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.
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