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Ann-Margret: Personalities

1-CD-Album Digipak with 24-page booklet, 15 tracks. Playing time approx. 40 minutes.

Ann-Margret & Al Hirt
Personalities

It has to be one of the oddest couples in recorded history. 'The Beard' - a burly giant of a man sometimes nicknamed Jumbo, in the person of then-42 year-old New Orleans trumpet legend Al Hirt and 'Beauty' - Ann-Margret at 22, just-out-of-the-litter as a sex-kitten, only three years into her fame. The unlikelihood of this teaming serves up one surprising and terrific cut after another.

This album finds Ann-Margret at the very beginning of her career. She had recently achieved the fresh-faced movie stardom of 'State Fair' and 'Bye Bye Birdie,' but hadn't yet graduated to 'grown-up' films like 'Carnal Knowledge' and 'Tommy.' Neither had she cemented her status as a full fledged sex-symbol replete with singing, dancing and acting chops suitable for sellout Las Vegas nightclub acts, TV variety specials and award-winning performances in blockbuster television dramas and mini-series of the 1970s and '80s like 'A Streetcar Named Desire,' and 'The Two Mrs Grenvilles' (a star of great longevity, in the '90s, she played opposite Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau in the movies, 'Grumpy Old Men' and its sequel, 'Grumpier Old Men').

The story of this CD goes that both Al Hirt and Ann-Margret were booked into Las Vegas at the Dunes at the same time, which is where the idea for the album was born. It was recorded in Hollywood in January, 1964, the same year Ann-Margret would burn up the screen with Elvis Presley in 'Viva Las Vegas.'

Considering Ann-Margret's age and career trajectory, what's interesting is that in the shadow of Elvis, with pop music knuckling under to encroaching rock and roll and youth culture, this album was a project that joyfully and playfully embraces a lot of old-time standards. Not just then-current picks, but barrelhouse classics and Eddie Cantor and Ruth Etting stalwarts from forty years earlier - Bill Bailey, Everybody Loves My Baby (But My Baby Don't Love Nobody But Me), Ma (He's Making Eyes At Me) - just the ticket for a hardened jazzman and a kid for whom the seductive bit was a showbiz put-on, to have a load of fun.

Happily, it's as much fun for the listener as these two seem to be having together. The music, with Hirt's virtuoso trumpet as a tent-pole, is impeccable; and one is reminded, among all the sexpot hype of her career, of Ann-Margret's sophisticated talent as a singer and musician.

It's Hirt's vocals, though, that threaten to run away with the show - out of such a large man, a shy, whispery voice, with jazzman's inflections. During their banter, you could swear he's blushing. Born Alois Maxwell Hirt in New Orleans in 1922, he apprenticed with swing bands including those of both Dorsey brothers and Benny Goodman (he'd already done a stint as an Army bugler in World War II). Eventually, his hometown and the Dixieland sound called him back (for two decades, he owned his own club on Bourbon Street in the French Quarter). In his heyday, in the 1950s and '60s, he posted almost two dozen albums on the 'Billboard' charts, including the albums 'Honey In The Horn' and 'Cotton Candy;' he won a Grammy award with his hit single cover of the tune Java, and with a Billy May arrangement, it is his trumpet heard on the legendary TV theme for the 1960s show, 'The Green Hornet.'

These recordings find him at the height of his popularity. Rapport with his sexy young duet partner is obvious, in the chatty ad libs on songs like The Best Man and 'Taint What You Do (It's The Way That Cha Do It) - banter that purports to be risqué, but nowadays, seems sweetly innocent.

In fact, Ann-Margaret specialized in playing both sides of that coin. After being brought to the U.S. at the age of five from Valsjöbyn Sweden, where she was born Ann-Margret Olsson in 1941, she was raised in Illinois, and discovered by George Burns while still a teenager. He hired her for his nightclub act, and from the master, she learned how to play a foil, particularly to older men; she subsequently worked with a slew of veteran comedians in the Burns crowd, like Jack Benny and Bob Hope. That same vibe is evident parrying here with Hirt.

She and Hirt winkingly breeze through this CD's fifteen cuts, which are culled from Bear Family's 1999 5-CD Ann-Margret box set. Included is perhaps their most well-known cut, Baby It's Cold Outside, also Mutual Admiration Society (from the 1956 Ethel Merman vehicle, 'Happy Hunting'), Burke and Van Heusen's Personality, My Baby Just Cares For Me, Row, Row, Row (the set's most old-timey selection, from the Ziegfeld Follies of 1912), and Mack The Knife - the last, along with Mama's Gone, Goodbye and I Wish I Could Shimmy Like My Sister Kate, are bonus tracks.

The fact that someone had the unlikely idea to pair these two performers has given us one terrific and serendipitous collection that is as musically astute as it is entertaining. It's nice to know, thanks to this new release, that new generations of listeners can find this out for themselves.

Deborah Grace Winer
June 2010

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Ann-Margret - Personalities CD 1
01 Personality
02 'Tain't What You Do
03 Bill Bailey
04 My Baby Just Cares For Me
05 Everybody Loves My Baby
06 Little Boy (Little Girl)
07 The Best Man
08 Ma (He's Making Eyes At Me)
09 Mutual Admiration Society
10 Row, Row, Row
11 Baby, ItÆs Cold Outside
12 Just Because
13 Mack The Knife
14 (I Wish I Could Shimmy Like My) Sister Kate
15 Mama's Gone, Goodbye
Ann Margret Composers Jule Styne and Stephen Sondheim crafted the song Let Me Entertain You... more
"Ann-Margret"

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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