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February 16, 1935
Salvatore Phillip "Sonny" Bono
was an American record producer, singer, actor, and politician whose
career spanned over three decades.
Born in Detroit, Michigan, to Italian immigrants Jean and Santo, he
began his music career working at Specialty Records where his song
"Things You Do to Me" was recorded by Sam Cooke, and went on
to work for the legendary record producer Phil Spector in the early
1960s as a promotion man, percussionist and "gofer." One of
his earliest songwriting efforts was "Needles and Pins."
He achieved commercial success, along with his then-wife Cher, as
part of the singing duo Sonny and Cher. Bono wrote, arranged, and
produced a number of hit records with singles like "I Got You
Babe" and "The Beat Goes On," although Cher received more
attention. He did also play a major part in Cher's solo career too with
recordings such as "Bang Bang" and "You Better Sit Down
Kids". Bono did record as a solo artist under the name of Sonny and
had two hit singles "Laugh at Me" which reached top ten in the
US and UK in 1965 and "The Revolution Kind" which reached
number 70. Bono also recorded an unsuccessful Sonny album titled Inner
Views in 1967. Sonny and Cher starred in a popular television
variety show, The Sonny and Cher Show, which ran on CBS from 1971
Died: January 5, 1998
Bono died of injuries after striking a tree while
skiing on the Nevada side of the Heavenly Ski Resort near South Lake
Where are they buried?
- Desert Memorial Park in Cathedral City, California
- Holy Trinity Cemetery, Dothan, Alabama
- Cremated, ashes scattered on the Maxwell Ranch
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