Cherilyn Sarkisian La Pierre, 20 May 1946, El Centro, California, USA. Cher began working as a session singer in an attempt to finance an acting career. She recorded with producer Phil Spector as a backing vocalist, having become romantically attached to his studio assistant and PR man Sonny Bono. After releasing two singles under the name Caesar And Cleo, the duo then achieved international acclaim as Sonny And Cher. Throughout this period Cher also sustained a solo career, initially singing a paean to Ringo Starr (Ringo I Love You) under the pseudonym Bonnie Jo Mason. Thereafter, she secured several hits, including an opportunistic cover version of the Byrds All I Really Want To Do (US number 15, July 1965; UK number 9, August 1965). The sultry Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down), with its gypsy beat and maudlin violins was a worldwide smash in March 1966 (US number 2; UK number 3), leading Cher to tackle more controversial...
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