Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Spotlight on Cher

There are some musical artists who are so successful that you tend to overlook their accomplishments. 

For example, Cher.

Since becoming a singer in the 1960s, Cher has four No. 1 songs as a solo artist and one that reached the top of the Billboard charts when she was with hubby, Sonny, as Sonny & Cher.

Cher, a lovely, multi-talented 68-year-old, has sold more than 110 million records worldwide, ranking as one of the top-selling female artists of all time.

Among her 22 charted Top 40 tunes as a solo artist include these chart-topppers: "Gypsys, Tramps & Thieves" in 1971, "Half-Breed" in 1973, "Dark Lady" in 1973, and "Believe" in 1998.

And with Sonny, they had 10 Top 40 hits including the No. 1 "I Got You Babe" in 1965, the song that truly launched her singing career.

Cher is as an Grammy Award-winning singer ("Believe" in 2000), Academy Award-winning actress ("Moonstruck" in 1988) and Emmy Award-winning performer ("Cher: The Farewell Tour" in 2003).  She also won a Golden Globe award for Best Supporting Actress ("Silkwood" in 1984).

For some reason, Cher isn't in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. In an Entertainment Weekly story in 2010, she thought it was kind of "rude" because of Sonny's accomplishments as a writer and producer. 

I believe Cher is being a bit self-effacing because she can stand on her own accomplishments as a singer.  I think she paved the way for other women singers such as Madonna, Cyndi Lauper, Lady Gaga, and many more who also mixed music with fashion statements.

Some of the women in the Rock Hall are Madonna, Donna Summer, Dusty Springfield, Janis Joplin, Patti Smith, and Alice Cooper (just kidding!). 

Isn't it about time for Cher?

Now a few videos of her No. 1 songs to enjoy:

And my personal favorite, which reached No. 3 in 1989:

Until the next time...

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