On this day in music history: February 26, 1966 - “These Boots Are Made For Walkin’” by Nancy Sinatra hits #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for 1 week. Written and produced by Lee Hazlewood, it is the first chart topping single for the daughter of pop vocal legend Frank Sinatra. Signed to her fathers’ label Reprise Records in 1961, Sinatra records and releases fifteen singles over the next four years with little to no success. In 1965, she is paired with producer Lee Hazlewood (Duane Eddy, Dean Martin), who sets about writing and producing a hit for her. Recently divorced from singer and actor Tommy Sands, Hazlewood talks to Nancy about that relationship and its aftermath, and uses it as the inspiration to write what becomes her signature song. The track is recorded at Western Recorders in Hollywood, CA on November 19, 1965 with members of The Wrecking Crew which include Hal Blaine, Carol Kaye, Chuck Berghofer, Billy Strange and Tommy Tedesco. Hitting the airwaves shortly before Christmas in 1965, and released in early January of 1966, “Boots” quickly takes hold on radio. Entering the Hot 100 at #74 on January 22, 1966, it leaps to the top of the chart five weeks later. The song has an enduring impact on popular music and culture. Nancy Sinatra’s original version is featured in numerous films and TV programs over the years (“Full Metal Jacket”, “Austin Powers: International Man Of Mystery”, “China Beach”, “CSI”), and is covered many times by various artists. “The Boots Are Made For Walkin’” is certified Gold in the US by the RIAA.
Walk Through The Fire // Zayde Wolf & Ruelle: “i’m always wondering if it’s ever gonna end, i can feel it in my bones, standing in the dust of what’s left of us, i can see you in my soul.”
Someone To Stay // Vancouver Sleep Clinic: “hear you falling and lonely cry out:will you fix me up? will you show me hope? at the end of the day we’re helpless, can you keep me close? can you love me most?”
Haze // Amber Run: “i wanna be your lover, i wanna be your friend, i wish i could tell you i’d last till the end, i’m in a blue haze. i wanna be a preacher, i wanna be a king, and now i know why everything is in a blue haze.”
Bloodsport // Raleigh Ritchie: “if i fall short, if i break rank, it’s a bloodsport i understand, i am all yours, i am unmanned, i’m on all fours, willingly damned, loving you’s a bloodsport, fighting in a love war.”
I Found // Amber Run: “i’ll use you as a warning sign that if you talk enough sense then you’ll lose your mind, oh and i found love where it wasn’t supposed to be, right in front of me, talk some sense to me.”
All We Do // Oh Wonder: “all we do is play it safe, all we do is live inside a cage, all we do is play it safe, i’ve been upside down, i don’t wanna be the right way ‘round, can’t find paradise on the ground.”
Battlefield // SVRCINA: “we carry on through the storm, tired soldiers in this war, remember what we’re fighting for, meet me on the battlefield even on the darkest night, i will be your sword and shield, your camouflage, and you will be mine”
Something Just Like This (Acoustic) // Ben Schuller: “where’d you wanna go? how much you wanna risk? i’m not looking for somebody with some superhuman gifts, some superhero, some fairytale bliss, just someone i can turn to, somebody i can miss, i want something just like this.”
Anchor // Novo Amor: “your tears a sea for me to swim, and i hear a storm is coming in, my dear is is all we’ve ever been? oh anchor up to me love.”
Heal // Tom Odell: “take my mind and take my pain, like an empty bottle takes the rain, and heal, and take my past and take my sins, like an empty sail takes the wind, and heal, and tell me some things last.”
On this day in music history: February 26, 1970 - “Hey Jude” (aka “The Beatles Again”) by The Beatles is released. Produced by George Martin, it is recorded at EMI Pathé Marconi Studios in Paris, France, Abbey Road Studios, Trident Studios and Apple Studios in London on January 29, 1964, February 25-26, 1964, April 13-14, 1966, February 3-6, 1968, July 9-13, 1968, July 31 - August 2, 1968 and April 14, 16 & 18, 1969. Compiled by the bands manager Allen Klein, it is the first compilation album of their work released in the US. Consisting of tracks previously issued only on singles (with one exception), many of the songs are mixed into true stereo for the first time including the title track. The album is initially titled “The Beatles Again” but is changed at the last minute, though Capitol presses most of the first run of the LP with the original title on the labels rather than scrapping them. The album jacket features photos of the band (taken by photographer Ethan Russell) in front John Lennon’s home Tittenhurst Park in Ascot, taken on August 22, 1969 during the bands last official photo shoot. In May of 1979, EMI Records releases the album in the UK due to its best selling status in other parts of the world. The “UK Export” LP pressing becomes a prized and sought after item by Beatles collectors, as the album is mastered from superior quality master tapes. The US version of the album is compiled using higher generation duplicate masters. The LP remains a steady seller in The Beatles catalog before it is deleted in 1987. It is remastered and reissued on CD for the first time in January 2014 both as a stand alone release, and as part of “The Beatles US Albums” box set, to commemorate the fiftieth anniversary of The Beatles first visit to the US. “Hey Jude” spends four weeks at number two on the Billboard Top 200, and is certified Gold in the US by the RIAA.
It’s likely many of you have already enjoyed this next behemoth collaboration which surfaced a few days prior, particularly if you’re a fan of the great Zedd, or a devotee of Alessia Cara and her ever authentic & endearing urban pop artistry. For those that haven’t, this is your chance to partake in their colossal song together, Stay. Zedd takes a future pop approach on his infectious new jam. The chill melodic, ethereal bouncing piece is reminiscent of some of The Chainsmokers’ biggest hits. Stay is out now on Interscope.