The Angels are an Australian rock band that formed in Adelaide, South Australia, in 1974. The band later relocated to Sydney and enjoyed huge local success, clocking up hit singles across four decades, including "Am I Ever Gonna See Your Face Again", "Take a Long Line", "Marseilles", "Shadow Boxer", "No Secrets", "We Gotta Get Out Of This Place", "Let The Night Roll On", and "Dogs Are Talking".
The Angels were cited by Guns N' Roses and a number of Seattle grunge bands, including Pearl Jam and Nirvana, as having influenced their music. In the international market, to avoid legal problems with the Casablanca Records' act Angel, their records were released under the names Angel City and later The Angels from Angel City.
After spending most of the 2000s apart, in April 2008, the original 1970s line-up of The Angels reformed for a series of tours.
In January 2013 it was announced that lead singer Doc Neeson had been diagnosed with a brain tumour and would undergo immediate treatment.
It was also revealed that bassist Chris Bailey (1950–2013) had been battling an aggressive cancer. Bailey died on 4 April 2013; a benefit concert was held at Thebarton Theatre in Adelaide on 17 April.
On 4 June 2014 lead singer Doc Neeson died of brain cancer. He was 67.
The original lineup of sisters, Barbara and Phyllis Allbut, and Linda Jansen (born Linda Jankowski) had their first hit with "Til" released by Gerry Granahan's Caprice label in 1961. The song was followed up with a less-successful single, "Cry Baby Cry." Jansen left the group in 1962 and was replaced by Peggy Santiglia, formerly of The Delicates.
In 1963, the trio signed to Mercury Records' subsidiary label Smash Records and began working with the Feldman-Goldstein-Gottehrer songwriting team, who wrote "My Boyfriend's Back". The Angels' performance was originally intended as a demo for The Shirelles' consideration, but the music publishers chose instead to release it as it stood. The song was a major hit, reaching number one on the Billboard Hot 100, but no follow-up of comparable success was released.
The group was in demand as session vocalists throughout the 1960s, most notably on Lou Christie's 1966 hit "Lightnin' Strikes" as well as the follow-up "Rhapsody In The Rain."
The group left Smash in 1964 and signed with Congress Records. The group became The Halos, Following a dispute over the ownership of the name "The Angels." Santiglia left the group shortly thereafter and was replaced by Toni Mason. The group released several more singles, none of which charted.
Mason left the group in 1967 and was replaced by Debra Swisher (previously of The Pixies Three), who had recently recorded and released her own version of "Thank You And Goodnight" on the ABC-Paramount Records subsidiary, Boom Records. This lineup resumed using the name "The Angels" and released a handful of singles on RCA Records, with Bernadette Carroll singing lead, and made an appearance on "The Dean Martin Show" before disbanding in 1968. Santiglia and Phyllis and Barbara Allbut regrouped in the early 1970s and released a new single on Polydor Records.
Phyllis Allbut and Santiglia still perform as The Angels, joined occasionally by Barbara Allbut.