Sonny and Cher an American pop music duo who were also singers and actors began their career as a husband and wife team in the 1960s and 1970s. Their first hit songs which quickly became popular were “Baby Don’t Go” and “I Got You Babe” in 1965. In the 1970s they also had two TV shows The Sonny and Cher Show and The Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour. The duo broke up and divorced in 1975 having sold 40 million records worldwide and gaining numerous fans. Cher went on to a very successful solo singing and acting career. Sonny Bono was elected to Congress as a Republican U.S. Representative from California.
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Sonny and Cher as a duo were inducted into the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1998 soon after Sonny Bono died in a skiing accident.
Sonny Bono was eleven years older than Cher and met her in November of 1962 when she was 16. They married in 1964. Sonny wrote, arranged and produced songs and when the couple began to sing together they called themselves Caesar and Cleo but their early songs were mostly ignored. Then in September on 1964 they recorded the single “Baby Don’t Go” under the name Sonny and Cher and it became a hit. Their first album was Look At Us and produced the smash hit “I Got You Babe”. They were quickly asked to appear on different TV shows such as American Bandstand. In the movie “Wild on the Beach”, they appeared as themselves and sang “It’s Gonna Rain”.
In 1967 they came out with their third album In Case You’re in Love and it gave them two more hit singles “The Beat Goes On” and “Little Man”. When their career seemed at a standstill in 1969 Sonny Bono got them jobs in Las Vegas mixing singing with jokes. They became popular again in 1971 when they began their own variety series on TV The Sonny and Cher Show. In 1972 they released another album All I Ever Need is You and it brought two more hits “All I Ever Need is You” and “A Cowboy’s Work is Never Done”. Then came divorce and Sonny and Cher went their separate ways.
When Sonny died in a skiing accident on January 5, 1998, at 62 years of age Cher gave a tearful eulogy. He was laid to rest and on his headstone, there is engraved “And The Beat Goes On”.
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