"Heart Of Stone" - Cher
from the album Heart Of Stone (1989)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #20 (one week)
Weeks in the Top-40: 6
Today's song of the day is from Cher, whose Heart Of Stone album had spun off three top-10 pop hits in the U.S. with "Just Like Jesse James", "If I Could Turn Back Time", and her duet with Peter Cetera, "After All". The fourth single from the record would be a cover of a minor hit for British pop vocal group Bucks Fizz in 1988. Bucks Fizz, who had won the Eurovision song contest in 1981, released "Heart Of Stone", written by their producer Andy Hill with King Crimson alum Pete Sinfield, originally climbed to #50 on the British singles chart, their final original chart appearance...
Cher's version, produced by Peter Asher, didn't change the instrumentation much, but her voice definitely gave it a heft the quartet couldn't...
"Heart Of Stone" reached the top 20 on the American pop chart in April of 1990. The single also climbed to #30 on Billboard's Adult Contemporary radio chart. Internationally, the song made the top-40 in Ireland (#24) and Canada (#26), and just missed the top-40 in the UK at #43.
A fifth single from the Heart Of Stone album, the Michael Bolton-written "You Wouldn't Know Love", wasn't put out in the States, though it peaked at #29 in Ireland and was a minor hit in Britain at #55.
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Here's Cher performing the song live on her Farewell tour in 2002...
Up tomorrow: An R&B group from Portland, Oregon (!) is talking alternative romantic facts.