3614 Jackson Highway

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3614 Jackson Highway
Studio album by
ReleasedJune 20, 1969 (1969-06-20)
RecordedApril 1969
StudioMuscle Shoals Sound Studio in Sheffield, Alabama
Cher chronology
Golden Greats
3614 Jackson Highway
Singles from 3614 Jackson Highway
  1. "For What It's Worth"
    Released: 1969
  2. "I Walk on Guilded Splinters"
    Released: 1969
  3. "Lay, Baby, Lay"
    Released: 1969
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic4/5 stars[1]

3614 Jackson Highway is the sixth album by American singer-actress Cher, released on June 20, 1969 by ATCO. This album was a commercial failure, peaking at #160, although it received praise and positive reviews from the music critics. 3614 Jackson Highway was the address of Muscle Shoals Sound Studios. The album is by-and-large a covers album.

Album information[edit]

3614 Jackson Highway was released in the summer of 1969. It remains Cher's first and last solo studio album for Atco, and was produced by Jerry Wexler, Tom Dowd and Arif Mardin. The cover is a photograph of Cher with the Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section musicians featured on the album. They are: front row, left to right: guitarist Eddie Hinton, bassist David Hood, Sonny Bono, Cher, producer Jerry Wexler, background vocalist Jeannie Greene, background vocalist Donna Jean Godchaux née,Thatcher, and producer Tom Dowd. Back row, left to right: lead guitarist Jimmy Johnson, producer Arif Mardin, drummer Roger Hawkins and keyboardist Barry Beckett. Missing were background vocalists Mary Holiday and Sue Pilkington.

The ambitious record was conceived as a way to bring success to Cher, as well as her group Sonny & Cher, after a two-year period of commercial failure. The constant evolution of pop culture left the formulaic nature of Sonny & Cher's musical endeavors obsolete; pop music had continued to transform into a more political style marked by anti-war songs protesting the conflict in Vietnam. For months the duo maintained a nightclub act, but audience response was less than positive.

Although the album was largely ignored by the public, critical reception was enthusiastic. Cher's maturing vocals, along with the sophisticated instrumentation and arrangements, garnered praise.

The title refers to the address of Muscle Shoals Sound Studio in Sheffield, Alabama, where the album was recorded.

In 1968 and 1969 Cher recorded songs for an album with a tentative release in 1970. For unknown reasons the album was cancelled and five of the tracks were released as singles. The remaining five remained unreleased until 2001 when Rhino Records released a limited edition of 3614 Jackson Highway with the unreleased songs as bonus tracks.

Track listing[edit]

Side one
1."For What It's Worth"Stephen Stills2:22
2."(Just Enough to Keep Me) Hangin' On"
  • Buddy Mize
  • Ira Allen
3."(Sittin' On) The Dock of the Bay"2:41
4."Tonight I'll Be Staying Here With You"Bob Dylan3:08
5."I Threw It All Away"Dylan2:49
6."I Walk on Guilded Splinters"Dr. John Creaux2:32
Side two
1."Lay, Baby, Lay[2]"Bob Dylan3:36
2."Please Don't Tell Me"
  • Carroll W. Quillen
  • Grady Smith
3."Cry Like a Baby"2:46
4."Do Right Woman, Do Right Man"2:46
5."Save the Children"Eddie Hinton2:54



  • Jerry Wexler – record producer
  • Tom Dowd – record producer
  • Arif Mardin – record producer
  • Stan Vincent – record producer
  • Greg Poree – arrangement assistance



Chart (1969) Peak
United States Billboard 200[3] 160


  1. ^ "3614 Jackson Highway Review". Allmusic.com. Retrieved 2009-02-04.
  2. ^ http://www.rhino.com/article/cher-3614-jackson-highway
  3. ^ "Atco Album Discography, Part 2". Bsnpubs.com. 2005-10-06. Archived from the original on 29 June 2011. Retrieved 2011-08-03.

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