success of Half-Breed, Cher, for her final record under MCA, again
chose Snuff Garrett and Al Capps to produce. During that same year,
she divorced her first husband Sonny Bono, dissolving the Sonny &
Cher couple. This ended their professional musical ties and
television show for a while. Due to the success of previous albums
produced by Garrett, Dark Lady followed the same narrative ballad
style. She attracted many young fans during this period of her
career for her style of glamour pop, and the album shows also what
Cher could do back in the mid-70s, at the height of her popularity.
Dark Lady was also the last studio album. MCA released Greatest Hits
with the letter E accented in Chér on the album cover. The next
albums released by Warner Bros completely remove the stress.
In August 1999, the original album was combined with Half-Breed and issued on one CD titled Half Breed/Dark Lady, this release included all the tracks from both original albums. A CD of the original Dark Lady album in its entirety has not yet been produced.
Dark Lady debuted on the Billboard 200 at 191 in early June 1974. The highest position it reached was #69. The album debuted at number ninety-eight on the Canadian Albums Chart in late June, eventually reaching its highest position at #33 in July. In Europe the album only charted in Norway but, like her previous albums didn't make it to the UK album charts.
the album's first single release, reached number one on the
Billboard Hot 100, the Canadian Singles, and the Sverigetopplistan
charts. "Dark Lady" was her third number one in US and it reached
also #3 on the Adult Contemporary chart. With this song Cher
reentered the UK single charts at #36, where she had been absent
since 1971 with "Gypsys, Tramps & Thieves". After "Dark Lady" the
album spawned two more top 50 singles on US charts. The second
single released was "Train of Thought" which reached #9 in the Adult
Contemporary chart. Shortly after "I Saw a Man and He Danced with
His Wife" was released. The song "Rescue Me" was released only in US
as a promo and didn't make the charts.