Length 4:26 (LP version)
|Format 12" single|
Genre Latin Freestyle
Label 4th & B'way
"Silent Morning" is the debut single by Puerto Rican-American singer Noel, released as the lead single from his 1987 self-titled debut studio album. It is the most successful single by Noel to date, where on November 14, 1987, it reached number 47 on the US Billboard Hot 100 singles chart.
Background and composition
The song came about after Noel was discovered by a man looking for singers. The man invited Noel to go into the studio to record a song. While in the studio, and with Noel having never written a song, the man gave advice for Noel to write about what he was feeling. The song that Noel recorded was originally called "Spanish Morning", which had the same melody as "Silent Morning", but with different lyrics. After a few weeks of recording, the man disappeared. At that time, Noel worked as assistant bartender at a club, just to discover that his boss was a man of good contacts, who knew artists like David Bowie and Mick Jagger. Noel decided to record a demo and handed it to his boss. Some weeks later Noel's boss said he had shown the song to the manager of a label, and that he liked the song but not the lyrics, and asked that Noel change all the lyrics. Noel rewrote the song, now called "Silent Morning".
Spin listed the recording of "Silent Morning" as the seventh of ten "Great Moments in Recording Studio History," due to an alleged event in which "producer Aaron Hanson put a gun to Noel's head and threatened to blow his head off if he didn't sing the song Hanson's way."