Artist Spotlight: Cher

Introduction

Cher, born Cherilyn Sarkasian on March 20th, 1946, is perhaps most well-known for her time performing with ex-husband Sonny Bono. She is originally from El Centro, CA, and is of caucasian and Native American descent. Sometimes called the “Goddess of Pop”, she has been performing for decades, appearing with acts as diverse as the Jackson 5 and The Beatles to Lady Gaga and Greg Allman (of the Allman Brothers Band).

Artist Spotlight Cher

Rise To Fame

Cher and then-husband Sonny Bono began their rise to fame with the 1965 smash hit “I Got You Babe.” This song saw #1 on both the US and UK charts. The next year, Cher launched a solo career with the song “Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down)”, which sold 1,000,000 copies. In the 1970’s, she also gained popularity as a TV personality with two shows, The Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour, and Cher. During this time, songs such as “Gypsies, Tramps, And Thieves” and “Half-Breed” also made her famous by topping the US Billboard 100 charts. She divorced from Sonny Bono in 1975.

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