Cher first met Sonny Bono in Los Angeles in November 1962. She was sixteen andSonny was already twenty-seven and working for record producer Phil Spector. The two became fast friends, eventual lovers, and later, husband and wife. Through Sonny, Cher eventually got to sing back-up on several of Spector’s classic recordings, including the monumental "Be My Baby" by the Ronettes.
With Sonny continuing to write, arrange and produce the songs, Sonny and Cher’s first incarnation was as the duo "Caesar and Cleo". They later re-emerged as "Sonny and Cher", and released their first album Look at Us in the summer of 1965. This album contained the overnight smash and eventual number-one single "I Got You Babe". Cher was nineteen years old. Several more top forty hits would follow, most famously "Baby, Don’t Go" and "The Beat Goes On."
The two became a quick sensation, travelling and performing around the world. Periodic solo releases continued during the Sonny & Cher days, including a major success with "Bang Bang" for Cher in 1966.
In an attempt to capitalize on the duo’s success, Sonny penned their first feature film (themed similarly to The Beatles’ Yellow Submarine) Good Times in 1967, in which the duo starred. The film was a flop.
Sonny and Cher's career had stalled by 1968, as album sales quickly dried up. Their gentle, easy-listening pop sound and drug-free life had become unpopular in an era becoming increasingly consumed with the psychedelic rock that came with the overall evolutionary change in the landscape of American pop culture during the late 1960s.
In the early 1970’s the duo revived their recording career, releasing four albums and charting two more top ten hits: "All I Ever Need Is You," and "A Cowboy's Work Is Never Done" (1972).
Early 1974, the marriage of Sonny and Cher began to fall apart; the duo separated later that year.
Sonny Bono : Born 1935. Composer, vocals and production
Cher ( born Cherilyn Sarkisian LaPierre ) :Born 1946. Singer and occasional songwriter
Tracks: 1. I Got You Babe / 2. Unchained Melody / 3. Then He Kissed Me / 4. Sing C'est La Vie / 5. It's Gonna Rain / 6. 500 Miles / 7. Just You / 8. Letter / 9. Let It Be Me / 10. You Don't Love Me (You Don't ) / 11. You've Really Got A Hold On Me / 12. Why Don't They Let Us Fall In Love / 13. It's The Little Thing
Rating : 6
Tracks: 1. Summertime / 2. Tell Him / 3. I'm Leaving It All Up To You / 4. But You're Mine / 5. Bring It On Home To Me / 6. Set Me Free / 7. What Now My Love / 8. Leave Me Be / 9. I Look For You / 10. Laugh At Me / 11. Turn Around / 12. So Fine / 13. Revolution Kind* / 14. Have I Stayed Too Long */ 15. Crying Time*
Rating : 7
Tracks: 1. Beat Goes On / 2. Groovy Kind Of Love / 3. You Baby / 4. Monday / 5. Love Don't Come / 6. Podunk / 7. Little Man / 8. We'll Sing In The Sunshine / 9. Misty Roses / 10. Stand By Me / 11. Living For You / 12. Cheryl's Goin' Home / 13. Beautiful Story* / 14. Good Combination* / 15. Plastic Man*
Rating : 6
4. Good Times - Atco 1967
Tracks: 1. I Got You Babe [Instrumental] / 2. It's the Little Things / 3. Good Times / 4. Trust Me / 5. Don't Talk to Strangers / 6. I'm Gonna Love You / 7. Just a Name / 8. I Got You Babe
Rating : 4
5. All I Ever Need is You - Kapp 1972
Tracks: 1. All I Ever Need Is You / 2. Here Comes That Rainy Day Feeling / 3. More Today Than Yesterday / 4. Crystal Clear / Muddy Waters / 5. United We Stand / 6. A Cowboy's Work Is Never Done/ 7.
I Love What You Did With the Love I Gave You / 8. You Better Sit Down Kids
/ 9. We'll Watch the Sun Coming Up / 10. Somebody
6. Mama Was a Rock & Roll Singer, Papa Used to Write All Her Songs - Kapp 1973
Tracks: 1. It Never Rains in Southern California / 2. I Believe in You / 3. I Can See Clearly Now / 4. Rhythm of Your Heart Beat / 5. Mama Was a Rock & Roll Singer, Papa Used to Write All Her Songs / 6. By Love I Mean / 7. Brother Love's Traveling Salvation Show / 8. You Know Darn Well / 9. The Greatest Show on Earth / 10. Listen to the Music
7. The Beat Goes On - comp. - Atlantic 1975
Tracks: 1. The Beat Goes On / 2. I Got You Babe / 3. What Now My Love / 4. Just You / 5. Laugh at Me / 6. Baby Don't Go / 7. Little Man / 8. Tonight I'll Be Staying Here With You / 9. I Walk on Guilded Splinters/ 10. Sing C'est la Vie / 11. It's the Little Things / 12. Do Right Woman
Rating : 7
Original albums as listed and rated on “Rate Your Music” - September 14 - 2015
402 Look at Us - 1965
549 In Case You're in Love - 1967
648 The Wondrous World - 1966
951 Good Times - 1967 Check and Rate Here!
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My Suggestion For a 80 minutes (app.) Best Of Compilation:
1. I Got You Babe ( Bono ) Look at Us
2. What Now My Love ( Sigman/Becaud/Delanoe ) The Wondrous World of
3. Laugh at Me ( Bono ) The Wondrous World of
4. But You're Mine ( Bono ) The Wondrous World of
5. I Look For You ( Bono ) The Wondrous World of
6. The Beat Goes On ( Bono ) In Case You're in Love
7. Just You ( Bono ) Look at Us
8. Monday ( Bono ) In Case You're in Love
9. Little Man ( Bono ) In Case You're in Love
10. Why Don't They Let Us Fall in Love ( Bono ) Look at Us
11. It's the Little Things ( Bono ) Look at Us
12. Leave Me Be ( White ) Single
13. Love Don't Come ( Bono ) In Case You're in Love
14. Revolution Kind ( Bono ) The Wondrous World of
15. Have I Stayed Too Long ( Bono ) The Wondrous World of
16. Baby Don't Go ( Bono ) Single
17. Beautiful Story ( Bono ) In Case You're in Love
18. The He Kissed Me ( Greenwich/Barry/Spector ) Look at Us
19. I'm Leaving it all up to you ( Harris/Terry ) The Wondrous World of
20. Cheryl's Goin' Home ( Lind ) In Case You're in Love
21. Monday ( Bono ) In Case You're in Love