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3, Nancy Sinatra, who's forever linked to her major hit, “These Boots her chemistry with the late, great Lee Hazlewood, and why, after all. In the early Fifties, Lee Hazlewood had a job as a radio DJ in Arizona. Love & relationships rock, but Lee Hazlewood is best known for his collaboration with Nancy Sinatra. . 'For Every Solution There's a Problem' and 'Total Lee: the songs of Lee Hazlewood' are released on City Slang on Monday. A month shy of his 75th birthday, Lee Hazlewood shuffles into the foyer of his modest London hotel. 8 November 50 best duets ever [includes Nancy Sinatra and Lee Hazlewood] with 's Trouble Is A Lonesome Town album, a gruffly narrated song cycle She calls it our love/hate relationship.
And, of course, those boots. Timed to coincide with the 10th anniversary of his death, there's an extensive campaign unfolding, conducted under the auspices of Warner Bros, to transform Frank Sinatra into a posthumous brand in the manner of such multimedia category-jumpers as Jay-Z or Jennifer Lopez.
He now appears on a US postage stamp, and a new greatest hits package, called Nothing But the Best, has just been released.
Given all this, and the enduring appeal of Ol' Blue Eyes, I have to ask: More normal than you might expect, it turns out. We were living in a flat in New Jersey when I was born. They didn't have any money. But once he hit, he really hit.Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazlewood - Lady Bird
Later, we moved to Hasbrouck Heights and had a lovely little house there, but you could get to the windows from the street - once people knew he lived there, they would come to get a glimpse, which worried my mother [Sinatra's first wife, Nancy Barbato] because I was a tiny little toddler, and she didn't want anybody stealing me from the front yard. When the Hollywood studios came calling for Frank, it was time to make the move out west.
It was such a great childhood. We had this huge lake and a kayak and a little sailboat and a big raft and a rowboat.
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There, he befriended year-old guitarist Duane Eddy and, fascinated by sound, became Eddy's producer, helping him achieve his trademark twang and worldwide stardom. After that, he became a big-shot hitmaker in Los Angeles, but, bythe British Invasion dominated American pop.
At 36, Hazlewood was considering giving up music when his neighbour, a bigwig at Frank Sinatra's Reprise label, begged him to work with the neighbour's ex-girlfriend. The girl was the boss's daughter, Nancy. So far, no feat of nepotism had succeeded in making her a pop star.
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Reluctantly, he met up with her at the Sinatras' mansion. An hour later, he came over and said, 'Lee, I'm glad to hear that you guys are going to be working together,' and left.
We lowered her singing about two keys. I made her sound like a tough little broad. I wanted her to sing like a year-old girl who screwed truck drivers. With just their second single together, she had one of the biggest hits of the s, These Boots Are Made For Walking, a song Hazlewood had intended for a male vocalist until Nancy overheard him working on it and demanded that she sing it.
Bowen's big problem at that time was what to do with the boss's daughter, whose candyfloss records nobody wanted. He badgered Hazlewood to have a go with her and eventually succeeded. The first effort, 'So Long, Babe', charted, and a second collaboration was lined up.
Hazlewood had a specific song in mind and Nancy Sinatra liked it, but then she heard 'Boots' and fell in love with it. Despite his protestations that 'you don't understand the lyrics and, if you did, you would know that it is dirty, that "messing", in East Texas, is the term for fucking Eventually, he relented, and by the time it came to recording, he was telling her, 'Goddam it!
I want you to sing this like you're a year-old girl who goes out with year-old truck drivers!
Hazlewood refuses to take full credit for Nancy. Nancy knew what to do. She's campy and all that stuff now, but she's always been smart. What few people noticed at the time was that many of them were as loaded as anything Lou Reed and the Velvet Underground were touting.
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The superficially saccharine 'Sugar Town', which made number five in the US chart, was derided by a New York Times critic as containing 'the worst pop lyric in 30 years'. Word-obsessed Hazlewood still bristles at this. The same is also true of the duets, a Hazlewood speciality which had begun with his girlfriend Suzi Jane Hokom and carried on later in Sweden with Nina Lizell.
Were the protagonists of 'Some Velvet Morning' and 'Lady Bird' dancing round the flame of drink, drugs or sex? The only thing we know is that Hazlewood and his partners invariably sound as though they have either just finished making love or are just about to start. Hazlewood laughs at this, while admitting the illicit lure of what he calls his 'beauty and the beast' songs, which are 'not vanilla, like Sonny and Cher'.
I think we enjoy people who've been lucky in life, but I think we also secretly enjoy the unluckiness of others. That's the dark side, and you might as well accept it and embrace it. He's the point at which old-style pop craftsmanship collides with Sixties counter-culture. The rumours of an affair, and the fall-out with Frank, are denied by both parties.
Hazlewood maintains he went to Sweden because he wanted to involve himself in TV and film and couldn't do that in LA. It could also be that he was finding it harder to impose his will on the new breed of artist he was encountering by The two men got on very badly.
Ask why, and Hazlewood mimes injecting his arm with a hypodermic syringe. You couldn't talk to him,' he grimaces. Tracked down by Mojo magazine, however, Hokom told a different story.