Ann-Margret's First Album in Over a Decade Features Star-Studded Guestlist

Article Contributed by Shore Fire Media | Published on Saturday, April 15, 2023

Consummate entertainer Ann-Margret has unveiled her first new studio album in over a decade, Born To Be Wild, out today on Cleopatra Records. It’s a collection of brand-new recordings of her favorite rock ‘n’ roll and pop gems from the ‘50s through the ‘70s, featuring an all-star group of friends and fans including The Who’s Pete Townshend, Aerosmith’s Joe Perry, Paul Shaffer, Pat Boone, country legends Mickey Gilley (on one of his final recordings), The Oak Ridge Boys, T.G. Sheppard, Stax guitarist Steve Cropper, Linda Gail Lewis, Robben Ford, and many more. Featuring golden-era favorites like “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You,” “Son Of A Preacher Man,” “Volare” and “Why Do Fools Fall In Love,” Ann-Margret remains at the top of her game (and still rides her lavender Harley Davidson) while possessing a voice that's enchanting as ever.

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Ann-Margret has been nominated twice for an Academy Award, won five Golden Globe Awards, won an Emmy, and received five other Emmy nominations. She is a three-time winner of the “Female Star of the Year” award and has been twice honored as “Outstanding Box Office Star of the Year” by the Theatre Owners of America. Ann-Margret was also nominated for a Grammy for her album God is Love: The Gospel Sessions. She has performed at the White House, received presidential citations for entertaining the U.S. armed forces overseas and was honored by the USO World Board of Governors. She has made over fifty-five films, including such hits as “The Cincinnati Kid,” “State Fair,” “Tommy,” “Carnal Knowledge,” “Bye Bye Birdie” and “Viva Las Vegas.”

For Born To Be Wild, Ann-Margret teamed with producers Jürgen Engler (David Hasselhoff, Robby Krieger), Adam Hamilton (William Shatner, Missing Persons) and Danny B. Harvey (Nancy Sinatra, Wanda Jackson), as well as engineer Chris Lietz.

Born To Be Wild Tracklist


    “Rock Around The Clock” feat. Joe Perry & Jim McCarty
    “Bye Bye Love” feat. Pete Townshend & T.G Sheppard
    “Son Of A Preacher Man” feat. Steve Cropper & Brian Auger
    “Earth Angel” feat. The Oak Ridge Boys & Harvey Mandel
    “Why Do Fools Fall In Love” feat. Robben Ford & Chip Z’Nuff
    “The Great Pretender” feat. Paul Shaffer, Danny B. Harvey & Adam Hamilton
    “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You” feat. Cliff Richard & Rick Braun


    “Born To Be Wild” feat. The Fuzztones
    “Splish Splash” feat. Mickey Gilley, Linda Gail Lewis & The Rockats
    “Somebody’s In My Orchard” feat. Don Randi
    “Teach Me Tonight” feat Pat Boone, Rick Wakeman & Damiano Della Torre
    “Volare” feat. Lee Rocker & Slim Jim Phantom
    “Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree” feat. Sonny Landreth

“Being offered an opportunity to work with Ann-Margret, especially on an Everly Brothers song, was just too romantic to pass. Ann-Margret’s work on the Tommy movie back in 1974 (when she was most certainly not old enough to pretend to be Roger Daltrey’s mother) was a joy from beginning to end. Her sonorous voice, her Scandinavian beauty, her sense of humour, her stamina and her strength all shone through.”

- Pete Townshend

"I am very honored and proud to have had this opportunity to record 'Born To Be Wild' for Brian Perera's Cleopatra Records. What fun I had, and then to find all of the great artists that lent their support for this project. Reading the quote from my dear friend Pete Townshend brought back such great memories. Thank you all - Brian, Tim, Ken, Adam, Jurgen, Shore Fire, and everyone involved."

- Ann-Margret

“From the time we were much younger Oak Ridge Boys until this present day, Ann-Margret has been a bigger than life superstar. She is one of the most beautiful women on the planet, who can sing, dance, and act. Even though several years have passed by all of us, Ann-Margret is still a unique force of nature, so when we were invited to sing with her on ‘Born to Be Wild’ we admittingly turned into little boys. What an honor for us to sing one down with Ann-Margret. We felt like Elvis in Viva Las Vegas. Four Lucky Jacksons singing and dancing with Rusty Martin. That sounds like a stretch, but it’s how we felt. Thank you, Ann! You are indeed an EARTH ANGEL!”

- Oak Ridge Boys

“Ann-Margret is a national treasure who can still rock the country like few can. It was an honor to play on her record.”

- Paul Shaffer

“To be invited to sing a duet with Ann-Margret was definitely a bucket list moment. To also be among other legendary friends such as the Oak Ridge Boys and Mickey Gilley, who are also singing with her on this fun project, is truly a great honor. I had a blast being in the studio recording ‘Bye Bye Love’ with her. After all it’s not every day you get a chance to sing with such an iconic star like Ann-Margret.”

- T.G. Sheppard

“Recording with my cousin, Linda Gail Lewis, on ‘Splish Splash’ and bringing family and music together with Ann-Margret has really made this a special project for me. We’re excited to be working together and thrilled we could participate on Ann-Margret’s new album by sharing our love of music with Ann-Margret and our fans!”

- Mickey Gilley