Ann-Margret – The Vivacious One (1962)

Ann-MargretTheVicFCAnn-Margret has an expressive if overly overwought voice. Check out her “Begin the Beguine;” beginning with the enticing solo casanets, the song gets the full seductive treatment by Ann-Margret with her breathy rendition; Only Johnny Mathis does it as well she! Likewise, her version of “Senor Blues” (with arranger Bob Florence’s help) reminds the listener of Peggy Lee’s Hispanic songs. “Don’t Talk About Me” shows Ann-Margret at her sassiness while “C’est Si Bon” allows Ann-Margret to show her flair for international-flavored sexiness. And who can forget her outrageous “Thirteen Men”; its campy “The-Girl-Can’t- Help-It” lyrics makes the listener want to grap a comb and start pantomining! (A Bill Haley orginal, it cries for a AM or MM treatment.) Some of these cuts were included the “Let Me Entertain Me” compilation album, but this album is the only one (besides her boxed set) that includes her classic versions of “Begin the Beguine” and “Senor Blues.” A very good Calbumthat shows AM at her most entertaining and yes, vivacious. (by a customer)

Ann-Margret (vocals)
Orchestra – conducted by H.B. Barnum & Bob Florence

01. There´ll Be Some Changes Made (Higgins/Overstreet) 2.09
02. I Was Only Kidding (Goffin/King) 2.39
03. Make Love To Me (Brunies/Copeland/Mares/Melrose/Norvas/Pollack/Rappolo/Stitzel) 2.52
04. Tell Me, Tell Me (Merrill) 2.24
05. Please Don´t Talk About Me When I´m Gone (Clare/Stept) 2.05
06. C’est Si Bon (It’s So Good) (Betti/Seelen) 3.09
07. The Rock And Roll Waltz (Allen/Ware) 2.44
08. Jim Dandy (Chase) 2.44
09. Thirteen Man (Thompson) 2.45
10. Señor Blues (Silver) 2.59
11. Inka Dinka Doo (Durante/Ryan) 2.04
12. Begin The Beguine (Porter) 3.23



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  1. Pingback: Musical Poetry: Begin the Beguine | rsmithing

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