* 1935: Born Salvatore Bono in Detroit Feb. 16. Family moves to Inglewood when he is seven. Attends but does not graduate from Inglewood High School.
* 1950s: Works variety of odd jobs including truck driver and waiter. His professional music career began as singer and songwriter at Dig Records, owned by R&B legend Johnny Otis. First marriage ends in divorce after one child, Christy.
* 1960s: Meets future wife Cher while working with legendary record producer Phil Spector, where Bono sang backup for groups such as the Ronettes and the Righteous Brothers.
* 1964-1969: He and Cher marry in 1964. Daughter Chastity is born 1969. The wildly dressed, couple has a string of hits, beginning with "Baby Don't Go" in 1964 and including a No. 1 song, 1965's "I Got You Babe." Other hits follow, including "All I Really Want to Do," and "The Beat Goes On," a rock classic.