Sonny and Cher

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Salvatore Phillip "Sonny" Bono was born on February 16, 1935 in Detroit, Michigan, Cheryl Sarkisian LaPiere was born on May 10, 1946 in El Centro, California.

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.