Nancy Sinatra claims she was shunned by other female singers: ‘Stevie Nicks gave me the cold shoulder’

Exclusive: Singer claims she was snubbed during an event held at the White House

Roisin O'Connor
Saturday 30 January 2021 07:00 GMT
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Nancy Sinatra, pictured here in 1966
Nancy Sinatra, pictured here in 1966 (Getty Images)

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Nancy Sinatra has claimed that she was shunned by her contemporaries during the Sixties and Seventies, despite her success.

Sinatra, who is releasing a new album of remastered songs on Friday 5 February,  told The Independent in an interview that she believed other female artists “sort of looked down on me”.

“I don’t think they knew what to make of me and my so-called career,” she said. “They shunned me a little bit, which I found hurtful. And I didn’t quite understand why they did.”  

Presented with names of more folk-orientated artists, such as Joan Baez, Helen Reddy and Stevie Nicks, Sinatra said she wasn’t really part of that crowd.

“I wasn’t really allowed in,” she said. “I was at an event at the White House when it was the Clinton White House. I met Sheryl Crow and Stevie Nicks, and they gave me a cold shoulder. That was painful for me. It’s like they didn't want to be friends.”  

Sinatra claimed that Nicks and Crow “virtually ignored me”, and despite her efforts to greet them, “they weren’t interested”. 

Asked whether she felt this was because her contemporaries didn’t view her as an “authentic” artist, Sinatra responded: “I don’t want to put words in their mouths. But yeah, I think there was definitely some of that. I felt like an interloper.”

The Independent has contacted Nicks and Crow’s representatives for comment.

Read the full interview here.

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