bad ass babe with “These Boots Are Made For Walking.” With Light in the Attic putting out the definitive ”Nancy Sinatra: Start Walkin’ 1965-1976” this month, I thought this would a good time to post this record. If you have not really listened to “The First Lady of Rock,” this is a great place to start. It’s got “Boots,” “Sugartown,” her haunting duets with Lee Hazelwood, “Some Velvet Morning” and “Summer Wine,” her Bond theme “You Only Live Twice,” and, yeah, it’s also got her duet with Frank, “Something Stupid,” and her duet with Dean Martin, “Things,” I guess those are okay, too.