«Angel of the Morning» is a popular song written by Chip Taylor and recorded by many artists, most notably by Merrilee Rush, P. P. Arnold, Connie Eaton, Mary Mason, Guys ‘n’ Dolls, Melba Montgomery, Olivia Newton-John and Juice Newton.
The highest-charting and best-selling version in the United States was recorded and released in 1981 by country-rock singer Juice Newton for her album Juice. Newton re-interpreted the song at the suggestion of Steve Meyer, who promoted Capitol Records singles and albums to radio stations and felt a version of «Angel of the Morning» by Newton would be a strong candidate for airplay.
Newton’s version reached No. 4 on the Billboard Hot 100, No. 22 on the Billboard country music chart, and spent three weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard adult contemporary chart in April of that year. The recording also earned Newton a Grammy nomination, in the same category as Rush’s 1968 hit. More than 1 million units of Newton’s single were sold in the United States, and it reached the Top 10 in a number of other countries, including Canada and Australia.
From the album Juice
B-side «Headin’ for a Heartache»
Released February 1981
Recorded September 4, 1980
Genre Country, soft rock
Label Capitol 4976
Songwriter(s) Chip Taylor
Producer(s) Richard Landis