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Saturday, November 27, 2010

Saturday's Flashback

One of the biggest hits of Cher's career, 1974's Dark Lady continued the string of story-songs that defined her brand of pop during this era. When The Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour was ruling on CBS' Monday night line up, she was all over the pop charts with songs like this. Hitting #1, Dark Lady would be Cher's last number one hit until 1989. The story of a woman scorned who kills her lover and the gypsy fortune teller he's having an affair with, Cher's delivery is so pungent with dramatic overlay that one can clearly see the direction into acting that ultimately led to her movie star status.

In a clip from The Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour, Cher performs her hit live, giving the audience just what it wanted while clad in a dark lady type garb that perfectly fit the ambience of the song. Then, as now, there was no one who could hold a candle to Cher.


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