8/9/17: Sonny & Cher “The Beat Goes On”
Sonny & Cher were a husband-and-wife team, for a while at least. They started out in the mid-‘60s as backup singers for Phil Spector, the famous “wall of sound” producer who helped shape the sound of popular music as we know it. But it wasn’t long until the married couple became recording artists in their own right!
The duo had some mighty big hits… “I Got You Babe,” “Baby Don’t Go,” and “The Beat Goes On” among them. Sonny wasn’t a particularly talented singer, but he was a smart guy. He knew a lot about music, and a lot about the business behind music. He was a little older than Cher, and in addition to being a romantic interest and eventual husband, he was also – at least in part – her mentor. Cher was… Cher! Very different, exceedingly talented, and extremely beautiful. Sonny and her had such great chemistry, and their combined charisma even managed to bring them success on their own TV show: “The Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour” that would eventually become simply “The Sonny & Cher Show.”
Sonny & Cher sold over 40 million records worldwide, and eventually got divorced in 1975. That ended their career together, but Cher went on to become a superstar, and Sonny Bono went on to become a politician. He was elected to Congress in California, but his political career was cut tragically short with his death in a bizarre skiing accident in the late ‘90s. Though they hadn’t been a couple for years, Sonny and Cher had remained close friends, and Cher spoke at his funeral.
My favorite song by the duo has always been “I Got You Babe.” In my mind, that’s easily their best work. But, for some reason, I woke up this morning hearing a song with a lot of cultural references about what was happening in the amazing decade when Sonny & Cher were making it big, together. It was “The Beat Goes On,” a tune that really captures a lot of what the ’60s were about.
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