Cher – “Gypsys, Tramps And Thieves”, “Half Breed”, “Dark Lady”, “If I Could Turn Back Time” And “Just Like Jesse James”

Cover of Cher single "Gypsys, Tramps And Thieves" (1971)

The first solo Number One hit by Cher of Sonny and Cher fame was “Gypsys, Tramps And Thieves” in 1971. “Half Breed” and “Dark Lady” also reached the top spot in 1973 and 1974 respectively.

Cher has had any more hits over the years, but two of my favourites after the Seventies were “If I Could Turn Back Time” and “Just Like Jesse James”, both in 1989.

Ultimately though, if there is any one song that epitomises Cher for me, it is her first No. 1 hit “Gypsys, Tramps And Thieves”:

Here’s “Half Breed”, a No. 1 in 1973:

“Dark Lady” was big for Cher Bono, as she was still known then through her marriage to Sonny Bono, in 1974:

Beyond the Seventies, “If I Could Turn Back Time” reached No. 3 in 1989:

“Just Like Jesse James” made it into the Top Ten – No. 8 – in the same year:

Cher has definitely been a major factor in popular music, in the Seventies when she achieved her first successes, and through the decades that have followed.

If I were to sum it up with just one word, that word would have to be: iconic.

Paul

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