Sonny Bono

American entertainer, musician and politician (1935-1998)

Sonny Bono (February 16, 1935 - January 5, 1998) was a recording artist, a producer, singer-songwriter, actor and politician. He was married to Cher between 1964 and 1975, during which time they formed the duo Sonny & Cher. Together, they had numerous hit records and singles. They had several children, including Chastity Bono (who would later be renamed Chaz Bono). Sonny was killed in a skiing accident.

Sonny Bono
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Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from California's 44th district
In office
January 3, 1995 – January 5, 1998
Preceded byAl McCandless
Succeeded byMary Bono
16th Mayor of Palm Springs
In office
April 1988 – April 1992
Preceded byFrank Bogert
Succeeded byLloyd Maryanov
Personal details
Born
Salvatore Phillip Bono

(1935-02-16)February 16, 1935
Detroit, Michigan, U.S.
DiedJanuary 5, 1998(1998-01-05) (aged 62)
Stateline, Nevada, U.S.
Cause of deathSkiing accident
Resting placeDesert Memorial Park
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)
Donna Rankin
(m. 1954; div. 1962)

Cher
(m. 1969; div. 1975)

Susie Coelho
(m. 1983; div. 1984)

Mary Whitaker (m. 1986)
Children4, including Chaz
Musical career
GenresPop
Rock
InstrumentsVocals
Years active1963–1995
Associated actsCher
Sonny & Cher
Sonny Bono
GenresPop, rock
Occupation(s)Singer, musician, songwriter, producer, actor
Years active1963–1995
Associated actsCher, Sonny & Cher

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