Celebrating Seniors – Nancy Sinatra Jr. Turns 75
4 vintage music videos celebrating the heyday of Nancy Sinatra, Jr.: These Boots Are Made For Walkin’, Your Groovy Self, Somethin’ Stupid, and Summer Wine.
Nancy Sinatra Jr. was born to Frank Sinatra and his first wife Barbara on June 8th, 1940.
Named for her grandmother, Nancy Sinatra Sr., Nancy Jr. wanted a career in music from age 6.
Right, Nancy with her father Frank Sinatra circa the mid 1940’s.
(Photo: kate gabrielle | Flickr Some rights reserved).
Below, father-daughter Frank and Nancy Sinatra in 1957.
(The Frank Sinatra Show rehearsal 1957 Photo: ABC Television | Wikimedia Commons / Public Domain)
Nancy Sinatra briefly studied music, dancing and voice at the University of California in the 1950’s, before marrying her first husband, singer Tommy Sands (left) in 1960; they divorced in 1965. Below, Nancy Sinatra Jr. and Tommy Sands on their September 11, 1960 wedding day.
Nancy Sinatra Jr.’s professional singer-actress career began when she appeared on her father Frank Sinatra’s Welcome Home Elvis television special in 1960. She had first met Elvis Presley at the airport when he arrived from being discharged from the US Army.
Nancy Sinatra Jr. and Elvis would later star together in 1968’s Speedway.
Right, Nancy Sinatra and husband Tommy Sands in 1962, on Stump the Stars game show.
(Photo: CBS Television | Wikimedia Commons / PD)
Baby boomers will remember Nancy Sinatra Jr. from the 7 movies she co-starred in between 1964-1968, most with a musical and/or beach theme:
- For Those Who Think Young (1964), with James Darren, Pamela Tiffin, Paul Lynde, and Ellen Burstyn. For Those Who Think Young also had Tina Louise and Bob Denver (who were both later co-stars on Gilligan’s Island), and Michael Nader among the cast members.
- Marriage on the Rocks (1965) had Nancy Sinatra appearing onscreen with her father Frank Sinatra, and his pals Dean Martin and Cesar Romero. Deborah Kerr, Hermione Baddeley, and DeForest Kelley (Star Trek) are also in Marriage on the Rocks.
- The Ghost in The Invisible Bikini (1966), co-starring Tommy Kirk and Deborah Walley. The Ghost in The Invisible Bikini has Basil Rathbone appearing as Reginald Ripper, and Boris Karloff as The Corpse.
- Get Yourself a College Girl (1964), with Mary Ann Mobley, Joan O’Brien, and Chad Everett. Get Yourself a College Girl features musical acts like The Dave Clark Five, Stan Getz, Astrud Gilberto (The Girl from Ipanema), and Eric Burdon with The Animals. Right, Nancy Sinatra in Get Yourself a College Girl. (Photo: Get Yourself a College Girl, 1964 | Movie Trailer in PD)
- The Last of the Secret Agents (1966), starring the comedy duo of Marty Allen and Steve Rossi; with John Williams, Lou Jacobi, and Harvey Korman (The Carol Burnett Show).
- The Wild Angels (1966) had Nancy Sinatra co-starring as the girlfriend of Peter Fonda, a Hells’ Angels motorcycle gang member who pals around with Bruce Dern. Also in The Wild Angels are Diane Ladd, Buck Taylor (Gunsmoke; Rectify), and Michael J. Pollard.
- Speedway (1968), co-starring with Elvis Presley, Bill Bixby (The Incredible Hulk), Gale Gordon (The Lucy Show), and William Schallert (The New Gidget). Speedway featured cameos of NASCAR race car drivers Richard Petty, Buddy Baker, Cale Yarborough, Dick Hutcherson, Tiny Lund, G. C. Spencer, and Roy Mayne as themselves. Below, a clip from Speedway featuring Nancy Sinatra singing Your Groovy Self.
When Nancy Sinatra Jr. partnered with songwriter, singer and producer Lee Hazlewood in the mid-1960’s, her music career began to take off. Their professional partnership 3 collaboration albums, and he wrote may of her hit songs. Lee Hazlewood was a septuagenarian senior citizen when he died of renal cancer in August 2007.
Right, Lee Hazlewood and Nancy Sinatra on The Hollywood Palace in 1968. (Photo: ABC Television | Wikimedia Commons / Public Domain)
As of 2013, Nancy Sinatra has released over 14 solo albums, 19 compilation albums, and many special appearances.
She has released at least one album in every decade since 1960 – but most of her hit singles came in the 60’s, with Lee Hazlewood involved in some way.
These Boots Are Made For Walkin’ (1966), written by Lee Hazlewood – a baby boomer hit song that has been covered by other artists and featured in movie clips. Below, Nancy Sinatra performs These Boots Are Made For Walkin’:
Nancy and Frank Sinatra recorded the duet Somethin’ Stupid in 1967 for his album The World We Knew. Below, Nancy Sinatra Jr. performing Somethin’ Stupid with her brother Frank Sinatra Jr. on The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour in 1967.
Summer Wine was written by Lee Hazlewood in 1966. Nancy and Lee Hazlewood performing it as a duet in 1967, below. Another popular tune with baby boomers and new generations, Summer Wine has also been covered by other artists and featured in movies. Below, Lee Hazlewood and Nancy Sinatra sing Summer Wine.
In 1970 Nancy Sinatra Jr. married her second husband, Hugh LambertBy the mid-70’s she was almost retired from music so she could focus on raising their young daughters Angela Jennifer “AJ” Lambert (b. 1974) and Amanda Kate Lambert (b. 1976). Nancy’s husband Hugh Lambert died of cancer in 1985 while she was in the midst of finishing up writing the first biography of her father, titled Frank Sinatra, My Father.
Right, Nancy Sinatra in a 1971 Billboard ad for her Hook and Ladder single. (Photo: Reprise Records / Boots Enterprises | Wikimedia Commons / Public Domain)
When Frank Sinatra Sr. died in 1998, his children Nancy, Tina and Frank Jr. were each left $200,000; Nancy’s children AJ and Miranda each had a bequest of $1 million.
In 1995, now single and 50+ (and with her children grown up) Nancy posed for Playboy magazine’s May issue. With funding made possible because of that Playboy spread, she released the new album One More Time. She also began a tour with Lee Hazlewood and had a new, updated biography of her father published – Frank Sinatra: An American Legend. Nancy Sinatra recorded her last collaboration album with Lee Hazlewood, Nancy & Lee 3, before Lee Hazlewood’s death in 2007.
As a septuagenarian senior citizen, Nancy Sinatra has released a cover album Shifting Gears (2013) and become a grandmother to daughter AJ’s child, granddaughter Miranda Paparozzi. Sinatra manages her own website nancysinatra.com as well as the sinatraframily.com website and shows no signs of looking forward to retirement in her old age.
Happy 75th Birthday, Nancy Sinatra!
Updated February 24 2017: With additional content.
Baby boomer Anita Hamilton lives in Hamilton, Ontario with her family and 3 mini-dachshund minions. She’s a lifelong voracious reader who enjoys researching and has extensive experience in sales, marketing and copy writing. Senior City was inspired when she had difficulty finding local housing, products and services online for her elderly parents.