Nancy Sinatra Opens the Vaults to Release Rare Singles on Cherry Smiles

The undisputed mother of female rock, Nancy Sinatra, recently dug into her expansive archives to compile Cherry Smiles – The Rare Singles, the brilliant new digital-only collection of rarities that she recorded between 1970 and 1980.  Coinciding with this year’s 60th anniversary of the 45 RPM format, Cherry Smiles includes twelve tracks which were previously only available as 45s, originally issued via Reprise, RCA, and the Private Stock label.  Two of the cuts, “There Ain’t No Way” and “Southern Lady,” have never before been released in any format.

Hitting all digital stores on 9/22 via Nancy’s own label, Boots Enterprises, Inc., Cherry Smiles features contributions from Ry Cooder, Duane Eddy and Lee Hazlewood, who duets with Sinatra on “Indian Summer.” Production duties are handled by Billy Strange, Andy Wickham, Lenny Waronker, Snuff Garrett, Jimmy Bowen, and others.

This collection treats us to the pop icon as wistful, wise, flirty and fragile, full of southern charm and “cherry smiles.”  As always, there is a taste of country, a touch of rock and roll, a hint of the psychedelic, and a long time Nancy Sinatra signature: real, powerful stories from the life of a real woman.  The songs are alternately sweet, soulful, and emphatic, each delivered in Nancy’s warm, easy way.

Some of the many quotes about Nancy Sinatra:

“the founding female rocker.”
– The San Francisco Examiner

“Nancy Sinatra is the First Lady of Rock and roll.” – Rodney Bingenheimer, KROQ DJ

“groundbreaking, heartbreaking and eternally cool.” – David Wild, senior editor Rolling Stone

“It was Sinatra who almost single-handedly transformed the image of female pop star from fluff to tough.” Greg Haymes (journalist)

“Nancy was the first woman to turn the tables on men by using the same technique perfected by Elvis Presley.”
Women On Top by James Vickerson

“Nancy’s combination of pristine innocence and vamp-o-rama sex appeal was a perfect expression for the (‘60s).” Rolling Stone: Women in Rock by Karen Schoemer

“‘Bang, Bang’ is “the music the movie will work to the beat of… That was in my head six years ago when I first came up with ‘Kill Bill’.  Nancy’s version is so soulful. She sings it like poetry. It gives you new respect for what a wonderful vocalist she is.” Quentin Tarantino, in reference to his use of Nancy’s version of Sonny Bono’s “Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down)” as the theme song to Kill Bill Volume I

Cherry Smiles Tracklist:

01 Machine Gun Kelly

02 Dolly and Hawkeye

03 Indian Summer (l’été Indien)

04 Ain’t No Sunshine

05 Let’s Keep It That Way

06 There Ain’t No Way

07 One Jump Ahead of the Storm

08 I’m Not A Girl Anymore

09 She Played Piano and He Beat the Drums

10 Southern Lady

11 A Gentle Man Like You

12 Annabell of Mobile

13 Is Anybody Goin’ to San Antone

14 Glory Road

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