About the song
If you’re a fan of Elvis Presley and Ann-Margret, you might be familiar with their duet “You’re the Boss”, a catchy and flirtatious song that showcases their chemistry and charisma. But do you know the history behind this song and how it ended up in their movie “Viva Las Vegas”?
According to the Elvis Presley official website, “You’re the Boss” was written by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller, two of the most prolific songwriters of the rock and roll era. They wrote many hits for Elvis, such as “Hound Dog”, “Jailhouse Rock”, and “Love Me”.
The song was originally recorded by LaVern Baker and Jimmy Ricks in 1960, and released as a single by Atlantic Records. It was a moderate success, reaching #32 on the R&B chart.
However, the song became more famous when Elvis and Ann-Margret recorded it for their 1964 musical film “Viva Las Vegas”, directed by George Sidney. The movie was a huge hit, grossing over $9 million at the box office and becoming one of Elvis’ most popular films.
The song was featured in a scene where Elvis and Ann-Margret are dancing at a nightclub, and they take turns singing the verses and chorus. The song showcases their playful banter and mutual attraction, as well as their vocal talents and charisma.
The song was released as part of the soundtrack album “Viva Las Vegas”, which also included other songs by Elvis and Ann-Margret, such as “The Lady Loves Me”, “C’mon Everybody”, and “Today, Tomorrow and Forever”. The album reached #6 on the Billboard 200 chart and was certified gold by the RIAA.
“You’re the Boss” is one of the most memorable songs from “Viva Las Vegas”, and it reflects the chemistry and friendship that Elvis and Ann-Margret shared on and off screen. They remained close until Elvis’ death in 1977, and Ann-Margret often spoke fondly of him in interviews.
I hope you enjoyed this introduction and learned something new about this song. Thanks for reading!