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"You Don't have to know how to sing to be a Rock Star" ...........Sonny Bono

Early in this website I said my life was like Forrest Gump except for the "brain thing".    Here's another example.  Years ago I had the opportunity to assist Sonny Bono when he ran of US Senate I was given the opportunity to spend time with he and his wife Mary (who I believe is a member of congress today).   Mr. Bono
was a world class creative genius he didn't have a formal education yet became a legend.  He was a quiet man to most during his bid for the US Senate, except when we had a few "inspired" conversations.  He wanted to mentor me.  After he had a call from DC one morning he sat with me while I drank my coffee and said "when are you putting your name on the album?".  I told him I was a behind the scenes person.  He always challenged me.  saying 'he knew I wasn't a one hit wonder'.   One day he said "someday your going to sing from your heart and then everyone will know who's been writing the songs".  We argued about that.  " I said people with fancy degrees that have good writing skills wrote everything.  He said "you gave them the words that's the (he tapped on his heart)". then he said with a smile "that's why people buy the record".     WOW!!!!!

Thank You Sonny Bono!!!

You Sir....Inspire Me. 
See You in Heaven ....(I hope in 50 years:)


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Sonny Bono biography

From rock superstar to the U.S. House of Representatives, Sonny Bono, biography of a moan who often achieved what he set out to do. Minus a high school diploma, Sonny Bono singlehandedly managed a superstar career, television show, run for the Senate, and more.

Sonny Salvatore Bono was born February 12, 1935 in Detroit, Michigan to a butcher and his homemaker wife. At the age of 7, his family relocated to Southern California. The young Bono was a talented writer, and penned songs and poems in his spare time. The third child of Sicilian immigrants, Bono was a poor student and dropped out of high school to write music, supporting himself as a waiter, construction worker, truck driver and butcher's helper.
Sonny spent years writing and trying to sell his music. He took a job with Specialty Records, writing music and directing. He pursued a solo career, using such aliases as Don Christy, Sonny Christy and Ronny Sommers, but couldn't make a go of it.
Hawking his songs to Sunset Boulevard record labels in the late 50's, Bono landed a job as an assistant to superstar record producer Phil Spector. During his tenure with Spector, Bono honed his craft as both writer and arranger. In 1964, The Searchers recorded one of his best loved songs, Needles and Pins, on Spector's label, and the name Sonny Bono was first thrust into the media spotlight.
During this same time, Sonny met Cherilyn Sarkisian, then a 16 year old nightclub singer who longed to be an actress. Married already, Sonny left his wife and took up with Cher. Cher gave birth to daughter, Chelsea in 1964, and the two married shortly thereafter. A few months after exchanging vows, the duo recorded the love song, "I Got You Babe." Cher abandoned her dreams of becoming an actress and dedicated herself to singing with her new husband. First known to the world as "Caesar and Cleo," the pair and changed their name to "Sonny and Cher." Bono wrote and recorded songs for the duo, driving them to almost instant stardom. In 1965, they had five songs ranked in the Billboard Top 100, an achievement matched at that time only by the Beatles. By the end of 1967, Sonny and Cher had sold 40 million records worldwide and had become the newest, freshest faces of rock music.
By the end of the 1960s, broke and no longer in the media spotlights, Sonny developed their on-stage act into a nightclub performance. By 1971, the act had become so popular, they were asked to bring their talents to television, starring in CBS's Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour. The one-hour variety show, written almost entirely by Sonny, was a mass-market hit, playing Sonny's buffoon character against Cher's smart aleck TV persona. Often pitting himself as the butt of the joke, Sonny continued to write the popular hit show until Cher left him in 1974. They would divorce later the same year.
Tired of Hollywood, Bono left show business and became a restaurateur in the early 80s, marrying Susie Coehlo. Now at home in Palm Springs, California, Bono ran into trouble with the city zoning officials after trying to revamp his popular restaurant. Sonny took on city hall, not only winning his own personal battle and professional battle, but also running for Mayor in 1988, and winning. Despite the fact that Bono had never bothered to register to vote until the age of 52, he was a natural when it came to politics, approaching issues head on and gaining the respect and admiration of his peers. Sonny made an unsuccessful bid for Senate in 1992, but two years later, was elected into the House of Representatives in California's 44th Congressional District. He was re-elected to the position in 1996. Bono also sat on the House Judiciary Committee as one of the group's two non-lawyers.
In Congress, Bono adhered to a conservative Republican agenda and though the focus of many late night television jokes, he was considered to be a well respected candidate, running mate and government official. Often befriending his allies, Sonny was known as a gentleman on the job.
While his new life in the political spotlight suited him well, all was not so rosy at home. Sonny and wife, Susie, divorced in 1984. The following year, he met his future and fourth wife, Mary Whitaker, as she dined in his restaurant. They would marry in 1985 and have two children.
On January 5, 1998, Sonny Bono was killed in a skiing accident while on vacation with his fourth wife, Mary, in Nevada. He was 62 years old. His wife has now assumed his seat in the House. Sonny Bono is survived by three children.

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