Thursday, September 29, 2016

Songoftheday 9/29/16 - Love's like a knife it can cut deep inside, words are like weapons they wound sometimes...


"If I Could Turn Back Time" - Cher
from the album Heart Of Stone (1989)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #3 (two weeks)
Weeks in the Top-40: 14

Today's song of the day comes from Cher, who was enjoying her 80's renaissance with her second top-10 pop hit of the decade with "After All", her duet with Chicago's ex-lead singer Peter Cetera from the movie Chances Are and the first single from her Heart Of Stone album. The next single was one she didn't want to record, but ended up being one of her most-loved, if not her de facto "signature" song. "If I Could Turn Back Time", written and co-produced by Diane Warren, tapped into the singer's maturity and jadedness to bring a more thoughtful take on romance gone wrong. AND THAT VIDEO. With an outfit women decades younger wouldn't even try, Cher looked absolutely spectacular among the bevy of sailors on a battleship along with her son Elijah...


"If I Could Turn Back Time" became Cher's tenth solo top-10 pop hit in the U.S. in September of 1989, and her biggest hit since "Dark Lady" went to #1 in 1974. The song also spent a week on top of Billboard's Adult Contemporary (or "easy listening") radio chart, her third after "After All" and "All I Ever Need Is You" with Sonny in 1971. Internationally, the single went to #1 in Australia for six weeks, and reached the top ten in Canada (#2), New Zealand (#3), the Netherlands (#4), the UK (#6), Belgium (#6), Ireland (#6), and #16 in Germany...

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Here's Cher on the tour behind the album in 1990...


...then again on the Believe tour in 1999...


...and from the VH1 Divas show that same year...


...and finally, from her "Farewell tour" that wasn't in the naughties, along with her "comeback comeback" hit "Believe"...




 

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