1973 Sonny & Cher – Mama Was A Rock And Roll Singer

Mama Was a Rock and Roll Singer, Papa Used to Write All Her Songs is the fifth and final studio album by American pop 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 to enter the US charts, 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). 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.


1  It Never Rains In Southern California (Albert Hammond, Mike Hazlewood)) 3:49
2  I Believe In You (Dennis Pregnolato, Michel Rubini, Don Dunne) 2:59
3  I Can See Clearly Now (Johnny Nash) 3:38
4  Rhythm Of Your Heartbeat (Tony Macaulay, Geoff Stephens) 3:32
Mama Was A Rock & Roll Singer And Papa Used To Write All Her Songs (Sonny Bono) 9:37
6  By Love I Mean (Hal David, William Jacobs, M A Trujillo) 4:24
7  Brother Love’s Travelling Salvation Show (Neil Diamond) 3:16
8  You Know Darn Well (Tony Macaulay) 3:20
9  The Greatest Show On Earth (Bob Stone) 3:50
10  Listen To The Music (Tom Johnston) 3:53


BassDavid Hungate
DrumsJeffrey Porcaro
Guitar (solo)Dean Parks
GuitarArt Munson
GuitarLouie Shelton
GuitarLarry Carlton
GuitarRick White
Steel GuitarBuddy Emmons
KeyboardsMichael Omartian
PianoJoe Sample
PianoDavid Paich
SynthesizerDavid Paich
PercussionAlan Estes

Liner Notes

Producer – Michel Rubini, Denis Pregnolato, Sonny Bono
Arranged By – Michel Rubini
Engineer – Lenny Roberts

Manufactured By – MCA Records, Inc.
Phonographic Copyright (p) – MCA Records, Inc.
Copyright (c) – MCA Records, Inc.
Recorded At – Larrabee Sound Studios
Pressed By – MCA Pressing Plant, Gloversville