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If I Could Turn Back Time by Cher
Album: Heart Of StoneReleased: 1989Charted:
This was written by Diane Warren, who has also written songs for Aretha Franklin, Celine Dion ("Because You Loved Me), Barbara Streisand, Tina Turner and Whitney Houston.
Heart Of Stone
was Cher's first multimillion seller, with sales topping 3 million in the US. It was certified gold in September 1989, platinum in November, and in July 1990, went double platinum.
The "If I Could Turn Back Time" music video was filmed on board the USS Missouri while it was stationed at the former Long Beach Naval Shipyard at Pier D along with the crew. Cher recalled to Q
magazine: December 2013: "The 'If I Could Turn Back Time' video we shot for days. There was a whole story – I climbed up stuff, I was running away from a lover. I was in a cage, in a speedboat... And when the director got to the edit, he just said, 'F this, here's the money (shot)' – me on the battleship with the sailors. They were real sailors too. They were funny. They kept calling me 'ma'am.'"
Speaking to The Hollywood Reporter magazine, Diane Warren said Cher hated the song and she had to force her to sing it. "I held her leg down during a session," the songwriter recalled, "and said, 'You have to record it!'"
According to Warren, Cher's response was, "F— you, bitch! You're hurting my leg! OK, I'll try it." However, once Cher had recorded the tune, "She gave me this look like, 'You were right.'"