Ann-Margret is an icon. Since her professional career began in 1961, she’s been the recipient of five Golden Globe awards and has been nominated for two Academy Awards, two Grammy Awards, six Emmy Awards, and a SAG Award. She also appeared in one of the most popular movie musicals of all time – 1963’s BYE BYE BIRDIE – as well as acting, dancing, and singing alongside Elvis Presley in his most popular movie, VIVA LAS VEGAS (1964). As an actress, she’s appeared in many acclaimed films including STATE FAIR (1962), THE TRAIN ROBBERS (1973), TOMMY (1975), MAGIC (1978), GRUMPY OLD MEN (1993), and its sequel GRUMPIER OLD MEN (1995). While still making theatrical films, she also made the transition into television with her critically acclaimed portrayal of Pamela Harriman in made-for-TV film LIFE OF THE PARTY: THE PAMELA HARRIMAN STORY. Her most recent film roles include LUCKY (2011), GOING IN STYLE (2017), PAPA (2018), and QUEEN BEES (2021).
Although Ann-Margret has received more attention as an actress over the course of her career, she actually began as a dancer and singer. Discovered while part of a dance troupe in Las Vegas, she performed with Tony Bennett and Al Hirt before being chosen by George Burns himself to dance alongside him during his annual holiday show. She signed to RCA Records in 1961 and issued the Top 20 single “I Just Don’t Understand,” which was followed by “It Do Me So Good” (1961) and “What Am I Supposed To Do” (1962). She issued a series of acclaimed albums including AND HERE SHE IS… ANN-MARGRET (1961), ON THE WAY UP (1962), THE VIVACIOUS ONE (1963), and BEAUTY AND THE BEARD (1964), which found her collaborating with Al Hirt. Her acting career took precedence for a good portion of the 1960s, but she did manage to collaborate with Lee Hazlewood on the album THE COWBOY AND THE LADY in 1969. While she released more music – including a Disco album, a Gospel album, and a Christmas album – Ann-Margret hasn’t issued new music in many years.
In 2023, Ann-Margret returns to record shops with BORN TO BE WILD, an album that embraces her love for Rock ‘n’ Roll. The album includes modern takes on Rock standards such as “Rock Around the Clock,” “Splish Splash,” “Bye Bye Love,” and “Earth Angel” amongst others. Her collaborators on the album include some of Pop, Rock, and Country music’s most recognizable names including Joe Perry (Aerosmith), Pete Townshend (The Who), Robben Ford, Cliff Richard, Lee Rocker & Slim Jim Phantom, Brian Auger, T.G. Sheppard, the Oak Ridge Boys, Paul Shaffer, Steve Cropper, Mickey Gilly, and many more. Where else are you going to find Ann-Margret performing “Teach Me Tonight” alongside Pat Boone, Rick Wakeman (Yes), and Damiano Della Torre? Thanks to this album, you no longer have to imagine what “Born To Be Wild” would sound like with Ann-Margret fronting legendary Garage Rock outfit The Fuzztones! And just to make sure you keep this album close by all year ‘round, she closes BORN TO BE WILD with a cover of the Brenda Lee yuletide favorite “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree” featuring guitar work by Sonny Landreth! If you didn’t believe in the existence of a musical multiverse, then this album will make you a believer!
BORN TO BE WILD