Cher’s phenomenal career has spanned 40 years, making her one of the most popular female artists in music history. She has sold more than 100 million records worldwide since her debut as a solo artist in 1964.
Cher began her career at the age of seventeen and came to prominence as one half of the pop rock duo Sonny & Cher when their song “I Got You Babe” became an overnight hit in 1965. She subsequently established herself as a solo recording artist, and became a television star in the 1970s with the variety show The Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour, for which she won a Golden Globe Award. While initially perceived as the slightly awkward and less important half of the popular singing duo, Cher disguised her stage fright and nervousness with quick-witted barbs directed at her partner. She soon rose to prominence as the more outspoken, daring and provocative half of the team. With her dark, exotic looks, she became a fashion trendsetter, helping to popularize fashions such as bell bottoms and incorporating eccentric gowns, “hippie” attire and elaborate costumes into live shows.
A well received performance in the film Silkwood earned her a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress in 1984. In the following years, Cher starred in a string of hit films[including Mask, The Witches of Eastwick, and Moonstruck, for which she won the Academy Award for Best Actress in 1988.
Cher is the only female solo artist to reach the Top Ten of the Billboard Hot 100 in each of the previous four decades Her hit dance single “Believe” is her biggest-selling recording and was the best-selling single of 1999,] having sold over 10 million copies worldwide] She holds the Hot 100 record for the longest hit-making career span, with 33 years between the release of her first and most recent #1 singles, in 1965 and 1998] Cher ended her 3-year-long “Farewell Tour” in 2005 as the most successful tour by a female solo artist to that time.
Cher is represented by the songs ‘I’ve Been to Memphis” and “Bang! Bang I Shot You Down”. in CBT’s Decadent Divas Premiere.