Somethin' Stupid

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"Somethin' Stupid"
Somethin' Stupid by Frank and Nancy Sinatra.png
US single A-side label
Single by Frank Sinatra and Nancy Sinatra
from the album The World We Knew
B-side"I Will Wait for You"
ReleasedMarch 1967 (1967-03)
Format7-inch single
Genre
Length2:37
LabelReprise
Songwriter(s)C. Carson Parks[1]
Producer(s)
Frank Sinatra singles chronology
"That's Life"
(1966)
"Somethin' Stupid"
(1967)
"The World We Knew (Over and Over)"
(1967)
Nancy Sinatra singles chronology
"Summer Wine"
(1967)
"Somethin' Stupid"
(1967)
"Love Eyes"
(1967)

"Somethin' Stupid", also "Something Stupid", is a song written by C. Carson Parks. It was originally recorded in 1966 by Parks and his wife Gaile Foote, as Carson and Gaile. The song is best known in the 1967 version by Frank Sinatra and his daughter Nancy Sinatra, which reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.[1] In 2001, a cover version by British vocalist Robbie Williams and Australian actress Nicole Kidman reached number one in the UK Singles Chart.

Carson and Gaile version[edit]

In the early 1960s, Carson Parks was a folk singer in Los Angeles. He was an occasional member of The Easy Riders, and also performed with The Steeltown Three, which included his younger brother Van Dyke Parks. In 1963, he formed the Greenwood County Singers, later known as The Greenwoods, who had two minor hits and included singer Gaile Foote. Before the Greenwoods disbanded, Parks and Foote married and, as Carson and Gaile, recorded an album in 1966 for Kapp Records, San Antonio Rose, which included the song "Something Stupid". The recording was then brought to the attention of Frank Sinatra.[2][3]

Frank and Nancy Sinatra version[edit]

Frank (left) and Nancy Sinatra

The most successful and best-known version of "Somethin' Stupid" was issued in 1967 as a single by Nancy Sinatra and Frank Sinatra and subsequently appeared on Frank's album The World We Knew. Frank had played Parks' recording to his daughter's producer, Lee Hazlewood, who recalled "He asked me, 'Do you like it?' and I said, 'I love it, and if you don't sing it with Nancy, I will.' He said, 'We're gonna do it, book a studio.'"[2][3] Their rendition was recorded on February 1, 1967, after Frank had finished his collaboration with Antonio Carlos Jobim earlier in the day.[4] Al Casey played guitar on the recording and Hal Blaine was the drummer.[5] Hazlewood and Jimmy Bowen were listed as the producers of the single, with arrangement by Billy Strange.[1]

The single spent four weeks at number 1 on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart and nine weeks atop the easy listening (now adult contemporary) chart, becoming Frank's second gold single as certified by the RIAA and Nancy's third.[6] It was the first and only instance of a father-daughter number-one song in America. Nancy Sinatra has said she thinks it's "very sweet" that some people refer to it as the "Incest Song".[7] The single also reached number 1 on the UK Singles Chart the same year.[1] It was also nominated for the Record Of The Year at the 10th Grammy Awards, losing to the 5th Dimension's upbeat hit song "Up, Up And Away".[8]

Usage in popular culture[edit]

In episode 21 of The Simpsons' third season, Sideshow Bob and Selma Bouvier (voiced by Kelsey Grammer and Julie Kavner, respectively) perform the Frank and Nancy Sinatra version as a karaoke.[9]

In the Breaking Bad spin-off series Better Call Saul, episode seven of season four is titled after the song, with the opening montage containing an original rendition performed by Lola Marsh.[10]

Personnel[edit]

Vocalists[edit]

Leaders[edit]

Instrumentalists[edit]

Chart history[edit]

Robbie Williams and Nicole Kidman version[edit]

"Somethin' Stupid"
Robbie Williams and Nicole Kidman - Somethin Stupid - CD single cover.jpg
Single by Robbie Williams and Nicole Kidman
from the album Swing When You're Winning
ReleasedDecember 14, 2001
Format
Recorded2001
Genre
Length2:50
LabelChrysalis
Songwriter(s)C. Carson Parks
Producer(s)
Robbie Williams singles chronology
"Better Man"
(2001)
"Somethin' Stupid"
(2001)
"Mr. Bojangles/I Will Talk and Hollywood Will Listen"
(2002)
Nicole Kidman singles chronology
"Come What May"
(2001)
"Somethin' Stupid'"
(2001)
"One Day I'll Fly Away"
(2002)
Music video
"Somethin' Stupid" on YouTube

British singer Robbie Williams recorded a cover version of "Somethin' Stupid" as a duet in 2001 with Academy Award-winning actress Nicole Kidman. The song appeared on Williams' 2001 album, Swing When You're Winning, and it topped the UK Singles Chart at the end of the year. The song was Christmas number one in the United Kingdom, and Williams' fifth number one overall. The single sold 98,506 copies in its first week and 366,000 copies over all earning a Silver Certification by the BPI. The accompanying music video was directed by Vaughan Arnell.

The song was the 30th best selling single of 2001 in the UK. The song also became another number-one single for Williams in New Zealand, being certified Gold,[25] and became, at the time, his best selling single in Europe, charting inside the top ten in most countries. In Australia, it became Williams' fourth top ten single, earning a Gold certification for over 35,000 copies sold.[26]

Track listings[edit]

UK CD single

  1. "Somethin' Stupid" – 2:51
  2. "Eternity" (Orchestral version) – 5:32
  3. "My Way" (Live at the Albert Hall) – 6:59
  4. "Somethin' Stupid" (video) – 3:08

UK DVD single

  1. "Somethin' Stupid" (video) – 3:06
  2. "Let's Face the Music and Dance" (audio) – 2:35
  3. "That's Life" (audio) – 3:07

Charts[edit]

Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (2001–2002) Peak
position
Australia (ARIA)[27] 8
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[28] 2
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[29] 5
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Wallonia)[30] 6
Canada (Nielsen SoundScan)[31] 25
Denmark (Tracklisten)[32] 6
Europe (Eurochart Hot 100)[citation needed] 1
France (SNEP)[33] 16
Germany (Official German Charts)[34] 2
Ireland (IRMA)[35] 2
Italy (FIMI)[36] 2
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[37] 9
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[38] 5
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[39] 1
Norway (VG-lista)[40] 9
Poland (ZPAV)[41] 1
Portugal (Billboard)[42] 1
Romania (Romanian Top 100)[43] 9
Scotland (Official Charts Company)[44] 1
Spain (PROMUSICAE)[45] 2
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[46] 17
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[47] 3
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[48] 1

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