Australian charts: 1972
Lyrically, the song describes the life of a girl who was “born in the wagon of a traveling show”, and it contains themes of racism, teenage pregnancy and prostitution. Critically, “Gypsys, Tramps & Thieves” has been met with appreciation ever since its release. It earned Cher her first Grammy Award nomination in the Best Female Pop Vocal Performance category.
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gypsys, Tramps _&_Thieves
Cher isn’t a fan of this song but includes it in a medley of her ’70s hits in concert. When asked what it was like working with producer Snuff Garrett on the classic tune, Cher laughingly replied: “Oh, Snuffy was so funny and such a Texan… and he could do a whole album in a weekend. I’d get a vocal down and he’d go, ‘Great, that’s fine…’ And we became good friends with Snuff and [his first wife] Yolanda, they were really sweet. Snuff was very proud of what he’d achieved and he was always telling you about it.” (Rock’s Backpages, 2001)
Gypsys, Tramps & Thieves peaked at no 5 on the Go-Set National Top 40 in February 1972.
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