Light in the Attic continues to celebrate the influential career of
singer, actress, activist, and icon Nancy Sinatra with a captivating new
collection, Keep Walkin’: Singles, Demos and Rarities 1965-1978.
Exploring the lesser-known gems from Sinatra’s rich catalog through 25
B-sides, rare singles, covers, demos, and previously unreleased
recordings, Keep Walkin’ was remastered by the Grammy® nominated
engineer John Baldwin and available in a variety of formats.
In 1965, 25-year-old Nancy Sinatra scored her first No.1 hit with “These
Boots are Made for Walkin’,” a bold anthem for female empowerment.
Brazen, sassy, and utterly infectious, it was a reintroduction of sorts
for the eldest daughter of Frank Sinatra, who had been struggling to
find a spotlight of her own amid a changing musical landscape. Suddenly,
audiences who had initially brushed off Sinatra as too demure or
out-of-touch were paying attention. Written and produced by
Oklahoma-born songsmith Lee Hazlewood (with swaggering instrumentals,
courtesy of Billy Strange and The Wrecking Crew), the song launched the
singer’s career, as well as one of music’s most unlikely, yet
compelling, creative partnerships.
Over the next decade, Sinatra continued to notch multiple hits on both
sides of the Atlantic, including “Sugar Town,” “How Does That Grab You,
Darlin?,” and a haunting rendition of the Sonny Bono-penned “Bang Bang
(My Baby Shot Me Down).” The singer also paired up with Hazlewood for a
series of popular duets (“Summer Wine,” “Jackson,” and “Some Velvet
Morning”) and collaborative albums. In between best-selling LPs like
Boots (1966), How Does That Grab You (1966), and Nancy and Lee (1968),
Sinatra performed the theme song to the 1967 James Bond film, You Only
Live Twice, and collaborated with her father on the global chart-topper,
Among the highlights is the spritely opener “The City Never Sleeps at
Night,” which served as the B-Side to “These Boots Were Made for
Walkin’.” Overshadowed by the colossal success of its A-side, it’s no
surprise that the cinematic tune never had its proper due. Yet, Lea
reveals, Hazlewood initially intended to make it the focus single.
Another long-lost B-side is “The Last of the Secret Agents?,” which was
paired with the Top 10 hit, “How Does That Grab You, Darlin’?” The
playful song, written by Hazlewood, served as the theme to the 1966
comedy of the same name, in which Sinatra co-starred alongside Marty
Allen and Steve Rossi.
Keep Walkin’ also features several choice A-sides that were never
included on albums and were overlooked for one reason or another. Among
them is 1966’s “In Our Time,” a rebellious anthem for ‘60s youth, which
references drug culture and women’s liberation, among other topics.
The collection also features several outstanding covers, including a
previously-unreleased rendition of the Barry Mann / Cynthia Weil
classic, “I Just Can’t Help Believing” (a hit for both B.J. Thomas and
Elvis Presley). This 1978 recording, reimagined as a duet, marked one of
Sinatra’s brief reunions with Hazlewood, following his abrupt move to
Sweden not long after 1972’s Nancy and Lee Again. Another choice track
finds Nancy interpreting Neil Diamond’s “Glory Road.” Released as a
single in 1971, it features one of the singer’s most cherished vocal