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.