Saturday, June 20, 2015

AccuRadio Song Of The Day-Cher

Artist:Cher f/Peter Cetera
Song:After All

Here's a song that even devoted Cher fans may have forgotten was a top ten hit in 1989. It was the theme from the film Chances Are. I think the song was a bit of a surprise hit. In the 80s, Cher had more success in films than in music. When she signed with Geffen Records in 1987, she hadn't had a top ten hit since Take Me Home in 1979. So obviously this was something she wanted to correct. On the 1987 album Cher, she worked with producers Desmond Child and Jon Bon Jovi & Richie Sambora to give her a more rock oriented sound. Her cover of the Michael Bolton song I Found Someone (first recorded by Laura Branigan) reached #10 on the Billboard Hot 100. So they're getting there but she wants a number one hit. And that's what they were aiming for with the 1989 album Heart Of Stone. Meanwhile, Geffen Records asked Cher to record a song for the 1989 romantic comedy Chances Are starring Cybill Shepherd and Robert Downey Jr. After All was written by veteran songwriters Tom Snow and Dean Pilchford and Peter Asher produced the record. Asher produced songs on Cher and Heart Of Stone. They decided to turn it into a duet with former Chicago lead singer Peter Cetera who had a good run as a solo artist in the mid-80s. I don't think Cher even knew Cetera. There was no soundtrack album for Chances Are and there was no video. Despite the lack of promotion, After All reached #6 on the Billboard Hot 100. After it became a hit, Geffen tacked it on to Heart Of Stone. Of course If I Could Turn Back Time topped the charts and Heart Of Stone was a huge success. Cher and Cetera never performed After All together. When the song was nominated for an Oscar, it was performed on the broadcast by Melissa Manchester and Peabo Bryson. And Cher performs After All live with her musical director Paul Mirkovich. You can get After All on this 2CD comp from Hip-O that covers her whole career. Here's Cher with Paul Mirkovich performing After All 1999.

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