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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.
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