Sonny & Cher
Appearing on Hullabaloo in 1965

I Got You Babe
#1 in 1965


Cheryl Sarkisian LaPiere ( Cher) was born on May 20, 1946, and Salvatore Phillip "Sonny" Bono was born on February 16, 1935, and died of injuries after striking a tree while skiing on the Nevada side of the Heavenly Ski Resort that was near South Lake Tahoe, California, on January 5, 1998. Sonny and Cher first met in a coffee shop in LA while Sonny was working with the ledgendary Phil Spector. Cher eventually got to sing back-up on several of Spector’s classic recordings, including the monumental "Be My Baby" by the Ronettes. Sonny and Cher’s first incarnation was as the duo "Caesar and Cleo". They received little attention. They later re-emerged as "Sonny and Cher", and released "I Got You Babe" in 1965. In their career (1964-1975) Sonny & Cher had sold 80 million records worldwide. Sonny was laid to rest at Desert Memorial Park in nearby Cathedral City, California. The epitaph on Bono's headstone reads: "And The Beat Goes On."
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