Juice Newton

Angel of the Morning

Composed by Chip Taylor

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Ever since Merrillee Rush took Chip Taylor's "Angel of the Morning" to number one in 1968, numerous artists have tried their hand at it, from Olivia Newton-John to P.P. Arnold to Kim Carnes, but it was Juice Newton's version that gained even more recognition than Rush's in 1981. Although Newton's rendition only reached the number four spot, it became her big break, kicking off her album Juice, which netted her two other Top Ten hits. Newton had dabbled in pop and country since the mid-'70s, with her first chart entry peaking at number 86 with "It's a Heartache." In 1979, she had some prominence on the country charts with the single "Sunshine" from her Take Heart album, but 1981's Juice contained the perfect mixture of light pop and mild country, bringing ample attention to her sweet voice. Delicate but distinct, Newton sings "Angel of the Morning" with enough zest to keep it from being too floaty, and she still manages to get across the song's subject of infidelity and unfaithfulness in a discreet yet discernible style. Its sound is such that it could comfortably fit into country music play lists, soft rock formats, and late-night radio, which meant an awful lot of recognition for Newton's cover version. "Angel of the Morning" definitely got the ball rolling for Juice Newton, as she gathered a multitude of number one hits and Top Tens on the country charts during the rest of the decade while putting four more singles into the Top 40 in the span of three years.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Juice 1981 EMI / Universal 4:10
Juice Newton's Greatest Hits (And More) 1984 Liberty 4:14
Greatest Country Hits 1990 Curb 4:10
No Image 1991
Various Artists
Liberty
No Image 1991 Excelsior Recordings
Great Ladies of Country 1992
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 4:14
Forever '80s [Razor & Tie] 1994
Various Artists
Razor & Tie 4:09
So in Love [Laserlight] 1995
Various Artists
Disky 4:09
Sounds of the Eighties: The Early '80s, Take Two 1996
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 3:58
No Image 1997
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution
Country Gems 1997
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 4:05
Country Stars [EMI] 1997
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 4:08
1981: 20 Original Chart Hits 1997
Various Artists
A Time To Remember 4:10
No Image 1998
Various Artists
Disky Communications 4:09
The Trouble With Angels 1998 Platinum/A&M 4:16
Anthology 1998 Renaissance Records 4:10
The Best Country Ballads in the World Ever 1998
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 4:11
Radio Days: '80s Easy Listening 1999
Various Artists
EMI-Capitol Special Markets / CEMA Special Markets 3:58
Males & Females 1999
Various Artists
Discom Disk / Discom 4:09
The All Time Greatest Country Songs 1999
Various Artists
MSI Music Distribution / Sony Music Distribution 4:10
Ladies of the 80's, Vol. 1 1999
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution / Madacy 4:14
Soft Love, Vol. 2 2000
Various Artists
Platinum Disc Corp. / Platinum Disc 4:16
Rock 'N Roll Memories 2000
Various Artists
Platinum Disc Corp. / Platinum Disc 4:12
Legendary Country 2001
Various Artists
Disky 4:08
One Hit Wonders: Hard Two Get Hits [Box Set] 2001
Various Artists
One Hit 4:10
Rock 'N Roll Memories: Love Songs of the 70's & 80's 2001
Various Artists
Platinum Disc 4:12
Singers and Songwriters: The Classics 2001
Various Artists
Time/Life Music
Love Songs Video's 2002
Various Artists
Disky
Every Road Leads Back to You 2002 Image Entertainment 3:12
Best of Country [Madacy 2002] 2002
Various Artists
Madacy 4:06
Love Songs [Disky DVD] 2002
Various Artists
Country Finest 2002
Various Artists
EMI 4:12
Country Complete 2003
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution
From the Heart, Vol. 1: Pop Love Songs 2003
Various Artists
EMI-Capitol Special Markets / EMI Music Distribution 3:58
What the World Needs Now Is...Love: Non-Stop Love Hits 2003
Various Artists
Compendia Music Group / Intersound 4:00
The Collection [Madacy] 2003 Madacy Distribution / Madacy 4:06
Simply the Best: Country 2003
Various Artists
Disky
Sweetheart of the Rodeo 2004
Various Artists
Disky 4:10
The Definitive Country Collection [Eastwest] 2004
Various Artists
Eastwest 4:13
Country Divas [EMI Gold] 2004
Various Artists
EMI 4:08
Country Tearjerkers: 60 Original Heartbreakers 2004
Various Artists
Disky 4:06
Top of the Pop Hits the 80's, Disc 5 2004
Various Artists
Collectables 3:58
70's Country Jukebox 2005
Various Artists
Vinyl Collection 4:07
Go Country 2005
Various Artists
Disky
Very Best of Country & Western 2005
Various Artists
Disky Communications 4:09
Country Love Songs [St. Clair 2CD] 2005
Various Artists
St. Clair 4:07
The Best of Country Girls 2005
Various Artists
St. Clair 4:08
I Love Music 1980-1984: It's Electric 2005
Various Artists
Disky 4:09
The Kings and Queens of Country [Sony] 2005
Various Artists
Sony BMG 4:11
Complete Eighties 2006
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution
Women of Country [LaserLight] 2006
Various Artists
Laserlight 4:03
Happiest Girl In The Whole USA 2006
Various Artists
St. Clair 4:08
Golden Legends: Juice Newton 2006 Madacy 4:07
EMI: Rock Ballads 2006
Various Artists
Brentwood Records 4:15
Best of Country [Madacy 2006] 2006
Various Artists
Madacy 4:06
Country Favorites [Madacy 4-CD] 2006
Various Artists
Madacy 4:07
Easy Listening Hits [2 Disc] 2006
Various Artists
EQ / EQ Singapore 4:12
Juice/Quiet Lies 2006 Collectables 4:10
No Image 2007 Goldenlane 4:11
Hits 2007 KRB Music 4:16
Music for Moms: Smooth and Easy Country Hits 2007
Various Artists
St. Clair 4:07
Hits of the 80s [Sonoma] 2007
Various Artists
Sonoma Entertainment 4:08
Angel 2007 KRB Music 4:11
Prime 17: Ultimate Feel Good Hits 2007
Various Artists
Direct Source 4:15
Superstars of Country [Time Life] 2007
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 3:57
Legendary Ladies: Country Roads 2007
Various Artists
KRB Music 4:16
Country Outlaws: 20 Hits 2007
Various Artists
Kings Road 4:07
Open Country 2007
Various Artists
Somerset Entertainment 3:32
Music of Your Life: Best of Juice Newton 2008 TGG / Diamond Recordings 4:07
Top Hits of the 80s: Greatest Hits 2008
Various Artists
Collectables
Pure Temptations 2008
Various Artists
Eminence Records 4:07
'80s Monster Ballads 2008
Various Artists
Cleopatra / Dead Line Music 4:16
100 Prozent Bayern 1: Lovesongs für ein Ganzes Lebe 2008
Various Artists
Target Records 3:49
Top of the Pop Hits: The 80s 2008
Various Artists
Collectables 3:58
Country Meets Southern Rock 2009
Various Artists
Dead Line Music 4:12
Best Of The '80s 2010
Various Artists
Sonoma Entertainment 4:07
Sweet Home Alabama: Southern Moon Favourites 2010
Various Artists
Country Roads / ZYX 4:16
Happy Trails: Country Hits 2010
Various Artists
Columbia River Entertainment Group / Columbia River Group 4:06
Easy 80s 2011
Various Artists
Time Life / Time/Life Music 3:58
The Ultimate Hits Collection 2011 Fuel 2000 / The Fuel Label Group 4:15
Juice/Quiet Lies/Dirty Looks 2011 Beat Goes On 4:14
101 Ultimate 80's 2011
Various Artists
EMI 4:09
The Sweetest Thing 2011 Sound and Vision 4:05
American Girl, Vol. 2 2012 OJPI 4:08
Legends of Country: Lookin' For Love 2012
Various Artists
Life / Time 3:57
Legends of Country 2013
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 3:57
Massive Hits!: Country 2013
Various Artists
EMI Gold 4:10
100 Essential Tracks: Summer
Various Artists
Sony Music
100 Hits: 80s Chartbusters
Various Artists
100 Hits / Demon Music Group / DMG 100 4:11
No Image
Various Artists
Sonoma 4:10
All-Time Favourites, Vol. 2
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution
American Heartland: Legends of Country
Various Artists
Sony Music 4:10
Best of 80s Party Hits
Various Artists
Sonoma Entertainment 4:07
Country Hits [USM Media]
Various Artists
USM Media 4:13
Country Hits of the 80's & 90's
Various Artists
Stargrove 4:05
No Image Vista 4:09
Queen of Hearts Excalibur 4:05
Roots of Country, Vol. 2
Various Artists
Play 24-7 4:07
Soft Rock - Radio Hits
Various Artists
Cleopatra / Goldenlane 4:11
The  Last Cowboy Song + More Country Greats
Various Artists
Sound and Vision 4:05
The Greatest Country [Mixed Repertoire]
Various Artists
Mixed Repertoire / Parlophone 4:12
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