Pete Townshend is featured on Ann-Margret’s new single Bye Bye Love. His distinctive guitar tracks accompany Hollywood legend Ann-Margret and country musician T.G. Sheppard on their joyful upbeat version of the classic Everly Brothers song from 1957.
The song was released this week, and will appear on her album, Born to Be Wild, which will hit the stores on April 14.
The album will feature covers of songs from the '50s and '60s, and include an impressive lineup of stars, including Rick Wakeman, Cliff Richards, Joe Perry, Steve Cropper, The Oak Ridge Boys, Paul Shaffer, Pat Boone, Mickey Gilley, and many others.
Pete first worked with Ann-Margret on Ken Russell's 1975 movie Tommy, in which she had a starring role portraying Tommy’s mother. That stunning performance earned her an Oscar nomination for Best Actress.
In a press statement Pete said, “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.”
Ann-Margret added, “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.”
Here's the full track list.
1 “Rock Around The Clock” feat. Joe Perry & Jim McCarty
2 “Bye Bye Love” feat. Pete Townshend & T.G Sheppard
3 “Son Of A Preacher Man” feat. Steve Cropper & Brian Auger
4 “Earth Angel” feat. The Oak Ridge Boys & Harvey Mandel
5 “Why Do Fools Fall In Love” feat. Robben Ford & Chip Z’Nuff
6 “The Great Pretender” feat. Paul Shaffer, Danny B. Harvey & Adam Hamilton
7 “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You” feat. Cliff Richard & Rick Braun
1 “Born To Be Wild” feat. The Fuzztones
2 “Splish Splash” feat. Mickey Gilley, Linda Gail Lewis & The Rockats
3 “Somebody’s In My Orchard” feat. Don Randi
4 “Teach Me Tonight” feat Pat Boone, Rick Wakeman & Damiano Della Torre
5 “Volare” feat. Lee Rocker & Slim Jim Phantom
6 “Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree” feat. Sonny Landreth