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Cher is a legendary American music artist and actress who rose to fame with hit singles such as Gypsys, Tramps & Thieves, Half-Breed and Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down). Known for her distinct contralto voice and versatility, she has been dubbed as the Goddess of Pop by her avid fans.
In what was a male-dominated industry, Cher created space for other female artists. It can be said that Madonna, Lady Gaga and countless others were able to make their mark thanks to Cher who embodied female autonomy in the 1960s.
Over the course of her illustrious career, the iconic music artist has constantly reinvented herself according to the changing times and trends. At 71 years of age, her live performances are as entertaining and refreshing as ever. To catch Cher live in her element on stage once again, buy your Cher tickets before they run out.
Cherilyn Sarkisian was born on May, 20, 1946, in El Centro, California. Her father was a truck driver while her mother worked as an occasional model and bit-part actress. Her parents divorced when Cher was only ten months old. Her mother remarried several times and struggled to support Cher.
As a child Cher took keen interest in the performing arts. From acting in plays to choreographing dance routines, Cher was a creative young girl who was fascinated by the Hollywood actress Audrey Hepburn. She often imitated her and copied her fashion sense.
At sixteen years of age, Cher dropped out of college and relocated to Los Angeles. Here she started taking acting classes and worked as a dancer in various clubs to support herself. In 1962, Cher’s life took a turn for the better when she met Sonny Bono, the promotions manager for producer Phil Spector. Cher accepted Bono’s offer to work as his housekeeper and in return, he introduced her to Spector.
Initially Cher made appearances as a backup singer on several recordings, including Be My Baby by The Ronettes and You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Fellin’ by The Righteous Brothers. But it wasn’t long before Spector decided to produce Cher's first single Ringo, I Love You. The song however did not get much attention.
Sonny and Cher became close friends and fell in love. They tied the knot in October, 1964 and shortly after emerged as a live performing duo, Caesar & Cleo.
Towards the end of 1964, Cher signed a deal with Liberty Records. Her single Dream Baby became quite popular in LA; hence the label encouraged the singer to record a cover of Bob Dylan’s All I Really Want To Do. The song reached the top fifteen on the US Billboard Hot 100. It appeared on Cher’s debut record titled All I Really Want To Do, which made it to the sixteenth spot on the Billboard 200. The album was described by AllMusic as “one of the stronger folk-pop records of the era.”
During the 1960s, Cher produced both solo hits such as Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down) as well as hit duets with Sonny. However, towards the end of the decade, her music began to lose commercial appeal.
The year 1971 marks the first of Cher’s several comebacks. The Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour show began airing on television in August and met a positive response from the audience. Cher followed up its success with her first pop hit single Gypsys, Tramps & Thieves. Within a matter of three years, the singer was back on the charts with four top 10 pop singles, one of which reached the number one spot.
After establishing herself as a pop star, Cher began experimenting with disco and was once again welcomed by the fans. Her song Take Me Home ranked among the top 10 on the music charts.
During the early 1980s, Cher was mostly occupied with acting projects. However, in the latter part of the decade she signed a contract with Geffen Records to launch her third music comeback. With a new sound which was a blend of rock and pop, Cher spawned hits such as I Found Someone and If I Could Turn Back Time.
During the 90s, Cher produced the classic dance song and one of the biggest hits of her music career, Believe. This single is credited to have introduced the auto-tune technology to mainstream music. Topping the charts in 23 countries and selling in excess of ten million copies, Believe is one of the bestselling singles ever.
Awards & Achievements
The list of awards to Cher’s name is an endless one. From a Grammy to an Emmy and from an Academy Award to three Golden Globe Awards, she has won it all.
A fashion icon, successful actress and legendary music artist, Cher is also known for her philanthropic efforts, political views and social activism.
Besides being one of the bestselling music artists of all time, she is the only singer to have a top single on the Billboard chart in every decade from the 1960s to the 2010s. She has sold around hundred million albums so far.
Cher Tour Tickets
When the very fashionable music diva takes to the stage, the performance is simply breathtaking. Cher has performed countless sold out shows but fans don’t seem to get enough of her. Following her massively successful Dressed to Kill Tour, the singer began a Las Vegas residency earlier in the year. To catch the highly anticipated upcoming shows at the Park Theatre, get your Cher Tour tickets in advance here.