Cherilyn Sarkisian, better known as Cher, has had a career spanning five decades and won a Grammy, an Emmy, an Academy Award, three Golden Globes, and a host of other awards for her work as a singer and actress. She and former husband Sonny Bono had a few hits in the Sixties and hosted their own variety show in the Seventies (the heyday of the variety shows) before they split, after which her career caught fire. (And more than a few of us guys sat up and took notice when she appeared on the cover of TIME magazine in 1975.)
Cher’s first hit was “Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down).” It reached #2 in the US in 1966. It was written by Sonny and she’s backed by The Wrecking Crew.
She had three huge hits in the early Seventies, 1971’s “Gypsys, Tramps And Thieves,” 1973’s “Half Breed,” and 1974’s “Dark Lady.” All three reached #1 in the US. Here’s “Dark Lady,” title track from her 1974 album.
She’s still recording: her most-recent album, 2013’s dance-oriented Closer To The Truth reached #3 and has produced four singles, “Woman’s World,” which reached #1 on the Dance chart, “Take It Like A Man,” and “I Walk alone,” both of which reached #2 on the dance chart. Her most recent film appearance was 2010’s Burlesque, with Christina Aguilera. Her website leads to her Twitter and Facebook presences.
Cher, your Two for Tuesday, September 13, 2016.