About Ann-Margret ... Rhinestone Cowgirl
You may know Ann-Margret as the singer and dancer who matched Elvis shimmy-for-shimmy in Viva Las Vegas (1964). In this delightful 1977 TV special, she goes toe-to-toe with musical and comedy icons on country’s most legendary stage.
“For a little girl who was raised on Swedish meatballs, the Grand Ole Opry is like a shrine,” the Swedish-born star says, after opening the show with “Thank God I’m a Country Girl.” Next, Ann trades barbs with comedian Bob Hope, who also joins her for a duet of “Buttons and Bows” from his 1947 film The Paleface.
Perry Como may not have been a country singer, but he could wrap his velvet voice around any genre and make it his own. He does so here in a delightful duet with Ann that concludes with “Your Cheatin’ Heart.” Next, Ann surprises country comedian Minnie Pearl by mimicking her outfit (complete with hat price tag), and they’re joined by an overall-clad Hope and Como for “Settin’ The Woods On Fire.” Ann dances a balletic tribute to composer Aaron Copland including his iconic “Hoe-Down” and closes the show with “Quiet Please, There’s A Lady On Stage.”
The live audience rises to its feet at the end of this high-energy hour. You may be tempted to do the same.
Produced by Gary Smith and Dwight Hemion.