My sisters used to play Sonny & Cher records to me when I was a child. Now my elderly mother listens to “I Got You Babe” on the oldies radio station. Will I never escape Sonny & Cher?
“The Beat Goes On” is a very hip mid-60’s US chart single. Who’s really playing on that one? Is Leon Russell on there? Will the story ever get told about who actually played on these records?
In 2011, I have a few Sonny & Cher pieces that act as my ‘complete’ collection:
LP BABY DON’T GO REPRISE US R 6177
1965? 12 TRKS mono; with Bill Medley, The Lettermen etc.
CD BEAT GOES ON, THE (Collection) ATCO US 91796.2
1991 21 TRK Collection (60’s recordings)
7″ BEAT GOES ON, THE / WHAT NOW MY LOVE ATLANTIC US OS 13072
1980 2 TRKS no pic sleeve, re-issue
LP GREATEST HITS MIDI DE MID 20026
1972 12 TRK Collection
7″ LETTER, THE / SPRING FEVER VAULT US V-916
1963? 2 TRKS no pic sleeve
7″ WHAT NOW MY LOVE ATCO US 45-6395
1966? 2 TRKS no pic sleeve
LP WONDROUS WORLD OF, THE ATCO US 33-183
1966 12 TRKS mono
Never saw a Vault Sonny & Cher 45 until somewhat recently. I always did like “Baby Don’t Go”.
In a way, despite the fact that they were known as “hippies”, it seems like serious psychedelic music actually put out the Sonny & Cher fire. I remember all of their stuff going for cheap, in the hippie record store used LP bins. Is there such a thing as a rare (desirable) Sonny & Cher record?
60’s music – yes, it is. Psychedelic – er, not really. Pop music!
I certainly could never have predicted either the 70’s rise of Sonny & Cher as TV celebrities or of the lengthy solo career of Cher. Too bad about Sonny, eh? He was always such a figure of fun, when he was alive. Daughter Chastity’s restaurant is in my home town of Long Beach, CA!
This coming weekend, I am going to be DJing at a 60’s party in Eagle Rock, CA – I will likely bring my Sonny & Cher CD – one never knows when you will need ti play something everybody knows to bring ‘em back from the brink – the fringe of audience comprehension. Seems like Sonny & Cher would do the trick.
RIP, Sonny Bono.