After All (Cher and Peter Cetera song)

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"After All"
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Single by Cher & Peter Cetera
from the album Heart of Stone
B-side "Dangerous Times"
Released February 21, 1989
Format
Recorded 1988
Genre
Length 4:03
Label Geffen Records
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s) Peter Asher
Cher singles chronology
"Main Man"
(1988) Main Man1988
"After All"
(1989) After All1989
"If I Could Turn Back Time"
(1989) If I Could Turn Back Time1989
Peter Cetera singles chronology
"You Never Listen To Me"
(1988) You Never Listen To Me1988
"After All"
(1989) After All1989
"Restless Heart"
(1992) Restless Heart1992
Audio sample

"After All" is a 1989 Billboard Hot 100 hit song[1] performed as a duet by American singer and actress Cher and American singer and bass player Peter Cetera (former lead vocalist of Chicago), released on February 21, 1989, by Geffen Records. It was used as the love theme for the movie Chances Are and was nominated for Best Original Song at the Academy Awards 1989.[2] The song was also the first North American single release from Cher's nineteenth album Heart of Stone. The song appears on Peter Cetera's 1997 album You're The Inspiration – A Collection[3] and his 2017 album, The Very Best of Peter Cetera.[4]

Song information[edit]

The single peaked at number six in the United States and Canada. However, it did manage to enter some European charts, including Ireland, where it peaked at 24, and the United Kingdom, where it reached 84.

"After All" also became Cher's first solo number one hit on the Adult Contemporary chart in the United States, her earlier number one was in 1971 when Sonny & Cher's "All I Ever Need Is You" spent five weeks at the top.[5] It was ranked #79 on US Billboard Year-end Hot 100 singles of 1989.[6] The song found strong success stateside, but no video was ever made to further promote it. It was certified Gold by the RIAA for the sales of 500,000 copies.[7] As of November 2011, Billboard reported the digital sales of "After All" to be 226,000 in the US.[8]

Live performances[edit]

Peter Cetera and Cher recorded this song separately. There is no footage of Cher and Cetera ever performing this song live together. At the 62nd Academy Awards in 1990, the song was performed by James Ingram and Melissa Manchester.[9]

Cher performed a solo version of the song during her Heart of Stone and Love Hurts tours. She then performed it with her keyboardist/musical director, Paul Mirkovich, for her Believe and Farewell tours. She also performed it in her residency Cher at the Colosseum and her 2017 Classic Cher tour. These particular performances would accompany a video montage of Cher in film, which would start before the song begins.

Since the early 2000s, Peter Cetera has been performing "After All" during his live performances as a duet with female backing vocalists including Kim Keyes[10] Jamelle Fraley,[11][12] and Tania Hancheroff.[13]

Personnel[edit]

Cover versions[edit]

Filipino singers Martin Nievera and Vina Morales covered this song and their version was used as the theme song for the local soap opera series A Beautiful Affair.

Track listing[edit]

Germany 12" Vinyl[14][edit]

  • A1. "After All"
  • A2. "Dangerous Times"
  • B1. "I Found Someone"
  • B2. "Main Man"

Official versions[edit]

  • Main Version (4:03)
  • Edit (3:39)
  • Extended Remix (6:46)

Charts and certifications[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Cher – Chart history | Billboard". www.billboard.com. Retrieved 2017-01-19. 
  2. ^ "The 62nd Academy Awards | 1990". Oscars.org | Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Retrieved 2017-01-19. 
  3. ^ You're the Inspiration: A Collection (audio CD). Peter Cetera. Chicago, Illinois: River North Records. 1997. 51416 1250 2. 
  4. ^ Wink, Roger (June 2017). "Review: "The Very Best of Peter Cetera"". VVN Music. 
  5. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2002). Top Adult Contemporary: 1961-2001. Record Research. p. 54. 
  6. ^ http://www.godadida.com/1989
  7. ^ "Gold & Platinum – RIAA". RIAA. Retrieved 2017-01-19. 
  8. ^ "Ask Billboard: Cher Information, Yes?". Billboard. 2011-11-05. Retrieved 2012-03-11. 
  9. ^ "Calendar Goes To the OSCARS : If You Watch, They Will Appear". Los Angeles Times. March 25, 1990. ISSN 0458-3035. Retrieved February 22, 2017. 
  10. ^ Iwasaki, Scott (2003-10-19). "Concert review: After slow start, Cetera hits his stride". DeseretNews.com. Retrieved 2017-01-18. 
  11. ^ Santos, Sandra (2015-09-18). "Review: Cetera shows he’s still got it at the Majestic". San Antonio Express-News. Retrieved 2017-01-18. 
  12. ^ Hashagen, Randy (2015-10-03). "Lake Tahoe Concert: Peter Cetera at MontBleu". www.tahoeonstage.com. Retrieved 2017-01-18. 
  13. ^ "REVIEW: Peter Cetera Performs Chicago Songs, Solo Hits In Atlantic City". 2015-04-27. Retrieved 2017-01-18. 
  14. ^ "After All Single". 
  15. ^ "Australian-charts.com – Cher & Peter Cetera – After All". ARIA Top 50 Singles. Retrieved November 2, 2015.
  16. ^ "Top RPM Singles: Issue 6352." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved November 2, 2015.
  17. ^ "Hits of the World" (PDF). Billboard. Retrieved November 2, 2015. 
  18. ^ "The Irish Charts – Search Results – After All". Irish Singles Chart. Retrieved November 2, 2015.
  19. ^ "Cher: Artist Chart History" Official Charts Company. Retrieved November 2, 2015.
  20. ^ "Cher – Chart history" Billboard Hot 100 for Cher. Retrieved November 2, 2015.
  21. ^ "Cher – Chart history" Billboard Adult Contemporary for Cher. Retrieved November 2, 2015.
  22. ^ "Top 100 Singles of '89". RPM. Retrieved November 2, 2015. 
  23. ^ a b "The Year in Music: 1989" (PDF). Billboard. Retrieved November 2, 2015. 
  24. ^ "American single certifications – Cher and Peter Cetera – After All". Recording Industry Association of America.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH
  25. ^ "American single certifications – Cher – Gypsys, Tramps & Thieves". Recording Industry Association of America.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH
  26. ^ "Ask Billboard: Cher Information, Yes?". Billboard. 2011-11-05. Retrieved 2012-03-11. 

External links[edit]

Preceded by
"Eternal Flame" by The Bangles
Billboard Adult Contemporary (chart) number-one single
April 22, 1989 (4 weeks)
Succeeded by
"Second Chance" by 38 Special