“Some people were under the misconception that Son was a short man, but he was heads and tails taller than anyone else.”
Following his untimely death on the ski slopes in January 1998, Sonny Bono was remembered by four-term congressman and fellow actor Fred Grandy. “One thing you can say about him: He succeeded in two of the hardest industries in this country, show business and politics, two industries that tolerate almost anything but failure.” Most people agree that Sonny Bono did not have the appearance of success. His former wife, Cher, once called him the strangest-looking man she’d ever seen. But what Sonny lacked in appearance, he made up for with determination and savvy.
Early in his singing career, Sonny had to borrow $175 to have his first hit song, “Baby Don’t Go” recorded. The investment proved a wise move, and that initial success allowed him to write and record a number of other hits, including “I Got You Babe,” which reached No. 1 status. In total, Sonny and Cher sold more than 40 million records. Sonny claims that his stand against drugs ended his career as a rock star, so he moved on to variety television.
The Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour consistently ranked among the top ten television shows of the day, but the couple’s break-up ended the series’ popularity. When Sonny was unable to establish a new career as an actor, he reinvented himself as a restaurateur. Following a fight with city bureaucracy over restaurant sign, he decided to enter politics and became mayor of Palm Springs. He then ran unsuccessfully for the U.S. Senate in 1992 and then won a seat in the House of Representatives in 1994.
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