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"These Boots Are Made for Walkin'"
Nancy Sinatra single cover These Boots Are Made for Walkin.jpg
Single by Nancy Sinatra
from the album Boots
B-side "The City Never Sleeps at Night"
Released February 22, 1966
Format 7" single
Recorded November 19, 1965
Western Recorders
Hollywood, California, United States
Genre Pop rock, country rock
Length 2:42
Label Reprise
Songwriter(s) Lee Hazlewood[1]
Producer(s) Lee Hazlewood[2]
Nancy Sinatra singles chronology
"So Long, Babe"
(1965)
"These Boots Are Made for Walkin'"
(1966)
"How Does That Grab You, Darlin'?"
(1966)
"So Long, Babe"
(1965)
"These Boots Are Made for Walkin'"
(1966)
"How Does That Grab You, Darlin'?"
(1966)

"These Boots Are Made for Walkin'" is a hit song written by Lee Hazlewood and recorded by Nancy Sinatra. It charted January 22, 1966,[3] and reached No. 1 in the United States Billboard Hot 100 and in the UK Singles Chart.[2]

Subsequently, many cover versions of the song have been released in a range of styles: metal, pop, rock, punk rock, country, dance, and industrial. Among the more notable versions are the singles released by Megadeth, Jessica Simpson, and Ella Fitzgerald backed by Duke Ellington and his orchestra.

Nancy Sinatra version[edit]

Recording[edit]

Nancy Sinatra was encouraged by Lee Hazlewood to sing the song as if she were "a sixteen-year-old girl who fucks truck drivers".[4][5][6] Sinatra's recording of the song was made with the help of Los Angeles session musicians known as the Wrecking Crew.[7] This session included Hal Blaine on drums, Al Casey, Tommy Tedesco, and Billy Strange on guitars, Ollie Mitchell, Roy Caton and Lew McCreary on horns, Carol Kaye on electric bass and Chuck Berghofer on double bass, providing the notable bass line. Nick Bonney was the guitarist for the Nelson Riddle Orchestra.

Personnel[edit]

Other personnel, as seen in the American Federation of Musicians (AFM) contracts for the session include:[8]

Release[edit]

The second single taken from her debut album Boots, and follow-up to the minor hit "So Long, Babe", the song became an instant success. In late February 1966, the song topped the Billboard Hot 100 chart, a move it replicated in similar charts across the world.

Promotional film[edit]

In the same year Sinatra recorded a promotional film, which would later be known as the music video, for the song. It was produced by Color-Sonics and played on Scopitone video jukeboxes.[7] In 1986, for the song's 20th anniversary, cable station VH1 played the video.

Sinatra told Alison Martino that other videos and performances are from TV shows like The Ed Sullivan Show, Hullaballoo and Shindig![7]

The videos featured Sinatra wearing an iconic pair of boots.[7]

In popular culture[edit]

In 2006, Pitchfork Media selected it as the 114th best song of the 1960s. Critic Tom Breihan described the song as "maybe the finest bitchy kiss-off in pop history".[9]

Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company used portions of the song for its 1960s ad campaign promoting its "wide boots" tires. Nancy Sinatra unsuccessfully sued Goodyear for using the song, claiming that it had violated her publicity rights.[10]

The song was included in the third episode of American action-comedy series The Good Guys, "Broken Door Theory".

Charts[edit]

Chart (1966) Peak
position
Australia (Kent Music Report) 1
Canada Top Singles (RPM) 1
French (IFOP)[11] 13
Ireland (IRMA) 1
Italian Singles Chart 3
New Zealand (RIANZ) 1
UK Singles Chart[2] (OCC) 1
US Billboard Hot 100 (Billboard) 1

Track listing[edit]

  • UK promotional single
  1. "These Boots Are Made for Walkin'" – 3:03
  2. "Perhaps, Perhaps, Perhaps" – 2:19

Release history[edit]

Country Date Format Label
United Kingdom February 1, 2000 Promotional single — digital download EMI, Maverick

Jessica Simpson version[edit]

"These Boots Are Made for Walkin'"
Jessicasimpson single thesebootsaremadeforwalking.jpg
Single by Jessica Simpson
from the album The Dukes of Hazzard and A Public Affair
Released May 26, 2005 (US)
August 29, 2005 (UK)
Format Digital download, digital maxi single
Genre Country pop, dance-pop
Length 4:10 (radio edit)
Label Columbia
Songwriter(s) Lee Hazlewood; Jessica Simpson (additional; uncredited)
Producer(s) Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis
Jessica Simpson singles chronology
"Angels"
(2004)
"These Boots Are Made for Walkin'"
(2005)
"A Public Affair"
(2006)
"Angels"
(2004)
"These Boots Are Made for Walkin'"
(2005)
"A Public Affair"
(2006)
Music video
"These Boots Are Made for Walkin'" at VEVO.com

Jessica Simpson recorded her own version of "These Boots Are Made for Walkin'" (and added her own lyrics) for the soundtrack to the film The Dukes of Hazzard (2005). The version was also included in the international version of her fifth studio album, A Public Affair (2006). Simpson's cover was co-produced by Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis and was released as the soundtrack's first single in 2005. It became Simpson's fifth top-twenty single in the United States, and its music video drew some controversy because of its sexual imagery.[12][13]

Recording and release[edit]

Simpson's version of the song is performed from the point of view of her character in The Dukes of Hazzard, Daisy Duke, and it has several major differences from Sinatra's version. The song's lyrics were changed almost completely as Simpson felt that they did not accurately convey the feelings needed for the film; in the original Sinatra dealt with a cheating boyfriend, while in the new version Simpson explored Daisy Duke's personality and experiences. She rewrote the majority of the lyrics herself, although some elements were retained such as the opening line "You keep saying you got something for me..." and the spoken "Are you ready, boots? Start walkin'".

Simpson also added some new music to her version of the song. Whereas the original version did not have a bridge, she created one for the cover. A risqué rap-like/spoken breakdown was added after the bridge. Because of the legalities of songwriting, Simpson has not been credited for the new music or lyrics that she wrote. The production of the song was altered as well. Producers Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis gave the cover a country-inspired production because of its relationship to the film The Dukes of Hazzard, but they also added a more hip hop-like beat.

In an interview with GAC Nights, Jessica stated that her record label did not want to promote the song because of its country feel, even though the song is more pop than country. She said that she told the label "It's a great song and Willie Nelson's on it with me" and she said the label told her pop radio wouldn't understand that importance.[citation needed]

CD single[edit]

  1. "These Boots Are Made for Walkin'" (Radio edit) - 4:10
  2. "With You (Live from Universal Amphitheater)
  3. "Take My Breath Away" (Live from Universal Amphitheater)
  4. "I Think I'm in Love with You" (Live from Universal Amphitheater)
  5. "These Boots Are Made for Walkin'" (Video clip)

Chart performance[edit]

"These Boots Are Made for Walkin'" peaked at fourteen on the US Billboard Hot 100, and in late 2005 the RIAA certified the single Gold for 500,000 legal downloads or more. Its digital downloads were high, but radio airplay was low. Due to this, it's the song that reached the lowest chart position on the Billboard Hot 100 for a song topping the Hot Digital Songs chart. It reached the top ten on Billboard's Pop 100 chart, and was Simpson's first single to appear on the chart. On 11 December 2006 the single was certified Gold by the RIAA again, this time by Epic Records. In total, the single has received 1 million digital downloads.

Internationally it was a success, reaching top 5 in several European countries. It became her biggest hit in Australia, where it reached number two and remained in the top forty for twenty-four weeks. In Ireland, the single also reached number 2. The song also cracked the top five in the United Kingdom, where it reached number four and is to date, her highest peaking single in Britain. It reached the top ten in the chart European Hot 100 Singles, Belgium, and New Zealand and the top twenty in Austria, Switzerland, and Germany. As the end of the year 2005, the single had sold 69,500 copies in UK.[14]

Music video[edit]

The video, directed by Brett Ratner, has caused some controversy because of its sexual imagery.[citation needed]

Charts and certifications[edit]

Versions[edit]

  1. "These Boots Are Made for Walkin'" (Soundtrack version) – 4:10
  2. "These Boots Are Made for Walkin'" (Original version) – 3:35
  3. "These Boots Are Made for Walkin'" (Radio edit) – 4:10
  4. "These Boots Are Made for Walkin'" (Instrumental) – 3:35
  5. "These Boots Are Made for Walkin'" (Scott Storch Mix) – 4:43
  6. "These Boots Are Made for Walkin'" (E-Smoove Vocal Mix) – 6:59
  7. "These Boots Are Made for Walkin'" (Bimbo Jones Vocal Club Mix) – 6:00
  8. "These Boots Are Made for Walkin'" (Bimbo Jones Radio Edit) – 3:14
  9. "These Boots Are Made for Walkin'" (Bimbo Jones Dub) – 6:03
  10. "These Boots Are Made for Walkin'" (Ed n' Richie Club Mix) – 5:16
  11. "These Boots Are Made for Walkin'" (Gomi & Escape's Club Mix) – 9:05
  12. "These Boots Are Made for Walkin'" (Gomi & Escape Mix) – 9:03
  13. "These Boots Are Made for Walkin'" (Gomi & Escape's Dub) – 6:13

Other versions[edit]

Megadeth version[edit]

Megadeth covered the song on their 1985 debut album Killing Is My Business... and Business Is Good!, which is track four on the original release and eight on the 2002 re-release. Their version (entitled "These Boots") featured altered lyrics, and produced more as a parody than a true cover.

When the album started selling well, the writer of the song, Lee Hazlewood, began demanding that the song be omitted, due to its being a "perversion of the original". Megadeth guitarist and frontman Dave Mustaine made the point that Hazlewood had been paid royalties for years before he made the complaint, although Mustaine eventually omitted the song anyway from newer pressings of the album. When the album was remixed in 2002, a censored version of the song was included as a bonus track. In 2011, an uncensored live version recorded in 1987 was released as part of the 25th anniversary edition of the album Peace Sells... but Who's Buying?. In 1987 Megadeth re-recorded the song as part of the soundtrack for Penelope Spheeris’ movie Dudes, changing the title to "These boots were made for walkin’"

Selected list of other recorded versions[edit]

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External links[edit]

Nancy Sinatra version
Preceded by
"Lightnin' Strikes" by Lou Christie
Billboard Hot 100 number-one single
February 26, 1966
(one week)
Succeeded by
"Ballad of the Green Berets" by SSgt Barry Sadler
Preceded by
"Michelle" by The Overlanders
UK Singles Chart number-one single
February 17, 1966 – March 16, 1966(four weeks)
Succeeded by
"The Sun Ain't Gonna Shine Anymore" by The Walker Brothers
Preceded by
"Michelle" by David and Jonathan
Canada RPM number-one single
March 7, 1966 (one week)
Succeeded by
"At the Scene" by The Dave Clark Five
Preceded by
"A Must to Avoid" by Herman's Hermits
New Zealand Singles Chart number-one single
April 8, 1966, – April 21, 1966 (two weeks)
Succeeded by
"Michelle" by The Beatles