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P.P. Arnold

Posted in P.P. Arnold with tags , , , , , , , on March 22, 2012 by fliker1970

Angel of the Morning was a hit for P.P. Arnold in the UK in July 1968, reaching #29

There’ll be no strings to bind your hands
Not if my love can’t bind your heart
And there’s no need to take a stand
For it was I who chose to start
I see no need to take me home
I’m old enough to face the dawn

Just call me angel of the morning, (angel)
Just touch my cheek before you leave me, baby
Just call me angel of the morning, (angel)
Then slowly turn away

Maybe the sun’s light will be dim
And it won’t matter anyhow
If morning’s echo says we’ve sinned
Well, it was what I wanted now
And if we’re victims of the night
I won’t be blinded by the light

Just call me angel of the morning, (angel)
Just touch my cheek before you leave me, baby
Just call me angel of the morning, (angel)
Then slowly turn away
I won’t beg you to stay with me
Through the tears of the day, of the years
Baby, baby, baby
Just call me angel of the morning, (angel)

Evie Sands originally recorded this song in 1967. Her version was doing well, but 2 weeks after it was released her record label, Cameo/Parkway, went bankrupt. Chip Taylor, who wrote the song, was devastated when he found out that the label could not promote it or even make more copies of the song. A few months later, Rush’s version became a hit for another label.

This tender ballad is surprisingly virtually the same song as the primitive rocker “Wild Thing.” Chip Taylor, who wrote both songs explained to Mojo magazine September 2008: “I heard some guy playing ‘Wild Thing’ real slow on a guitar. It sounded nice. So I did the same, lifting one of my fingers off a chord to create a suspension. Then the words ‘There’ll be no strings to bind your hands, not if my love can’t bind your heart’ came out. It was as beautiful a love connection as I could ever feel.” Taylor added that it was the producer who added the sweeping strings. (Songfacts)

“Angel of the Morning” was a crossover hit for Country singer Juice Newton in 1981. Her version hit #4 on the US Pop charts, and a few months later, she had a bigger hit with “Queen Of Hearts.”

Angel.. was also covered by Chrissie Hynde in 1994 for the soundtrack album of the TV show Friends:

And now beautiful and talented…PP Arnold!

P. P. Arnold (born Patricia Ann Cole, October 3, 1946, Los Angeles, California) She is an American-born soul singer who enjoyed considerable success in the United Kingdom in the 1960s and beyond.

After several years touring the United States with the Revue, she came to England in 1966 when the Revue toured there in support of The Rolling Stones. Impressed by her powerful and soulful voice, Mick Jagger convinced Stones manager Andrew Loog Oldham to sign Arnold to a recording contract with his newly founded Immediate Records record label. Arnold quit the Turner band to remain in London and establish a solo career.

She enjoyed several major British hits on Immediate, including songs written for her by Paul Korda, who wrote “The Time Has Come.” She recorded songs written by Steve Marriott and Ronnie Lane from labelmates The Small Faces, who also backed her on several recordings. Arnold also provided backing vocals on the group’s hit “Tin Soldier”, as well as touring with them during 1968.