How to jump-start puberty

Actually, you might not want to do that, but when I was twelve, I wasn’t making a lot of progress in that general direction.

And then this happened:

Nancy Sinatra and Sugar

Of course, the big draw was the single, the slinky, semi-seductive “Sugar Town”; it would be many years before it would ever occur to me that it might have something to do with Bad, Nasty Drugs.

And by “many years,” I mean “up until last night.”



  1. Lisa Paul »

    9 December 2009 · 12:23 am

    I have a British friend who says he came to America partly because of Nancy Sinatra — who was, to him, the epitome of the cool American. He gifts everyone with the video of Nancy’s TV special, done at the height of her chart-topping fame, “Movin’ With Nancy”. It’s a classic. You’ve got to see it.

  2. Deborah »

    9 December 2009 · 11:09 am

    This tidbit of info makes me wonder if “Sugar Town” was ever performed on the Lawrence Welk show—like “One Toke Over the Line.”

  3. CGHill »

    10 December 2009 · 7:06 am

    I’ve been unable to find a definitive song list for the Welk show. I suppose I’m going to have to start pestering people at the Oklahoma Educational Television Authority, which has the rights to the show.

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