Today In Pop Music History (11-19-2015)

A FATHER AND DAUGHTER
DEBUT THE SAME DAY


The year 1966 was truly “A Very Good Year” musically for a father and daughter. Each would have five hits that year.

 
Dad had a #1 AC hit early in ’66 with “It Was A Very Good Year.” In the summer, he scored his first #1 pop in 20 years with “Strangers In The Night.”
 
The daughter scored her first #1 pop hit with “These Boots Are Made For Walking” in February.
 
So it was no surprise that on this day in 1966, both would debut on the pop chart at the same time.
 
Ladies first…
 
 
Now, the gentleman, A/K/A The Chairman Of The Board
 
 
“That’s Life” by Frank Sinatra and “Sugar Town” by Nancy Sinatra would both reach the Top five on the pop  chart. They were back-to-back in the Top 10 two straight weeks. Eventually, “Sugar Town” would replace “That’s Life” at #1 on the AC chart in early 1967.
 
Then, for an encore, they’d have a #1 duet the following spring…
 
 
According to writer Wesley Hyatt, Dean Kay and Kelly Gordon co-wrote “That’s Life.” Gordon took the song to a record executive with the idea of getting a record deal. When told he’d be better off having Frank Sinatra singing it, Gordon went that direction. “That’s Life” became a hit for Old Blue Eyes even though O.C. Smith, later of “Little Green Apples” fame, earlier recorded it. No matter. The Chairman of the Board got the hit. “Sugar Town,” meanwhile, was written by Lee Hazelwood, who also wrote “Boots” for Nancy Sinatra.
 

TOMORROW:
A $40,000 PURCHASE 60 YEARS AGO
TURNS INTO MILLIONS OF DOLLARS
AND THE GREATEST PLAY IN BASEBALL,
BAR NONE



Preview YouTube video Frank Sinatra-That’s life lyrics

Preview YouTube video Frank & Nancy Sinatra – Something stupid (HQ)

 

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