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Ann-Margret: And Here She Is - Ann-Margret (LP, 180g Vinyl, Ltd.)
Born in Sweden on April 28, 1941 (she is 76 at this writing), Ann-Margret Olsson - better known simply as Ann-Margret - enjoyed a successful career in the United States as an actress, singer, and dancer. She is best known for her roles in films such as Bye. Bye Birdie (1963), Viva Las Vegas (1964), The Cincinnati Kid (1965), and 7bmmy (1975). She has won five Golden Globe Awards and was nominated for two Academy Awards, two Grammy Awards, a Screen Actors Guild Award, and six Emmy Awards. Her singing and acting careers span five decades, starting in 1961. This release presents Ann-Margret's debut album, And Here She Is (RCA Victor LSP-2399), which finds her in the company of the great arranger and conductor Marty Paich.
Original liner notes: 'And Here She Is - Ann-Margret' - Every performer is aware that his success or failure depends on immediate communication with the audience. This is something for which every actor, singer or comedian (even the cigar-smoking variety) strives. To some, this contact seems to come easily and naturally. Others most work hard for it. Ann-Margret is a member of that former, privileged group. When Ann-Margret first walked on the stage with our Las Vegas show a few months ago, her ability to reach the audience was immediately apparent. Even before she opened her mouth, the audience was charmed by her natural beauty and poise. Then she sang, and the people were captivated. Being a singer myself (I will pause here and puff my cigar while I'm waiting for my laugh), I feel fully qualified to endorse Ann-Margret's vocal talents. As a matter of fact, I even dusted die song from my old act and presented her with the dog-eared sheet music. If anybody besides me is going to sing Lovie Joe, I'm glad it's Ann-Margret. Actually, she gives it several "touches" I was never able to, not the least of which is femininity. Ann-Margret was born in Sweden. I'm not sure what we export to Sweden, but we import beautiful girls and a prize fighter. So far, the girls have proved more durable. I would say that the balance of trade was definitely in our favor, especially in the case of Ann-Margret. She arrived in this country at the age of
four, fifteen years ago (I was then singing Lovie Joe about forty years), and it was our best international transaction since we advanced Napoleon pocket money in return for several million square miles called the Louisiana Purchase. Ann-Margret is now well on her any toward stardom. In addition to this fine RCA Victor album, she is causing a great deal of excitement at 20. Century-Fox studios where she is now under contract. You can't hardly beat that combination of talent and beauty. Of course, when I first started I was known for my talent and beauty, too, but Gracie retired.
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- Geschwindigkeit 33 U/min
- Vinyl record size LP (12 Inch)
- Mint (M)
- Sleeve Grading Mint (M)
- Vinyl weight 180g Vinyl
- Year of publication 2018
- weight in Kg 0.3
|Ann-Margret - And Here She Is - Ann-Margret (LP, 180g Vinyl, Ltd.) LP 1|
|01||Baby Won't You Please Come Home||Ann-Margret|| |
|02||Bye Bye Blues||Ann-Margret|| |
|03||Please Be Kind||Ann-Margret|| |
|05||Teach Me Tonight||Ann-Margret|| |
|06||More Than You Know||Ann-Margret|| |
|07||There'll Be Some Changes Made||Ann-Margret|| |
|08||Blame It On My Youth||Ann-Margret|| |
|09||Kansas City||Ann-Margret|| |
|10||That's What I Like||Ann-Margret|| |
|11||I Should Care||Ann-Margret|| |
|12||You're Nobody 'Til Somebody Loves You||Ann-Margret|| |
|13||Lovie Joe||Ann-Margret|| |
|14||C'est Si Bon (It's So Good)||Ann-Margret|| |
Composers Jule Styne and Stephen Sondheim crafted the song Let Me Entertain You to chart the progress of sisters Rose and June in their Broadway musical 'Gypsy.' When we first hear the tune in the show, it's sung by an innocent troupe of child performers. By the time Rose has grown to become the world-famous exotic dancer Gypsy Rose Lee, Let Me Entertain You has become a flashy backing for her bumps and grinds.
In a professional career that's nearing its 40th year, Ann-Margret has become an entertainer of world renown: an actress who's received two Academy Award nominations, and a singer-dancer who has graced stages from Las Vegas to a command performance for the King and Queen of Sweden. And throughout her career, she might have adopted both versions of Let Me Entertain You as her theme song. Because there are two Ann-Margrets: the quiet, demure girl who emigrated from Sweden as a youngster, and the fiery performer whose every note, every move, simply sizzles.
Music has played a major role in Ann-Margret's career from the beginning, and in addition to starring in several musical films, she's continued to sing and dance in spectacular live shows -- her 1992 appearance at Radio City Music Hall in New York is said to be the biggest production ever staged in that renowned venue.
Within a relatively brief time from her arrival in Hollywood, Ann-Margret was soon signed to film and recording contracts; between 1961-'66, she recorded several pop albums for the RCA label, as well as soundtracks for films including 'State Fair', 'Bye Bye Birdie', and (heating up the screen with Elvis Presley) 'Viva Las Vegas.' She was even animated, by the Hanna-Barbera Studios, and appeared as 'Ann-Margrock' in 'The Flintstones', where she wound up singing a lullabye, The Littlest Lamb. During this time, Ann-Margret worked with many of the finest producers, arrangers and musicians in Hollywood and Nashville, and held her own with all of them -- recording pop standards, rhythm and blues, Dixieland jazz or anything else that her producers would give her.
When her RCA contract ended, she all but stopped recording, concentrating her energies in other arenas. Since then, with a few exceptions, Ann-Margret's extensive recorded repertoire has been allowed to go out of print. And in her otherwise-revealing 1994 autobiography, 'My Story' (written with Todd Gold), Ann-Margret all but ignores her time in the recording studio. "I can't believe I did all those songs!," she exclaimed upon being seeing the list of material for this project.
With this set, we intend to restore Ann-Margret's RCA recordings, and others from the same era, to their proper prominence, and to fill that gap in her biography. She'll entertain you, to be sure. But, to quote another of the songs included here, what you'll hear is all but guaranteed to be More Than You Know.
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Gustav Olsson was an electrician, nearly 40 years old, when he married 21-year-old Anna Aronsson. Though they lived in Stockholm at the time their daughter, Ann-Margret (named after a popular skating star) was born on April 28, 1941, they soon moved to Valsjobyn, a town of 150 people 200 miles south of the Arctic Circle and bordering Norway.
Gustav had emigrated to Canada as a teenager, subsequently moving to Chicago, Illinois, before returning to Sweden and marring Anna. And while Ann-Margret was still very young, Gustav moved back to the United States, hoping to find work, and left his wife and daughter to live with Anna's mother. The two women ran a restaurant and bakery, where tiny Ann-Margret would sing and dance to entertain the local farmers, lumberjacks and soldiers.
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