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February 7, 1992 | ROBERT HILBURN, TIMES POP MUSIC CRITIC
The team of Sonny & Cher wasn't considered by many pop fans in the '60s to be any more substantial a pop-rock force than, say, Herman's Hermits. So, why should anyone be interested now in a whole album of the Los Angeles duo's material? One reason for listening to "The Best of Sonny & Cher/The Beat Goes On," which was just released by Atlantic Records, is "I Got You Babe." The song, a No.
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November 4, 2013 | By Allyssa Lee
Call us Moonstruck. In a glittery match made in sparkle heaven, the shimmery stars aligned and Cher took over Week 8 on “Dancing With the Stars.”  The not-quite-EGOT performer (she's got an Emmy, a Grammy, and an Oscar. Which makes her an EGO) and taller half of Sonny & Cher put on many costumes and hats during her night in the glitterverse. The multi-hyphenate performed two songs, filled in for Len Goodman as head judge, and had her songs featured in every routine. Son and former “DWTS” contestant Chaz Bono was in the audience.
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November 22, 1987 | CONNIE JOHNSON
* * 1/2 "CHER." Cher. Geffen. Cher is a theatrical singer, given to belting out the most frail of material with lung-busting vigor. This often makes her seem shallow, particularly when she sings a song that proposes a less than earthshaking theory, ("We All Sleep Alone") with the same level of intensity she brings to genuinely solid tunes like "I Found Someone" and "Perfection." It's an approach that trivializes emotion, rather than enhancing it.
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June 26, 2012 | By Chris Barton
With rock jukebox productions such as "Million Dollar Quartet" proving that there's money to be made translating pop music to the Broadway stage, maybe it's no surprise that Cher is working on a musical incorporating her songs into her life story. While the singer's Twitter feed is the sort of wild and wooly place that could lead copy editors and casual fans of "Eats, Shoots & Leaves" into a cerebral infarction, Cher spoke of the musical as one of her ongoing projects amid a series of grammatical leaps.
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August 25, 2002
I can well imagine being exasperated at Cher if I were a music critic ("Written Off ... Unfairly?," by Robert Hilburn, Aug. 18). As one of the masses, however, I have the ability to sit back and take in her movies, her plays, her TV shows, her celebrity, as well as her music. I had the pleasure of catching Cher's farewell tour in Oakland, and she mentioned that although she's giving up the grand arena spectacles, she will continue to make her "own little records." Her recent "little record" "not.
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June 26, 2012 | By Chris Barton
With rock jukebox productions such as "Million Dollar Quartet" proving that there's money to be made translating pop music to the Broadway stage, maybe it's no surprise that Cher is working on a musical incorporating her songs into her life story. While the singer's Twitter feed is the sort of wild and wooly place that could lead copy editors and casual fans of "Eats, Shoots & Leaves" into a cerebral infarction, Cher spoke of the musical as one of her ongoing projects amid a series of grammatical leaps.
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August 29, 2008 | T.J. SIMERS
WASHINGTON -- The letter to all Dodgers season-ticket holders is signed by well-known comedians Frank & Jamie McCourt. It went out this week, coinciding with the Dogs' trip to Philadelphia and Washington, which makes Sonny & Cher's routine even funnier. "We bring you heart-felt greetings as these last days of August usher in baseball's most exciting time of year," the letter begins, and nothing is more exciting than a seven-game losing streak. "As we watch our modern 'Boys of Summer' evolve, emerge and energize our city," the McCourts wax poetic, "we see a brand of civic enthusiasm families can only enjoy at the ballpark."
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November 14, 1993 | Steve Hochman
Forget Frank and Bono. The vocal teaming of the year may be Beavis and Butt-head with Cher. Their performance on the old Sonny & Cher hit "I Got You Babe" is the highlight of "The Beavis and Butt-head Experience" album that is due in the stores Nov. 23 from Geffen Records. The surprise isn't that Cher would join the MTV dunderheads on the song (after all, she also records for Geffen), but that she was game enough to engage in banter that makes fun of her own image.
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June 15, 2003 | Steve Hochman
"Mayor of the Sunset Strip," a documentary premiering Tuesday as the centerpiece of the Los Angeles Film Festival, is the "Zelig" of L.A. rock 'n' roll -- but it's not fiction. It's the story of Rodney Bingenheimer, who in his 25 years as the reedy-voiced Rodney on the Roq at radio trendsetter KROQ-FM (106.7) was among the first to play new rock forces from the Ramones to Coldplay for the American public. And before that he sparked the Hollywood glitter scene with his English Disco club in the early '70s.
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November 4, 2013 | By Allyssa Lee
Call us Moonstruck. In a glittery match made in sparkle heaven, the shimmery stars aligned and Cher took over Week 8 on “Dancing With the Stars.”  The not-quite-EGOT performer (she's got an Emmy, a Grammy, and an Oscar. Which makes her an EGO) and taller half of Sonny & Cher put on many costumes and hats during her night in the glitterverse. The multi-hyphenate performed two songs, filled in for Len Goodman as head judge, and had her songs featured in every routine. Son and former “DWTS” contestant Chaz Bono was in the audience.
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August 29, 2008 | T.J. SIMERS
WASHINGTON -- The letter to all Dodgers season-ticket holders is signed by well-known comedians Frank & Jamie McCourt. It went out this week, coinciding with the Dogs' trip to Philadelphia and Washington, which makes Sonny & Cher's routine even funnier. "We bring you heart-felt greetings as these last days of August usher in baseball's most exciting time of year," the letter begins, and nothing is more exciting than a seven-game losing streak. "As we watch our modern 'Boys of Summer' evolve, emerge and energize our city," the McCourts wax poetic, "we see a brand of civic enthusiasm families can only enjoy at the ballpark."
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June 15, 2003 | Steve Hochman
"Mayor of the Sunset Strip," a documentary premiering Tuesday as the centerpiece of the Los Angeles Film Festival, is the "Zelig" of L.A. rock 'n' roll -- but it's not fiction. It's the story of Rodney Bingenheimer, who in his 25 years as the reedy-voiced Rodney on the Roq at radio trendsetter KROQ-FM (106.7) was among the first to play new rock forces from the Ramones to Coldplay for the American public. And before that he sparked the Hollywood glitter scene with his English Disco club in the early '70s.
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August 25, 2002
I can well imagine being exasperated at Cher if I were a music critic ("Written Off ... Unfairly?," by Robert Hilburn, Aug. 18). As one of the masses, however, I have the ability to sit back and take in her movies, her plays, her TV shows, her celebrity, as well as her music. I had the pleasure of catching Cher's farewell tour in Oakland, and she mentioned that although she's giving up the grand arena spectacles, she will continue to make her "own little records." Her recent "little record" "not.
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June 7, 2002 | From a Times Staff Writer
Freeman King, an actor and comedian best known for his appearances on "The Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour" in the 1970s, has died. He was 59. King, who fashioned a career as a character actor in films and television, died of a heart attack in Los Angeles on his birthday, Saturday. Born on a farm in Pelahatchie, Miss., King moved to California in the early 1960s and graduated from Compton High School in 1962. He studied drama at Los Angeles City College.
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February 22, 1999 | STEVE HOCHMAN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
We've got them, babe. Them, in tonight's ABC movie "And the Beat Goes On: The Sonny and Cher Story," being actors Jay Underwood and Renee Faia. He's a little too tall to be Sonny, she's a little too short to be Cher, but otherwise they get by--her vocal and facial expressions are spot-on, right down to the eyelid dips and Mona Lisa smile. And the Cher singing, done by Kelly Van Hoose Smith, is also fine mimicry, although Sonny's singing by Jess Harnell is both too whiny and too on-key.
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August 7, 1998 | JENNIFER NAPIER-PEARCE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In lime-and-blue-striped flare pants, four-inch heels and a "very expensive" black wig, Gwenne Wilcox chatted casually about her dreams of playing Cher. The thirtysomething actress and graphic designer from Reseda said she's been compared to the 1970s icon and Academy Award-winning actress since she was a teenager. "I used to imitate her growing up, so the gestures are all there," Wilcox said. "I think she's really exotic and she's bold, an enigmatic character."
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February 22, 1999 | STEVE HOCHMAN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
We've got them, babe. Them, in tonight's ABC movie "And the Beat Goes On: The Sonny and Cher Story," being actors Jay Underwood and Renee Faia. He's a little too tall to be Sonny, she's a little too short to be Cher, but otherwise they get by--her vocal and facial expressions are spot-on, right down to the eyelid dips and Mona Lisa smile. And the Cher singing, done by Kelly Van Hoose Smith, is also fine mimicry, although Sonny's singing by Jess Harnell is both too whiny and too on-key.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 7, 2002 | From a Times Staff Writer
Freeman King, an actor and comedian best known for his appearances on "The Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour" in the 1970s, has died. He was 59. King, who fashioned a career as a character actor in films and television, died of a heart attack in Los Angeles on his birthday, Saturday. Born on a farm in Pelahatchie, Miss., King moved to California in the early 1960s and graduated from Compton High School in 1962. He studied drama at Los Angeles City College.
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May 20, 1998 | PAUL BROWNFIELD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
"Can you spell opportunistic?" asks Cher, getting on the phone from Malibu. Apparently, it's not a rhetorical question. She's writing a letter to a friend about how the media are firing these impertinent questions at her about "Sonny & Me: Cher Remembers," the ode to her late ex-husband that airs on CBS at 8 tonight. "They're all asking me, 'Isn't this self-serving?' " Cher says. "All I tried to do was present a picture of what our relationship was like."
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October 18, 1997 | AMY WALLACE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
To understand Chastity Bono and the growing clout she wields in Hollywood, consider the case of "As Good as It Gets," an offbeat comedy due out from Sony Pictures at Christmas. Initially, the folks at the Motion Picture Assn. of America objected to the film's trailer, in which an acid-tongued romance novelist (Jack Nicholson) calls his gay artist neighbor (Greg Kinnear) a "fag." The word is derogatory, the MPAA said, and should be cut.
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