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Just Call Me Angel

I was watching an old episode of Friends where the cafe where Rachel (Jennifer Aniston) works hires a musician to perform, which upsets Phoebe (Lisa Kudrow).  Anyway, the musician (who I think is the lead singer of The Pretenders) ends up playing this song:

Now, I know this song, for some reason, but I have no idea who sings it or what it’s called.  So I googled some of the lyrics I could make out from the singer (circumstances didn’t allow me to use that cool little Siri trick).  So I found out the song is called “Angel of the Morning” and was written by Chip Taylor.  The problem, I have absolutely no idea who was the original performer.  I mean, apparently it was a hit single for, but not limiting to, Merrilee Rush, Juice Newton, Nina Simone, P.P. Arnold, Olivia Newton-John, The Pretenders, Dusty Springfield, Mary Mason, Melba Montgomery, Billie Davis, and like a bagillion others.

Juice Newton:

P.P. Arnold:

Merrilee Rush:

The Pretenders:

Olivia Newton-John:

I was going to embed more versions, but I think you get the idea: this is a popular song that everyone apparently needed to sing… I do have to say I think my favorite is Juice Newton’s version and I think it’s hers that I’m remembering.  She just hits the powerful chorus the best, in my opinion.