Angel in Your Arms

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"Angel in Your Arms"
Single by Hot
from the album Hot
B-side "Just 'Cause I'm Guilty"
Released 1976
Format 7"
Recorded 1976
Genre Southern soul
Length 2:57
Label Big Tree Records
Writer(s) Herbert Clayton Ivey, Terrence Woodford, Tom Brasfield
Producer(s) Herbert Clayton Ivey, Terrence Woodford
Certification gold record
Hot singles chronology
"Angel in Your Arms"
(1976)
"Right Feeling at the Wrong Time"
(1977)
"Angel in Your Arms"
Single by Barbara Mandrell
from the album Get to the Heart
B-side "Don't Look in My Eyes"
Released July 1985
Format 7"
Recorded June 1985
Genre C&W
Length 3:19
Label MCA
Producer(s) Tom Collins
Barbara Mandrell singles chronology
"There's No Love in Tennessee"
(1985)
"Angel in Your Arms"
(1985)
"Fast Lanes and Country Roads"
(1985)

"Angel in Your Arms" is a song composed by Herbert Clayton Ivey, Terrence Woodford and Herbert Tom Brasfield, which was a 1977 Top Ten hit for Hot and also a Top Ten country music 1985 hit for Barbara Mandrell.

In "Angel in Your Arms", a woman advises an unfaithful mate: "The angel in your arms this morning is gonna be the devil in someone else's arms tonight", meaning that she's assuaged his neglect and infidelities by indulging in illicit trysts of her own.

Although "Angel in Your Arms" belongs to the tradition of cheating songs prevalent in C&W music, the song was introduced by pop/R&B act Hot on their self-titled debut album, recorded 1976 at Wishbone Studios in Muscle Shoals, Alabama with Wishbone's owners Clayton Ivey and Terrence (Terry) Woodford producing.[1] It was Hot's lead singer Gwen Owens who requested the group be given a C&W song, and Ivey and Woodford obliged with "Angel in Your Arms" whose third co-writer was Muscle Shoals resident Tom/Tommy Brasfield. [2] [3]

Ivey played keyboards on Hot's recording of "Angel in Your Arms", which featured Mac McAnally on guitar. Picked up by Big Tree Records, "Angel in Your Arms" accrued sufficient airplay to by February 1977 to enter the Billboard Hot 100, entering the Pop Top 40 that April to peak that July at #6; the track also charted R&B (#29) and Easy Listening (#9). Certified a gold record for U.S. sales of one million units, "Angel in Your Arms" was also a hit for Hot in Australia (#27), Canada (#3) and New Zealand (#7).

At the time of Hot's success with their single version, the group also recorded a Spanish-language version entitled "Angel en Tus Brazos".[4]

The success of Hot with "Angel in Your Arms" brought an expedient cover aimed at the C&W market by Vivian Bell, but this March 1977 release was not a major hit with a #71 C&W peak and a 1983 remake by Robin Lee also charted low both in its original A-side release (#54 C&W) and as the B-side of Lee's 1985 #49 C&W duet with Lobo: "Paint the Town Blue".

Barbara Mandrell, who had scored a 1982 #1 C&W hit with Brasfield's "Till You're Gone", recorded "Angel in Your Arms" in June 1985 in Nashville to serve as an advance single from the album Get to the Heart, marking the first newly recorded release by Mandrell after her 11 September 1984 automobile accident. A thematic return by Mandrell to the connubial concerns prevalent in her early hits, including her 1978 career record "(If Loving You Is Wrong) I Don't Want to Be Right", "Angel in Your Arms" reached #8 C&W.[5]

"Angel in Your Arms" has also been recorded by Lynn Anderson (I Love What Love Is Doing to Me 1977), Red Hurley (as "The Angel in Your Arms") (With Love 1978), Millie Jackson (Feelin' Bitchy 1977), Reba McEntire (Reba McEntire 1977) and Billie Jo Spears (I Will Survive 1979).[3] In the UK, where the Hot original had had an unsuccessful April 1977 release, "Angel in the Morning" was recorded in 1979 by veteran vocalist Carol Deene who had been inactive for some years: Deene's version, released on her own Koala label, failed to effect a chart comeback. "Angel in Your Arms" was one of a number of tracks recorded in the spring of 2009 at Muscle Shoals Sound Studio by Queen Emily; Wolf Stephenson produced the sessions which featured Clayton Ivey on keyboards. The Queen Emily album was released in the UK in December 2010. A Finnish rendering: "Älä Kysy Kuka On Sylissäin", was recorded by Vicky for her 1978 album Tee Mulle Niin.

References[edit]

  1. ^ McNutt, Randy (2002). Guitar Towns: a journey to the crossroads of rock 'n' roll. Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press. p. 140. ISBN 0-253-34058-6. 
  2. ^ "Alabama Hall of Fame". Retrieved 15 February 2010. 
  3. ^ a b "AMG". Archived from the original on 11 February 2010. Retrieved 15 February 2010. 
  4. ^ http://www.discogs.com/Hot-Angel-En-Tus-Brazos/release/1075097
  5. ^ "Praguefrank". Retrieved 15 February 2010.