About the song
If you are a fan of Frank Sinatra, you probably know his famous duet with his daughter Nancy Sinatra, “Somethin’ Stupid”. But do you know the story behind this song? In this blog post, we will explore the origins, the success and the legacy of this classic pop tune.
“Somethin’ Stupid” was written by C. Carson Parks, a folk singer and songwriter who was part of the group The Steeltown Two. He wrote the song in 1966 and recorded it with his wife Gaile Foote, under the name Carson and Gaile. The song was a humorous and romantic dialogue between two lovers who are afraid of ruining their relationship by saying something stupid.
The song caught the attention of Frank Sinatra, who was looking for a duet partner for his upcoming album. He originally wanted to sing it with Peggy Lee, but she was unavailable. He then thought of his daughter Nancy, who had already established herself as a pop singer with hits like “These Boots Are Made for Walkin'” and “Sugar Town”. Nancy agreed to sing with her father, even though she was nervous about it.
The father-daughter duo recorded “Somethin’ Stupid” in February 1967, with Billy Strange as the arranger and conductor. The song was released as a single in March 1967, and became an instant hit. It reached number one on both the Billboard Hot 100 and the UK Singles Chart, making it the first and only father-daughter duet to top both charts. It also won a Grammy Award for Record of the Year.
“Somethin’ Stupid” has been covered by many artists over the years, including Robbie Williams and Nicole Kidman, who also reached number one in the UK with their version in 2001. The song has also been featured in movies, TV shows and commercials, such as The Simpsons, Friends, Mad Men and Heineken.
“Somethin’ Stupid” is a timeless song that showcases the charm and talent of Frank and Nancy Sinatra. It is a song that can make you smile, laugh and fall in love. It is a song that proves that sometimes, saying something stupid can be the smartest thing to do.