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Monday, May 20, 2013

67 Groovy Things about Cher on her birthday

Today I'm celebrating Cher's 67th birthday by sharing a "few" groovy things about her life and career:

1. Cherilyn Sarkisian was born in El Centro, California, on May 20, 1946.

2. She recorded her first solo single, "Ringo, I Love You", under the name "Bonnie Jo Mason" because record producer Phil Spector wanted American names for his singers. The song was released on March 4, 1964, but it failed to chart nationally.

3. In late 1964, she and Sonny Bono (whom she married on October 27, 1964) released a few unsuccessful singles as "Caesar & Cleo" (they became "Sonny & Cher" in early 1965).

4. She and Sonny made their first television appearance on Shindig! on May 5, 1965.

5. Sonny & Cher's #1 single, "I Got You Babe", was released on July 9, 1965.

6. Sonny & Cher's debut album, Look at Us, was released in August 1965, and it spent five weeks at #2 on the Billboard 200.

7. She and Sonny sang "It's Gonna Rain" during their cameo film debut in the 1965 beach party flick, Wild on the Beach.

8. Her debut solo album, All I Really Want to Do, was released on October 16, 1965. It peaked at #16 on the Billboard 200 album chart, and the song, "All I Really Want to Do", reached #15 on the Billboard Hot 100.

9. In April 1966, she released her second studio album, The Sonny Side of Chér, which included her first solo Top 10 hit, "Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down)".

10. In October 1966, she released her third studio album, Chér, which included her version of Burt Bacharach's "Alfie" from the 1966 movie (it appeared on the film's soundtrack, but Dionne Warwick's version was more successful).

11. Sonny & Cher's Top 10 hit single, "The Beat Goes On", was released in January 1967.

12. She and Sonny made their first non-musical television appearance on an episode of The Man from U.N.C.L.E. called "The Hot Number Affair", in which she played a model named Ramona and he played an aspiring dress designer named Jerry. It aired on March 10, 1967.

13. She and Sonny starred in Good Times, an unsuccessful 1967 film directed by William Friedkin (The Boys in the Band, The Exorcist).

14. She and Sonny (and Nanette Fabray) were guest stars on an episode of The Carol Burnett Show on November 6, 1967.

15. In November 1967, she released her fourth album, With Love, Chér, which included her Top 10 hit, "You Better Sit Down Kids".

16. She and Sonny appeared on the first episode of The Beautiful Phyllis Diller Show on September 15, 1968.

17. She starred in the 1969 romantic drama, Chastity, which was written and produced by Sonny. It was a commercial failure, but their daughter Chastity was conceived during the making of the film (she was born on March 4, 1969).

18. She and Sonny made a guest appearance on The Hollywood Squares on August 25, 1969 (author Jacqueline Susann also appeared in this episode).

19. She appeared as herself on a 1969 episode of Sesame Street.

20. She and Sonny performed on an episode of Playboy After Dark on January 27, 1970.

21. In 1970, she and Sonny starred in their first TV special, The Sonny & Cher Nitty Gritty Hour.

22. She and Sonny appeared in a 1971 episode ("Love and the Sack") of Love, American Style on January 15, 1971.

23. She played the "third wife" in the NBC special, The First Nine Months Are the Hardest, which took a warm-hearted look at pregnancy as seen through the eyes of three couples. It aired on February 24, 1971, and also starred Sonny, Dick Van Dyke, James Farentino and Michele Lee.

24. She and Sonny starred in their own variety show, The Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour, which debuted on August 1, 1971 and received 12 Emmy Award nominations during its three-year run.

25. In November 1971, "Gypsy, Tramps & Thieves" became her first #1 single as a solo artist, and it earned her a Grammy Award nomination for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance.

26. In February 1972, she released the single, "The Way of Love", from her album, Gypsys, Tramps & Thieves, and it reached #7 on the Billboard Hot 100.

27. She and Sonny appeared as themselves in "The Secret of Shark Island", an episode of The New Scooby-Doo Movies that aired on October 28, 1972.

28. On October 6, 1973, "Half-Breed" became her second solo #1 hit.

29. In March 1974, "Dark Lady" became her third solo #1 hit.

30. In 1974, Cher won the Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Comedy or Musical for The Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour.

31. After The Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour was canceled in May 1974, due to her and Sonny's divorce, she returned with her own variety show, Cher, in February 1975. It ran for two seasons and was nominated for a 1975 Emmy Award for Outstanding Comedy-Variety or Music Series.

32. On May 28, 1975, she appeared on Rona Barrett's TV special, Rona Looks at Raquel, Liza, Cher and Ann-Margret, in which the four famous glamour queens let their hair down about their lives, loves and marriages.

33. She was a guest star on The Carol Burnett Show on September 27, 1975.

34. She and Sonny reunited in 1976 for The Sonny & Cher Show, which ran for two seasons.

35. She starred in the ABC TV special, Cher... Special, on April 3, 1978, with guests Dolly Parton, Rod Stewart and The Tubes.

36. Promoting her 15th studio album, Take Me Home, she was the co-host on The Mike Douglas Show from February 26 to March 2, 1979.

37. She starred in the TV special, Cher and Other Fantasies, on March 7, 1979, with guests Lucille Ball, Elliott Gould, Andy Kaufman and Shelley Winters.

38. Her song, "Hell on Wheels", was included on the soundtrack of the 1979 film, Roller Boogie, and her pre-MTV video of the song is now considered to be one of the first modern music videos.

39. She performed the Eagles' song, "Those Shoes", on The Tonight Show on September 30, 1981.

40. In 1982, she appeared in director Robert Altman's Broadway production of the play, Come Back to the Five and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean. She then appeared in his 1982 film adaptation, which earned her a Golden Globe nomination for Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture.

41. She performed "My Heart Belongs to Daddy" on the 36th Annual Tony Awards on June 6, 1982.

42. She was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress and won a Golden Globe Award for her performance as Meryl Streep's lesbian lover in the 1983 film, Silkwood.

43. She won the Best Actress Award at the Cannes Film Festival for her performance in the 1985 film, Mask.

44. She, Elton John and Pee-wee Herman were guests on the first episode of The Late Show Starring Joan Rivers on October 9, 1986.

45. She starred with Dennis Quaid in the 1987 film, Suspect.

46. She starred in the 1987 film, The Witches of Eastwick, with Susan Sarandon, Michelle Pfeiffer and Jack Nicholson.

47. She won the Academy Award for Best Actress for her performance in the 1987 film, Moonstruck.

48. She and Sonny performed together for the last time during their appearance on NBC's Late Night with David Letterman on November 13, 1987, in which they sang "I Got You, Babe".

49. She was the musical guest on an episode of Saturday Night Live on November 21, 1987, which was hosted by Candice Bergen.

50. She was a guest on the TV special, Pee-wee's Playhouse Christmas Special, on December 21, 1988.

51. She released the single, "If I Could Turn Back Time", on June 1, 1989, but MTV banned her music video of the song - featuring her in a revealing fishnet outfit - and later played it only after 9 pm.

52. She starred in the 1990 film, Mermaids, and recorded "The Shoop Shoop Song (It's in His Kiss)" for the movie's soundtrack (it became a #1 hit in the UK).

53. She, Bea Arthur, Mel Gibson and Larry Hagman were guests on the first episode of Dame Edna's Hollywood, which aired on November 30, 1991.

54. She made a cameo appearance on Saturday Night Live on September 26, 1992 (her Moonstruck co-star Nicolas Cage was the host).

55. Her 1995 cover of "Walking in Memphis" from her 22nd studio album, It's a Man's World, peaked at #11 on the British charts.

56. She starred in the 1996 film, Faithful, with Chazz Palminteri and Ryan O'Neal.

57. She was nominated for a Golden Globe for her performance in the 1996 HBO film, If These Walls Could Talk, in which she also made her directorial debut.

58. She and Sonny received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on May 15, 1998.

59. In November 1998, she released her 23rd studio album, Believe, which received three Grammy Award nominations, including Record of the Year, Best Pop Album and Best Dance Recording for the #1 single, "Believe" (it won the latter).

60. She appeared in the 1999 film, Tea with Mussolini, with Maggie Smith, Judi Dench and Lily Tomlin.

61. She made a cameo appearance on the NBC sitcom, Will & Grace, in the episode, "Gypsies, Tramps and Weed", which aired on November 16, 2000.

62. She made a second appearance as herself on Will & Grace on May 16, 2002.

63. Her 2003 NBC special, Cher - The Farewell Tour, won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Variety, Music, or Comedy Special.

64. She played herself in the 2003 comedy, Stuck on You.

65. She starred in the 2010 musical, Burlesque, and a song she recorded for the film's soundtrack, "You Haven't Seen the Last of Me", won the Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song

66. In May 2013, she and her mother, Georgia Holt, appeared on Ellen to promote Dear Mom, Love Cher, a TV documentary about Georgia's life.

67. She will release her 25th studio album in September 2013.


Anonymous said...

What an amazing post of one of the best performers out there! Thank you for the comprehensive look at her stunning career.

Marc said...

Hey, Anonymous, glad you liked the post!