The coffee shops in Los Angeles, United States, used to be a great place to meet the manager of your life. There are a thousand stories of budding actresses drinking milkshakes and finding by chance who would eventually lead them to fame.
There are also others, which they were waiting for. Sonny Bono and Cher’s is one of the first, a story of those in which everything went well while the world was invaded by the good vibes of the hippie wave and the young people climbed on the beat wave.
In 1962, Cherylin Sarkisian La Pierre was 16 years old and had left home, had plenty of talent and knew how to use it.
Salvatore Phillip Bono was a 27-year-old divorced young man (born February 16, 1935) and worked with the controversial and brilliant producer Phil Spector, creator of the “sound wall” and currently imprisoned for murder.
But that is another story. At that time Spector was a number one on the music circuit and Salvatore, who became Sonny, was learning.
That’s why he realized that Cherylin was a diamond in the rough and, since he couldn’t hire her as an artist, he decided to offer her a job as a housekeeper.
Born in Detroit, Michigan, in 1935, Sonny Bono began his singing career in the mid-1960s with the then girlfriend Cher.
His biggest success was “I Got You Babe.” Bono’s singing career vanished, but he returned to the public scene when he became mayor of Palm Springs, California, in 1988.
In 1994, he was elected to Congress as a representative of the 44th California Congressional District. He died unexpectedly in a skiing accident in 1998.
The artist now known as Cher accepted, of course. He arrived at Sonny’s house as a maid and in 1964 he became his wife.
By 1965 they were already at the top. They sang together: as Caesar and Cleo first, and already as Sonny & Cher later. While they were touring, recording and producing, Sonny continued in parallel with his solo career.
In addition to his songs, he composed for other musicians and bands. Topics as unforgettable as “Needles and Pins” (which in 1978 popularized the Ramones) and “She Said Yeah” (famous in the mouth of the Rolling Stones) are his own.
When psychedelia began to invade everything, this hippie marriage was no longer attractive and, with a producer mentality, Sonny decided to take his show to Las Vegas.
In a tone of marital comedy, the two acted night to night without much success, until someone saw that it was for more and led them to work on television.
Until 1976 they made The Sonny & Cher Show with great success on the American TV and with repetitions around the world.
But the marriage was over and Cher asked for a clue. She was on her way to becoming a pop icon and he, a renowned politician. Gone is a career in common, an eternal love and a daughter, Chastity Sun Bono.
Sonny Bono had several more wives and also several children, but who stood out among his heirs was, without doubt, the one he had with Cher.
Chastity grew up in the 70s believing she was a lesbian. As a child, and even as a teenager, she could be seen with her glamorous mother wearing her blond hair and simple clothes that differentiated her from the sequins and extravagances of her mother.
Over the years, Chastity became an LGBT rights activist and realized that within her she did not feel a homosexual woman, but was a man trapped in the wrong body.
Gradually, Chas became Chaz, and in 2009 he finally operated on his breasts, deepened a hormone treatment and finished his process to be a male.
She has written two books, Family Outing, End of Innocence and Transition: The Story of How I Became a Man.
There she turns over what she suffered, and how it cost her mother to accept the change (she being an undisputed reference of the gay community).
Over the years Cher accepted it publicly and the mother-child relationship improved markedly. “When Chaz and I are together, it’s a piece of cake, but sometimes you’re not prepared when someone talks about the past and it’s not easy to process.
But I couldn’t be more proud,” the singer told driver Jerry Penacoli on his Extra’s program. , a few years ago. Sonny’s net worth is estimated at around 4$ million.
Noticed by television producers, Sonny and Cher became, at the turn of the 1970s, stars of the small screen, hosting their own show, The Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour, which alternated comic sketches and songs and multiplied prestigious guests.
The show also allows the couple to revive their musical career by reconnecting with big sales figures.
Over the years, however, the personal lives of the two stars have turned sour, far from their cheerful public image.
Dear, conscientious mother, can no longer bear the instability that the rhythm of her work and the media frenzy inflict on her family life.
The separation of the couple leads to the end of the broadcast, then at the peak of the hearing; Sonny and Cher divorced on June 27, 1975.
Shortly after, Sonny and Cher meet to host the Sonny & Cher Show in February 1976, where they receive the gratin of the American entertainment world. The show only lasts one season and leaves room for their respective careers.
Become Sonny & Cher, the couple won the timpani in 1965, with their first album Look At Us and, above all, the gigantic hit “I Got You, Babe” (n ° 1 everywhere this summer) which became one of the standards absolute Pop Music for decades to come.
Sympathetic and hairy, the two singers seduce the public with their humor, their folk accoutrements in hippie fashion and their relatively unconventional physique.
Slightly larger than Sonny’s, Cher also has a deeper voice than her husband’s, nasal one, adding extra originality to their songs.
Very popular, Sonny & Cher multiply television appearances and occur around the world. If Sonny exercises total control over their artistic production, Cher brings his personal touch by choosing their outfits, whose extravagance will do much for their fame?
The singer quickly becomes, by her sympathetic image and her showy outfits, an idol of the homosexual milieu, which has earned her to become one of the Anglo-Saxon celebrities most readily imitated by transvestite artists.
The couple’s albums squat the tops of the sales rankings, ranking several times “Gold” and “Platinum”. Cher did not neglect his solo career, and released his first album, All I Really Want to Do (Imperial) in 1965.
Other solo albums follow, with as their high points the song “Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down)” in spring 66, the biggest success of Cher during this decade, and a version of “Sunny” on the next album.
He was born on February 16th 1935 in Los Angeles, California, a descendant of Italian emigrants, who’s real name was Salvatore.
He failed in the studies and an excessive fondness for music made Sonny begin very young to enter the music industry, with small jobs that combined with the musical composition and a job as a deliveryman for a supermarket in Los Angeles, a city where his parents had moved from Detroit, when Sonny turned seven.
He worked writing songs and singing for Johnny Otis’s Dig Records in the 60s.
In 1965, when he formed Sonny and Cher with what was then his wife, he had an extensive musical background, in which he found collaborations with Little Richard or Sam Cooke, In addition to working for several years with the great Phil Spector, who influenced his compositions.
The duo was one of the fundamental pieces of the music of the sixties, with songs of which later versions would make artists like UB 40 or Pretenders.
Their popularity began to decline in the early 70s, a decade they dedicated (after it came to light, in 1971, When you say love) to direct their own television show, The Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour, which became popular with the general public from 71 to 74, the year in which Sonny and Cher divorced.
He dedicated himself to the hospitality business and began a stage as an actor in television series (Holidays at sea), before devoting himself to politics, an activity he arrived in 1988.
Little by little he was gaining positions until he obtained the mayor’s office of Palm Springs and later (after fighting for a position as a senator, who never succeeded) in 1994 becoming a representative of the congress for the Republican Party.
Position from which he proved to have very conservative ideas that led him to face his own daughter Chastity (lesbian activist) when she pronounced herself against a law that approved same-sex marriage.
Sonny Bono died on January 5, 1998 at age 62 in Nevada (United States), after crashing skiing.
Full name: Salvatore Sonny Bono
Date of birth: February 16th 1935
Birthplace: Detroit, USA
Profession: Singer, Politician
Height: 1.65 m
Weight: 70 kg
Net Worth: 4$ million