Song Title: Just Like Jesse James
Date of release: October 1989
Description: ” Just Like Jesse James ” is by Cher ( Cherilyn Sarkisian ) the American singer and actress. The song was written by Desmond Child ( who also produced this song ) and Diane Warren. Desmond Child ( John Charles Barrett ) is an American musician, songwriter and producer. He is a writer with many hits by top artists under his belt either as a songwriter or producer.
Desmond wrote six of the songs on Meat Loaf’s Bat Out of Hell III: The Monster Is Loose Album and also produced it. He has written songs for Bon Jovi including, ” Livin’ on a Prayer “, along with songs for Alice Cooper, Aerosmith and Joan Jett & the Blackhearts.
Diane Warren ( Diane Eve Warren ) is an American songwriter. Diane has had 9 Number One songs on the Billboard hot 100 Chart, and 32 songs enter the top ten, she is considered to be one of the most successful writers ever. She has written for Christina Aguilera, Beyoncé, Tina Turner, Bryan Adams, Gloria Estefan and Faith Hill.
” Just Like Jesse James ” was released in October 1989 by record label Geffen Records ( Universal Music Group ) and taken as the third North American single and the second single in Europe from Cher’s 19th album Heart of Stone.
The Album was one of Cher’s best-selling with Worldwide sales of more than 4 million. She supported the Album with a sell-out tour that shared the Album’s name in 1990. The Album topped the Album Chart in Australia and reached number 10 in the United States and 7 in the United Kingdom.
The ballad makes references to Jesse James ( Jesse Woodson James ), the American outlaw who murdered, robbed banks and trains during the 1800’s. He was the most famous of the James-Younger Gang. Jesse James was shot in the back of the head and killed on the 3rd of April 1882 by Robert Ford.
Cher has said during concerts that she never cared very much for ” Just Like Jesse James “, she said it was down to some lyrics she had to sing and because the song was too close to a type of music disliked by her, Country music. Cher acknowledges that fans like the song and so continues to sing the song live.
The accompanying music video is made up of clips of Cher’s earlier videos mixed with clips from Western movies. Many fans did feel there could’ve been more of an effort to make a real video instead of the quickly put together mashup.
Despite the lack of a ” real ” video for the song, it was a commercial success for Cher. In the United States, the song reached a peak of number 8 on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart and spent 18 weeks on the chart there.
In the United Kingdom, the song entered the UK chart on the 13th of January 1990 and reached a peak of number 11. It spent four weeks in the top 20 and a total of eleven weeks on the UK chart.
BillBoard Hot 100 Highest Chart Position: 8
UK Highest Chart Position: 11
Other Countries Highest Chart Positions: Australia (ARIA) 14, Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders) 38, Canada Top Singles (RPM) 8, Canada Adult Contemporary (RPM) 5, Europe (European Hot 100 Singles) 29, Germany (Official German Charts) 38, Ireland (IRMA) 10, New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ) 16, Spain Top 40 Radio (Promusicae) 40
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