Australian singles chart:
Half Breed entered the Kent singles chart on 13 August 1973 and peaked at #4. The song was #48 on the Top 100 of 1973.
The song is on Half Breed which entered the Kent album charts on 11 March 1974 and peaked at #65.
Al Capps, Mary Dean
Record label of Australian release:
Half Breed was written and performed by non-Natives. Cher (Cherilyn Sarkisian) was born in California to an Armenian American father and an Arkansas-born mother with English, German, Irish, French, and Dutch ancestry.
The lyrics were in error in that the Cherokee (like most prominent Native American tribes) are a matrilineal society, meaning a child born to a Cherokee mother is accepted as Cherokee, no matter the nationality or ethnicity of the father. A child would have to have been born in the opposite situation, to a white (or otherwise non-native) mother by a Cherokee father, to not be recognised as a tribal member.
Read more: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Half-Breed_(song)
Half Breed was Cher’s second solo hit without Sonny on the Australian top 40 charts, following Gypsys, Tramps & Thieves.
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