Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Kapp Records: Gypsys, Tramps & Thieves

In 1971, the Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour not only put the duo on the TV map, it revived their musical career, as well as invigorating Cher’s own solo career. “Gypsys, Tramps & Thieves” was the first of Cher’s four number one records. It topped the charts in 1971; her other number one hits were “Half Breed” (1973), “Dark Lady” (1974), and “Believe” (1998).

From 1971-72, Cher and Sonny & Cher both recorded for Kapp Records and continued on with the parent label, MCA Records when their plethora of labels were discontinued. Written by Bob Stone, the song was originally titled “Gypsys, Tramps & White Trash”; however, producer Snuff Garrett suggested that the title be changed and the rest is history. I can't imagine "white trash" in the title playing in Peoria, but I can't understand why Honey Boo Boo is so popular either.

This song that switches the protagonist from mother to daughter was an excellent comeback vehicle for Cher. It was Cher’s first Hot 100 hit since 1967’s “Better Sit Down Kids”; however, she released nine singles that failed to chart between 1967 to 1971.

Due to the single’s popularity, Kapp recalled the album originally titled as “Cher” and re-released it as “Gypsys, Tramps & Thieves.” The album was nominated for the “Best Pop Album” Grammy and eventually was certified as platinum for sales in excess of one million copies.

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