The Art of Pop #12


On The Way Up
(Ann-Margret)
(RCA; 1962)

4 comments:

VP81955 said...

Since the label in the upper right-hand corner reads "RCA Records" rather than the more familiar "RCA Victor," is this a cover printed outside the U.S.? Just wondering, as I've never come across this before.

The young Ann-Margret was a pretty decent (pun intended!) pop singer; the closest she came to a big hit was with "I Just Don't Understand," a good record...in fact, the Beatles did a version of it on one of their early BBC appearances, with John singing lead. (It's available on the "Beatles at the Beeb" 2-CD set, which also includes Paul's nice turn on "I'll Be On My Way," a song Lennon/McCartney wrote for Billy J. Kramer and the Dakotas, and a brilliant cover (Lennon on lead) of Arthur Alexander's "Soldier Of Love," which even eclipses the fine version Marshall Crenshaw did on his debut album.

Richard Gibson said...

Pop-tastic!

Cinebeats said...

According to Ann-Margret's official website the record (only her second) was released in the US in 1962. An interesting side note - it was produced by Chet Atkins with Dick Pierce!

swac said...

I just picked up a UK pressing of Hank Snow's When Tragedy Struck (great album), and it has the same label, so this is likely also a UK edition, or possibly German.