Sonny and Cher
Sonny met Cher in late 1962. He worked for a record producer, and she became a back-up singer on several hit recordings. By the fall of 1965, Sonny & Cher’s “I Got You Babe” was a #1 international chart topper that helped propel singer- songwriter Sonny to a seat in the United States Congress. Cher went on to win an Oscar, a Grammy, an Emmy, and became a three time Golden Globe winner.
Among the hits of Sonny & Cher are “Baby Don’t Go”, “What Now My Love”, “The Beat Goes On” and “All I Ever Need Is You”. As a solo artist, Cher topped the Hit Parade with three #1 singles, “Gypsys, Tramps & Thieves”, “Half-Breed” and “Dark Lady”. Other top ten hits for Cher were, “You Better Sit Down Kids”, “The Way of Love”, “Take Me Home”, “I Found Someone” and “If I Could Turn Back the Hands of Time”.
The Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour was a prime time top rated television show in the 70’s that received multiple Emmy Award nominations. As a team they sold 80 million records, and as a solo performer Cher is credited with selling more than 100 million records worldwide.
On January 5, 1998, at 62 years of age, Sonny Bono died of injuries from a skiing accident.