I'm No Angel

Album: I'm No Angel (1987)
Charted: 49
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  • This was the title track from Gregg Allman's fourth solo album. Most of the '80s were a tough time for Allman: He was in a drug-induced funk for much of the decade, but came out of it long enough to record this album.
  • This was an appropriate song for Allman, who endured years of alcohol and drug problems and five failed marriages. In the song, he explains that with him, you have to take the good with the bad. He's a classic dangerous rebel type, complete with tattoos and a dark side. He's letting the girl know that she'll love him anyway, even as he drives her crazy.
  • Gregg Allman wrote most of his own songs and had a hand in composing most of the Allman Brothers catalog, but he didn't write "I'm No Angel." The song was written by Phil Palmer and Tony Colton; Palmer is a British session guitarist who recorded with Dire Straits and Eric Clapton; Colton was in a band called Head Hands and Feet with Albert Lee in the '70s before moving on to songwriting and production work. They submitted the demo to Allman, who immediately identified with the song and decided to record it.
  • Cher opened her 1988 concerts with this song. Her tumultuous marriage to Allman lasted 1975-1979.
  • Allman never became a video star, but he did make a foray into the MTV age with his video for this song, where he and his band break down in front of a dilapidated saloon. Conveniently, there are instruments set up, so they start playing while ghosts appear from the bygone days of the Old West. Allman's avatar is hanged, but not before he kisses his comely executioner.

    Jeff Stein, who also did Tom Petty's "Don't Come Around Here No More" and Billy Idol's "Rebel Yell," was the director.
  • This was one of only two hits for Allman as a solo artist; in 1974 his song "Midnight Rider," originally recorded with his band The Allman Brothers, reached #19 after he included it on his first solo album and issued it as a single.
  • In a sure sign that he will never get his wings, Allman spent three days in jail for drunk driving a few weeks before the I'm No Angel album was released. He had been arrested in September 1986 after failing a roadside sobriety test in Belleview, Florida.
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Comments: 8

  • Ian from Paddock Lake, WiSong fact: It was featured in the sketch "I'm No Angel" on SNL season 34.
  • Ralph from Cleveland, Oh, OhI have recently connected with this song and am getting "No, I'm No Angel" tattooed on my ass tomorrow. The whole album "I'm No Angel" is tremendous. Buy it!!
  • Jonathan from Huntsville, AlIs this tune available LEGALLY on the web? Not a big Allman fan, but I'd like to hear this every now and then.
  • Eric from Milltown, InGregg Allman is the greatest white blues singer ever, quite possibly the best. This and "Midnight Rider" are prime examples.
  • Ellis from Atlanta, GaGregg had the help of Rodney Mills on this production which always makes a difference. I think Mills helped Gregg find some solid ground in his music therefore in his life.

    God Bless Rodney Mills.
  • Eric from Harlan, TxTwo words: More cowbell!
  • Megan from Ozark, AlI really like this song...I don't know why though
  • Jessy from Bridgewater, Nj"I'm No Angel" is a Gregg Allman song circa 1989. Springsteen had absolutely no involvement in the song. Because to many people the vocals sound a lot like Bruce, it's gotten to be a recurring question.
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