Cherilyn Sarkasian LaPier was born May 20, 1946 in El Centro, California.

While most people have one career - Cher has had three; two have been in association with her ex-husband, "Sonny" Bono. She's charted major hit records in the 1960s and 1970s and embarked on an acting career, which initially began in the late 1960s in association with her work as part of Sonny and Cher; later on her own, which led to a series of increasingly polished and compelling performances in Silkwood, Mask and Moonstruck.

She was 17 when she first met Salvatore "Sonny" Bono, a songwriter they formed as a duo, initially called Caesar and Cleo, and recorded "The Letter", "Do You Wanna Dance" and "Love Is Strange." Sonny and Cher, as they became known, released the single, "Baby Don't Go." The song became a major local hit in Los Angeles. In April 1965 their single, "Just You" was released and rose to number 20 on the charts. A Dylan number, "All I Really Want to Do", was followed a month later by "I Got You Babe", which was one of the biggest-selling and most beloved pop-rock hits of the mid-1960s, and the couple's signature tune across two eras of success.

Cher's solo career started with her first LP reaching the Billboard Top 20; remaining on the albums charts for six months. "Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down)" followed, a million-seller that made number three in America and England. Cher made the Top Ten once more with her 1967 single "You Better Sit Down Kids." a song dealing with divorce, unusual for a 1960s pop record. She followed it with a series of releases broaching difficult areas "I Feel Something's in the Air" and "Mama (When My Dollies Have Babies)" which dealt with unwanted pregnancy.

By the end of the 1960s, Sonny and Cher were no longer selling records. A pair of movies (Good Times, Chastity) lost millions and the presentation of a bill from the IRS for $200,000 in back taxes left the couple in dire financial straights. They were forced to play club dates, opening for artists like Pat Boone, and it was this which was to lead to the second career with CBS television network. The couple proved to be as funny as they were musically diverse. The couple began a regular network variety series on CBS in January 1972

With Decca Cher released 1971's "Gypsies, Tramps and Thieves" an attempt to emulate Dusty Springfield's "Son of a Preacher Man" it became a number one hit and a million-seller. A follow-up album, sold well also, and her next single, "The Way of Love", a revival of Kathy Kirby's hit, confirmed the image of a new, more confident and powerful Cher.

In 1974, Cher's marriage to Sonny broke up but she went from strength to strength, despite his having guided her career for a decade and having done all of the real training in the entertainment business. Cher embarked on an acting career and became as good an actress as she was a singer. Her acting peers caught on to the worth of her work in time to award her an Oscar(tm) for Best Actress for her performance in Norman Jewison's 1987 romantic comedy Moonstruck. Since the mid-1970s, Cher has been known more for her acting than for her music though she continued to record. In 1998 scored an international chart-topping smash with the single "Believe", and 1999 saw the re-release of her album I Paralyze.

Cher-Living Proof
Living Proof
  1. The Music's No Good Without You
  2. Alive Again
  3. (This is) A Song For the Lonely
  4. A Different Kind of Love Song
  5. Rain Rain
  6. Love So High
  7. Body to Body, Heart to Heart
  8. Love is a Lonely Place Without You
  9. Real Love
  10. Love One Another
  11. You Take it All
  12. When the Money's Gone

  1. Believe
  2. Power
  3. Runaway
  4. All over nothing at all
  5. Dov'e l'amore
  6. Strong enough
  7. Takin' back my heart
  8. Taxi taxi
  9. Love is the groove
  10. We all sleep alone

Cher-Love Hurts
Love Hurts

  1. Save up all your tears
  2. Love hurts
  3. Love and understanding
  4. Fires of Eden
  5. I'll never stop loving you
  6. One small step
  7. World without heroes
  8. Could've been you
  9. When love calls your name
  10. When lovers become strangers
  11. Who you gonna believe
  12. It's in his kiss (The shoop shoop song)

Cher-The Very Best of Cher
The Very Best of Cher
  1. Believe
  2. If I Could Turn Back Time
  3. Save Up All Your Tears
  4. Walking In Memphis
  5. The Shoop Shoop Song
  6. Love And Understanding
  7. I Found Someone
  8. Just Like Jesse James
  9. One By One
  10. Love Can Build A Bridge (Cher, Chrissie Hynde & Neneh Cherry)
  11. Strong Enough
  12. All Or Nothing
  13. A Different Kind Of Love Song
  14. Heart Of Stone
  15. The Music’s No Good Without You
  16. Dov’E L’Amore (Emilio Estefan Jnr. Extended Mix)
  17. Gypsies, Tramps and Thieves
  18. The Beat Goes On (Sonny & Cher)
  19. I Got You Babe (Sonny & Cher)
  20. All I Really Want To Do
  21. Bang Bang (Original Version)

Cher-Greatest Hits 1965-1992
Cher's Greatest Hits 1965-1992
  1. Oh No, Not My Baby
  2. Whenever You're Near
  3. Many Rivers to Cross [Live]
  4. Love and Understanding
  5. Save Up All Your Tears
  6. Shoop Shoop Song (It's in His Kiss)
  7. If I Could Turn Back Time
  8. Just Like Jesse James
  9. Heart of Stone
  10. I Found Someone
  11. We All Sleep Alone
  12. Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down)
  13. Dead Ringer for Love [With Meat Loaf]
  14. Dark Lady
  15. Gypsies, Tramps and Thieves
  16. I Got You Babe - Sonny & Cher

Cher-Bittersweet Love Song Collection
Bittersweet Love Song Collection
  1. By Myself
  2. I Got It Bad (And That Ain't Good)
  3. Am I Blue
  4. How Long Has This Been Going On?
  5. Man I Love
  6. Jolson Medley: Sonny Boy/My Mammy/Rock-A-Bye Your Baby With a Dixie Mel
  7. More Than You Know
  8. Why Was I Born?
  9. Man That Got Away
  10. What'll I Do?
  11. Long and Winding Road
  12. Greatest Song I Ever Heard
  13. David's Song
  14. It Might as Well Stay Monday (From Now On)
  15. Don't Try to Close a Rose
  16. He'll Never Know
  17. Way of Love

Cher-Half Breed
Half Breed
  1. Gypsys, Tramps And Thieves
  2. Don't Hide Your Love
  3. The First Time
  4. Let Me Down Easy
  5. Half Breed
  6. Dark Lady
  7. Carousel Man
  8. Song For You
  9. Train Of Thought
  10. The Way Of Love

Cher-Gypsies, Tramps and Thieves
Gypsies Tramps and Thieves
  1. The Way Of Love
  2. Gypsies, Tramps, And Thieves
  3. He'll Never Know
  4. Fire & Rain
  5. When You Find Out Where You're Goin' Let Me Know
  6. He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother
  7. I Hate To Sleep Alone
  8. I'm In The Middle
  9. Touch And Go
  10. One Honest Man

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