Released: June 1974

Recorded: 1974

Genre: Pop rock

Length: 42:12

Label: MCA

Producer: Sonny Bono, Denis Pregno-lato, Michel Rubini

Mama Was a Rock and Roll Singer Papa Used to Write All Her Songs is the fifth studio album by American rock duo Sonny & Cher, released in 1974 by MCA Records.

The album was released in 1973 and reached #132 on the Billboard album chart. The title track was the only single from the album, reaching #77 (in a much shorter form) on the Billboard Hot 100.

The album is largely a collection of cover songs including "I Can See Clearly Now" (originally by Johnny Nash), "Brother Love's Traveling Salvation Show" (Neil Diamond), and "Listen to the Music" (The Doobie Brothers).



Album History

The only song written by Bono is the title track; it clocks in at over nine minutes on the album version, and was edited down to under four minutes for the single.

Main vocals: Cher
Main vocals: Sonny Bono

Producer: Sonny Bono
Producer: Denis Pregnolato
Producer: Michel Rubini

Charts History

US Billboard 132 peak position



Track listing

Side A

01. "It Never Rains in Southern California" 3:49
02. "I Believe in You" 2:59
03. "I Can See Clearly Now" 3:38
04. "Rhythm of Your Heart Beat" 3:32
05. "Mama Was a Rock and Roll Singer" 9:37

Side B

01. "By Love I Mean" 4:24
2."Brother Love's Traveling Salvation Show" 3:16
03. "You Know Darn Well" 3:20
04. "The Greatest Show on Earth" 3:50
05. "Listen to the Music" 3:53


Singles from Mama Was a Rock and Roll Singer...

"Mama Was a Rock and Roll Singer"
Released: 1974

Photoshoot from "Mama Was a Rock and Roll Singer"