Celebrating Seniors - Nancy Sinatra Jr. Turns 75

nancy sinatra 1940s, nancy sinatra childhood, daughter of frank sinatra4 vintage music videos celebrating the heyday of Nancy Sinatra, Jr.: These Boots Are Made For Walkin', Your Groovy SelfSomethin' 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.

nancy sinatra 1957, frank sinatra, father, daughter, sinatra family, american actor, actress, singers, the frank sinatra show(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 1962, husband tommy sands, 1960s game shows, married tommy sands, divorced tommy sands, american actress, singerNancy 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.
  • nancy sinatra, get yourself a college girl, movies, singer, 1960s, 1964Get 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.

nancy sinatra 1968, lee hazlewood, american singers, songwriters, 1960s hit songs, these boots are made for walkin, collaboration albums, friendsWhen 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.

nancy sinatra 1971, american singer, actress, these boots are made for walking, hook and ladder In 1970 Nancy Sinatra Jr. married her second husband, Hugh Lambert. By 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  as well as the 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.

Anita Hamilton

Baby boomer Anita Hamilton has always been interested in the "real people" stories behind the characters that create and inhabit the world of music, books, movies, television shows, current events, history, etc. A lifelong love of research (ok, nosiness) and writing, combined with a loving and supportive family and 3 mini-dachshund minions, keeps her busy.



Happy Birthday to Nancy - keep smiling.

Rose fan of your dads

Add Comment