Biography of Cher and Music Career

Published At: 15 January 2021 , 07:16 PM

Biography of Cher

Cher is an American singer and film actress of Armenian descent, winner of the Grammy and Billboard Music Awards, four prestigious Golden Globe and Oscar film awards.

Besides, Cher is the only performer whose songs have been at the top of the Billboard Top 100 list for 5 decades in a row. Cher is known not only as a pop singer but also as a songwriter and music producer. In the filmmaking business, she has also worked off-screen and tried her hand at filmmaking.

Childhood and youth

Sherilyn Sargsyan Lapierre Bono Allman, whom the whole world knows as Cher, was born in California in May 1946 under the Taurus zodiac sign. She was born into a poor family of a native of Armenia, truck driver Karapet Sargsyan, and little-known actress with Native American roots Georgia Holt. At the time of the birth of her daughter, her parents' marriage collapsed. Cher was able to meet her father for the first time when she was 11 years old.

Sherilyn was not a very diligent student - science attracted her little. Besides, the girl suffered from excessive shyness. But the example of an actress mother, albeit not very lucky, instilled in her the dream of growing up and certainly becoming a star. Moreover, Sherilyn was equally attracted to both the career of a singer and an actress.

As a teenager, Cher, who lived in one of the largest metropolitan areas of California - El Centro, constantly disappeared in cinemas and at rock concerts. She got used to the image of a star so much that she spent a lot of time practicing signing an autograph, choosing the best option for a signature. At the age of 16, Cher left school and went with a friend to Los Angeles to study acting.


Cher's career began with a happy accident. In 1962, the girl met in one of the Los Angeles cafes with the assistant of the famous music producer Phil Spector. His name was Sonny (Salvatore) Bono. Sonny invited Sherilyn to live in his house as a housewife. At first, she cooked him food, cleaned. Soon, Sonny Bono noticed the girl's keen interest in music, especially rock. At the same time, a beautiful deep voice was revealed. On this basis, the couple began a different relationship: first working, then personal.

Cher got a job as a backing vocalist in Phil Spector's studio. She took part in the recording of classic songs, some of them turned out to be hits. But Cher's first solo recording appeared in 1964. It was the song "Ringo, I Love You". True, she came out under a pseudonym, since the producer considered the performer's name "un-American."

The debut was successful. Sonny and Cher decided to try to go out on their own. The man wrote and produced songs, the duo performed these compositions. Soon the bright couple - a long-haired hippie and an exotic beauty with a sensual and deep timbre of voice - became a real sensation on both sides of the Atlantic.

Sonny and Cher - I Got You Babe

In early 1965, the duo released their debut album, Look at Us. His single, at Sonny's insistence, was the song "I Got You Babe". In the summer of 1965, Sonny and Cher released their second joint album, All I Want to Do. It includes the composition of the same name Cher, which can be called the singer's first hit.

The first and second were followed by 7 more compilations of Cher and Sonny, including the disc "In Case You're in Love", which included the hit "Little Man", on which several cover versions were later created by performers Delilah , James Last and others ... The last of the duo's albums were no longer popular.

It turned out that due to unsuccessful work and loans taken for their release, the spouses were overgrown with huge debts. Then they decided to reorient themselves in their creative activity and, taking advantage of their fame, to broadcast their program on one of the TV channels. The project was named "Sonny and Cher's Comedy Hour", but soon the name was changed to a more capacious one - "The Sonny and Cher Show."

The program was aired for 7 years. It was a mix of humorous and comedy sketches, interspersed with musical numbers. Sonny and Cher were visited by the stars of the first magnitude. In the early 1970s, Cher songs written by Sonny continued to air. Three of them - "Gypsys, Tramps & Thieves", "Half-Breed" and "Dark Lady" - hit the US charts and became hits.