Retro of the day: Cher

Gypsys, Tramps & Thieves” is the first single released by American singer-actress Cher from the album of the same name, her seventh solo album. It was her first chart-topper as a solo artist in the United States. The single was certified Gold by the RIAA for its sales of over 1 million copies.

“Gypsys, Tramps & Thieves” was the first single from Cher’s 1971 eponymous album Cher with instrumental backing by L.A session musicians from the Wrecking Crew.[2] The album was subsequently renamed and re-released as Gypsys, Tramps & Thieves after the success of the single. The song was written by songwriter Bob Stone as a story-song called “Gypsys, Tramps and White Trash”. Producer Snuff Garrett advised that the title be changed and Stone then changed it to “Gypsys, Tramps & Thieves”. The album of the same name got very positive reviews, with the lead single being highlighted by All Music reviewer

Weekly charts

Chart (1971)

Peak
position

Australian Singles Chart

5

Belgian Singles Chart

27

Canadian RPM Top Singles[6]

1

Dutch Mega Top 50 Singles Chart [7]

23

German Singles Chart

25

Irish Singles Chart

3

Japanese Singles Chart

20

Malaysian Singles Chart[8]

2

New Zealand Singles Chart

2

Singapore Singles Chart[9]

2

UK Singles Chart[10]

4

US Billboard
Hot 100

1

US Billboard
Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks

6

US Cash Box Top 100[11]

1

Year-end charts

Country (1971)

Position

Canadian RPM Top Singles[12]

4

UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[13]

52

US Billboard Hot 100[14]

39

Certifications

Region

Certification

Sales/shipments

United States (RIAA)[15]

Gold 1,000,000^

Digital

United States (RIAA)[15]

212,000[16]

^shipments figures based on certification alone

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