In The 1970s Cher


Cheryl Sarkisian was born in 1946 in California and by the 1960s, she had teamed up with Sonny romantically and professionally too.  1965 gave the duo the No. 1 U.S. hit I Got You Babe, which seems to have been a standard bearer for the duo ever since.

The “couple” were so at ease in public, which gave them their own TV series in 1970 called The Sonny And Cher Nitty Gritty Hour, they later moved to CBS in 1971 for the long running Sonny And Cher Show. The show went on to win 15 Emmy Awards and the guest list was amazing.

Tina Turner, Glenn Campbell,  Jackson Five and Neil Sedaka were just a few of the names that appeared on this groundbreaking series. Being in the public eye week after week made the job easier of getting great pop records into the charts.

1971 saw No.1 Billboard hit (UK No. 4) Gypsys, Tramps and Thieves coming from the album of the same name and a gold disc in the U.S. The song was originally called Gypsys, Tramps and White Trash. The song is all about a girl raised on a traveling show and the horrors that she sometimes endured.

Around 1974 Bono and Cher started to go through a very messy divorce, but still kept the TV show going for one more season. Cher appeared on many one off Cher titled shows and one even gave her a further Emmy in 1979. Sonny and Cher made their last TV appearance together on the Mike Douglas Show in 1979.

Cher followed this hit in the U.S. with singles like The Way of Love and Half Breed. But it was not until 1974 when she had her next hit in the UK and the States called Dark Lady.  
The song was all about a fortune teller and an unfaithful lover and the death of two people by gunshot. Very  romantic.

Single wise that was it for the 1970s, although Cher did have hits in the 1980s, and a No. 1 in the 90s too.  Although she did have a U.S. top ten with Take Me Home. During the 60s and 70s she had eleven top thirty hits and five albums in the top thirty. She had five gold albums too, and a string of platinum hits.

Cher had only one top ten hit in the 1970s. Amazing.

Sonny Bono died in 1998 in a skiing accident.