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Friday, April 12, 2013

Cher and Bob Esty Are Hell on Wheels

She's a roller mama AND a pirate! Avast ye all!
Cher's a sexy roller mama in the below 1979 video for the song, "Hell on Wheels," produced, arranged and conducted by Bob Esty (who we celebrate throughout this month), and written by Esty and long-time songwriting partner, Michele Aller.

Our diva is pretty impressive working those skates, too, in this Casablanca Records promotional video! Not my favorite Cher outfit, however; in fact, the pink-and-black zebra-print top with hot-pink Lycra pants ensemble is kind of hard on the eyes (as is the unfortunate perm). But the song is fabulous!

"Hell on Wheels" was an international single released off the Esty-produced Prisoner album and it also appeared in the movie, Roller Boogie, and on that film's soundtrack album.

According to biographer/journalist J. Randy Taraborrelli, "Hell on Wheels" was recorded because Cher admitted to being a huge roller-skating fanatic. And Arizona Republic's Randy Cordova praised the song, calling it a "roller-disco anthem."

Here, then, is Cher's video for Bob Esty's "Hell on Wheels" to help you get your weekend on:

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