THE GREATEST OF ALL TUNES: Angel of the Morning by Juice Newton and Merrilee Rush (1981)
THE GREATEST OF ALL TUNES (G.O.A.T.) is a salute to the greatest songs of all time, one song per artist. Want more? Go to the G.O.A.T. Page for all the GOATs so far!

Happy Birthday, Juice Newton! The gal was born on February 8, 1952! So she gets a GOAT!

Fans of the Deadpool movie know this song, thirty years after it was a hit. But fans of 1980s music know Juice Newton won two Grammies and had half a dozen #1 pop hits.  Not bad for a country singer from New Jersey.  But did you know “Angel of the Morning” is actually not a Juice song?

“Angel” was first recorded in 1967 by Merrilee Rush, but it was Juice who took it all the way.  And from there, she caught on like wildfire: Queen of Hearts, The Sweetest Thing (I’ve Ever Known) and Ride ‘Em Cowboy all charted from her eponymous third album, 1981’s “Juice.”

Further listening: I came close to picking Queen of Hearts for a G.O.A.T., but it’s more fun and silly than great.  “It’s A Heartache” is another good tune.  But “Angel” is clearly her best song.


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