When it comes to musical talent, at least when it comes to the Sinatras, the apple does not fall far from the tree. Nancy Sinatra made that very clear in her performance of “These Boots Are Made for Walkin.”
When Nancy Sinatra appeared on “The Ed Sullivan Show” on February 27, 1966, for her performance, she was in the sixth year of her musical career and had made the transition to singing in a lower register.
While she is known now for her country-inspired music, that was not originally how she sounded. In 1965, she had not received any hit singles in America, but when she was working with Lee Hazlewood, he advised her to “sing for the truckers.”
This conversation was supposedly the first step in her makeover that had her singing in lower keys and wearing Carnaby Street fashion with her new bleach-blonde look.
In early 1966, “These Boots Are Made for Walking” was released to critical success. The single sold over one million copies and led to three Grammy Awards and a gold disc.
These circumstances and her attainment of the number one record in the country are what led to her invitation to perform on “The Ed Sullivan Show,” a show which regularly featured some of the best musical talents of the time.
And the performance is a classic. Dressed in the bright colors of the 60s, Nancy Sinatra sings and dances alongside her gogo dancers in a live performance that was just as stunning as her award-winning recording.