Just because we celebrated our beloved Cher’s 69th birthday yesterday, doesn’t mean we’re stopping the party just yet. To keep the diva fiesta going, today we’re serving up her 1967 hit, “The Beat Goes On,” co-starring the icon’s dearly departed late ex-husband, Sonny Bono. The cheery tune hit the top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100, and proved that Cher could not only rock it as a singer, but also werk it out with style, as seen in its accompanying iconic video. There’s truly only one word that comes to mind when describing “The Beat Goes On”….timeless.
Happy Birthday to the one-and-only, Cher! Today, the icon, the name, the legend, the face…celebrates her 69th day on this earth gracing us with her entertainment presence! To commemorate the shimmering, fabulous occasion, Philly Mixtape is serving up her late-’90s comeback hit, “Believe,” to get the diva party started! Even if there are those of you out there who may not be well versed in Ms. Cher’s monumental music catalogue, the chart destroying hit is known and loved by everyone and their music mother. When the dance ditty was released in the fall of ’98, it took over all things radio and our lives, going on to spend four weeks at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100, proving that Cher once again was just that bitch. Not only did she deliver a satisfying single to wet her longtime fans appetites, but she also gained a whole new following of younger fans who took this track and simply ate it up. Also, let’s not forget that “Believe” was one of the very first singles to ever feature Auto Tune, a trend that–as we ALL know–is still laced predominantly in radio music today. You better werk, Cher!
On another fun music note, last week we celebrated our dance diva Janet’s 49th birthday, meaning that next year, Ms. Janet will be 50 and Cher will be 70! You can bet that Philly Mixtape is already planning that monumental occasion…
In the meantime, get on that dance floor of life today and celebrate! And remember… “Believe” in the music always!!
If there’s a Cher single that always gets royal music attention whenever it begins tramping on in the system, it most certainly is “Gypsys, Tramps and Thieves,” one of the diva’s most cherished tunes. Taken as the lead offering from her ’71 album of the same name, the song not only went on to become Cher’s first #1 solo hit, but it would go on to become an instant classic;only further cementing our groovy goddess’ status as reigning pop diva for all of music eternity.
While none can ever compare to the original, over the years, “Gypsys” has been taken on by many different artists-both on the radio and off. Comedy diva Vicki Lawrence covered the tune for her ’73 album, The Night The Lights Went Out In Georgia. The song also bulldozed its way into the ’90s where it was featured on FOX shows The X-Files and The Simpsons, further proving that Cher’s massive hit really has no boundaries. But, by far, the most interesting take on “Gypsys” came when grunge rock legends Nirvana covered it in 1987 on a compilation called, Home Demos. While the boys rockin’ take sounds absolutely nothing like its original counterpart, the fact that Nirvana took on Cher’s jingle proves that when it came to this song, the whole entire music world was–and still is–listening.