Angel Eyes (The Jeff Healey Band song)

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"Angel Eyes"
Single by The Jeff Healey Band
from the album See the Light
Released June 1989 (U.S.)
Format CD
Genre Rock
Length

5:19 (LP Version)

4:40 (Single Version)
Label Arista
Writer(s) John Hiatt, Fred Koller
Producer(s) Greg Ladanyi
The Jeff Healey Band singles chronology
"Confidence Man"
(1989)
"Angel Eyes"
(1989)
"See the Light"
(1989)

"Angel Eyes" is a song written by John Hiatt and Fred Koller, produced by Greg Ladanyi for The Jeff Healey Band's first album See the Light (1988). It was first released as the album's second single in June 1989 (see 1989 in music) and peaked at #5 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #24 on Billboard 's Mainstream Rock Tracks. It was later covered by Australian Idol series one contestant Paulini and became her first #1 single in Australia.

The song debuted on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 on June 17, 1989 at #85,[1] eventually peaking at #5 and spending 22 weeks on the chart.[1] It was the 70th highest selling single in the U.S. for 1989.[2] John Hiatt's own version of the song finally appeared on his 1994 live album "Hiatt Comes Alive At Budokan". A studio version of the song was included on the 1998 "The Best of John Hiatt".

Charts[edit]

Chart (1989) Peak
position
Canada (RPM Magazine) 16
Australian ARIA Singles Chart[3] 79
UK Singles Chart[4] 86
U.S. Billboard Hot 100[1][5] 5
U.S. Billboard Adult Contemporary[5] 7
U.S. Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks[5] 24

Track listing[edit]

The Jeff Healey Band vinyl single
  1. "Angel Eyes" — 4:32
  2. "Don't Let Your Chance Go By" — 3:20

Paulini version[edit]

"Angel Eyes"
Single by Paulini
from the album One Determined Heart
Released July 5, 2004 (2004-07-05)
Format CD single
Recorded 2004
Genre Soul
Length 4:01
Label Sony BMG
Producer(s) Audius Mtawarira
Certification Platinum (ARIA)
Paulini singles chronology
"Angel Eyes"
(2004)
"We Can Try"
(2004)
Music sample

"Angel Eyes" was covered by Australian recording artist Paulini for her debut studio album, One Determined Heart (2004). It was produced by Audius Mtawarira and released physically on July 5, 2004, as the lead single from the album.[6] In a statement posted to her official website, Paulini said "'Angel Eyes' is an amazing song. Audius came up with some great ideas and we did it and it worked. All the instruments are live. It's turned out to be one of the best song[s]".[6] "Angel Eyes" peaked at number one on the ARIA Singles Chart for three consecutive weeks and was certified platinum by the Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA), for shipments of 70,000 copies. The song earned Paulini an ARIA No. 1 Chart Award and a nomination for "Highest Selling Single" at the 2004 ARIA Music Awards.[7][8]

Chart performance[edit]

"Angel Eyes" debuted at number two on the ARIA Singles Chart on July 12, 2004.[9] The following week, the song rose to number one, where it remained for three consecutive weeks.[9] "Angel Eyes" was certified platinum by the ARIA, for shipments of 70,000 copies.[10] On the New Zealand Singles Chart, the song debuted and peaked at number 34 on October 11, 2004.[11]

Music video[edit]

The accompanying music video for "Angel Eyes" was filmed on June 15, 2004 in Sydney.[12] On June 1, 2004, Sony BMG announced that they were looking for fans to appear in the video.[12] The video begins with Paulini walking down a foot path and then onto a stage. It shows Paulini walking around behind the stage before proceeding out and singing to an audience of clapping fans.[13]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Angel Eyes" – 4:01
  2. "Angel Eyes" (Buchman Bounce) – 4:02
  3. "Angel Eyes" (Rick Will Album Mix) – 4:48

Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (2004) Peak
position
ARIA Singles Chart[9] 1
New Zealand Singles Chart[11] 34

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (2004) Rank
ARIA Singles Chart[14] 17
Australian Artists Singles Chart[15] 4

Certification[edit]

Country Certification
Australia (ARIA)[10] Platinum

New Grass Revival version[edit]

The progressive bluegrass band New Grass Revival recorded a cover which can be found on their last album release, Friday Night in America from 1989. It's been featured as well on the bands compilation albums, 1990's New Grass Anthology, 1994's The Best of New Grass Revival, and 2005's Grass Roots: The Best of New Grass Revival.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Chart Listing For The Week Of Jun 17 1989:". Billboard. Retrieved October 26, 2007.
  2. ^ "Chart Listing For The Week Of Dec 31 1989:". Billboard. Retrieved October 26, 2007.
  3. ^ "ARIA Report Issue 750 - July 12, 2004". ARIA Charts. Retrieved October 21, 2007.
  4. ^ "UK chart position". Polyhex. Archived from the original on 14 December 2006. Retrieved December 13, 2006. 
  5. ^ a b c "Jeff Healey - Artist Chart History". Allmusic. Retrieved December 13, 2006.
  6. ^ a b c "Angel Eyes". Paulini Official Website. Archived from the original on October 6, 2012. 
  7. ^ "Australian Recording Artists Make ARIA Chart History". Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA). Retrieved 2012-10-06. 
  8. ^ "Winners by Year – 2004". Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA). Retrieved 2012-10-06. 
  9. ^ a b c "Paulini – Angel Eyes". australian-charts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved 2012-10-06. 
  10. ^ a b "ARIA Charts – Accreditations – 2004 Singles". Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA). Retrieved 2012-10-06. 
  11. ^ a b "Paulini – Angel Eyes". charts.org.nz. Hung Medien. Retrieved 2012-10-06. 
  12. ^ a b "Fancy Being In Paulini's New Video?". Paulini.info. 2004-06-01. Archived from the original on 2012-10-06. 
  13. ^ "Angel Eyes Video – Paulini". Take 40 Australia. MCM Entertainment. Retrieved 2012-10-06. 
  14. ^ "ARIA Charts – End Of Year Charts – Top 100 Singles 2004". Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA). Retrieved 2012-10-06. 
  15. ^ "ARIA Charts – End Of Year Charts – Top 50 Australian Artist Singles 2004". Australian Recording Industry Association. Retrieved 2012-10-06.