Just Like Jesse James

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"Just Like Jesse James"
Single by Cher
from the album Heart of Stone
B-side "Starting Over"
Released October 1989
Recorded 1989
Genre Pop rock
Length 4:08
Label Geffen Records
Writer(s) Desmond Child, Diane Warren
Producer(s) Desmond Child
Cher chronology
"If I Could Turn Back Time"
"Just Like Jesse James"
"Heart of Stone"
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"Just Like Jesse James" is a pop rock song by American singer-actress Cher in her nineteenth album Heart of Stone. It is the third North American and second European official single release on October 1989 by Geffen Records. The song was written by Desmond Child and Diane Warren. It is a December 1989[1] top ten hit. The song's title is a reference to Wild West bandit Jesse James.

Song information[edit]

The song peaked at #8 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in December, 1989,[2] becoming Cher's third top ten single from Heart of Stone in the US. It also peaked at #9 on the Billboard Adult Contemporary chart.[3] The song was released in the UK in December 1989 and peaked at #11 on the UK Singles Chart in February 1990.[4]

Cher has stated during concert performances that she never cared much for the song, in part because there are so many lyrics in it that she has to sing, but she acknowledges that many of her fans cite the song as one of their favorites. For this reason she added the song to her Farewell Tour.[citation needed]

Allmusic's Gary Hill noted that this song isn't like the rest songs on the album, and called it an "effective ballad."[5]

A montage video of Cher's earlier music videos and clips from western movies was produced to promote the song.

Live performances[edit]

Cher performed the song on the following concert tours:

Track listings[edit]

Just Like Jesse James (world wide CD single)[6]

  1. "Just Like Jesse James"
  2. "I Found Someone"
  3. "Starting Over"

Just Like Jesse James (U.S. Promo CD)[7]

  1. "Just Like Jesse James" (Album Version)

Charts and certifications[edit]


  1. ^ http://www.billboard.com/charts/1989-12-30/hot-100
  2. ^ http://www.billboard.com/charts/1989-12-30/hot-100
  3. ^ Cher discography from allmusic.com Retrieved 23 March 2009.
  4. ^ UK Singles Chart info from chartstats.com Retrieved 23 March 2009.
  5. ^ Review by Allmusic Retrieved October 15 2013
  6. ^ "Just Like Jesse James Single". 
  7. ^ "Just Like Jesse James Single". 
  8. ^ Australian Singles Chart [1] . Retrieved October 22, 2010.
  9. ^ RPM Official charts Canada [2]
  10. ^ New Zealand Singles Chart [3] . Retrieved October 22, 2010.
  11. ^ "Just Like Jesse James" in UK Singles Chart [4] . Retrieved October 31, 2010.
  12. ^ "Cash Box 100 Singles chart[5]
  13. ^ RPM chart archives at Collections Canada for the Cher single Just Like Jesse James.
  14. ^ "Billboard Top 100 - 1990". Retrieved 2009-09-15. 
  15. ^ "ARIA Charts - Gold and Platinum ARIA Accreditation Awards". Aria.com.au. Retrieved 2012-08-02. 

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