“Baby Don’t Go” Performed by Sonny & Cher (1964)

April 23, 2008

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Sonny & Cher – Baby Don’t Go  (1964)

Songwriter Salvatore “Sonny” Bono had a fledgling career and was soon taken under the wing of producer Phil Spector who mentored Sonny. While working with Phil in the studio, Sonny met 16 year old singing wannabe Cherilyn “Cher” Lapierre. They soon began dating, married and formed a singing duo “Ceasar & Cleo”.

The duo did not do to well on their first two record labels, but became successful after being signed to Atlantic Records, where not only did they score their two biggest hits “I Got You Babe” and “The Beat Goes On.” , but each also had solo recording contracts/careers.

My personal favorite Sonny & Cher duet is “Baby Don’t Go” which was first released as a single in 1964 on Reprise Records. The song, composed by Sonny, went nowhere. But after “I Got You Babe” went to number one on Atlantic Records in the summer of 1965 the Reprise single peaked at 8 pop.

(Sorry if you missed out — but when I went to respond to a comment on this post I saw that the video was gone.  I wonder why these videos have no lasting stay on YouTube? – Sondan 10/16/09)

For as long as it lasts — here is a YouTube Video of Sonny & Cher lipsyncing (very poorly) to “Baby Don’t Go” while the well groomed teens of the Sixties dance. Check out the male teens in suits! LOL.

Keep enjoying the music and thanks for stopping by.

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Filed under:A Family Affair,Baby Don't Go,Dynamic Duos (Duets),Pop,Reprise,Sixties,Sonny & Cher,Sonny Bono

{ 7 comments… read them below or add one }

1 tonyblue April 22, 2009 at 9:42 am

Hi Sondan, long time no post…. sorry, no excuses.

My mum died suddenly and unexpectantly (usless words I know) November ’07. It knocked the stuffing right out of me. Being a male child of a BIG Irish immigrant family struggling to survive in 1950/60′s London and brought up to “walk like a man” I took my mum too too much for granted. All of the things about her upbringing, her times, her country/history and her family she could – and would – have been able to pass on have now been lost forever….. It’s only now I realise she was the loving anchor of the family, the glue that bonded her seven children. And now that she’s gone we ‘children’ have lost our anchor and are drifting; drifting away from each other….. heartbreaking!
Worse, in my opinion, is our children and in turn their children will never know the full story!!

Talking (writing to) didn’t help me through the night(s). Listening is/was the best way, and listening to music…. the right way (it’s one thing you can do on your own, if you know what I mean?). Since then I’ve been doing a lot of listening. And through listening a lot of remembering.

This brings me up to today and to you Sondan. Strangely, a song that makes me smile and brings back loving memories of my mum is one featured here i.e. YOU TALK TO MUCH (please don’t ask why, suffice to say it was a private joke between a cheeky, selfish son and a very forgiving mother).

Thus I visited your site today and this hit me between the eyes……..

“You can shed tears that she is gone, or you can smile because she has lived.

You can close your eyes and pray that she’ll come back, or you can open your eyes and see all she’s left.

Your heart can be empty because you can’t see her, or you can be full of the love you shared.

You can turn your back on tomorrow and live yesterday, or you can be happy for tomorrow because of yesterday.

You can remember her only that she is gone, or you can cherish her memory and let it live on.

You can cry and close your mind, be empty and turn your back.

Or you can do what she’d want: smile, open your eyes, love and go on.”

- David Harkins

I could waffle on for ages but I won’t. I’ll leave it at….. Heartfelt thanks and Hallo again.



2 SonDan May 16, 2014 at 5:27 pm

Have a beautiful weekend Tony Blue. Great to hear from you.


3 Raejean French October 16, 2009 at 10:49 pm

I seem to remember that Cher was a couple of years younger than that, i.e., jailbait, when they got together.


4 SonDan October 17, 2009 at 12:35 am

Your recall is absolutely correct Raejean! The post should read that Sonny & Cher met when she was about aged 16 in 1962 (Cher was born 5/20/1946) The duo dated and married in 1964 when Cher was of age(18). Thanks for visiting and I appreciate your comment to keep me honest and typographically accurate ;-). Hope to see you again soon.


5 ken October 19, 2009 at 4:11 am

How can I get the video for this ? Thanks


6 osuzq March 1, 2010 at 4:46 pm

Awesome song! Best song ever! “Baby Don’t Go”


7 SonDan March 2, 2010 at 10:05 pm

Welcome to OSML osuzq. And you are so right: it is a classic! And my goal here is to help keep these classic oldies alive!


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