Best version of 'Angel of the Morning'

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Best version of the monstrous Chip Taylor song?

Poll Results

Juice Newton 10
Er, Shaggy 7
Merrillee Rush 5
P.P. Arnold 5
Evie Sands 4
Joya Landis 3
Bettye Swann 2
Nina Simone 1
Guys 'n' Dolls 0
Melba Montgomery 0
Billie Davis 0
Connie Eaton 0

Vanishing Point (Chinaski), Friday, 6 May 2022 21:31 (two weeks ago) link

Impulsive choice is PP Arnold, with a nod to Joya Landis. Think the right answer is Bettye Swann.

Vanishing Point (Chinaski), Friday, 6 May 2022 21:33 (two weeks ago) link

You missed out Mary Mason, she had a UK hit with it.

Mark G, Friday, 6 May 2022 21:34 (two weeks ago) link

read that as Marilyn Manson unfortunately

middot • is • my • middle • name (breastcrawl), Friday, 6 May 2022 22:21 (two weeks ago) link


Mule, Friday, 6 May 2022 23:00 (two weeks ago) link

I grew up with the Juice Newton version first, so, Shaggy

Deez NFTs (Neanderthal), Saturday, 7 May 2022 00:23 (two weeks ago) link

what about the Pretenders?

Lily Dale, Saturday, 7 May 2022 00:29 (two weeks ago) link

bulb after bulb, Saturday, 7 May 2022 01:59 (two weeks ago) link

lol the first version i knew was shaggy

i'm quite fond of juice newton's version, that's my vote

dyl, Saturday, 7 May 2022 03:15 (two weeks ago) link

Be interesting to know if it's just me, but - I'm in the UK - this is genuinely the first time I've heard the Juice Newton version.

Vanishing Point (Chinaski), Saturday, 7 May 2022 08:56 (two weeks ago) link

This is kind of amazing to me. Although to be honest I have only heard two Juice Newton songs, and both seems to be pale copies of previous versions.

Johnny Thunderwords (James Redd and the Blecchs), Saturday, 7 May 2022 12:38 (two weeks ago) link

closer than my peeps you are to meee

in places all over the world, real stuff be happening (voodoo chili), Saturday, 7 May 2022 12:56 (two weeks ago) link

Juice Newton without hesitation. I dig her early '80s hits.

Malevolent Arugula (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Saturday, 7 May 2022 13:00 (two weeks ago) link

plus cool name

Deez NFTs (Neanderthal), Saturday, 7 May 2022 13:48 (two weeks ago) link

Heard the Juice version first.

But Evie Sands has the coolest voice for this song. The day I heard her version I instantly preferred it, so she gets my vote.

imo the key part of the song is the lyric "And if we're victims of the night / I won't be blinded by the light" going into the 2nd chorus. And I really like how P.P. Arnold treats that part.

Josefa, Saturday, 7 May 2022 14:41 (two weeks ago) link

can I vote for "Billy" in the TV show Outer Range?

sarahell, Saturday, 7 May 2022 14:53 (two weeks ago) link

omg Connie Francis was offered this song first but turned it down. That's a missed opportunity.

Josefa, Saturday, 7 May 2022 14:55 (two weeks ago) link

i wanna show the nation my appreciation

flamenco drop (BradNelson), Saturday, 7 May 2022 15:23 (two weeks ago) link

voted Juice but i cosign sarahell re: Billy from “Outer Range”

terminators of endearment (VegemiteGrrl), Saturday, 7 May 2022 16:20 (two weeks ago) link

Joya Landis all day long

paolo, Saturday, 7 May 2022 16:34 (two weeks ago) link

No Skeeter Davis?!? Her version is beautiful!

Still working through it, but so far it's Merrilee Rush for me.

Loud Tsu (I M Losted), Saturday, 7 May 2022 18:06 (two weeks ago) link

The Juice Newton version is kinda saccharine but it's growing on me like (sugary) ivy.

Vanishing Point (Chinaski), Saturday, 7 May 2022 19:39 (two weeks ago) link

he's Jon Voight's brother and he also wrote... Wild Thing!

interesting guy

corrs unplugged, Sunday, 8 May 2022 09:34 (two weeks ago) link

Had no idea Chip T was Jon V’s brother. Excellent stuff.

Mule, Sunday, 8 May 2022 10:25 (two weeks ago) link

I just saw the Friends episode where Chrissie Hynde plays this song

Vinnie, Sunday, 8 May 2022 14:28 (two weeks ago) link

Feel like I post this is all the time, but I have met one of Chip Taylor’s musical collaborators upon several occasions. Sometimes ask him fanboy questions and sometimes he even answers.

Don't Renege On (Our Dub) (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 8 May 2022 17:19 (two weeks ago) link

i have zoomed with pp arnold!

for a thing

mark s, Sunday, 8 May 2022 17:21 (two weeks ago) link

When one Zooms or otherwise meets with PP Arnold does one call her 'PP'?

I can never quite square in my head that she sang on 'Poor Boy' by Nick Drake.

Vanishing Point (Chinaski), Sunday, 8 May 2022 17:42 (two weeks ago) link


she's not actually that keen on "pp", it was kind of foisted on her by management

mark s, Sunday, 8 May 2022 17:48 (two weeks ago) link

Automatic thread bump. This poll is closing tomorrow.

System, Thursday, 12 May 2022 00:01 (one week ago) link

For some reason, I was thinking that Crystal Gayle had done this and saw that this has already been covered: Crystal Gayle: S/D, C/D, etc.

No purposes. Sounds. (Sund4r), Thursday, 12 May 2022 00:42 (one week ago) link

My favourite version is the one that plays in my head, where the word “angel” is replaced with “asshole.”

war mice (hardcore dilettante), Thursday, 12 May 2022 16:33 (one week ago) link

From the youtube description for PP Arnold's version:

Angel of the Morning versions -
1967 Evie Sands
1968 Merrilee Rush and The Turnabouts
1968 Joya Landis
1968 Percy Faith
1968 I Profeti (in Italian)
1968 P.P. Arnold
1968 Ray Conniff
1969 Skeeter Davis
1969 Bettye Swann
1970 Connie Eaton
1971 Nina Simone
1973 Olivia Newton-John
1977 Merrilee Rush
1977 Guys n' Dolls
1977 Mary Mason
1978 Melba Montgomery
1978 Pat Kelly
1981 Elisabeth Andreassen
1981 Juice Newton
1987 The Tremeloes
1995 The Pretenders
1998 Juice Newton
1998 Bonnie Tyler
1999 Thunderbugs
2002 Maggie Reilly
2003 The Shocker
2006 Lalo y los descalzos (in Spanish)
2007 Girlyman
2007 Jill Johnson
2007 Vagiant
2007 Ivana Spagna (in Italian)
2008 Angel Band
2008 Barb Jungr

(no shaggy)

enochroot, Thursday, 12 May 2022 17:48 (one week ago) link

Wonder why people suddenly got tired of this song 14 years ago

Josefa, Thursday, 12 May 2022 17:57 (one week ago) link

I voted for PP Arnold, based on listening to the versions by Merrilee Rush, Juice Newton, Arnold, and Nina Simone back-to-back last night.

No purposes. Sounds. (Sund4r), Thursday, 12 May 2022 17:57 (one week ago) link

Automatic thread bump. This poll's results are now in.

System, Friday, 13 May 2022 00:01 (one week ago) link

The shy Shaggy vote nearly won the day.

Vanishing Point (Chinaski), Friday, 13 May 2022 15:58 (one week ago) link

Pre-vote polling oversampled boomers, everyone underestimated the mighty Shaggy voter.

Deez NFTs (Neanderthal), Friday, 13 May 2022 16:57 (one week ago) link

It wasn’t me.

butt-mooning is a polysemous word, hoss! (breastcrawl), Friday, 13 May 2022 17:20 (one week ago) link

EXCELSIOR worthy, if I say so myself

butt-mooning is a polysemous word, hoss! (breastcrawl), Friday, 13 May 2022 17:22 (one week ago) link

mmhm that shaggy tune was a jam

corrs unplugged, Saturday, 14 May 2022 07:29 (one week ago) link

i remember being in a high school summer program in... 2007? one girl in the program from greece was riding with a few of us in someone's car and ended up playing the shaggy song at random (maybe on shuffle). i don't think she had heard it before but she instantly adored it and would hijack the ipod and put it on repeat every time she rode in the car with us thereafter. i think most ppl were somewhat annoyed but i thought it was amusing and didn't mind

dyl, Saturday, 14 May 2022 13:22 (one week ago) link

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