Mama Was a Rock and Roll Singer, Papa Used to Write All Her Songs

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Mama Was a Rock and Roll Singer, Papa Used to Write All Her Songs
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Studio album by Sonny & Cher
Released 1974
Recorded 1973
Genre Pop rock
Length 42:12
Label MCA
Producer Sonny Bono, Denis Pregnolato, Michel Rubini
Sonny & Cher chronology
The Two of Us
(1972)The Two of Us1972
Mama Was a Rock and Roll Singer, Papa Used to Write All Her Songs (with The Band)
(1973)
Live in Las Vegas Vol. 2
(1974)Live in Las Vegas Vol. 21974
Singles from Sonny & Cher
  1. "Mama Was a Rock and Roll Singer"
    Released: 1974
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic0/5 stars[1]

Mama Was a Rock and Roll Singer, Papa Used to Write All Her Songs is the fifth and final studio album by American pop duo Sonny & Cher, released in 1974 by MCA Records. In 2018 it was released on CD.

Album information[edit]

The album was released in 1973 and reached #132 on the Billboard album chart. The title track was the only single from the album to enter the US charts, reaching #77 (in a much shorter form) on the Billboard Hot 100.

The album is largely a collection of cover songs which include songs like "I Can See Clearly Now" (originally by Johnny Nash), "Brother Love's Traveling Salvation Show" (Neil Diamond), and "Listen to the Music" (The Doobie Brothers).

The only song written by Bono is the title track; it clocks in at over nine minutes on the album version, and was edited down to under four minutes for the single.

Track listing[edit]

Side A
  1. "It Never Rains in Southern California" (Albert Hammond, Mike Hazlewood) – 3:49
  2. "I Believe in You" (Dennis Pregnolato, Michel Rubini, Don Dunne) – 2:59
  3. "I Can See Clearly Now" (Johnny Nash) – 3:38
  4. "Rhythm of Your Heart Beat" (Tony Macaulay, Geoff Stephens) – 3:32
  5. "Mama Was a Rock and Roll Singer" (Sonny Bono) – 9:37
Side B
  1. "By Love I Mean" (Hal David, William Jacobs, M. A. Trujillo) – 4:24
  2. "Brother Love's Traveling Salvation Show" (Neil Diamond) – 3:16
  3. "You Know Darn Well" (Tony Macaulay) – 3:20
  4. "The Greatest Show on Earth" (Bob Stone) – 3:50
  5. "Listen to the Music" (Tom Johnston) – 3:53

Charts[edit]

Chart (1974) Position
US Billboard 200[2] 132

Credits[edit]

Personnel[edit]

  • Main vocals: Cher
  • Main vocals: Sonny Bono

Production[edit]

  • Producer: Sonny Bono
  • Producer: Denis Pregnolato
  • Producer: Michel Rubini

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