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Dedicated to my father

Graham Wheway

1963 – 2016



The Cher Story

I) 1946 - 1969: I Got You Babe — Sonny & Cher Top The Charts

II) 1970 - 1980: Living In A House Divided — TV's Sonny & Cher Separate

III) 1981 - 1995: Working Girl — Cher Earns Hollywood Acclaim

IV) 1998 - 2016: Believe — Cher Claims Her Goddess Of Pop Title

The Cher Discography

I) Studio Albums

II) Compilation Albums

III) Live Albums

IV) Soundtrack Albums

V) Singles

Songs Written By Cher

The Cher Filmography

I) Films

II) Television Series' & Specials

III) Music Videos

Cher's Tours

Cher's Awards

Cher's Relationships

Cher Q&A

What Other Stars Say About Cher


Rightfully coined the “Goddess of Pop”, Cher has conquered music, film and television during her 50-year showbiz career, selling 100-million records, grossing $650-million on tour, drawing $700-million at the U.S. Box Office and winning Oscar, Grammy, Emmy and Golden Globe Awards.

She is one-half of highly-successful duo Sonny & Cher, a multi-million-selling doll, multi-million-selling fitness icon, hit songwriter, enduring sex symbol, award-winning television producer, film director, video director, award-winning fashion icon, author, model, humanitarian, mother, daughter, and of course the idol of a highly diverse fan base.

The Cher Story

1946 – 1969

I Got You Babe — Sonny & Cher Top The Charts

Cher's mother, Georgia Holt, was an aspiring actress who headed to Hollywood during adolescence to find fame. However, showbiz success evaded Georgia, and by 1945, she was in a penniless marriage to Armenian truck driver John Sarkisian, with whom she was now expecting a baby.

Georgia's mother pressured her to have an illegal abortion but she backed out on the abortion table — she gave birth to her daughter Cherilyn “Cher” Sarkisian on 20 May 1946.

John took Georgia and an infant Cher to Pittsburgh before bailing on them, thus leaving Georgia to raise Cher alone in the city whilst working for tips as a waitress in an all-night diner. A struggling Georgia placed her daughter in a Catholic orphanage for a small time but found herself having to fight in order to get Cher back when the nuns there deemed her an “unfit mother”.

“I remember my mom, she was pretty outlandish for her time. She was a model and she was beautiful and she was on the cutting edge.”


“We were dead poor”, Cher has since recalled. Georgia raised Cher whilst frequently relocating homes but at one point settled down for a while with new husband Gilbert LaPiere — whom Cher learned to call “Dad”.

Cher had entertainment running through her veins from the get-go. A three-year-old Cher ran around the house singing, naked, whilst a four-year-old Cher developed a desire to be on the big screen when she was taken to a theatre to watch classic feature-length animation Dumbo. Inspired by her mother's Broadway musical cast albums, a five-year-old Cher was already putting on small performances for her mother and her new baby sister, Georganne LaPiere.

Trivia: The first song Cher learned was Hey, Good Lookin' by Hank Williams; and the first record Cher ever bought was Tequila by The Champs.

It came at little surprise then that during fifth grade, 1956-'57, Cher was gathering girls from her grammar school to help her put on a performance of Oklahoma! for her class and teacher. Even then, Cher had a low voice, which came in handy when she was void of boy volunteers for her show, thus performing all the male parts herself.

Cher had inherited her dark looks from her Armenian father, who she did not meet until a visit from him after turning eleven years of age. She felt let down by her father — he was addicted to heroin and pawned Georgia's jewellery. By fifteen years of age, Cher had become uncomfortable with her dark hair, eyes and skin, having been surrounded by her blond mother's blond family. However, 1961's Breakfast At Tiffany's finally gave her a fellow non-blond and “irregular”-looking idol in the shape of its star Audrey Hepburn.

In 1962, Cher began a brief loveless sexual romance with 25-year-old actor Warren Beatty, dropped out of school and began acting classes. In November, she met and befriended struggling songwriter Salvatore Bono, known to most as “Sonny”, in a Los Angeles coffee shop.

“I got my first look at Salvatore Phillip Bono. I will never forget it, because everyone else in the room disappeared, just washed away into some fuzzy soft focus.”


Sonny had tried — and failed — to gain success as a recording artist since 1955, and after meeting Cher, he landed a job working for now-legendary record producer Phil Spector as a promotion man at Gold Star Studios in Hollywood, before adding “percussionist” and “background singer” to his job title. Rooting from a friendship, Cher and Sonny became romantically involved, and next time Beatty called her — after eight months of no contact — she told him that she was now in love with Sonny.

Up until that point, Cher aspired to be an actress, like her mother, whom had now landed minor TV and film roles. However, Sonny, who was enjoying some success as a songwriter with his co-penned Needles & Pins by Jackie DeShannon (US#84), introduced Cher to Spector, who provided her with the job of a "baby-sitter" for his girlfriend Ronnie Bennett.

Spector eventually hired Cher to perform alongside Sonny, and others, as a background singer at the Gold Star Recording Studios in July 1963 when one of his usual background singers, Darlene Love, could not make it in time to record Spector's latest masterpiece: The Ronettes' classic Be My Baby. The US#2 hit was Sonny & Cher's first joint professional recording, alas as background singers.

Sonny and Cher were background singers on virtually every Spector recording until October 1964, when they sang back-up on another masterpiece — The Righteous Brothers' US and UK #1 You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'. Other classics that feature Sonny and Chers' background vocals are The Ronettes' Transatlantic Top 40 hits Baby I Love You and Do I Love You?, and Darlene Love's festive favourite Christmas (Baby Please Come Home).

“She was so loud, so powerful, she was louder than everybody in this studio. So Phil would keep telling her 'OK move back... Move back Cher... Move back Cher. One time I said, 'You're gonna move her back so far, she's gonna be in the alley in a minute.'”

Darlene Love

Meanwhile, the couple emerged as a musical duo under the name of "Caesar & Cleo", playing gigs of cover hits, whilst releasing a cover of Don & Dewey's little-known The Letter on Vault Records in February 1964 — which stirred some interest in California. Sonny — whose Needles & Pins had just been revived into a UK#1 hit by The Searchers — persuaded Spector to record Cher. Her March debut solo single Ringo, I Love You — an ode to Ringo Starr with elements of The Beatles' She Loves You — was released under the pseudonym “Bonnie Jo mason” on the newly-formed Annette Records label. It went by unnoticed.

“Elvis was really my biggest inspiration, because my voice was so not girly (first record I put out was called 'Ringo, I love you', and they wouldn't play it because they thought I was a guy). He was the only artist I could really identify with.”


Still as “Caesar & Cleo”, the duo signed with Reprise Records and released another overlooked single: a rousing cover of Mickey & Sylvia's Love Is Strange. Almost simultaneously — and with a name change to "Sonny & Cher" under a new contract — they released Sonny-original Baby Don't Go, which, due to its small popularity in California and Texas, finally gave them an appearance on a Billboard music chart, alas the Billboard “Bubbling Under” chart — a chart of the week's best-selling singles that missed the main Billboard Hot 100. An attempt to get a cover of Bobby Freeman's Do You Want To Dance onto the Netherlands music chart failed.

Sonny was determined to get him and/or Cher a proper hit record, and just prior to the year's end, he penned a solo Cher song called Dream Baby, which too was a minor hit in California. A February 1965 attempt to get Baby Don't Go onto the UK charts failed but a switch to Atco Records saw another US single release — April's Sonny-written Spector-sound-a-like Just You. Like the duo's last single, it was a minor hit in California and Texas. Meanwhile, they were playing gigs up and down the West Coast, making appearances on Television shows Shivaree and Shindig! and were back in the recording studio to record Sonny's latest composition, I Got You Babe.

The hard work started to pay off: July saw Cher's cover of Bob Dylan's All I Really Want To Do enter the lower part of Billboard's Hot 100 — becoming her first hit record. Meanwhile, After several failed attempts to catch a proper big break in the US, Sonny & Cher took the advice of The Rolling Stones (who were in the US on their first West Coast tour) of moving to England to hit it big.

“I loved songs that weren't as big of hits. I loved Just You. I loved All I Really Want to Do too; that was fun. Everyone thought that was a Sonny & Cher record because they didn't know I could jump the octaves that easily.”


Sonny and Cher and their managers Charlie Greene and Brian Stone sold their cars to raise cash for the plane tickets. In protest of their hippie appearance, the London Hilton hotel turned Sonny and Cher away from its premises the morning that they arrived, and photographers captured the display as the hotel staff proceeded to escort them out the door (Cher later heard that Greene had arranged the whole thing for a publicity stunt). As a result, Sonny & Cher were on the front page of the British papers later that same day. Whilst the London Hilton objected to the couple's alternative image, it captured the rest of the British nation's interest.

“When I was young we got beaten up for looking the way we looked. No one even dared to look different. The Beatles had nice hair cuts and were in suits. The Stones were kind of on the fringe.”


The duo had become an overnight sensation as interview and photoshoot requests came flooding in the next day for the pair. More importantly, London deejays discovered and began to spin their latest recording, I Got You Babe. Sonny & Cher were quickly snapped up to make promotional appearances for the song on UK television shows Ready Steady Go and Top of The Pops. Babe knocked the Beatles' Help! off the top of the UK single charts near the end of August and stayed there for a second week.

Sonny & Cher returned home to America where they were greeted at the airport by roughly five-thousand new American teenage fans. Also greeting them was the presence of I Got You Babe at the top of the US charts — where it would spend three weeks. It even crossed over to reach #19 on the R&B Singles chart. The classic sixties duet has since sold over three-million copies worldwide.

Cher's All I Really Want To Do had to battle The Byrd's version of the same song in the charts. The group's version rose to #40 in the US and #4 in the UK. Cher's version performed arguably better, reaching the Top 20 on both sides of the Atlantic: #15 in the US and #9 in the UK.

Baby Don't Go was re-released, reaching #1 in Canada, #8 in the US and #11 in the UK, as was Just You, which hit #20 in the US. With the addition of Sonny's solo self-penned Laugh At Me (US#10, UK#9, Canada#1), the overnight sensations had an impressive five hits on the US Hot 100 chart simultaneously. Before long, a re-issue of The Letter also made an appearance at #75 on the US Hot 100.

The duo's 3-million-selling Gold-certified debut album Look At Us spent a staggering eight weeks at #2 on the Billboard 200, whilst reaching #7 in the UK. It hit #3 in Australia where track Sing C'est La Vie was issued as a single, reaching #2 (and #1 in Belgium). Cher's million-selling debut album All I Really Want To Do, fuelled solely by its title track, reached #7 in the UK and #16 in the US (where it spent an impressive six months on the chart). A Reprise label compilation album featuring songs by "Sonny & Cher and Friends" titled Baby Don't Go reached #69 in the US: it featured their “Caesar & Cleo” recordings alongside songs from other artists on the label's roster, namely Bill Medley, The Lettermen and The Blendells.

Sonny was writing, producing and arranging the majority of their material — most of which was folk-rock. Meanwhile, Cher had fast become a trendsetter for millions of teenage girls, who imitated her unique image: the jet-black straight hair; the Cleopatra-style eye liner; the equally-bold mascara; the furry waistcoats; and the often-striped bell-bottom trousers. Cher would remain a trendsetter for her whole career.

September saw the couple appear on some of the biggest television shows in America, such as Where The Action Is, Hullabaloo and perhaps most excitingly, The Ed Sullivan Show. On the latter show, the host pronounced Cher's name incorrectly, like "Chur", and thus led her to style her name as “Chér” for most of the next ten years. Cher performed new Sonny-penned teenage angst-themed solo single Where Do You Go (US#25) whilst the duo performed their new single But You're Mine (UK#15, US#17). Sonny & Cher appeared as themselves in the film Wild on the Beach, singing the I Got You Babe B-side and Look At Us album track It's Gonna Rain.

February 1966 saw Sonny & Cher take on popular ballad What Now My Love as their new single, which showcased that Cher's deep voice was certainly powerful enough to fit comfortably alongside other great female singers of the time, such as Dusty Springfield and Petula Clark. It reached #16 in the US and #13 in the UK — the only Transatlantic Top 20 version of the much-covered song. It came from their new album The Wondrous World of Sonny & Chér, which reached #34 on the US Billboard 200 when released in April, and #15 in the UK.

Cher's new single Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down) became her first million-selling solo single, reaching #2 in the US and #3 in the UK. It became one of Sonny's most-covered compositions, eventually being reworked by Stevie Wonder, Petula Clark, Cliff Richard, Nancy Sinatra, Frank Sinatra and Lady Gaga among many others. It was lifted from Cher's second solo studio album The Sonny Side of Chér (US#26, UK#11).

Have I Stayed Too Long failed to become a Top 40 hit single for the duo, reaching #49 in the US and #42 in the UK, but the outlandish couple were nominated at the 1966 Grammy Awards for 'Best New Artist' alongside the likes of The Byrds, Herman's Hermits and eventual winner Tom Jones.

In September, Little Man — written by Sonny and sang mostly by Cher — was released, becoming a million-selling European smash-hit for the duo despite only reaching #21 in the US. It became their second UK Top 5 hit in the UK (#4).

Cher's third album Chér followed maybe a little too quickly and stalled at #59 in the US and became her first album not to chart in the UK. It did, however, contain the UK Top 75 chart hits Sunny (Bobby Hebb cover, #32 — and a #2 hit in multiple European countries) and I Feel Something In The Air (Sonny composition tackling unwanted pregnancy, #42), as well as the US#32 hit Alfie (played during the closing credits of that year's hit Michael Caine-starring movie of the same name).

After the November 1966 disappointing performances of the duo's Living For You (UK#42, US#87), Cher's Behind The Door (US#97) and her Mama (When My Dollies Have Babies) (US#124 — though #70 on Billboard Hot 100's rival Cash box Top 100 Singles chart), Sonny unleashed a new song for the duo in January 1967: The Beat Goes On (UK#29). The song propelled the duo back to the Top 10 (#6) of the US singles charts.

Meanwhile, Sonny & Cher became briefly controversial in Pasadena, California in January for siding with the "Sunset Strip Rioters" — teenagers protesting the city's new curfew — and as a result, were removed from their promised position of honor in the next day's Tournament of Roses Parade. That same month, they entered Italy's San Remo song festival with two songs — the duo's Il cammino di ogni speranza and Cher's solo Ma piano (Per non svegliarmi) — but failed to reach the final rounds.

“It's a good thing that we were so entertained by each other because we were constantly together.”


Despite the inclusion of The Beat Goes On, Sonny & Cher's March album In Case You're in Love only peaked at #45 on the US Billboard 200. It did not chart in the UK at all. That same month, they appeared in acting roles on an episode of NBC's TV series The Man From U.N.C.L.E.. A month later, they released A Beautiful Story, which peaked at #53 on the US Hot 100.

Sonny was inspired to make a film for the duo to star in despite Cher's unenthusiasm about the project. Directed by William Friedkin and co-starring George Sanders, the movie was titled Good Times and released in April 1967. It premièred in Austin, Texas — where it did well. However, elsewhere, it was a commercial and critical failure. The following month, they released the soundtrack album to the film, which fared arguably better, charting at #73 in the US. In the following months, they released the small hit singles Plastic Man (US#74, and notably #49 in France) and taken from the aforementioned soundtrack album, fan-favourite It's The Little Things (US#50).

Sonny & Cher released their first greatest hits package in August, The Best of Sonny & Chér. The collection was highly successful, reaching #23 on the US Billboard 200, on which it would chart for an impressive forty-seven weeks. Their upbeat December 1967 single Good Combination reached #53 on the US Hot 100. However, it would be their final hit single of the decade. Following the release of her Jim Hendrix-cover Hey Joe (US#94) and new studio album With Love, Chér (US#47), the female-half of the duo enjoyed a solo comeback with December's You Better Sit Down Kids (US#9), a song about divorce — an unusual subject for a pop song at the time. However, despite once again achieving Top 10 status, that would be her final solo hit of the decade.

“By 1968, Sonny and I had fallen off the charts. It was a different time, a different sound.”


Sonny & Cher's pop ditties (Circus and You Gotta Have A Thing of Your Own) stopped reaching the US Hot 100 as the anti-drug duo became disconnected with the majority of the record-buying public, which had turned on to acid-rock as part of the in-full-swing drug culture (American actress Lily Tomlin recalls Cher's anti-drug stance: “She and I went out to dinner and someone famous came over to our table and literally laid lines of coke on the table and Cher was appalled”.) In a bid to recover their career, Sonny thought up plans to write and produce a film for Cher to star in, entitled Chastity. He placed all of the duo's savings into making the movie. During its production, Cher announced that she was pregnant.

Despite the dried-up record sales, Sonny & Cher were still hitting some popular events in 1968 including April's 40th Annual Academy Awards, June's Martin Luther King Benefit at Madison Square Garden and August's Newport Pop Festival — the first ever music concert to have more than 100,000 paid attendees.

Cher's July album Backstage was her first to not chart in the US, or produce any Billboard hit singles (despite attempts with The Click Song, which did hit #78 on the Cash Box Top 100 Singles chart and #84 on further US Hot 100 rival Record World 100 Top Pops, and Take Me For A Little While). Her first solo compilation album, titled Golden Greats, was released before the year's end. It contained all of her US and UK Top 40 hits but reached a very low #195 on the US Billboard 200 chart.

In February 1969, Cher's stand-alone single Yours Until Tomorrow failed to chart and went by unnoticed. On 4 March, Cher (whom up to this point had experienced four miscarriages) and Sonny had their first child; a daughter whom they named Chastity Sun Bono, after their new feature film. Devastatingly for Cher, when Chastity was six-weeks-old, Sonny revealed to her that they were in debt by $270,000 to the IRS.

Before long, Sonny and Cher got married. Their relationship was moving forward but their career and finances were in danger. The film Chastity opened in theatres on 24 June 1969 to mixed reviews and was a Box Office failure. Its predominantly-instrumental soundtrack album of the same name unsurprisingly did not chart, and contained the Cher track Chastity's Song (Bands Of Thieves), which became a flop single.

Cher — who had begun to grow out her 1960's trademark bangs/fringe — also released a new studio album in June entitled 3614 Jackson Highway. It received critical acclaim but only charted at #160, and none of its singles (I Walk On Guilded Splinters, and Bob Dylan-cover Lay Lady Lay) reached the US Hot 100, despite Billboard predicting that her cover of Buffalo Springfield's For What It's Worth would become one of her biggest hits. A follow-up album was recorded — including non-charting single You've Made Me So Very Happy — but was not released (until 2001).

1970 – 1980

Living In A House Divided – TV's Sonny & Cher Separate

Sonny & Cher had hit hard times. They were in worryingly heavy debt, and thus had to perform at nightclubs. By no choice of their own, Sonny & Cher had to reinvent their image for the nightclub circuit. Sonny was required to wear tuxedos, Cher was required to wear evening dresses. Just years ago, the duo were selling out 30,000-seat arenas. Now, on a good night, they were playing to a couple of hundred. Steadily, and accidentally, somewhat due to the disinterest of their small audiences, they incorporated humour into their act in-between songs.

The changes to their stage show proved to be a success as audience numbers grew steadily thanks to positive word-of-mouth. Requests came in for the duo to do guest spots on television shows, such as The Barbara McNair Show, which gave them extensive airtime to showcase their stage act. They even fronted their own 1970 one-off variety hour, The Sonny & Cher Nitty Gritty Hour, containing a mix of slapstick comedy, skits and live music.

Although their recording career was still at a low, with a pre-Carpenters Superstar and Sonny-penned ballad Classified 1A not reaching the US Hot 100 for Cher and Get It Together missing out for the duo, Sonny & Cher were offered a chance to guest-host The Merv Griffin Show. When their potential was spotted by CBS head of programming Fred Silverman, he offered them the opportunity to do something much more substantial than guest hosting: a chance to star in their own television series.

The Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour premièred on 1 August 1971 and aired weekly for six shows as a summer replacement show. It was a huge ratings success. Millions of viewers per week enjoyed the variety show's mixture of memorable comedy sketches, famous guests and of course, Sonny & Cher's music.

Having released single Real people just a couple of months ago in June 1971 to zero success, the duo saw the opportunity to turn their successful, and now televised, stage act into album sales. In September, as their variety show was closing its very successful run on television, Sonny & Cher took advantage and revived their music career — swapping their folk-rock beginnings for adult contemporary material. They released the album Sonny and Cher Live. It contained live versions of old hits and covers, and was a success, charting at #35 on the Billboard 200 and ultimately going Gold. Cher's new single, the story song Gypsy's, Tramps & Thieves marked a humongous return to success for her, reaching the #1 spot on the US Hot 100 and enjoying a two-week stay there. The song, which some listeners speculate has rape and prostitution in its narrative, also became her biggest UK hit in five years (#4), and eventually sold 3 million copies worldwide. She also released her new album: originally entitled Chér then unsurprisingly re-titled Gypsys Tramps & Thieves, it was her highest-selling solo album yet, reaching #16 in America (where it spent 45 weeks on the chart).

The husband-and-wife's joint comeback single, October's All I Ever Need Is You, was also a massive success. It became their second transatlantic Top 10 single, reaching #7 in the US and #8 in the UK. It sold over a million copies worldwide.

Due to the high ratings of their summer series, their variety show The Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour returned full-time to US television with a second series in late-December and was an immediate hit. The show's theme tune was an instrumental version of their 1967 US Top Ten hit The Beat Goes On and at the end of most episodes, they would sing their signature hit I Got You Babe. Old hits aside, the duo would perform their latest releases during the series, giving their records great exposure — something that was reflected in their sales at the time.

Early 1972 provided more success for the pair. Cher's ballad The Way Of Love was another major success, reaching #7 on the US Hot 100 and selling close to a million copies. Titled after their recent hit, the couple's new album All I Ever Need Is You became their highest-charting US album since their debut, peaking at #14 — and selling a million copies. Their next single A Cowboy's Work Is Never Done was another US top ten hit, reaching #8 and again, was a million-seller. At the 1972 Grammy Awards, single Gypsies, Tramps & Thieves was nominated for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance and single All I Ever Need Is You was nominated for Best Pop Vocal by a Duo or Group.

Superpak, a compilation of Cher's 1960's recordings, hit #92 on the Billboard 200. And 1967's The Best of Sonny & Cher returned to the charts for another 17 weeks — bringing its Billboard 200 weeks-on-chart tally to a whopping sixty-four weeks.

Due to the variety show's success, Cher had once again become a major trend-setter. Dressed every week in lavish Bob Mackie-designed gowns and now often sporting various outlandish wigs — something that she would stick with throughout the rest of her career — millions of women watched the show to see what she was wearing. Notably, Cher was the first woman to expose her navel on US television. Moreover, she graced the front cover of fashion magazine Vogue five times from April 1972 to February 1975.

“Maybe some people thought I looked ridiculous, but that was okay by me. Look, I'd started out as a skinny little kid from the Valley. And now I'd become a one-named enigma called Cher.”


In addition to recording music and making a television series, Sonny & Cher were also hitting the road in the little spare time they had on an American tour.

The variety show's second series finished in late March and would not return until September with its third series. While off-air, Sonny & Cher's latest records did not sell as well as their predecessors. Their July 1972 single-only release When you Say Love performed moderately, reaching number 32 on the US Hot 100. Cher's solo May ballad about separation Living In A House Divided settled at number 22 and its July parent album Foxy Lady stopped at #43. However, when the show returned in September, sales failed to pick-up despite the show's ongoing success. Cher's September solo uptempo single Don't Hide Your Love (penned by Neil Sedaka, who “loved” her interpretation) failed to hit the Top 40 (US#46).

A compilation album consisting of Sonny & Cher's early material, titled The Two of Us, reached #122 on the Billboard 200 album chart. Cher's Superpak Vol.II reached #97 on the Billboard 200.

Sonny & Cher's fortunes were mixed: their television career was booming; their latest record sales were once again dwindling; and unbeknownst to fans, the couple's relationship was in serious trouble. By November, their marriage had experienced a long slide into crisis and Cher told Sonny — whom had had multiple affairs throughout their relationship — that she wanted to leave him. However, Sonny convinced Cher that she should continue to appear alongside him publicly as a happily married couple for their career's sake.

Trivia: Cher's favourite films are Godfather and its sequel Godfather II.

The duo made an appearance at the 30th Golden Globe Awards in January 1973, and whilst the third series of The Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour ended in March 1973, the duo made an appearance at the The 45th Annual Academy Awards to present the award for 'Best Original Song'.

Sonny & Cher released the lengthy-titled single Mama Was A Rock And Roll Singer, Papa Used To Write All Her Songs. It reached just #77 in the US. Its identically-titled parent album only reached #132 — their least successful studio album to-date.

Cher's new album Bittersweet White Light was released the next month. It marked a very temporary departure in Cher's recording style; the album consisted mostly of covers of American standards. It only reached #140. Its sole single Am I Blue missed out on the US Hot 100 but did reach #79 on the Cash Box Top 100 Singles chart.

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