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Today in Music History: "These Boots Are Made for Walkin'"

January 22, 2016

Nancy Sinatra, 'These Boots Are Made for Walkin''
Nancy Sinatra's "These Boots Are Made for Walkin'" was a No. 1 hit in the U.S. and U.K. in 1966.
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History Highlight:

Today in 1966, Nancy Sinatra entered the top of the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart for the second time with what would be her biggest hit, "These Boots Are Made for Walkin'". The tune went No. 1 the following week and would spend 14 weeks altogether on the singles chart. 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. Many cover versions of the song have been released in a range of styles: metal, pop, rock, punk rock, country, dance and industrial.

Also, in:

1959 - Buddy Holly made his last recordings in his New York City apartment, alone, with an acoustic guitar and tape recorder. He recorded "Peggy Sue," "Crying, Waiting, Hoping," "That's What They Say," "What to Do," "Learning the Game" and "That Makes it Tough." The recordings were embellished and overdubbed, and released posthumously by Coral Records.

1966 - The Beatles peaked at number five on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with "Day Tripper".

1966 - The Beach Boys went into the studio to record "Wouldn't It Be Nice", which would be the opening track on their forthcoming album Pet Sounds.

1967 - The Monkees performed live for the very first time at The Cow Palace in San Francisco to a sell-out crowd.

1977 - Wings went No. 1 on the U.S. album chart with Wings Over America, Paul McCartney's sixth U.S. No. 1 after The Beatles.

1977 - Stevie Wonder went No. 1 on the U.S. singles chart with "I Wish", his fifth U.S. No. 1.

1983 - The new 24-hour music video network MTV started broadcasting to the West Coast after being picked up by Group W Cable in Los Angeles.

1983 - The Clash peaked at number eight on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with "Rock the Casbah" which was their first and only top ten single in the U.S.

2004 - Ryan Adams broke a wrist after falling during a gig at the Royal Court Theatre in Liverpool.

2012 - Adele broke an American chart record that has stood for years after being set by The Beatles and Pink Floyd. The singer's second album 21 clocked up 16 weeks at number one on the U.S. chart, matching the success of the Titanic soundtrack.


Gospel and soul singer Sam Cooke was born on this day in 1931.

Addie Harris, singer from The Shirelles, was born today in 1940.

Steve Perry, singer for Journey, is 67 today.

Michael Hutchence, of INXS, was born today in 1960.

Steven Adler, drummer for Guns N' Roses, is 51 today.

DJ Jazzy Jeff is 51 today.

Highlights for Today in Music History are gathered from This Day in Music, Paul Shaffer's Day in Rock, and Wikipedia.