If it weren’t for Nancy Sinatra, Lee Hazlewood would be primarily remembered as a songwriter and the producer of many of Duane Eddy’s instrumental hits.
He became Nancy Sinatra’s producer during the mid-sixties and wrote some of her biggest hits. “These Boots Were Made For Walking,” “How Does That Grab You Darling,” and “Sugar Town” were all from the fertile mind and pen of Hazlewood.
His career took an unexpected turn when he became her singing partner on four songs that reached The American singles charts. His deep and somewhat ominous baritone was the perfect foil for Sinatra.
The their biggest hit was “Jackson” which reached number fouteen during June of 1967.
“Jackson” was originally recorded by The Kingston Trio in 1963. Johnny Cash and June Carter would win a Grammy Award with the song in 1968. It is the Hazlewood/Sinatra version, however, that remains the difinitive version.
Lee Hazlewood would go on to a moderately successful career as a producer and recording artist but it was his duets with Nancy Sinatra that remain his defining releases.