Billy Strange Tells The Story Behind Nancy Sinatra’s Hit “These Boots Are Made For Walkin'”


In this video arranger Billy Strange talks about the recording session and the history behind the Nancy Sinatra hit “These Boots Are Made For Walkin'”.

Nancy Sinatra’s “These Boots Are Made For Walkin'” was number 1 50 years ago. “These Boots Are Made For Walkin’,” hit number 1 on Billboard’s and Cash Box’s national singles charts on February 26, 1966. Besides Nancy’s great singing it was Billy Strange’s skills as an arranger and co-producer that made this song immortal.

In 2010 I talked to Billy Strange (1930-2012) for at his home in Franklin, TN, about ”Boots“ and he told me how he came up with the famous sliding bass intro played by Chuck Berghofer and why songwriter and producer Lee Hazlewwod didn’t want Nancy to record ”Boots“. You can watch the interview in the video above.

Billboard’s December 25, 1965 “Spotlight Singles” review of “Boots” recognized the hit potential of the song:

Having hit the Hot 100 chart with her ‘So Long Babe,’ Miss Sinatra has top of the chart potential with this fine folk-rock material from the pen of Lee Hazlewood. Her vocal performance and the Billy Strange driving dance beat should move this one rapidly up the chart.

More information about “Boots” on Nancy Sinatra’s website.

Billy Strange had a extraordinaire career as a guitarist, singer, recording artist, arranger, conductor, songwriter, composer and producer. He worked with Nat King Cole, Frank Sinatra and Elvis Presley. He also worked as a studio guitarist in Los Angeles in the nineteen fifties and sixties. Here you can find his huge but incomplete discography.

Bis zur Auferstehung der Freiheit #lazarus

Mindestens haltbar bis siehe Ende.

«Blackstar» und «Lazarus» fassen nochmal zusammen, warum David Bowie ein absoluter Gigant war: Er verkörperte die Idee von individueller (in vielen Fällen gefährlicher) Freiheit, die der westlichen Kultur als Versprechen innewohnt und die teilweise sogar zerbrechliche Realität wurde.

Bowies Tod kommt zu einem bedrückenden Zeitpunkt, denn Leitsterne dieser Freiheit wären nötiger denn je. Hasser des Individualismus gewinnen derzeit rasch an Boden und die Empathie als Grundlage der Freiheit wird zu Schwäche umgewertet.

In den wohl bevorstehenden finsteren Zeiten, gleichermassen geprägt von noch mehr Polarisierung und dem Einebnen individueller Denkweisen, wird Bowies Musik etwas sein, das jene inspiriert, die weiter an das Individuum glauben wollen. Die Gravitation des zum «Black Star» gewordenen Künstlers wird weiter wirken, auch wenn er kein neues Licht mehr aussenden kann.

Wenn die Zeiten dereinst wieder besser werden, wird man von Bowies Werk und Leben sagen, dass es unendlich vielen Menschen geholfen hat, weiter an die Notwendigkeit…

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Bill Withers Talks About The Decline Of The Music Industry

Publicity photo of Bill Withers (1976, Columbia Records).

Publicity photo of Bill Withers (1976, Columbia Records).

 

 “I grew up in the age of Barbra Streisand, Aretha Franklin, Nancy Wilson,” he says, still musing on the Grammys. “It was a time where a fat, ugly broad that could sing had value. Now everything is about image. It’s not poetry. This just isn’t my time.”


Read more: http://www.rollingstone.com/music/features/bill-withers-the-soul-man-who-walked-away-20150414#ixzz3Xz2NoBtw

Schweizer Musikbranche enthüllt neue Singbots

Mindestens haltbar bis siehe Ende.

Die Schweizer Musikindustrie steckt in einer Rentabilitätskrise. Exponenten der Branche rücken der Problematik nun mit den Mitteln von Big Data zu Leibe.

Nicht erst seit dem massenhaften Raubkopieren digitaler Tonträger dominieren in der Schweizer Musikszene die langen Gesichter. «Das Schweizer Musikgeschäft war noch nie ein Geschäft», sagt Roman Camenzind, einer der Schweizer Musikprofis, welche der anhaltenden Flaute ein für allemal abhelfen wollen.

Roman Camenzind übernimmt die Führung

Camenzinds Studio «Hitmill» ist Domizil der Firma Singbot Unlimited, welche am vergangenen Dienstag im Zürcher «Kaufleuten» die erste Generation vollsynthetischer Musikmaschinen enthüllt hat. «Da Singer-Songwriterinnen medial am einfachsten zu vermarkten sind, haben wir als Leadprodukte zwei entsprechende Bots am Start», sagte Camenzind während seiner Präsentation. Die beiden Figuren werden unter den Namen Zulu Büsi und Schümli Pflümli auftreten. Ihr Äusseres erinnert mit Schnittlauchhaaren und markanten Wangenknochen an bekannte Namen wie «Lea Lu» und «Heidi Happy», welche als Musik-Borgs der zweiten Generation noch zu…

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Weihnachtssongs, die fast nicht nerven

Eels sind überzeugt: Weihnachten geht vor die Hunde. Clarence Carter singt vom Weihnachtsmann, der die kleinen Mädchen in den frühen Morgenstunden glücklich macht, während die Knaben draussen spielen.

Otis Reddings Version des Weihnachtsklassiker “White Christmas” ist unübertroffen: Zerrissen, verzweifelt und sehnsüchtig träumt er von einem weissen Fest. Poly Styrene zerschmettert, von einem Reggae- Rhythmus unterlegt, die weihnachtliche Idylle. Ella Fitzgerald hingegen lädt zur unbeschwerten Schlittenfahrt. Und Neil Diamond zitiert sein eigenes Repertoire.

Die Spotify-Liste ist eine eigenwillige, aber nicht zufällige Mischung aus Soullegenden, Rockgiganten, Jazz, Elvis und Indiebands.

Fröhliche Weihnachten. Oder wie die Ramones sagen würden: Merry Christmas (I Don’t Want to Fight Tonight).

Country-Pop Singer Jeanne Black (1937-2014): The Woman Behind The One Hit Wonder

Country-pop singer Jeanne Black, who had a million-selling hit with “He’ll Have To Stay” in 1960, passed away on October 23, 2014 in Orem, Utah — two days shy of her 77th birthday. According to her son Josh Shipley she was suffering from Alzheimer’s.

Jeannie Black was born on October 25, 1937 in Pomona, California.
Her biggest hit “He’ll Have To Stay” was the answer song to Jim Reeves’ “He’ll Have To Go”. It sold over one million copies worldwide. Because she could never repeat this success, she was labeled as “one hit wonder”. But she was more than that. Jeanne Black was a versatile singer with a dramatic talent. She was not only a fine ballad singer, but could also sing western swing, pop, rock ‘n’ roll and even proved that she was able to sing the blues.

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All photos in the slideshow were taken between 1956 and early 1960s. (Courtesy of Billy Strange)

From 1956 until 1959 Jeanne Black was part of Cliffie Stone’s radio and TV show “Hometown Jamboree” that broadcasted live from the Harmony Park Ballroom in Anaheim, California. The show paved the way for many country musicians of the west coast. Among others Tennessee Ernie Ford, Zane Ashton (aka Bill Aken), Speedy West and Molly Bee played on Hometown Jamboree.

In 1960 Jeanne Black signed a record contract with Capitol. She worked very close with guitarist Billy Strange. He not only  accompanied her on stage and in the music studio, but he was also her arranger and music coach and they became lovers. They parted in the early sixties. Billy Strange became a famous studio musician and arranger in Los Angeles. He worked with stars like Elvis Presley, Frank and Nancy Sinatra and Nat King Cole. He was also a successful song writer and music publisher. After breaking up with Billy Strange, Jeanne Black married Mark Shipley. Together the rose six children and ran community theatres in California and Utah. In 1999 she finally married her early love Billy Strange. They lived together in Franklin, TN until he died in 2012.

In the video Jeanne Black talks about how she and her youngest sister Janie auditioned for Cliffie Stone in 1956 and how she became a singer and recording artist. And while browsing through old issues of country music magazine “Country Song Roundup”, she and Billy share memories and remember the first time they saw Elvis Presley on TV.

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Spotify Playlist From Richard Linklater Movie “Boyhood” Including Wilco, Arcade Fire, Lady Gaga, Coldplay, Hives, And The Flaming Lips

Ellar Coltrane in "Boyhood".

Ellar Coltrane in “Boyhood”.

“Boyhood” by Richard Linklater is a wonderful quiet story. It’s like a Eric Rohmer movie but more down to earth and more fun to watch. The songs are neatly woven into the story and help define the characters and the time.

From the very beginning the filmmakers make it clear that they understand their business. They start the title sequence with “Yellow” by Coldplay and set the thoughtful mood for the entire movie.

In this Spotify playlist most of the songs from the movie are included. It was inspired by Indiewire. Enjoy.