"After All" - Cher & Peter Cetera
from the album Heart Of Stone [Cher] (1989)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #6 (one week)
Weeks in the Top-40: 11
Today's song of the day comes from Cher, who experienced her first "renaissance" with her self-titled 1987 album, which landed her a pair of hits with "We All Sleep Alone" and the top-10 "I Found Someone". Her next trick paired her up with former Chicago lead singer/bassist Peter Cetera, who had just scored him another top-5 pop hit with "One Good Woman". "After All", written by Dean Pitchford and Tom Snow (the Footloose guys also behind "Almost Paradise"), was taken from the Robert Downey Jr/Cybill Shepherd romcom Chances Are, and had the similar power-ballad adult flair the Ann Wilson/Mike Reno track did...
"After All" became Cher's ninth (apart from Sonny & Cher) and Peter's fourth (apart from Chicago) top-10 pop hit in May of 1989. The song also went to #1 on Billboard's Adult Contemporary radio chart. Internationally, the song went to #5 in Canada, #24 in Ireland, and was a minor hit in the UK at #84. It would go on to be nominated for an Oscar for Original Song, losing to "Under The Sea" from The Little Mermaid.
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Here's Cher live in concert with her tour pianist filling in for Peter...
...and Peter doing his own thing with the song in 2004...
Up tomorrow: Teen queen has a mean lean for the AM and the FM.