Angel of the Morning
Merrilee Rush (née Gunst; January 27, 1944) is an American singer, best known for her recording of the song “Angel of the Morning“, a top-10 hit which earned her a Grammy nomination for female vocalist of the year in 1968.
Early life and career
Rush was born in Seattle, Washington to Reuben and Edith Gunst. Her father was a home-builder. She grew up in north Seattle, and studied classical piano from a young age. In 1960, she auditioned and became the singer for the Amazing Aztecs, a Seattle-area rock & roll band led by saxophone player Neil Rush, whom she would later marry. The two went on to form Merrilee and Her Men, doing mostly cover versions of pop hits, and then joined rhythm and blues group Tiny Tony and the Statics, whose regional hit “Hey Mrs. Jones”, on the Bolo label, featured Rush’s keyboard playing and vocals.
I had forgotten this version because Juice Newton’s is more recent. So thank you.
Unlike the wonderings of the narrator in the classic song from Carol King/Gerry Goffin
… Is this a lasting treasure
Or just a moment’s pleasure?
Can I believe the magic of your sighs?
Will you still love me tomorrow
the narrator in this song just reflects
If morning’s echo says we’ve sinned
Well, it was what I wanted now
And if we’re victims of the night
I won’t be blinded by the light
Just call me angel of the morning, angel
Just touch my cheek before you leave me, baby
Both deeply personal songs about a woman’s thoughts after sex were written by men. (Goffin was the lyricist in the King/Goffin team)
Chip Taylor also wrote the classic 60s song Wild Thing by the Troggs. Way more a guy song.
Wild thing, I think I love you
But I wanna know for sure
Come on, hold me tight!
I love you
(Will he still love her in the morning or call her angel?)