Personalities | Cher | Eighties | Rock

(Vocals, b. 1946)

Born Cherilyn Sarkasian La Pier in California, her early career yielded hits such as ‘All I Really Want To Do’ (1965) and ‘Gypsys, Tramps And Thieves’ (1971), alongside successes with husband, Sonny Bono (‘I Got You Babe’, ‘All I Ever Need Is You’). She emphasized her Native American heritage on ‘Half-Breed’ (1973) and ‘Dark Lady’ (1974); but apart from 1979’s ‘Take Me Home’ the next decade was a musical blank. She acted in successful movies, however – Moonstruck (winning an Oscar), Silkwood, Mask – which catalyzed her chart revival with the soft metal of ‘I Found Someone’ (1987), the classy power-ballad, ‘Just Like Jesse James’ (1990) and ‘Love And Understanding’ (1991). She continued to chart in the UK, but it was not until 1998’s transatlantic No. 1 ‘Believe’, with its treated vocal and heavy dance beat, that she had another US smash. Cher’s career is a testament to talent combined with perseverance.

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Source: The Definitive Illustrated Encyclopedia of Rock, general editor Michael Heatley


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