Nancy Sinatra’s performance of a ballad from the 1920s is among the latest clips to be shared from the archives of The Ed Sullivan Show. The song is “My Buddy,” as featured on the February 26, 1967 edition of the celebrated and long-running TV variety series, just after she had included it on her Sugar album.
As Sullivan says in his introduction, Sinatra was just back from entertaining the troops in Vietnam, where “My Buddy” was the most requested song by “our boys.” That week’s show also featured appearances by Xavier Cugat and Henny Youngman; it was the latest in a considerable number of bookings in the series for Sinatra, who would be back on the bill within a couple of months with her frequent recording partner Lee Hazlewood. Sinatra had made her big disc breakthrough early in 1966 when “These Boots Are Made For Walkin’” soared to No.1 in the US.
She had further Top 10 singles that year with “How Does That Grab You, Darlin’?” and “Sugar Town,” and within three weeks of this appearance on Sullivan, she was on her way back to No.1 with her famous duet with father Frank on “Somethin’ Stupid.”
The music for “My Buddy” was written by Walter Donaldson, with lyrics by Gus Kahn. The song was published in 1922, and first recorded that year by Canadian tenor Henry Burr. Versions swiftly followed that year by Billy Burton and Arthur Fields, and in 1923 by Ambrose and His Embassy Club Orchestra and by Walter Scanlan. The song became especially popular during World War II, notably in a 1942 reading by Sammy Kaye, credited on disc as Swing and Sway with Sammy Kaye, with Tommy Ryan and Chorus.
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