The Angelettes - Biography
In The Beginning ......
Although still at school, they gained an appreciative following in their local folk and social clubs in the North West of England. In 1972, their signature harmony sound was captured by the Decca label on their first single "Don't Let Him Touch You", kickstarting their professional recording and touring careers.
The Early Days .....
The Angelettes released their early singles on the Decca, UK Records and Mooncrest labels, touring throughout the UK and Europe.
Their vocals can also be heard most notably on Bryan Ferry's album "These Foolish Things" from which his "A Hard Rain's Gonna Fall" single was taken. The girls appeared on Top Of The Pops with Bryan to perform the song, having performed on the show some months earlier with their own single "Don't Let Him Touch You".
Further Angelettes' singles followed with a distinctive sound akin to that of the Phil Spector era. In contrast, the B sides of the Angelettes' singles - all recorded at Strawberry Studios in Stockport - give a deeper insight into their vocal talents, with only a backing of acoustic guitars, played by Sue and Julie.
The Angelettes beautiful harmonies were sought after by many artistes, with vocal backing sessions recorded at the major studios in London.
Following On .....
Touring as a nightclub band, they promoted their music with a repertoire covering pop, rock, soul and motown through to americana and country. With a vocal sound inspired originally by the Beach Boys, they also showcased their technical expertise with the inclusion of a few true four-part a capella arrangements of popular jazz standards.