from the album Heart Of Stone (1989)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #8 (four weeks)
Weeks in the Top-40: 11
Today's song of the day is from actress/singer/gay ally icon Cher, whose album after her mid-80's comeback, Heart Of Stone, had already keep the momentum up by scoring a pair of top-10 pop hits in America with "If I Could Turn Back Time" and her duet with Peter Cetera, "After All". The third single released from the record was the western-themed "Just Like Jesse James". Written by Diane Warren and Desmond Child, two of the biggest "song doctors" in the business at that time, the story song of bad-boy lust was right up her alley...
"Just Like Jesse James" became the third top-10 pop hit from the Heart Of Stone album in the U.S. in December of 1989. The song also climbed to #9 on Billboard's Adult Contemporary radio chart. Internationally, the single reached the top ten in Canada (#8) and Ireland (#10), just missed that mark in the UK (#11), and got to #14 in Australia and #16 in New Zealand.
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I guess since Cher wasn't fond of the song, and the music video promoted was only cobbled from older footage that featured her ex-boyfriend Rob Camilletti who she had just broken up with at that time, it's been scarce on YouTube, only appearing in a truncated version..
Here's Cher performing the song on her Believe tour in 1999...
and lastly, from her Farewell tour talking about how she's not a fan of the song (though I am...)
Up tomorrow: Grammy-winning dance diva has it all.