9. Cher, “My Love”
Like other legendary musical interpreters like say, Liza Minnelli, one could easily devote an entire series to bizarre Cher covers. Because of the sheer volume of viable options, choosing one took far more time than it should have and I found myself falling into a kind of Cher cover song K-hole. When I emerged over an hour later feeling woozy and unable to stop singing like Cher, I knew that I was going to go with her version of Paul McCartney’s “My Love” (with the caveat that I would prioritize disseminating the rest of the candidates in future pieces!)
McCartney’s My Love was released as the first single from the Wings album Red Rose Speedway in April, 1973. It was a huge hit, peaking at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 and at #9 on the U.K. singles chart. Cher’s version appeared later that year on her Half-Breed. Though it was not released as a single, Cher did perform the song in her solo spot on the Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour in a stunning Bob Mackie ensemble. Stargayzing hopes that it can play a small part in ensuring that Cher’s “My Love” is rescued from the discount bin in the sky.
“Cher” Day: Acknowledging October 17, 1975
The Beat Goes On: The Story of a Boy and His Cher, Part One
Straight Acting: It’s Fine to be Gay as Long as You Act Like a Guy, or “What Would Cher Do?”
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BillyJune 19, 2013 at 9:39 pm
My all time favorite Cher album is “Bittersweet White Light” and it has to be one of yours as well, we have to make time to do an interview! xxB
David MunkJune 23, 2013 at 3:41 pm
Ah yes, “Bitterwsweet White Light.” More on that album imminently—particularly the Jolson medley! As always thanks for reading, Billy xoxo And yes, I’m eager to sit down with you and ask a few questions whenever you’re ready. Alternatively, i can send some questions your way and you can just answer them conversationally, if you prefer.