For those familiar with the British pop singer Robbie Williams, you’ll remember one of Robbie’s earlier hits – Angels. Turns out this now “classic” was once meant to have been accompanied by the Beatles’ George Harrison. So, what happened?
As per Music Radar, Since being released in the year of our Lord, 1997, Robbie Williams’ Angels has become a pop standard – a staple at weddings, funerals and everything in between. But it turns out that it could have been even more notable, as producer and co-writer Guy Chambers has now revealed that he asked George Harrison to play guitar on the song.
The revelation came during a TikTok breakdown of the Angels Pro Tools session, in which Chambers reveals that the recording started with just piano, drums and acoustic guitar. “We were very keen to make sure the track had a nice bounce to it,” he recalls. “Some people call it a ‘swing’.”
Then came the electric guitar parts, which Chambers describes as “a bit of nice noodling; it’s not getting in the way of the track but it’s giving it colour… it moves it forward and up, opens the track up.”
And then the big reveal – the opening of ‘the Chambers of secrets’, if you will: “I originally asked George Harrison to appear on this track, and sadly he declined”
How I made Angels with #robbiewilliams in 1997. #behindthesong #behindthemusic #angels #songwriter #producer♬ original sound – Guy Chambers