Sonny & Cher were a folk rock/pop husband-wife duo, Sonny Bono (February 16, 1935 - January 5, 1998)) and Cher (b. Cherilyn Sarkisian, May 20, 1946), who became one of the most iconic acts of the mid-late 1960s. They began working together in the early-mid 1960s as backing singers for famed record producer, Phil Spector, and released their first recordings as Caesar & Cleo before signing with Atco/Atlantic Records in 1965. Sonny & Cher became internationally famous with such hits as "Baby Don't Go" (1965), "I Got You Babe" (1965), and "The Beat Goes On" (1967), all written and produced by Bono. They starred and performed in the musical comedy film, "Good Times" (1967), for which they also recorded the soundtrack, and they later hosted their own popular TV variety shows, "The Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour" (1971-1974) and "The Sonny & Cher Show" (1976-1977).
Sonny & Cher made their debut on the Pop/Rock charts in January 1965 with "Baby Don't Go," which became a minor hit upon its first release. The song recharted later that year and made the Top 10. The duo's fame soared worldwide during the summer of 1965 with "I Got You Babe," which topped the charts in the U.S., the U.K., and Canada and became gold-certified. This smash was followed by a long string of hits that also included "Just You" (1965), "But You're Mine" (1965), "What Now My Love" (1966), "Little Man" (1966), "The Beat Goes On" (1967), "All I Ever Need Is You" (1971), which topped the Adult Contemporary charts, and "A Cowboys Work Is Never Done" (1972). Later hits included "When You Say Love" (1972), the Bono-penned "Mama Was A Rock And Roll Singer, Papa Used To Write All Her Songs Part 1" (1973), and their final chart entry, "The Greatest Show On Earth" (1973).
Over their ten-year partnership, Sonny & Cher sold over 40 million records worldwide, and their numerous honors and accolades include being inducted into the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1998. Their signature song, "I Got You Babe," was added to Rolling Stone's list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time in 2004. This oldies classic was also named one of the greatest duets of all time by both Billboard and Rolling Stone in 2011 and later inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2017. After the couple split in 1975, Cher continued her solo career and went on to become a pop/rock superstar and an Academy Award-winning actress. Sonny Bono later pursued a successful career in politics, serving as mayor of Palm Springs, California from 1988-1992 and later as the Republican congressman for California's 44th district from 1995 until his death in 1998 from a skiing accident.
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- In a rare early (May 7, 1967) interview with film critic Roger Ebert, Sonny and Cher discuss then-recent key events that catapulted the couple to stardom.
- Cher looks back on her six decades in show business and her time with Sonny Bono in an interview with Rob Tannenbaum for wisconsingazette.com (May 20, 2017).
- The New York Times remembers Sonny Bono.
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- All I Ever Need Is You 1971
- Baby Don't Go 1965
- The Beat Goes On 1967
(This song was also covered by Britney Spears on her 1999 album, "...Baby One More Time.")
- But You're Mine 1965
- A Cowboys Work Is Never Done 1972
- I Got You Babe 1965
(This song, performed as a male-female duet, topped the charts and later also became a hit for Etta James (1968) and UB40 with Chrissie Hynde (1985).)
- Just You 1965
- Mama Was A Rock And Roll Singer, Papa Used To Write All Her Songs Part 1 1973
- What Now My Love 1966
(This song also became a hit for Herb Alpert (1966, instrumental version), "Groove" Holmes (1966), and Mitch Ryder (1967).)
- When You Say Love 1972
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