Undercover Angel

Album: Appetizers (1977)
Charted: 43 1

Songfacts®:

  • This was O'Day's only hit. He had previously written some hits for Bobby Sherman ("The Drum" - 1971), Cher ("Train of Thought "- 1974), The Righteous Brothers ("Rock And Roll Heaven" - 1974) and Helen Reddy ("Angie Baby" - 1974).
  • O'Day was the first recording artist for Pacific Records, a company created by Warner Brothers Music for their composers who also performed.
  • Michael Omartian produced this. Some of his other credits include "Arthur's Theme (Best That You Can Do)" by Christopher Cross and "The Next Time I Fall" by Chicago.
  • O'Day described this tune as a "Nocturnal Novelette." It was put out without fanfare in February 1977. Four months later, it was the #1 song in the country, and certified gold. >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Enrique - Lima, Peru, for all above

Comments: 13

  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyFor: Jennie P.
    Carol Parks is the female singing back-up on the record, she also provided vocals for "Desiderata", "It Never Rains In Southern California", "Rock Me Gently", "The Goodbye Girl", "Little Green Apples", "That's The Night The Lights Went Out In Georgia" and "Delta Dawn"...
    Ms. Parks passed away on October 21st, 2010 at the age of 60...
    May she R.I.P.
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn May 28th 1977, Alan O'Day performed "Undercover Angel" on the ABC-TV program 'American Bandstand'...
    Two months earlier on March 27th it entered Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart at position #98; and on July 3rd it peaked at #1 (for 1 week) and spent almost a half-year on the Top 100 (25 weeks, and for 7 of those 25 weeks it was on the Top 10)...
    On July 9th it reached #1 (for 2 weeks) on the Canadian RPM Top Singles chart...
    He had one other Top 100 record, "Started Out Dancing, Ended Up Making Love", it peaked at #73 on the chart...
    R.I.P. Mr. O'Day (1940 - 2013).
  • Esskayess from Dallas, TxWhen it was out, I called it 'Undercover Airhead.' And it deserved such a barb.
  • Grant from Port Pirie, AustraliaWhat about 'Skinny Girls', a great 80's song, made it to # 11 in the Australian charts, very catchy tune. quintessential 80's.
  • Jennifer Harris from Grand Blanc, MiI love this song.It's on one of my cds.
  • Paul from Kennewick, WaReminds me mof my first ever summer love-hope you're doing good Claudette, wherever ya are!That was in a different era, but it's still one of my Top 10, but oddly enough, I never could find a copy of the .45.
  • Mary from Phoenix, AzI always loved this song as a kid (although I never knew what the lyrics meant). To me, at 7 years old, it was just a good song to listen to! I still have the 45 somewhere.
  • Greatnorthwestguy from Cottage Grove, OrWow I just purchased the 1997 and 2001 versions on I-tunes and the female back up singer must be Dolly Parton.
  • Drew from B'ham, AlI forgot about "Come Sail Away". I never knew about "Angel" by Aerosmith. It seems ironic, Aerosmith of all bands, to use the word "angel". As for Styx, I'm not the least bit surprised.
  • Dale from Santa Fe, NmAndrew, the Styx song "Come Sail Away" mentions angels. Aerosmith has a song titled "Angel" etc.
  • Andrew from Birmingham, United StatesThis song sounds like someone mixing the disco beat and Golden 50's lyrics. I mean think about it: "Undercover Angel". About "You Sexy Thing" by Hot Chocolate, the same thing. I haven't otherwise heard Rock-genre lyrics include the word "angel" any later than the early '60s. I always thought that the Tokens were the last Rock-genre group whose lyrics included the word "angel".
  • Jeannie B. from Rochester, NyI just heard "Undercover Angel" on the radio. Who is the girl singing backup with Alan? Sounds a lot like Dolly Parton....
  • Dave from Oak Park, MiSome "K-Tel Big-Hits by Various-Artists of The Day" record, advertised on late-night TV, featuring this song, had O'Day dub "Midnight TENNESSEE" over "Midnight FANTASY"... It was played in a completely different key, too!

    Thought, then, the song was more of an "undercover woman-spy song", than, of course what it's really about...
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