Billboard #1 Hits: #262: “Gypsys, Tramps & Thieves”- Cher. November 6, 1971. #1 for 2 weeks.

  • Single: “Gypsys, Tramps & Thieves”- Cher
  • Record Company- Kapp-MCA
  • Genre: Pop
  • Written by Bob Stone
  • Time: 2:36
  • B-side: “He’ll Never Know”
  • Album- Cher
  • Grade: B
  • Peaked at #1 2 weeks in Billboard Hot 100. #4 in UK Singles Chart #1 in Canada.

Up until this point Cher was best known for her part in the successful Sonny and Cher -husband-wife duo. While she was at this point still married to Sonny- and the couple was starting a successful variety show in 1971- “Gypsys, Tramps & Thieves” was her first #1 hit as Cher. Not only did the song go to #1 but Cher received her first Grammy nomination for it- Best Female Pop Vocal Performance. Cher’s star was starting to eclipse Sonny’s. This song became a big turning point in her career. Billboard would call it one of the 20th Century’s greatest singles. I think that is way off the beam -but over the years if the song comes on the radio I have listened.

9 responses to “BILLBOARD #1 HITS: #262: ” GYPSYS, TRAMPS & THIEVES” – CHER – NOVEMBER 6, 1971

  1. Love Cher! (I saw her perform three times over the years). As a kid I collected her records and the early stuff like is this what I enjoy the most. Even the B-sides. “He’ll Never Know” is a good one, but an even better B-side is “Don’t Put it On Me” which is the other side of the hit, “The Way of Love.” …. Another cool young Cher fact is she made a single “Ringo I Love You” under the name Bonnie Jo Mason. All this stuff is on You Tube if anyone wants to check it out.

  2. A typical pop song for 1971. The record producers and company used the duo and the upcoming show to sell this one. Between 69-69 and 71, something changed in her voice. It became more alto and the high notes were gone. Any idea about this?

  3. I like Cher and I like this song, probably my favorite one of hers as a solo singer. She’s a fair to middling actress as well, and the wet dream of female impersonators across time.

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