Somethin' Stupid

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"Somethin' Stupid"
Single by Frank Sinatra and Nancy Sinatra
from the album The World We Knew
Released March 1967
Format Vinyl record (7")
Genre Pop
Length 2:37
Label Reprise
Writer(s) C. Carson Parks1
Producer(s) Jimmy Bowen, Lee Hazelwood1

"Somethin' Stupid" is a song written by C. Carson Parks and originally recorded in 1966 by Parks and his wife Gaile Foote, as "Carson and Gaile". It is best known in the hit version by Frank Sinatra and his daughter, Nancy Sinatra.1

Original recording by Carson and Gaile

In the early 1960s, Carson Parks was a folk singer in Los Angeles. He was an occasional member of The Easy Riders, and also performed with The Steeltown Three, which included his younger brother Van Dyke Parks. In 1963 he formed the Greenwood County Singers, later known as The Greenwoods, who had two minor hits and included singer Gaile Foote. Before the Greenwoods disbanded, Parks and Foote married and, as Carson and Gaile, recorded an album for Kapp Records, San Antonio Rose, which included the track "Something Stupid". The recording was then brought to the attention of Frank Sinatra.23

Frank and Nancy Sinatra

The most successful and best-known version of the song was issued as a single by Nancy Sinatra and Frank Sinatra and subsequently appeared on Frank's album The World We Knew. Frank had played Parks' recording to his daughter's producer, Lee Hazlewood, who recalled "He asked me, 'Do you like it?' and I said, 'I love it, and if you don't sing it with Nancy, I will.' He said, 'We're gonna do it, book a studio.'"23 Their rendition was recorded on February 1, 1967. Al Casey played guitar on the recording. Hazlewood and Jimmy Bowen were listed as the producers of the single, with arrangement by Billy Strange.1

The single spent four weeks at #1 on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart and nine weeks atop the easy listening (now adult contemporary) chart, becoming Frank's second gold single as certified by the RIAA and Nancy's third.4 It was the first and only instance of a father-daughter number-one song in America. Nancy Sinatra has said she thinks it's "very sweet" that some people refer to it as the "Incest Song".5 The single also reached #1 on the UK Singles Chart the same year.1

Robbie Williams and Nicole Kidman version

"Somethin' Stupid"
Single by Robbie Williams and Nicole Kidman
from the album Swing When You're Winning
Released December 10, 2001
Format CD single, cassette, DVD single
Recorded 2001
Genre Soft rock, vocal jazz
Length 2:50
Label Chrysalis
Writer(s) C. Carson Parks
Robbie Williams chronology
"Better Man"
(2001)
"Somethin' Stupid"
(2001)
"Mr. Bojangles"/"I Will Talk and Hollywood Will Listen"
(2002)

British singer Robbie Williams recorded "Somethin' Stupid" as a duet in 2001 with Academy Award-winning actress Nicole Kidman. The song appeared on Williams' 2001 album, Swing When You're Winning, and it topped the UK Singles Chart at the end of the year. The song became Williams' first Christmas number-one single in the United Kingdom, and fifth as a featured artist. The single sold 98,506 copies in its first week and 366,000 copies over all earning a Silver Certification by the BPI. It was also listened when Esther sang to it on Esther Barbero Comes To Town the 2nd season finale The three musketeers.

The song was the 30th best selling single of 2001 in the UK. The song also became another number-one single for Williams in New Zealand, being certified Gold,6 and became, at the time, his best selling single in Europe charting inside the top ten in most countries. In Australia, it became Williams' fourth top ten single, earning a Gold certification for over 35,000 copies sold.7 These are the formats and track listings of major single releases of "Somethin' Stupid".

Track listing

UK CD single

  1. "Somethin' Stupid" – 2:51
  2. "Eternity" (Orchestral version) – 5:32
  3. "My Way" (Live at the Albert Hall) – 6:59
  4. "Somethin' Stupid" (video) – 3:08

UK DVD single

  1. "Somethin' Stupid" (video) – 3:06
  2. "Let's Face the Music and Dance" (audio) – 2:35
  3. "That's Life" (audio) – 3:07

Charts

Chart (2001-02) Peak
position
Australia (ARIA)8 8
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)9 2
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)10 5
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Wallonia)11 6
Canada (Nielsen SoundScan)12 25
Denmark (Tracklisten)13 6
Europe (Eurochart Hot 100) 1
France (SNEP)14 16
Germany (Media Control AG)15 2
Ireland (IRMA) 2
Italy (FIMI)16 1
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)17 9
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)18 1
Norway (VG-lista)19 9
Portugal (Billboard)20 1
Romania (Romanian Top 100)21 9
Spain (PROMUSICAE)22 2
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)23 17
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)24 3
UK Singles (The Official Charts Company) 1

Certifications

Country Certification (if any) Sales/shipments
Australia Gold7 35,000+
Austria Gold25 15,000+
France Silver26 100,000+
Germany Gold27 250,000+
New Zealand Gold6 7,500+
Switzerland Gold28 20,000+
United Kingdom Silver29 378,000+

Other artists

References

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  4. ^ Whitburn, Joel (1996). The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits, 6th Edition (Billboard Publications)
  5. ^ John Patterson (2008-06-02). "John Patterson talks with Nancy Sinatra about sex, men and marriage | Music". The Guardian. Retrieved 2013-06-15. 
  6. ^ a b "The Official New Zealand Music Chart". Rianz.org.nz. Retrieved 2014-04-02. 
  7. ^ a b "ARIA Charts - Accreditations - 2002 Singles". Aria.com.au. Retrieved 2014-04-02. 
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External links

Preceded by
"Lady" by Jack Jones
Billboard Easy Listening number-one single (Nancy and Frank Sinatra version)
April 1, 1967 (9 weeks)
Succeeded by
"Casino Royale" by Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass
Preceded by
"Release Me"
by Engelbert Humperdinck
UK number-one single
(Nancy and Frank Sinatra version)

13 April 1967 (two weeks)
Succeeded by
"Puppet on a String" by Sandie Shaw
Preceded by
"Happy Together" by The Turtles
Billboard Hot 100 number-one single (Nancy and Frank Sinatra version)
April 15, 1967 (four weeks)
Succeeded by
"The Happening" by The Supremes
Preceded by
"Gotta Get Thru This" by Daniel Bedingfield
UK Singles Chart number-one single (Robbie Williams/Nicole Kidman version)
December 15, 2001 – January 5, 2002
Succeeded by
"Gotta Get Thru This" by Daniel Bedingfield







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