And the Beat Goes On: The Sonny and Cher Story
originally aired on February 22, 1999 and was seen by more than 18 million viewers. The movie is based on Sonny Bono's best-selling autobiography, And the Beat Goes On
. It chronicles Sonny and Cher's roller coaster ride to fame, stormy love affair and the much-publicized breakup of one of the most sensational duos in pop music history.
Sonny Bono (Jay Underwood) was determined to succeed in the music business. His persistence paid off when he landed a job with the legendary Phil Spector. While working for Spector, he met Cherilyn Sarkisian LaPierre (Renee Faia), a teenager with exotic, dark looks and an amazing vocal style. Together, they recorded their first hit "Baby Don't Go," as Casear and Cleo.
When record company executives heard the song, they immediately signed the pair as Sonny and Cher. In the mid-60's, they scored #1 hits with "I Got You Babe" (1965) and "The Beat Goes On" (1967). By the end of the decade, their popularity declined and the two began a new career as a Las Vegas lounge act. A successful TV variety show improved their public image, but ultimately couldn't salvage their relationship.
And the Beat Goes On: The Sonny and Cher Story is a must-have for music fans and anyone who loves a great comeback story.
Based on Sonny Bono's tell-all autobiography, the made-for-television film AND THE BEAT GOES ON: THE SONNY AND CHER STORY chronicles the marriage and musical partnership of the famous couple, from their rise to success to their eventual divorce. Renee Faia delivers an absolutely uncanny performance as Cher, perfectly capturing both the appearance and mannerisms of the larger-than-life diva.