Lonely Night (Angel Face)

Album: Song Of Joy (1976)
Charted: 3
Play Video

Songfacts®:

  • In 1975, the married pop duo Captain & Tennille went to #1 singing the Neil Sedaka tune "Love Will Keep Us Together." But love didn't keep them together very long – at least according to their next Sedaka cover. In "Lonely Night (Angel Face)," Toni Tennille is wide awake with the chirping crickets and other sounds of the night, pining for the guy who used to call her Angel Face.
  • Sedaka originally recorded this on his 1975 album, The Hungry Years. He also performed it on the January 24, 1976 episode of Saturday Night Live.
  • Sonny and Cher sang this on The Sonny and Cher Show in 1976.
  • This is one of many angel songs to fly up the Hot 100 since the chart's inception in 1955. The first was "Earth Angel" by The Crew-Cuts, which landed at #3 that same year. Other Top 10 entries prior to Captain & Tennille's tune include:

    1955: "Earth Angel (Will You Be Mine)" by The Penguins - #8
    1957: "My Special Angel" by Bobby Helms - #7
    1960: "Teen Angel" by Mark Dinning - #1
    1960: "Devil Or Angel" by Bobby Vee - #6
    1960: "Blue Angel" by Roy Orbison - #9
    1961: "Angel Baby" by Rosie & The Originals - #5
    1961: "Pretty Little Angel Eyes" by Curtis Lee - #7
    1962: "Johnny Angel" by Shelly Fabares - #1
    1962: "Next Door To An Angel" by Neil Sedaka - #5
    1968: "Angel of the Morning" by Merrilee Rush & The Turnabouts - #7
    1968: "My Special Angel" by The Vogues - #7
  • French composer/jazz pianist Michel Legrand recorded an instrumental version for his 1978 album, Times Of Your Life.

Comments

Be the first to comment...

Editor's Picks

Greg Lake of Emerson, Lake & Palmer

Greg Lake of Emerson, Lake & PalmerSongwriter Interviews

Greg talks about writing songs of "universal truth" for King Crimson and ELP, and tells us about his most memorable stage moment (it involves fireworks).

John Doe of X

John Doe of XSongwriter Interviews

With his X-wife Exene, John fronts the band X and writes their songs.

Album Cover Inspirations

Album Cover InspirationsSong Writing

Some album art was at least "inspired" by others. A look at some very similar covers.

Bass Player Scott Edwards

Bass Player Scott EdwardsSong Writing

Scott was Stevie Wonder's bass player before becoming a top session player. Hits he played on include "I Will Survive," "Being With You" and "Sara Smile."

Cheerleaders In Music Videos

Cheerleaders In Music VideosSong Writing

It started with a bouncy MTV classic. Nirvana and MCR made them scary, then Gwen, Avril and Madonna put on the pom poms.

Real or Spinal Tap

Real or Spinal TapMusic Quiz

They sang about pink torpedoes and rocking you tonight tonight, but some real lyrics are just as ridiculous. See if you can tell which lyrics are real and which are Spinal Tap in this lyrics quiz.