Thursday, February 20, 2020

THROWBACK THURSDAY: Are You Ready, Boots? Start Walkin'!

Last week I stumbled upon a very interesting article about the song "Some Velvet Morning," a 1967 hit by Nancy Sinatra and Lee Hazelwood, who not only sang on the recordijng, but also wrote it and produced it.

That got me thinking about the first Nancy and Lee collaboration, Nancy's first hit and signature song, "These Boots Are Made For Walkin'," which Hazelwood wrote and produced.

In case you've been imprisoned on the planet Neptune for the past 53 years and never heard it before, here's Nancy Sinatra's version.

Not only did "Boots" propel Nancy's career, it became a cover fodder for a large variety of artists representing a plethora of musical styles.

Here's a jazz version by Ella Fitzgerald:

In the country world, it was a natural for Loretta Lynn

It wasn't only female singers who tackled the song, (even though Wayne Newton's voice was higher than most of the women represented here):

And from Las Vegas cheese, "Boots" went punk-rock with this Johnny Thunders / Wayne Kramer team-up

"Boots" has been done by everyone from Mrs. Miller ...

... to Megadeth

From Boy George ...

... to Yakety Sax-man Ace Cannon

For these and several other "Boots" covers, check out my Spotify playlist.

 And more Nancy covers on this playlist

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