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Posts Tagged ‘Sonny & Cher’

Died On This Date (January 5, 1998) Sonny Bono / Sonny & Cher

Posted by themusicsover on January 5, 2012

Salvatore “Sonny” Bono
February 16, 1935 – January 5, 1998

Sonny Bono was a successful singer, songwriter, producer and actor who came to the world’s attention in the mid ’60s when he partnered with his wife, Cher to form the singing and comic duo, Sonny & Cher.  One of Bono’s first jobs in the music business was assisting producer, Phil Spector.  He was also writing songs, penning such pop classics as “Things You Do To Me” (Sam Cooke), “Needle and Pins” (the Searchers, Jackie DeShannon, Tom Petty), and of course, “I Got You Babe,” “The Beat Goes On” and many more made famous by Sonny & Cher.  In 1971, CBS debuted The Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour which was a top 20 hit for its four-season run.  Sonny and Cher split both professionally and personally in the mid ’70s, afterwhich Bono periodically made television guest star appearances into the ’90s.  In 1988, Bono was elected mayor of Palm Springs, California, an office he held until 1992.  By all accounts he did a great job and was very popular in the position.   On January 5, 1998,  Sonny Bono died of injuries he sustained from accidentally skiing into a tree at near Lake Tahoe.

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The Beat Goes On: Best Of - Sonny & Cher

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Died On This Date (August 5, 1992) Jeff Porcaro / Toto

Posted by themusicsover on August 5, 2010

Jeff Porcaro
April 1, 1954 – August 5, 1992

Born into a musical family, Jeff Porcaro began playing the drums at an early age. His father was well-known session drummer, Joe Porcaro, and his brothers, Steve and Mike Porcaro are active studio musicians as well. Drum lessons began for Jeff at age seven, leading to a career as one of the most respected drummers of his time. At seventeen, Porcaro landed his first job, playing in Sonny & Cher’s touring band. By his twenties, he was playing with the likes of Steely Dan and Boz Scaggs. In 1977, Porcaro, Steve Lukather, and David Paich co-founded Grammy-winning rock band, Toto. Having sold some 30 million albums to date, they are considered to be one of the most successful mainstream rock bands of all time. Even with all that success, Porcaro had time to play on recordings by a who’s who of popular music, including Bruce Springsteen, Dire Straits, Paul McCartney, Miles Davis, Michael Jackson, Eric Clapton and Paul Anka. On August 5, 1992, Porcaro suffered a fatal heart attack at the age of 38. Some speculated that his death was caused by an alergic reaction to insecticide. The offiicial autopsy concluded that he died of a previously undiagnosed heart condition.

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Died On This Date (July 5, 2005) Shirley Goodman / Shirley & Lee

Posted by themusicsover on July 5, 2010

Shirley Goodman
June 19, 1936 – July 5, 2005

shirleyandleeShirley Goodman was an R&B singer who, with Lee Leonard, performed as Shirley & Lee during the 1950s.  Their first single, 1952’s “I’m Gone” reached #2 on the R&B charts and is considered by some scholars as an early influence on ska.   In 1956, their recording of “Let the Good Times Roll” topped the R&B charts and made it into the top 20 of the pop charts.  Shirley & Lee broke up in 1962 after which Goodman sang on records by the likes of Sonny & Cher and Dr. John.  She had a dance hit with “Shame Shame Shame,” in 1974.  Shirley Goodman, 69, passed away on July 5, 2005.

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Died On This Date (May 8, 2008) Larry Levine / Engineer For Phil Spector

Posted by themusicsover on May 8, 2010

Larry Levine
May 8, 1928 – May 8, 2008

Larry Levine, was the gifted studio engineer who helped producer Phil Spector create the “wall Of sound.”  He took Spector’s vision and made it work on such hits as “Be My Baby,” “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feeling,” and “Da Do Ron Ron.”  Outside of Spector, Levine worked on records by the likes of Eddie Cochran, the Beach BoysSonny & Cher, and the Carpenters.  In 1965, Levine won a Best Engineering Grammy for his work on Herb Alpert’s “A Taste Of Honey.”  After years of suffering from emphysema, Larry Levine died in his home on his 80th birthday.

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Died On This Date (October 5, 2008) Lloyd Thaxton / ’60s TV Dance Show Host

Posted by themusicsover on October 5, 2009

Lloyd Thaxton
May 31, 1927 – October 5, 2008

One-time popular KHJ radio personality, Lloyd Thaxton became the host of his own pop music television show during the 1960s.  The Lloyd Thaxton Show began as a local Los Angeles show only in 1961, but once it went into national syndication in 1964, it became the highest rated musical variety program on television for nearly a decade.  Over the course of its run, the show featured such guests as Bobby Vee, the Byrds, Sonny & Cher, the Kinks, and the Bobby Fuller Four.  Lloyd Thaxton died of multiple myeloma at the age of 81.

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