Tell me a story, baby
Tell me something real
Tell me something true
Tell me something, baby
Tell me just from you
It’s How You Tell the Story
Welcome to another installment of It’s How You Tell the Story, Baby! What makes a story compelling? It’s in the telling.
Angel of the Morning
Today’s feature song is “Angel of the Morning” written by Chip Taylor in 1967 (possibly earlier). That’s right, this well-known woman’s song was penned by a man.
“Angel of the Morning” has been recorded many, many times across musical genres and languages. Too many to catalogue here. The first to hit the charts with it was Merrilee Rush & The Turnabouts in 1968.
I’m including a mix of well- and lesser-known versions for your listening pleasure: Merrilee Rush & The Turnabouts; Juice Newton; Chrissie Hynde and The Pretenders; Joya Landis; Nina Simone; Dusty Springfield; Olivia Newton-John; Bonnie Tyler; Liliane Saint-Pierre; and, finally, Chip Taylor himself. Each performance brings a different element to the song.
Merrilee Rush & The Turnabouts, 1968:
[Video posted to youtube by user WABCRADIO77.]
Juice Newton, 1981:
[Video posted to youtube by user Clay Culver.]
Chrissie Hynde and The Pretenders, 1995:
[Video posted to youtube by user Gladia.]
Joya Landis, 1968:
[Video posted to youtube by user RaSagi D.]
Nina Simone, 1971:
[Video posted to youtube by user Moriyama Sakiko.]
Dusty Springfield, 1969:
[Video posted to youtube by user francis bacon.]
Olivia Newton-John, 1973:
[Video posted to youtube by user tomhaw lin.]
Bonnie Tyler, 1998:
[Video posted to youtube by user Kevin Taylor.]
Liliane Saint-Pierre‘s “Au revoir et à demain”, 1967 (in French).
[Video posted to youtube by user Libalapal.]
Finally, here is Chip Taylor performing one of his most famous songs, 1971:
[Video posted to youtube by user the winner.]
Which is your favorite(s)?
Mine would be a toss-up between Dusty Springfield and Chrissie Hynde/Pretenders… Juice Newton’s version has a dreamy quality that appeals, and Chip Taylor’s performance is intriguing. I also like Joya Landis’ version and Nina Simone’s voice works beautifully.
Now that I’ve narrowed it down… 🙂
Over to you, beautiful people!