Sonny & Cher were an American pop music duo, actors, singers and entertainers made up of husband-and-wife Sonny and Cher Bono in the 1960s and 1970s. The couple started their career in the mid-1960s as R&B backing singers for record producer Phil Spector, the pair first achieved fame with two hit songs in 1965, Baby Dont Go and I Got You Babe. Signing with Atco/Atlantic Records, they released three albums in the late 1960s, as well as the soundtrack recording for an unsuccessful movie. In 1972, after four years of silence, the returned to the studio. In the 1970s, they positioned themselves as media personalities with two top ten TV shows in the US, The Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour and The Sonny & Cher Show. The couples career as a duo ended in 1975 following their divorce, in the decade they spent together, Sonny and Cher sold over 40 million records worldwide. Performing under her first name, Cher went on to a successful career as a solo singer and actress. The two performers were inducted to the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1998, following Sonnys death in a skiing accident, cherilyn Sarkisian first met Salvatore Bono in a Los Angeles coffee shop in November 1962, when she was sixteen. Eleven years her senior, Bono was working for record producer Phil Spector at Gold Star Studios in Hollywood, the two became best friends, eventual lovers, and were supposedly married in 1964, but Bono says in his autobiography that it was not an official marriage. In the composition by Darlene Love, the listener can clearly hear Cher, with Bono continuing to write, arrange and produce the songs, the couples first incarnation was as the duo Caesar and Cleo. They received little attention, despite releasing some singles in 1964, The Letter, with Vault Records, in September 1964, they released Baby Dont Go under the name of Sonny & Cher, which became their first regional hit. The song was included on the 1965 Reprise compilation Baby Dont Go – Sonny & Cher and Friends. The duo released their first album Look at Us in the summer of 1965, the album contained the eventual number-one single I Got You Babe. Look at Us sold briskly, peaking at two on the Billboard chart for eight weeks in the later part of 1965. Ready Steady Go. and Top of the Pops and they also appeared as themselves in the film Wild on the Beach, singing Its Gonna Rain. On their first album Bono also displayed his political interest long before running for Congress in the lyrics of the song, The Revolution Kind. As the followup to the success of Look at Us, they released their studio album in April 1966, The Wondrous World of Sonny & Chér. The couple also traveled and performed around the world, and tickets were some of the hottest at the time, fans lined up to buy Sonny and Cher tickets for their first tour, the Wondrous World Tour
Sonny and Cher Show, 1976
Performing live in 1971.
Scene from an Egyptian soap opera skit on The Sonny and Cher Show, 1977.