Monday, 9 November 2009

Sonny Delight



I've been innundated recently with demands for facts about popular 60's beat combo Sonny & Cher so like a candle in the wind of popular culture here we go:

1. Sonny & Cher were responsible for arguably one of the top 5 perfect pop songs of all time, "I Got You Babe" which wafted across the World's Charts in the Summer of 1965.

2. Cher's full name is Cherilyn Sarkisian and she is the daughter of an Armenian father and a French-English-Cherokee Indian Mother.

3. Cher sang as a backing singer on iconic 60's hits including "You've Lost that Lovin' Feelin'" and "Da Doo Ron Ron".

4. Bono is of Italian extraction and his full name is Salvatore Bono. He was the Uncle of U2's Eyewear specialist and all-round arse, Bono.

5. Bono was 11 years older than Cher.  They became divorced in 1975.

6. Cher's first feature film was called Chastity, as was her only child with Sonny.

7. Sonny & Cher will long be remembered for the fact that their name was adopted by the two opposing factions in Iraq.

8. Sonny Bono went on to become Mayor of Palm Springs but died in a skiing accident in 1998.

9. Sonny & Cher were one of the few Boy-Girl Duos where the girl's voice was huskier and lower than the boy's voice.

10. On second thoughts, there is another famous example of this:

13 comments:

KAZ said...

That Lily's so Butch. She'll soon be a gay icon as well.
Did Cher really sing backing on "You've Lost that Lovin' Feelin'" and "Da Doo Ron Ron"?

Dave said...

No 7. Can you give us some further insights into sects in Islam?

Rog said...

Kaz: Have Tazzy & Piggy told you that? Cher was on early Phil Spector singles as a session singer.

Dave: ...er, no...

Geoff said...

Of course there was Cher's famous duet with the Cher tribute act...

Cher and Cher alike.

Sarah said...

Lily does a great impression of Samy the seal!

Rog said...

Geoff: Bono's guitarist joined Justin Hawkins to form The Edge of Darkness.

Sarah: True! If only we could get her to balance a ball on the end of her nose....

Timorous Beastie said...

I second what Sarah said; Lily is really a hairy sea lion. Actually, Sarah didn't say that, but you get my drift.

zIggI said...

it's all the Gauloise she smokes.

Gaulouise?

How d'you spell that?

Macy said...

From memory Sonny was the ONLY US congressman to die from crashing into a tree in a ski malfunction.

Rog said...

Tim: She's a hairy sea-lion who dislikes water!

Ziggi: Gaulouise was a French buddy movie n'est-ce pas? They used to make Beagles smoke but not Bassetts.

Macy: Which must have been difficult in Palm Springs. I hope the tree wasn't a Yew as the Hit single would have been too apposite.

Z said...

I thought that Sonny was the shiite, not Cher. Well, according to Cher, that is. Or maybe her view is bahaist?

Rog said...

Z: I doff my hat!

Z said...

Rog, dear heart, this could be my Finest Hour.