Cher’s heritage gives her a 1973 hit 42



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This 1973 hit was Cher’s second solo single, it hit the charts at number one in both August and October. The success of the song helped sell one million records world wide, awarding Cher with a Gold certificate for solo singer.

This song was inspired by Cher’s Cherokee mother and a white father. The lyrics describe a scenario where whites called her an “Indian squaw” and “white by law” as they never accepted her as a Cherokee.

Cher’s tour Do You Believe? was the first time she performed this hit song after 25 years from when it was release. In her 2002 tour Living Proof: The Farewell she sang it 326 times – once every show.

Can you guess the tune? Here is a clue:

My father married a pure Cherokee
My mother’s people were ashamed of me
The indians said I was white by law
The White Man always called me “Indian Squaw”

Have a listen to Cher’s “Half Breed” song here:

Are you a fan of Cher? What is your favourite song of hers?

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  1. Love the song, but any Cherokee ancestry is minor at best.

    From wiki: Cher was born Cherilyn Sarkisian in El Centro, California, on May 20, 1946. Her father, John Sarkisian, was an Armenian-American truck driver with drug and gambling problems, and her mother, Jackie Jean Crouch, was an occasional model and bit-part actress who claimed Irish, English, German, French, Dutch and Cherokee ancestry.

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