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Shocking Omission: Nancy Sinatra And Lee Hazlewood's Charismatic 'Nancy & Lee'

The range of Sinatra's presence on Nancy & Lee, at times overwhelmed with love and, at other turns, defiantly alone, is why this continues to be a go-to for confused lovers everywhere.
Nancy & Lee is a linchpin of horn-driven, off-kilter, sing-speak '60s pop, and Nancy Sinatra's crystalline pipes make it glisten. Source: Central Press

, the force who brought "These Boots Are Made For Walkin'" to life, was never meant to sing the song at all. The late Lee Hazlewood, a songwriter and producer for the likes of Duane Eddy, had written the single and intended to sing it himself. But once Sinatra heard it, she immediately had a better idea. "He said, 'It's not really a girl's song. I sing it myself onstage.' I told him that coming last year. The song soared to the top of the Billboard pop charts, scored Sinatra two Grammy nominations and has been covered dozens of times by the likes of and a .

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