Half-Breed (song)

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"Half-Breed"
Single by Cher
from the album Half-Breed
B-side "Melody"
Released July 23, 1973
Format 7" single
Recorded 1973
Genre Pop
Length 2:46
Label MCA
Writer(s) Al Capps; Mary Dean
Producer(s) Snuff Garrett
Certification Gold (US)
Cher singles chronology
"Am I Blue?"
(1973)
"Half-Breed"
(1973)
"Carousel Man"
(1973)
Alternative covers
Spanish Single
Japanese Single
The live video

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"Half-Breed" is a 1973 song recorded by Cher. On October 6, 1973, it became Cher's second U.S. solo #1 hit.[1] The single was certified Gold in the US for the sales of over 1 million copies.

Song information and story[edit]

It was the first international release from Cher's album Half-Breed. It was meant to be sold to the American market. It tells the story of a young woman who is half white and half Cherokee and describes the troubles faced by the main character. The song offers a scenario in which whites often called her "Indian squaw" and Native Americans never accepted her as one of their own, telling her that she was "white by law".

In 1973, "Half-Breed" topped the United States Billboard Hot 100 for two weeks, becoming Cher's second #1 solo hit and second Gold single with the sales of over 1 000 000 copies. It was a #1 hit in Canada, a Top 10 in Sweden, and a Top 20 in Norway.

Critical reception and composition[edit]

Peter Fawthrop wrote that this song has a jingling rhythm and that it is one of the more lighthearted songs on the album.[2] Rolling Stone recommended it and described Cher's vocals as frantic and the production as supremely commercial.[3]

Live performances[edit]

In 1999, after almost 25 years of not performing the song live, Cher performed the song in her Do You Believe? Tour. In 2002, she performed the song 326 times in her Living Proof: The Farewell Tour.

Cher performed the song on the following concert tours:

Music video[edit]

The video for "Half-Breed" is a recorded performance of the song on The Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour in 1973. Cher is on a horse while singing in front of a white screen. Props symbolizing Native America were used—wood carvings, fire, and costumes.

Remix version[edit]

In 2002, a special remix medley was created by Dan-O-Rama for a video montage that was used in Cher's Living Proof: The Farewell Tour. The medley contains the videos of "All I Really Want to Do", "Gypsys, Tramps & Thieves", "Half-Breed", and "Dark Lady".

Charts[edit]

Chart (1973) Peak
position
Australian Singles Chart 4
Canadian Singles Chart 1
German Singles Chart 29
New Zealand Singles Chart 1
Norwegian Singles Chart 12
Swedish Singles Chart 6
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 1
U.S. Billboard Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks 3

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Sales/shipments
United States (RIAA)[4] Gold 1,000,000^

^shipments figures based on certification alone

In film[edit]

Covers[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Item Display – RPM – Library and Archives Canada". Collectionscanada.gc.ca. Retrieved 2012-01-06. 
  2. ^ Review by P. Fawthrop of Allmusic Retrieved 14 October 2013
  3. ^ Review by Paul Gambaccini of Rolling Stone Retrieved October 14 2013
  4. ^ "American single certifications – Cher – Dark Lady". Recording Industry Association of America.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH
Preceded by
"We're an American Band" by Grand Funk
US Billboard Hot 100 number one single
October 6, 1973 (two weeks)
Succeeded by
"Angie" by The Rolling Stones
Preceded by
"Delta Dawn" by Helen Reddy
Canadian RPM 100 number-one single
October 6, 1973 (one week)
Succeeded by
"Angie" by The Rolling Stones