Ann Margaret sings!

"Heat Wave" in 1959

Curator's note: The clip below features an 18-year-old Ann Margaret singing "Heat Wave", one of the highlights of New Trier High School's student-produced variety show called "Lagniappe". Rich Samuels takes full blame for the orchestration (in part, an effort to evoke the style of Billy May), though he points out that few high school students (in 1959 or today) have a 24-piece orchestra at their disposal for youthful musical experiments. This recording survives in the form of a cut on a 12" vinyl pressing that featured numbers from the show. Students recorded it. Columbia Records Special Products mastered and pressed it. Bob Moreen conducts the pit orchestra.

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Left: Ann-Margaret on stage in the 1959 production of New Trier High School's "Lagniappe". I don't know who designed her gown.

Below: the first page of the 1959 Rich Samuels orchestration for the version of "Heatwave" you hear above. Much of this arrangement turned out to be unplayable. Many bars were scrapped. (Thanks to Bob Moreen for preserving this artifact).

Above: A Bob Moreen photograph showing Ann Margaret at the 1959 Lagniappe cast party, flanked by Bob Rovin and Lois Greenfield. (Bob and Lois also had showbusiness careers, with Lois working professionally under the name of "Lois Roberts").

Right: Ann-Margaret and Lois Greenfield in a 1959 New Trier High School production of "Plain and Fancy".

Left: Ann-Margaret in another "Plain and Fancy" photograph.


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