the Beatles' initial success in America, the media was literally 100%
behind them. However, the scandal magazine 'Confidential', true to its
image, produced an issue with the Beatles' picture on the cover and
cover-lines which included the claim: "How Ringo Flipped for Ann-Margret."
The magazine hinted that Ringo and Ann-Margret were having a romance
and commented that Ringo had "bent her shell-pink ears with an hour
of long-distance oggly-googling, all in a special Teddy Boy lingo that
left little Annie limp." There were other reports that the two were
linked romantically, which Ringo had to dent at press interviews during
their second American tour.
Her albums include 'It's The Most Happy
Sound' (1959), 'And Here She Is' (1961), 'On The Way Up' (1962),
'The Vivacious One' (1962), 'Three Great Girls' (1962), 'Bachelor's
Paradise' (1963), 'Beauty And The Beard' (1964)'Songs From 'The
Swinger'' (1966), 'The Cowboy And The Lady' (1969), 'Hits and
Rarities' (1990), 'Hits and Rarities Vol 2' (1992), 'Lovely Ann-Margret,
Hits and Rarities' (1995), 'Let Me Entertain You' (1996), 'God
Is Love: The Gospel Sessions' (2001) and 'Viva La Vivacious' (2004).
She was backed on 'The Gospel Sessions' by The Jordanaires and
the album was nominated for a Grammy.
Ann-Margret Olsson was born in Valsjobyn, Sweden on 28th April
1941. At the age of five she arrived in America with her mother
Anna, joining her father Gustaf in Chicago where he was working
as an electrician. She took up lessons singing, dancing and playing
the piano and became a naturalised American citizen in 1949.
In November 1960 she was hired by George Burns to join his Las
Vegas act (dropping the Olsson surname) and she made her movie
debut playing Bette Davis' daughter in 'A Pocketful of Miracles'.
Other movies she has appeared in include 'State Fair', 'Bye Bye
Birdie', 'Viva Las Vegas', 'Stagecoach' and 'The Cincinnati Kid.'
She was to receive Academy Award nominations in the seventies
for the films 'Carnal Knowledge' and 'Tommy'.
The Flintstones cartoon series also featured her as 'Ann-Margrock'
in 1960 and she sang the number 'Viva Rock Vegas' in the Flintstones
feature film of that name in 2000.
Following 'Viva Las Vegas', Ann-Margret and Elvis had a brief
affair until his manager, Colonel Tom Parker, stepped in and demanded
Elvis end the relationship. Long after that Elvis would always
send Ann-Margret flowers in the shape of a guitar whenever she
opened her show. Elvis nicknamed her "Thumper" and it was her
code name when she called Elvis at Graceland.