On Wednesday, October 22, 2008 Joanne Nichols wrote:
My 27 year old son and I have a bet. I say Cher did record and release "Cherokee People" (or is it "Cherokee Nation"?) he says she did not. Please help and tell me where I can find the release.
I’ve received this question three times, each time the Cher student is practically positive they have heard a Cher version. I’m not telling Cher fans anything they don’t already know to say Cher never recorded this song.
I guess the more interesting question for us is why does the public at large consistently and passionately insist that she did.
Is it because Cher did cover similar Native-American themed kitschy songs in the 70s?
Is it because the song has a kind of organic Cher sound to it? It’s hard to sing it yourself and not sound like Cher?
There are many better 70s drama-fest songs I would have preferred Cher cover, however: "Son of a Preacher Man," "The Night the Lights Went Down in Georgia" (which Cher was offered, but Sonny turned down and Vicki Lawrence recorded it). Cher did do a cover of "One Tin Soldier" for a Comedy Hour Christmas show.
Cher scholars, what are your thoughts?