Saturday, December 12, 2009

Rolex Revolutionary: Sonny Bono

And The Beat Goes On...
Rolex Revolutionary: Sonny Bono
Yellow Gold GMT On A Jubilee Bracelet

Sonny Bono was a music pioneer, songwriter, actor, comedian and politician. He is pictured below in the mid 1980s wearing a yellow gold Rolex GMT Master on Jubilee Bracelet.

Sonny Bono is probably most famous for his relationship with his wife and partner Cher who he met when he was 28 and she was 16. Here they are singing one of their biggest hits, I Got You Babe in 1965 for the Beatles:

Sonny & Cher were very talented and wrote and performed many hits including And The Beat Goes On which they perform in the video below. Initially Sonny and Cher worked well together as we see them below in their appearance on The Michael Douglas show. In the video above and below, you can see they really liked each other.

The Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour

Sonny and Cher were so talented, they ended up getting their own comedy/variety show named, The Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour and we see them below with then Governor of California and future U.S. President, Ronald Reagan. The Sonny & Cher Comedy hour variety show was very successful and ran for several years. I remember watching it as a small child.

Sonny & Cher had a daughter named Chastity Bono and over time they grew apart. Cher continued to churn out musical hits on her own and went on to win an Academy Award, a Gramy Award, and Emmy Award, A People's Choice Award and three Golden Globe Awards.

This is one of my favorites and it is super Deja Vu–at least for me.

Sonny Bono went into politics and became the Mayor of Palm Springs and then ran unsuccessfully for the U.S. Senate. Later he became a U.S. Congressman. Sonny was a multi-faceted man and talented entertainer. On January 5, 1998 Sonny Bono was in a skiing accident and lost his life. His epitaph reads "Sonny Bono, 1935–1998, And The Beat Goes On."