Somethin' Stupid

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"Somethin' Stupid"
Somethin' Stupid by Frank and Nancy Sinatra.png
A-side label of one of US vinyl releases
Single by Frank Sinatra and Nancy Sinatra
from the album The World We Knew
B-side "I Will Wait for You" (Frank)
Released March 1967
Format Vinyl record (7")
Genre Pop
Length 2:37
Label Reprise
Writer(s) C. Carson Parks[1]
Producer(s) Jimmy Bowen, Lee Hazlewood[1]
Certification Gold (RIAA)

"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 for 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 singer Robbie Williams and 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. Al Casey played guitar on the recording and Hal Blaine was the drummer.[4] 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.[5] 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".[6] 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".[7]

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
Released December 14, 2001
Format CD single, cassette, DVD single
Recorded 2001
Genre Pop, vocal jazz
Length 2:50
Label Chrysalis
Writer(s) C. Carson Parks
Robbie Williams singles chronology
"Better Man"
"Somethin' Stupid"
"Mr Bojangles" /"I Will Talk and Hollywood Will Listen"
Nicole Kidman singles chronology
"Come What May"
"Somethin' Stupid'"
"One Day I'll Fly Away"
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 became Williams' first Christmas number-one single in the United Kingdom, and fifth as a featured artist. 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,[8] 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.[9]

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

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (2001–02) Peak
Australia (ARIA)[10] 8
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[11] 2
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[12] 5
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Wallonia)[13] 6
Canada (Nielsen SoundScan)[14] 25
Denmark (Tracklisten)[15] 6
Europe (Eurochart Hot 100)[citation needed] 1
France (SNEP)[16] 14
Germany (Official German Charts)[17] 2
Ireland (IRMA)[citation needed] 2
Italy (FIMI)[18] 1
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[19] 9
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[20] 5
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[21] 1
Norway (VG-lista)[22] 9
Poland (Polish Singles Chart)[23] 1
Portugal (Billboard)[24] 1
Romania (Romanian Top 100)[25] 9
Spain (PROMUSICAE)[26] 2
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[27] 17
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[28] 3
UK Singles (The Official Charts Company) 1


Country Certification (if any) Sales/shipments
Australia Gold[9] 35,000+
Austria Gold[29] 15,000+
Belgium Gold[30] 25,000+
France Silver[31] 172,000+
Germany Gold[32] 250,000+
New Zealand Gold[8] 7,500+
Switzerland Gold[33] 20,000+
United Kingdom Silver[34] 378,000+


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External links[edit]

Preceded by
"Lady" by Jack Jones
Billboard Easy Listening number-one single (Nancy and Frank Sinatra version)
April 1, 1967 (9 weeks)
Succeeded by
"Casino Royale" by Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass
Preceded by
"Release Me"
by Engelbert Humperdinck
UK number-one single
(Nancy and Frank Sinatra version)

April 13, 1967 (two weeks)
Succeeded by
"Puppet on a String" by Sandie Shaw
Preceded by
"Happy Together" by The Turtles
Billboard Hot 100 number-one single (Nancy and Frank Sinatra version)
April 15, 1967 (four weeks)
Succeeded by
"The Happening" by The Supremes
Preceded by
"Gotta Get Thru This" by Daniel Bedingfield
UK Singles Chart number-one single (Robbie Williams/Nicole Kidman version)
December 15, 2001 – January 5, 2002
Succeeded by
"Gotta Get Thru This" by Daniel Bedingfield