Cher (born Cherilyn Sarkisian LaPiere on May 20, 1946) is a highly acclaimed veteran pop singer, movie star, TV personality, director, record producer and philanthropist. Dubbed the "Goddess of Pop," Cher's long and distinguished singing career began in the 1960s when she was one half of the famous Sonny and Cher duo. She is well known for her powerful deep contralto and flamboyant on-stage presence, and she remains a fashion icon with a perpetually youthful look.
In 1965, she began recording solo and debuted on the charts with "All I Really Want To Do." Her best known songs in a long string of hits include "Gypsys, Tramps & Thieves" (1971), "Half-Breed" (1973), "Dark Lady" (1974), "After All" (1989, with Peter Cetera), "If I Could Turn Back Time" (1989), and "Believe" (1999). Her singing career has continued into the new millenium, and she is the only performing artist to reach #1 on the Billboard charts in each decade starting with the 1960s.
Cher has won many awards and and honors over the years, including the Best Actress Oscar for the 1987 movie, "Moonstruck." She has the rare distinction of being the only entertainer to date to have won an Academy Award, a Grammy Award, an Emmy Award, three Golden Globes and a Cannes Film Festival Award, among others, for her work in film, music and TV.
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- Alfie 1966
(This song, which is the title theme from the 1966 movie starring Michael Caine, also became a hit for Cilla Black (1966), Dionne Warwick (1967), and Eivets Rednow (1968).)
- All I Really Want To Do 1965
(This song also became a hit for the Byrds (1965).)
- Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down) 1966
- Dark Lady 1974
(This song about murder, betrayal, and cheap perfume topped the charts.)
- Gypsys, Tramps And Thieves 1971
(This song, which is about a gypsy teenage girl who gets pregnant and then abandoned, topped the charts.)
- Half-Breed 1973
(In this song, which topped the charts, the narrator is a young woman who is half white and half Cherokee, and she describes her problems resulting from her mixed heritage.)
- Living In A House Divided 1972
- Train Of Thought 1974
- The Way Of Love 1972
(This song was previously a hit for Kathy Kirby (1965).)
- Where Do You Go 1965
- You Better Sit Down Kids 1967
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