Famous Mononyms and Questions to Cher Scholar
March 03, 2022
So while I was in Cleveland, we heard that the hip new song the kids are listening to, if by kids we mean my 5-years older-than-me sister-in-law (who is a trends-watcher nonetheless), is "ABCDEFU" by the artist Gayle. Looking her up online, Gayle is described in an article as a one-named artist "like Cher."
Which makes me crazy right now because Cher hasn't been the only one-named artist since "like Madonna" or before that "like Charo."
And since "like Adele," it's become absurd to keep saying "like Cher."
But this reminds us that when Cher legally became a mononym in the late 1970s, people lost their minds over it (or rolled their eyes a lot). This is what brought to being Cher's nickname, "Just Plain Cher" or "JPC."
There are so many single-named artists now there are web pages listing them: http://www.namenerds.com/uucn/listofweek/onename.html
So many in fact, someone has taken the time to rank the mononymed singers: https://www.ranker.com/list/best-mononymous-singers-and-musicians/music-lover
Betty White recently passed away short of her 100th birthday, which made everyone sad. Cher took part in the televised tribute, even singing the theme song for the tribute and talking about what a good friend Betty was:
Last year, Cher also contributed to the Tina Turner tribute when Turner was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DwUxoSLLtUk (Cher parts start at 6:30 and 10:45)
Questions to Cher Scholar
Speaking of Tina Turner, I recently compiled a list of Cher's appearances with Tina for a friend.
Shame, Shame, Shame (Cher show, 1975-6) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qCncupnwYDQ
Resurrection Shuffle (Cher show, 1975-6) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vHq11PKfws0
Beatles Medley (Cher show, 1975-6) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y62c6Cs07S4
Country Side of Life (Cher show, 1975-6) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z8iXSUMeZGE
Makin Music Is My Business (The Sonny & Cher Show, 1977-8) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PK8SnJKiwhU
Divas Live (1999): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gwE8oOuAjzI
Oprah: (bad version) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U_n33Tsdnj4
On Entertainment Tonight Cher talks about Tina as a role model for her: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RadomvThxns
Cher and Tina Turner know each other going back to the 1960s when Sonny & Cher allegedly did caravan-of-stars style / soul revue tours when they were starting out, performing alongside big headliners Ike and Tina.
A Cher fan recently wrote to me asking for all the songwriting Cher credits. I compiled this list of wikipedia links for him:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Half-Breed_(album) - 1973 The "Chastity Sun" lyric rewrite of Seals & Crofts' "Ruby Jean and Billie Lee"
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Foxes_(soundtrack) - 1979 "Bad Love"
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Take_Me_Home_(Cher_album) - 1979 "My Song (Too Far Gone)" about her divorce from Gregg Allman.
https://www.lesdudek.com/Gypsy-Ride.html - 1981 "Don't Trust That Woman" with Cher's lyrics and Les Dudek's music
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leather_Jackets_(album) - 1986 "Don't Trust That Woman" with Cher's lyrics and Elton John's music
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Not.com.mercial 1994 (writing) full album except for ""Born with the Hunger" (Sally Eikhard) and "Classified 1A" (Sonny Bono), released 2000
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/It%27s_a_Man%27s_World_(Cher_album) 1995 "One by One" (thanks to Cher scholar Steven for pointing this one out)
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Believe_(Cher_album) 1998 "Believe"
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Living_Proof_(Cher_album) 2001 "The Music's No Good Without You" and "Real Love"
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Closer_to_the_Truth 2013 "Take it Like a Man," "Dressed to Kill," and "Lovers Forever"
One by One also supposedly co-written by Cher! https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/It%27s_a_Man%27s_World_(Cher_album)
Posted by: Steven | March 03, 2022 at 07:40 PM
Ooh. Thanks. I will add that!
Posted by: Mary (CS) | March 04, 2022 at 09:16 AM
Honored you added my suggestion and deemed me a Cher scholar :]
Posted by: Steven | March 05, 2022 at 06:19 PM
Posted by: Mary (CS) | March 08, 2022 at 09:50 AM