Monday, July 03, 2006
I don't have too much history on Nancy Sinatra other than the obvious. The daughter of the late great Frank Sinatra, Nancy belted out a few pop hits in the late 1960's. "These Boots Are Made For Walking", recorded in 1966, was her only #1 hit out of 21 singles that charted on the Billboard Hot 100 in the mid- to late- 1960's.
I started to give Nancy Sinatra a more dedicated listen after hearing her "Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down)" in the intro to Quentin Tarantino's Kill Bill Vol. 1. Leave it to The Rza, who scored the picture, to pluck the perfect tune to open a movie. The song has a mesmerizing quality to it. It's lush in it's quietness, but it's Nancy Sinatra's airy and almost ghost-like vocals that really gives this tune it's haunting quality.
"As Tears Go By", from her Boots album, changes the pitch up a bit. It's a breezier tune with more rhythmic elements incorporated into it. Again, Nancy Sinatra's vocals fit perfect for the vibe. She doesn't strive or try to push the melodies. She's more or less whispering them in your ear.