Cher's mother has made her chart debut, 33 years after the material was recorded.
Georgina Holt, 86, has managed to turn back time for herself, as her country collection Honky Tonk Woman has entered Billboard's Heatseekers Albums list at No 13, as well as hitting No 43 on the Top Country Albums chart.
The former beauty queen made the recordings in 1980 with members of Elvis Presley's band, but the sessions sat unreleased in Holt's garage until being rediscovered recently. The album features 10 songs, including covers of Love Me Tender and Cryin' Time, as well as original material written by Holt herself. Cher also duets with her mother on the album.
Appearing on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno recently, Cher explained how she "took [the tapes] to my musical director Paul [Mirkovich] and he went in and took it apart and put all new music on it. Basically, we just kept Mom's voice and put everything else new on it."
The pair have been doing the rounds of US chat shows in recent weeks, and will soon be the subject of a documentary on the Lifetime network. Perhaps because of this, Cher has taken to excitedly tweeting about her mother ahead of the US Mother's Day on 12 May, with recent posts declaring:
"Cher,"OMG !!!!! SIT DOWN !!!!!! Ru Paul invited mom on the SHOW ! Whoa !!! Should I Just Quit my Job & Manage MOM !?!?"
"OMG! My 87 Yr old MOTHER JUST TOLD ME MY FATHER STOLE A CAR & TOOK IT 2MEXICO & SOLD IT! OMG! Guess I come by car theft from my dad!! OMG."
Cher herself has completed a new album ready for release. The follow-up to 2001's Living Proof features a tantalising list of collaborators, rumoured to include Jake Shears, Timbaland, Lady Gaga and Pink. No release date has been confirmed.
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