Angel (Aretha Franklin song)

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Single by Aretha Franklin
from the album Hey Now Hey (The Other Side of the Sky)
B-side"Sister from Texas"
ReleasedJune 1973
Format7" single
Length3:34 (single version)
4:30 (album version)
Songwriter(s)Carolyn Franklin
Sonny Sanders
Producer(s)Quincy Jones
Aretha Franklin
Aretha Franklin singles chronology
"Master of Eyes (The Deepness of Your Eyes)"
"Until You Come Back to Me (That's What I'm Gonna Do)"

"Angel" is a soul ballad recorded by American singer Aretha Franklin. The song was co-written by Aretha's sister, Carolyn, and Sonny Sanders. Aretha co-produced the song with Quincy Jones and it originally appeared on Aretha's 1973 album Hey Now Hey (The Other Side of the Sky). It was released as a single in June 1973 and went on to top the US R&B Singles chart for two weeks while reaching number twenty on the Pop chart.[1] The single sold over 900,000 copies.


  • Lead and background vocals by Aretha Franklin
  • Additional background vocals by Carolyn Franklin and Erma Franklin
  • Produced and arranged by Quincy Jones and Aretha Franklin

Simply Red version[edit]

Single by Simply Red
from the album Greatest Hits
Released28 October 1996
FormatCD single
GenreHip hop
LabelEastwest Records
Songwriter(s)Carolyn Franklin
Sonny Sanders
Producer(s)Simply Red
Wyclef Jean
Jerry Duplessis
Simply Red singles chronology
"We're in This Together"
"Night Nurse"

"Angel" was covered by Simply Red in 1996 for their first compilation album, Greatest Hits featuring an uncredited appearance by the Fugees. It was released in October 1996 as the only single from the album and reached number 4 in the United Kingdom. The song appeared on the Set It Off soundtrack.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "No Woman, No Cry" (LP version) - 4:03
  2. "No Woman, No Cry" (Remix) - 3:55
  3. "No Woman, No Cry" (Remix instrumental) - 3:55
  4. "Killing Me Softly" (Live) - 4:25
  1. "Don't Cry, Dry Your Eyes" - 5:03
  2. "Don't Cry, Dry Your Eyes" (Instrumental) - 5:03
  3. "No Woman, No Cry" (LP version) - 4:03
  4. "A Change Is Gonna Come" (Live) - 6:04


Chart (1996-97) Peak
Belgium (Ultratip Flanders)[2] 12
Germany (Official German Charts)[3] 71
Ireland (IRMA) 23
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[4] 11
Scotland (Official Charts Company)[5] 7
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[6] 4
UK R&B (Official Charts Company)[7] 1

Other versions[edit]


  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004. Record Research. p. 215.
  2. ^ " – Simply Red – Angel" (in Dutch). Ultratip.
  3. ^ " – Simply Red – Angel". GfK Entertainment Charts. Retrieved 18 February 2019.
  4. ^ " – Simply Red – Angel". Top 40 Singles.
  5. ^ "Official Scottish Singles Sales Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company.
  6. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company.
  7. ^ "Official R&B Singles Chart Top 40". Official Charts Company.

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