Monday’s Music Moves Me: Angels…

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In my never-ending quest to choose songs that I don’t think anyone else will choose, I took the theme of “angel” and had fun with it. Here are 15 songs I came up with.

  1. Pentatonix, “Angels We Have Heard On High” We start with a Christmas carol. There are two very popular Christmas carols that talk about angels; this is the other.
  2. Kitty Wells, “It Wasn’t God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels” Written by J. D. Miller and originally sung by Kitty Wells, it was an “answer” song to Hank Williams’s “The Wild Side Of Life.”
  3. Tavares, “Heaven Must Be Missing An Angel” An international hit for Tavares, this was issued on a single with part 1 on the A side and part 2 on the B side. Here are both sides uninterrupted.
  4. Opening and Closing Theme from Touched By An Angel The opening theme was sung by Della Reese, who also starred in the show with Roma Downey.
  5. Randy Edelman, “The Wave (theme song from Angels In The Outfield) The 1994 remake of the 1951 classic, starring Danny Glover.
  6. Madonna, “Angel” From her 1984 album Like A Virgin, this was the followup to “Material Girl.” It reached #5 in the US and Canada.
  7. Merrilee Rush, “Angel Of The Morning” A classic from 1968. Was written by Chip Taylor, who I saw in the comments for this song is Jon Voight’s brother and therefore Angeline Jolie’s uncle.
  8. Ricky Nelson, “Fools Rush In (Where Angels Fear To Tread)” A 1940 song by Johnny Mercer and Rube Bloom, covered by Ricky Nelson in 1963. It reached #12 and is the most famous version of the song.
  9. Bobby Vee, “Devil Or Angel” Done originally by The Clovers in 1955, Bobby’s version was from 1960 and was his first Top 10 hit, reaching #6.
  10. Shelley Fabares, “Johnny Angel” Shelley, who had starred on The Donna Reed Show (from which the clip was taken), took this to #1 in 1962.
  11. Everlast, “Saving Grace” Theme song for the USA Network TV show of the same name, which starred Holly Hunter. The premise of the show was that an angel (played by Leon Rippy) offers to help Grace Hanadarko (Hunter), an Oklahoma City detective, reform her life. Thus, it got included.
  12. Elvis Presley, Devil In Disguise” “You look like an angel, talk like an angel…” I couldn’t resist.
  13. Randy Newman with Valerie Carter, “Heaven Is My Home” From the 1996 movie Michael with John Travolta as St. Michael The Archangel, who is traced by two tabloid reporters to the home of an old woman where Michael is staying.
  14. Spike Jones, “I’m The Angel In The Christmas Play” From the album It’s A Spike Jones Christmas.
  15. “Heaven Sent” perfume commercial from the 1960’s Has what I consider to be the greatest line ever written in a song: “Suddenly, you’re an imp wearing angel’s wings.”

And that’s Monday’s Music Moves Me for April 27, 2020.

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20 thoughts on “Monday’s Music Moves Me: Angels…

  1. Oooh! I love your take on the theme! And I especially love that you included Saving Grace – I sure loved that show! 🙂 Hope you and yours are staying safe and healthy!

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    1. That was a very good show. I’ve always liked Holly Hunter, and Laura San Giacomo was great in “Just Shoot Me” and the movie “Primary Colors.” USA Network had a bunch of shows I liked: “Burn Notice,” “In Plain Sight,” “Royal Pains”…

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  2. You succeeded (again) Spike Jones!! Many of these were new to me, and The Wave was so good – I could have thought it was John Williams. I rarely watch sports movies, not sure why, as I so enjoyed Hoosiers, The Pride of the Yankees, and Field of Dreams (I’ve even visited the Field of Dreams site). Angels was a nice theme and you did find some unusual ones.

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  3. Great choise for the Angels, John. That soundtrack was very nice and Tavares was one of my Granny’s favourite dance mewsic back in the 70ties. We didn’t know that Heaven scent mewsic, maybe because Granny’s favourite scent is…well..you make a guess 😉 Thank you for the mewsic.😸Clean Pawkisses for a Happy Wednesday. Stay Safe Healthy and Yourselfie🙏🐾😽💞

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  4. John,

    That’s interesting to know that Jon Voight’s brother wrote, ‘”Angel In The Morning”. I don’t think I remember the original artist’s recording but I’m sure I heard it at some point. It was Juice Newton’s cover that stands out in my memory. Speaking of Jon Voight, we’re watching RAY DONOVAN on our free month trial on Showtime. The series gives me the same vibes of The Soprano’s which we really liked and are quite pulled into this new show. “Heaven Must Be Missing An Angel” is a great throwback sound from the 70s and the song gives me a good sensation. Fabulous playlist as usual, my friend. Stay well and have a boogietastic week!

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  5. I didn’t know Shelley Fabares sang “Johnny Angel,” or that she was on the Donna Reed Show. I wonder what I was watching instead. Thanks for the info about Spike Jones. I love him.

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  6. Oh fun… Honky Tonk Angels… nope no one chose that one. “Heaven Must Be Missing An Angel” haven’t heard that one in ages. Good tune! I loved Touched by an Angel. I’m watching all the shows with Michael Landon, Highway to Heaven. They have it all on You Tube. Love it! Your last tune is a hoot, but I remember it for sure on the commercials. I think I use to wear it. Well, my friend its been a long day I have to move on and get the rest. Stay safe & healthy and don’t forget your mask!

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  7. Great selection and I’ve heard most of these. I agree with your comment about the “Heaven Sent” perfume commercial from the 1960s. That is a cool line.

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  8. There are some I have never heard of and some I know quite well. That Madonna video looks very similar to the one she made for Like a Virgin with the same locale of Venice, the white dress and that lion. I know that song from Tavares which I am happy to say. I would add the ABBA song, “Like an angel Crossing Through My Room.” It really is pretty

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