Sonny & Cher – Look At Us (I Got You Babe (1965)

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Sonny & Cher were an American pop music duo, actors, singers and entertainers made up of husband-and-wife Sonny and Cher Bono in the 1960s and 1970s. The couple started their career in the mid-1960s as R&B backing singers for record producer Phil Spector.
The pair first achieved fame with two hit songs in 1965, “Baby Don’t Go” and “I Got You Babe”. Signing with Atco/Atlantic Records, they released three studio albums in the late 1960s, as well as the soundtrack recording for an unsuccessful movie, Good Times. In 1972, after four years of silence, the couple returned to the studio and released two other albums under the MCA/Kapp Records label.
In the 1970s, they also positioned themselves as media personalities with two top ten TV shows in the US, The Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour and The Sonny & Cher Show. The couple’s career as a duo ended in 1975 following their divorce. In the decade they spent together, Sonny and Cher sold over 40 million records worldwide.
Performing under her first name, Cher went on to a highly successful career as a solo singer and actress, while Sonny Bono was eventually elected to Congress as a Republican U.S. Representative from California. The two performers were inducted to the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1998, following Sonny’s death in a skiing accident.

sonnycher01Look at Us is the debut album by American pop duo Sonny & Cher, released in 1965 by Atco Records. The album reached number two on the Billboard 200 and was certified Gold for the sales of 500,000 copies.

The album has sold over 8 million copies worldwide.
Shortly after their single “I Got You Babe” had reached number 1 on both sides of the Atlantic, Sonny Bono quickly put together an album for himself and Cher to release in late 1965 to capitalize on its success. Much like the single, this album was also a hit, peaking at the number 2 position on the Billboard 200 for 8 weeks.[4] It also went top ten in the UK, reaching #7.[5] Other than “I Got You Babe”, the album contains the Billboard Hot 100 top 20 hit single “Just You” and the minor hit single “The Letter”, which peaked at #75.
The cover was designed by Haig Adishian and photographed by Robert W. Young. (by Wikipedia)
For their first album-length excursion in the wake of “I Got You Babe,” Sonny & Cher don’t tread too far outside the influence of Phil Spector, including covers of “Unchained Melody,” “Then He Kissed Me,” and “Why Don’t They Let Us Fall in Love,” of which the latter shows off the most appealing elements of each singers’ voice. “It’s Gonna Rain,” which Ahmet Ertegun favored over “I Got You Babe,” is a sub-Rascals attempt at white electric soul, while “500 Miles” is Spectorized folk-rock that Sonny carries for one verse and a chorus longer than he should have. . (by Bruce Eder)
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Personnel:
Harold Battiste (piano)
Hal Blaine (drums)
Sonny Bono (vocals)
Frank Capp (drums)
Cher (vocals)
Monte Dunn (guitar)
Gene Estes (percussion)
Cliff Hills (bass)
Barney Kessel (guitar)
Steve Mann (guitar)
Donald Peake (guitar)
Don Randi (piano)
Lyle Ritz (bass)
Michel Rubini (harpsichord)
Brian Stone (percussion)

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Tracklist:
01. I Got You Babe (Bono) 3.12
02. Unchained Melody (Zaret/North) 3.52
03. Then He Kissed Me (Spector/Greenwich/Jeff Barry) 2.56
04. Sing C’est la Vie (Bono/Green/Stone) 3.39
05. It’s Gonna Rain (Bono) 2.24
06. 500 Miles (West) 3.55
07. Just You (Bono) 3.36
08. The Letter (Harris/Terry) 2.09
09. Let It Be Me (Bécaud/Curtis/Delanoë) 2.25
10. You Don’t Love Me (McDaniels/Cobbs) 2.32
11. You’ve Really Got A Hold On Me (Robinson) 2.24
12. Why Don’t They Let Us Fall In Love (Spector/Greenwich/Barry) 2.29

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Cher – Same (1966)

FrontCover1Chér is the third studio album by American singer-actress Cher, released on October 1966 by Imperial. Cher collaborates again with Sonny Bono, with Harold Battiste and with Stan Ross. The album is by-and-large a covers album and contains only one song written by Bono. This album was a commercial success, charted #59 on the Billboard Chart.

Chér was released in 1966, produced by Sonny Bono and issued by the Liberty Records subsidiary, Imperial Records.

The album again follows the same formula of the two previous albums, with rearranged covers and new songs written by Bono exclusively for her. There’s more French influence in the record and more folk. The only hit in Europe generated from this album was her version of Burt Bacharach’s “Alfie” from the Michael Caine movie. Although her version was on the film’s soundtrack, it didn’t fare nearly as well as the Dionne Warwick version—now considered definitive.

Despite the lack of impact it had on the market there were three singles released: the ballad “Alfie”, “I Feel Something in the Air” and “Sunny”. In this year Cher recorded also three other songs: “She’s No Better Than Me” released on the b-side of the “Alfie” single, “Ma Piano (Per Non Svegliarmi)” and “Nel Mio Cielo Ci Sei Tu”, an Italian version of “I Feel Something in the Air” released on the b-side of “Ma Piano (Per Non Svegliarmi)”. Though not as successful as the two records preceding it, Chér did manage to score a European top ten hit with “Sunny”. “Alfie” and “I Feel Like Something’s In The Air” also charted, but only peaked at #26 in Canada, #32 in U.S.; and 43 in United Kingdom respectively. (by wikipedia)

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ABC Television’s Wembley studios on 26 May 1966.

Personnel:
Frankie Capp (drums)
David Cohen (12string guitar)
Gene Estes (percussion)
Jungle Geno (percussion)
Jim Gordon (percussion)
Cliff Hills (bass)
Carole Kaye (guitar)
Gabriel Mekler (piano)
Don Peake (guitar)
George Poole (violin, flute)
Mike Post (12string guitar)
Mack Rebennack (guitar)
Lyle Ritz (bass)
Mike Rubini (harpsichord)
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Orchestra conducted by Harold Battiste

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Tracklist:
01. Sunny (Hebb) 3.06
02. Twelfth Of Never (Livingston/Webster*) 2.14
03. You Don’t Have To Say You Love Me (Io Che Non Vivo) (SenzaTe) Donaggio/ Napier/Bell/Wickham/Pallavicini) 2.45
04. Magic InThe Air (Bono) 3.38
05. Will You Love Me Tomorrow (King/Goffin) 2.55
06. Until It’s Time For You To Go (Saint-Marie) 2.45
07. Cruel War (Stooky/Yarrow) 3.40
08. Catch The Wind (Leitch) 2.13
09. Pied Piper (Kornfeld/Dubof) 2.22
10. Homeward Bound (Simon) 2.24
11. I Want You (Dylan) 2.53
12. Alfie (Bacharach/David) 2.48

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