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Umbilical Musical Chords: Lineage, Legacy and Mom and Pop Pedigree

Since the mid 1960s, four decades before singer Billy Ray Cyrus’s daughter Miley turned teen phenomenon as Disney diva “Hannah Montana,” there have been intermittent clusters of popular music progeny-singers/songwriters and musicians whose parents are/were recording artists. One of the most notable offspring emerged in country western music in 1964, when Hank Williams, Jr. recorded his father’s songs for the film biography Your Cheatin’ Heart. One year later, Frank Sinatra, Jr., a self-described “diligent apprentice” to his dad, released Young Love For Sale on father Frank’s Reprise label. Frank Jr.’s sister, Nancy, got into the family act in 1966 with her debut record, Boots. The album, the first of five she recorded on Reprise, featured “These Boots Are Made For Walkin,” a Lee Hazelwood song that reached the top of the charts. The Sinatra siblings’ successes were not substantial nor sustaining. The kidnaping of Frank Jr. from his hotel room at Harrah’s Lake Tahoe and his being held for $240,000 ransom surpassed the son of Sinatra’s musical notoriety.3 Beyond the benefits of the family name, Nancy Sinatra’s three-year arc of stardom was marked by Hazelwood’s collaboration as a songwriter and producer, numerous pop covers and arrangements that captured the

lightweight Top 40 charm of the period, and a hit dad/daughter duet, “Somethin’ Stupid.”