“Half Breed” is, as you probably know, a slightly fictionalized account of Cher’s own childhood. Her father was Armenian, her mother was part-Cherokee, and her adoptive step-father was an American banker.
Cher’s three ‘70s #1 hits were all character studies of a sort – “Gypsies, Tramps, and Thieves”, “Half Breed”, and “Dark Lady” all painted pictures of people you might want to meet… or avoid. I guess you’d probably not really want to get too close to that Dark Lady.
Even odder… all four of Cher’s solo #1 hits were the title tracks from their albums (including 1999’s “Believe”).
For the last couple of years, Cher has supposedly been working on an album and a tour (which would be, unsurprisingly, the followup to the “Farewell Tour”)… both have been delayed several times, with the tour now set for spring 2013. If the album comes out, it would be her first since 2001.
Tomorrow, another solo female singer who’s had her share of controversy…
Other songs that reached #1 on October 6:
1979 – “Sad Eyes” by Robert John (his first, 1 week)
1990 – “Close To You” by Maxi Priest (their first, 1 week)