Monday, October 4, 2010

Classic Clip Monday: Sonny and Cher

We were fascinated with Sonny and Cher. They didn't seem old enough to be our parents, maybe our youngish aunt and uncle, or quite-a-bit older siblings.

She was beautiful, and wore striking costumes. Sonny was kinda goofy looking but he seemed nice enough, and we really didn't understand why she was so mean to him (unless we came from a divorcing/divorced household, in which case we understood a little TOO well).

They sang beautifully, or at least she did, and the songs he wrote were damn catchy. I got you babe! The beat goes on!

Little Chastity (who looked nothing like she does now as a man named Chaz) sometimes made an appearance and always seemed kinda lost. (She would say in an interview as an adult, "My mom didn't comfort me with kisses and cuddles. It wasn't the family way." WHICH BREAKS MY HEART.)

According to Wikipedia, their first show, "The Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour," was canceled in 1974 due to their divorce, but that didn't stop them from doing essentially the same show in 1976 as "The Sonny and Cher Show." And then they went their separate ways -- her to wear crazy costumes at awards shows and star in movies like "Moonstruck" and sing that she believed in life after love, and Sonny to serve in Congress and ski into a tree. They were not really together that long, and even when they were the problems were obvious, but there was still true magic there.

Sonny's tombstone reads "And the beat goes on."

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