“I Got You Babe” Performed by Sonny & Cher (1965)

May 16, 2011

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Songwriter, backup-singer  and Phil Spector  protege Salvatore Bono met fellow back-up singer Cherilyn Lapierre. He fell in love, divorced his then current wife and married Cher.

This husband and wife duo started out singing as Ceasar & Cleo with little fanfare. The pair  finally took off when they became Sonny & Cher. In addition to the cover tunes they sang as a duo,  they really hit it big with songs that Sonny wrote.

Bono penned “I Got You Babe” and it was one of the biggest songs of their career and became known as the couple’s theme song.

Enjoy this vintage clip of the Dynamic Duo singing their new hit on Shindig circa 1965.


Then watch as the duo  reprises the song  weekly as the theme of their  hit variety show, “The Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour,”  from 1971 to 1974.  I loved this show! In fact I miss all of the variety shows. Can’t stand today’s reality shows: they are like fake wrestling IMHO.

Now enjoy, thanks to YouTube, what may be the final appearance and performance of Sonny & Cher singing  their themes song “I Got You Babe” on the the Late Night With David Letterman Show many years after their divorce.

I remember watching this reunion live on TV and it brought tears to my eyes then. Watching this video clip before posting brought those tears back again. R.I.P.  Sonny Bono.

Last but not least this cover version is sure to bring a smile to your face! I think Sonny would love it too. R.I.P. Estelle Getty (Ma) and Bea Arthur (Pussycat). Thank you for making us feel good.

Musically Yours,

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{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Music Placement May 20, 2011 at 3:55 pm

An absolute Hollywood power couple. The energy those two had when they where together doing anything was electrifying.


2 SonDan May 20, 2011 at 8:59 pm

So true. And today (5/20/11) Cher is 65 years young! Happy Birthday Cher and may you have many more. R.I.P. Son and thank you for everything you gave us


3 John Savlove June 27, 2011 at 8:34 pm

Credit Harold Battiste for the unforgettable arrangements. Those classic oboe doublets are out of the imagination of this old school New Orleans doctor of music, a contemporary of Professor Longhair and the Marsalis family.


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