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.
Look 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. It also went top ten in the UK, reaching #7. 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)
Alternate frontcovers (from Australia)
Harold Battiste (piano)
Hal Blaine (drums)
Sonny Bono (vocals)
Frank Capp (drums)
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)
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