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Sonny and Cher History

A Cher biography would not be complete without an in-depth look at the influential days of Sonny and Cher.

Sonny and Cher: Start in the '60s
Born Cherilyn Sarkisian, "Cher" would grow up to be one of the hottest tickets in the entertainment world. At age 16, Cher's road to superstardom began in a Los Angeles coffee shop where she first met the then 27-year-old Sonny Bono in November 1962. Sonny Bono was working for Phil Spector, a record producer at Hollywood's Gold Star Studios. Sonny and Cher formed a fast friendship and soon became husband and wife.

Cher had a chance to be a back up singer on songs like the Ronettes' "Be My Baby" and The Righteous Brothers' "You've Lost That Loving Feeling." After the name "Caesar and Cleo" failed to catch on, the duo of "Sonny and Cher" was born. In Summer 1965, Sonny and Cher released the album Look at Us, which spawned the Sonny and Cher smash hit "I Got You Babe." A string of Top 40 hits would follow, including "Baby Don't Go" and "The Beat Goes On."

Sonny and Cher: Moving On
Sonny and Cher traveled and performed around the world, and Sonny and Cher tickets were some of the hottest tickets at the time. Fans lined up to buy Sonny and Cher tickets for the Wondrous World Tour in support of the hit album The Wondrous World of Sonny & Cher. Both Sonny and Cher would release solo works, including a big hit in Cher's "Bang Bang." In 1967, Sonny and Cher would also star in their first feature film entitled Good Times.

However, by 1968, psychedelic rock had invaded the American music scene and pop culture, pushing Sonny and Cher's gentle, easy-listening pop style and sound out of the spotlight. The popularity of Sonny and Cher tickets may have waned, but the duo was not done making their mark on pop culture as the hippie countercultural movement was looming on the horizon. On March 4, 1969, Sonny and Cher's first child Chastity was born.

Sonny and Cher: Television
Sonny and Cher would venture into the world of television with their first TV special, The Sonny and Cher Nitty Gritty Hour. With its combination of comedy, skits, and music, The Sonny and Cher Nitty Gritty Hour turned plenty of heads and caught a number of eyes. CBS head of programming Fred Silverman offered Sonny and Cher a chance to host their own variety show - The Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour. Debuting in 1971, The Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour was a smash hit and received a slew of Emmy nods throughout its first four seasons on the air. In late 1974, Sonny and Cher would separate, but The Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour continued to garner Top 10 ratings.

Sonny and Cher: Music Career Reborn
While Sonny and Cher enjoyed television success, the duo gave a recording career another go, releasing four albums including All I Ever Need is You. Sonny and Cher charted a couple of Top 10 singles in "All I Ever Need is You" along with "A Cowboy's Work is Never Done." Fans counted down the days until Sonny and Cher tickets would go on sale for a supporting tour. In 1971, Sonny and Cher tickets went on sale as Sonny and Cher embarked on the All I Ever Need is You Tour. The tour drew in a ton of fans with Sonny and Cher tickets.

Sonny and Cher: Back Solo
With the writers and comedians from the Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour show, Sonny Bono would go on to start The Sonny Comedy Revue in Fall 1974, while Cher planned to star in her own variety series which debuted in February 1975 after Sonny's show was cancelled. Cher's musical showcase featured the likes of Bette Midler, Elton John, Cloris Leachman, and many more guest stars. The series was one of the top shows of the year, earning a handful of Emmy nominations to boot.

Sonny and Cher: On Again, Off Again
After a very public divorce and separate television shows, Sonny and Cher reconciled their friendship and returned to star in The Sonny & Cher Show in 1976. The show could not return to its former top-ratings glory and led Sonny and Cher to part ways permanently after two seasons. Sonny Bono went on to pursue a career in acting and journeyed into politics as well. Cher would venture into a successful career as an actress and solo singer, selling a ton of Cher tickets to her concerts and tours.  

Sonny and Cher: The Beat Goes On
Sonny and Cher's lives moved on. Sonny married Mary Whitaker, while Cher married Gregg Allman and was later romantically linked to the likes of KISS bassist Gene Simmons, Val Kilmer, Richie Sambora, and Eric Clapton. On January 5, 1998, Sonny Bono passed away at age 62. At Sonny Bono's funeral, Cher gave an emotional eulogy in honor of her late ex-husband. Attendees at the funeral sang the lyrics to the classic Sonny and Cher song "The Beat Goes On."

Sonny and Cher: Discography


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