Nancy Sinatra - Thursday, November 19, 2015

We know you've been waiting for it, and today has finally arrived.  The American Treasure Tour blog is going to talk about one of the iconic musicians of the 1960's in recognition of her album "Nancy," which was released in 1969.  Of course, Nancy's international stardom back long before "Nancy."  One might say she was famous from birth, since her father made a hit out of the song "Nancy (with the Laughing Face)" when he sang it for his five year-old daughter.  (Dad Frank thought the song had been written for his daughter by the comedian and part-time songwriter Phil Silvers.  It hadn't been, but he didn't tell Frank that.)

Nancy Sinatra began singing as a teenager.  Having a famous dad got her necessary attention, but she did well enough without him singing songs including the hugely successful 1966 song, "These Boots Were Made for Walking" - which has become closely associated with the peak of the '60's era.  By the time the album "Nancy" was released, though, Ms. Sinatra was already slowing down.  She had starred in numerous television programs and movies, with an impressive catalog of hit songs on her resume.  "Nancy" just barely made it into the top one hundred albums of the year, though, with its biggest hit being "God Knows I Love You," which reached only ninety-seventh.  By the mid-1970's, she all but backed off from entertaining for a number of years so that she could raise her family.  She's back now, but in a limited capacity. Occasionally singing, showing up on television, writing books.  If you don't know much about this talented woman, check her out.
QUESTION:  Nancy Sinatra has one brother, who also sings.  What is his name?  
A)  Frank Sinatra
B)  Anthony Sinatra
C)  Michael Sinatra
D)  Asa Sinatra

BYE-BYE EDSEL.  Edsel Ford, the only child of automotive giant Henry Ford, died in 1943, pre-deceasing his father.  His name survived, though, when the family business named a car after him.  His own son, Henry Ford, Jr., did not want the car to be named after dad, but the board of directors did it anyway.  And it didn't go over well.  The Ford Edsel was only produced for three years, from 1958 through 1960 (in car years).  Nobody wanted it, and it was on this day in 1959 that production ceased on the car that became synonymous with failure.  Nowadays, these are treasured collector's items, but back then you couldn't give them away.

GENE!!!  On this day in 1920, Gene Tierney was born in Brooklyn.  She wanted to be an actor early on, although her parents wanted her to be a debutante.  Gene won, and she first appeared on the Broadway stage at the age of 17.  From there, the movies came.  By the age of twenty, Tierney was a star, receiving top billing in high-profile films.  Laura was released in 1943, and she was at the top of her game.  Unfortunately, the 1950's were tough on the fragile Tierney, as she suffered bouts of depression that left her institutionalized.  She essentially retired from film in the 1960's, and passed away in 1991 at the age of 70.

QUOTE:  Wealth, beauty and fame are transient.  When those are gone, little is left except the need to be useful. - Gene Tierney

ANSWER:  A)  Frank Sinatra.  He also likely goes by Junior.