From the recording Sweet Little Angel
"Black Angel Blues", also known as "Sweet Black Angel" or "Sweet Little Angel", is a blues standard that has been recorded by numerous blues and other artists. The song was first recorded in 1930 by Lucille Bogan, one of the classic female blues singers. Tampa Red recorded an updated version of the song, substituting a lyric and calling it "Sweet Little Angel" for Victor Records. in 1953, Earl Hooker recorded it as "Sweet Angel." In 1956, B.B. King recorded "Sweet Little Angel" (RPM Records). King's version, which included a horn section, was a stylistic shift for the song and it became a hit, reaching number eight on the Billboard R&B chart. In 1957, he re-recorded "Sweet Little Angel" for his first album Singin' the Blues. Both versions prominently feature B.B. King's guitar work, with his note-bends "sounding almost like a lap steel in places.