|Nancy Sinatra, Billy Strange, Lee Hazlewood
In 2004 Nancy Sinatra and Lee Hazlewood (1929–2007) released the great CD “Nancy & Lee 3”. Only problem was, nobody noticed it. It seems, that everything was done not to promote it. It was only released in Australia, there was no international distribution. The cover art work is amateurish, but the music is excellent. At Amazon you have to pay at least $47 to get a copy (a while ago it even cost $99). Not bad for a four year old CD.
“Nancy & Lee 3” was recorded in Nashville. It was co-produced and arranged by Billy Strange. He has worked a lot together with Sinatra and Hazlewood in the sixties and seventies. His arrangements made songs like “These Boots Are Made For Walkin’”, “Some Velvet Morning” and “Summer Wine” unforgettable. And you can hear Billy Strange’s guitar on Bang, Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down).
Of the thirteen songs on “Nancy & Lee 3”, twelve are Nancy Sinatra and Lee Hazlewood duets, one song is a Nancy Sinatra solo. Most of the songs are carefully chosen old and new covers, only a few songs are written by Lee Hazlewood.
“Goin’ Down Rockin’” is a Tony Joe White song, “Texas Blue Moon” was written by Texan singer/songwriter Shelley King, “Don’t Let Go” is a Rhythm and Blues classics by Jesse Stone (who also wrote “Shake Rattle and Roll” and “Flip Flop and Fly” for Big Joe Turner). And there’s a nice version of “Save The Last Dance For Me”.
Neatly interwoven into these covers are songs that Lee wrote, like “Strangers, Lovers, Friends”, “Loving You Loving Me”, and “Gypsies And Indians”. The tongue-in-cheek “Is Makin’ A Little Love Out Of The Question” – a song written by Lee Hazlewood and his old friend Tommy Parsons – shows very well the Sinatra-Hazlewood magic, you can feel how they enjoy singing with each other. Another highlight is “She Won’t”, co-written by Duane Eddy. He plays his famous “twanging” guitar on it. Duane Eddy and Lee Hazlewood have known each other since 1954. Lee produced Duane, wrote for him and helped him launch his career.
Together with the albums “Nancy & Lee” (1968) and “Nancy & Lee – Again” (1971) “Nancy & Lee 3” forms a trilogy of timeless music by two great singers. Their music is a wonderful hybrid of Pop, Country, Folk, Novelty, Rhythm And Blues, and Rock. It’s hard to categorize – it’s unique.