- Listeners joked one of the most famous Frank Sinatra songs was about incest.
- The song became a massive hit in the United States.
- The hit prevented a classic song by The Monkees from reaching No. 1 in the United States.
Frank Sinatra’s songs are very different from The Monkees‘ songs. Despite this, Sinatra and the Prefab Four were popular in the mid-1960s. Once, one of Sinatra’s most famous songs kept a classic Monkees track from reaching No. 1 in the United States.
Frank Sinatra made a song with Nancy Sinatra that fans joked was about incest
Sinatra’s daughter, Nancy Sinatra, is a singer. During the 1960s, she had some solo hits such as “These Boots Are Made for Walkin‘” and “Sugar Town.” She also recorded a duet with Frank titled “Somethin’ Stupid.” In a 2015 interview with The Arts Desk, Nancy discussed recording the latter song.
“It was very quick,” she recalled. “Dad was recording with [composer Antônio Carlos Jobim] that night and they had a very specific group of musicians for that session and at the end of that session that group of musicians left and another group came in, the Wrecking Crew rhythm section, and I believe they maintained the same string section from the Jobim but I’m not sure.”
What Frank Sinatra’s daughter thought about jokes that the song was about incest
Nancy kept laughing while recording “Somethin’ Stupid.” “And we listened to the arrangement a couple of times and it sounded great and we went to the mic, we were facing each other and we sang it,” Nancy continued. “We would have printed probably the first take except that he kept making me laugh. It was take two or three and that was it, it was over really fast. We had rehearsed it separately.”
Nancy was asked if she thought it was odd for her to perform a love duet with her father. “I don’t know,” she said. “People joked about it and called it ‘The Incest Song,’ which I thought was pretty silly. But yeah I can see the point.”
‘Somethin’ Stupid’ faced off against The Monkees’ song ‘A Little Bit Me, A Little Bit You’ on the charts
“Somethin’ Stupid” became a huge hit. For four weeks, it was No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100. The song remained on the chart for 13 weeks. “Somethin’ Stupid” appeared on Frank’s album Nothing but the Best. Nothing but the Best hit No. 2 on the Billboard 200 and stayed on the chart for 144 weeks.
When “Somethin’ Stupid” was No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, The Monkees’ “A Little Bit Me, A Little Bit You” peaked at No. 2. “A Little Bit Me, A Little Bit You” stayed on the Billboard Hot 100 for 10 weeks in total. The track appeared on the album The Monkees Greatest Hits. That record reached No. 58 on the Billboard 200, staying on the chart for 28 weeks.
“Somethin’ Stupid” and “A Little Bit Me, A Little Bit You” are both classic 1960s songs — even if one stopped the other from topping the charts.