Nancy Sinatra

Today is the 58th birthday of Nancy Sinatra, crooner Frank Sinatra's oldest

child, who

was born in Jersey City, N.J., to his first wife, Nancy. The

younger Nancy studied acting, singing and dancing as a child and

appeared with her father on television, most notably in a special with

Elvis Presley in 1960.

After a brief marriage, Nancy began recording in earnest on Frank's Reprise

Records. At first, she had hits only in the U.K., but she finally broke through in a

big way with 1966's "These Boots (Are Made For Walkin')." The song was a

million-seller and topped

the U.S. pop-singles chart. She then had a top-5 million-seller with the double-

sided

"Sugar Town/Summer Wine."

"These Boots" was produced by singer/songwriter Lee Hazlewood, who

suggested that Nancy lower her range and stick with bass-heavy tracks. He

was behind many of her hits from then on, including "Love Eyes" and

"Lightning's Girl." Hazlewood also turned Nancy on to country & western music

and she had another top-20 hit with the

"Jackson."

In 1967, she sang the title song to the James Bond film

"You Only Live Twice" and enjoyed another #1 by dueting with her father

on the novelty tune "Somethin' Stupid." Nancy even sang duets with

Hazlewood, who sounded like Johnny Cash, on songs such as "Some Velvet

Morning."

But after 1969, her hit-making years were history. She

continued to appear on television, guesting on shows such as

"The Virginian," and she appeared in films such as "The Oscar" and

"Speedway," starring Presley.

Through the years, she continued to defend her

father when he was accused of being tied to the Mafia. She and her younger

sister, Tina, always made sure that they were consulted over the use in books

and films of anything pertaining to Frank, especially as their dad's health

declined.

In the mid-'90s, Nancy attempted a sort of "comeback" by recording some tunes

and posing nude for Playboy. But little became of these efforts. She was

most recently in the public eye when Frank Sinatra died in May. Media spotted

her putting a pack of cigarettes in the pocket of her swingin' dad's burial jacket.

When accepting an American Music Award for her father this year, Nancy

told the crowd that her dad was the coolest guy on the planet next to

Puff Daddy.

Other birthdays: Chuck Negron (Three Dog Night), 56; Boz Scaggs, 54; Bonnie

Tyler, 45; Alex Van Halen, 45; Mick Hucknall (Simply Red), 38; Nick Rhodes

(Duran

Duran), 36; Doris Pearson (Five Star), 32; Neil Mitchell (Wet Wet Wet),

31 ... Rob Pilatus (Milli Vanilli), 1965-1998.