Sonny & Cher discography

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Sonny & Cher discography
Releases
Studio albums 5
Live albums 2
Compilation albums 4
Singles 21
Soundtracks 1
Other compilations 3

The discography of American Pop rock duo, Sonny & Cher consists of five studio albums, four compilation albums, one soundtrack album, two live albums and twenty-one singles. The couple achieved their international success between the years 1965 and 1972, especially when they were signed to Atco/Atlantic Records and MCA/Kapp Records, including hit singles like "I Got You Babe", "Little Man", "The Beat Goes On", "All I Ever Need Is You", "A Cowboy's Work Is Never Done" and "When You Say Love". Their albums Look at Us, The Wondrous World of Sonny & Cher, In Case You're In Love, All I Ever Need Is You, and Mama Was a Rock and Roll Singer... were released in North America, United Kingdom, Continental Europe, South Africa and Japan. Sonny and Cher had also released three albums to Gold status in the United States, those being: Look At Us in 1965, Sonny & Cher Live, and All I Ever Need Is You both in 1971. The complete discography included also three official compilations, one full soundtrack and two live albums.

Labels, pressings and back catalogue rights[edit]

Sonny and Cher's debut single was released under the pseudonym Caesar and Cleo, and was "The Letter", on the Vault Records label. Later in 1964 they released "Love Is Strange", a cover of Mickey & Sylvia's 1957 classic, and "Do You Wanna Dance" on the Reprise Records label, Those singles received little attention[1] in the US and failed to chart in the Billboard 200. In 1964, "Baby Don't Go" was released as a single and was their first success, becoming a regional hit on the West Coast. To finish up their contract with the Reprise label, this was released in 1965 on the album Baby Don't Go - Sonny & Cher and Friends.

After the success of "Baby Don't Go" the couple signed a contract with Atco Records in the US and Atlantic Records in the UK and Europe. On this label, they released three studio albums and two greatest hits compilations between 1965 and 1967. After "I Got You Babe" reached #1 on the Billboard Chart, "Baby Don't Go" was rereleased and reached #8. Their popularity dwindled in the later 60s due to the changing tides of the music scene.

In 1971 the couple returned to the charts with the album "Sonny & Cher Live", on the label MCA Records in the US and Kapp Records in the UK. With those labels, they released two studio albums, two live albums and two greatest hits compilations. The last single released was the double A-side "You're Not Right for Me"/"Wrong Number" on Warner Bros. Records in 1977.

After their divorce and last tour, Sonny and Cher released no further albums, but during the years '80 and '90 some albums were completely or partially re-released on the following labels:

  • Vault/Hi-Holdies Records (1965) for single "The Letter".
  • Atco Records, French (1967) for Little Man compilation. It contain French songs released only on single.
  • WEA, Germany (1972) for the re-released single of "I Got You Babe" / "What Now My Love".
  • TVP Records, USA (1977) for The Hits Of Sonny And Cher compilation.
  • WEA, Germany (1990) for The Collection vinyl compilation.
  • Rhino Records (1993) for I Got You Babe compilation.
  • MCA Records (1996) for All I Ever Need - The Kapp/MCA Anthology compilation. Included also live songs.
  • Collectables Records (1997) for I Got You Babe compilation.
  • Rhino Flashback Records (1997) for I Got You Babe & Other Hits compilation.
  • MCA Records (1998) for Cher and Sonny & Cher - Greatest Hits compilation.
  • Sundazed Records (1998) for re-release of "Look at Us", "The Wondrous World of Sonny & Cher", "In Case You're in Love" with bonus tracks.
  • One Way/Rhino/Atlantic Records (1999) for re-released of Good Times soundtrack.
  • MCA Records (1999) for The Hit Singles Collection compilation.
  • WEA Records (2000) for The Beat Goes On compilation.
  • BR Music Records, Holland (2000) for The Singles+ compilation and included rare songs and songs performed by Cher and Bono as solo.
  • Warner Strategic Records (2002) for The Essentials compilation.
  • Atlantic/Rhino Records, (2005) for Rhino Hi-Five: Sonny & Cher EP.
  • Madacy Special Markets Records (2007) for Forever Sonny and Cher Box-set compilation.
  • WEA, Japan (2007) for The Collection CD compilation (see also the 1990 Version).

Albums[edit]

Year Title Peak positions RIAA Certification[2]
US[3] UK[4] CAN[5]
1965 Baby Don't Go - Sonny & Cher and Friends 69 - - -
1965 Look at Us 1 2 7 - 13x Multiplatinum
1966 The Wondrous World of Sonny & Cher 2 34 15 - -
1967 In Case You're In Love 3 45 - - -
1967 Good Times 73 - - -
1967 The Best of Sonny & Cher 23 - 19 -
1971 Sonny & Cher Live 35 - 43 Gold
1971 All I Ever Need Is You 4 14 - 7 Gold
1973 The Two of Us 122 - 67 -
1973 Mama Was a Rock and Roll Singer... 132 - - -
1973 Live in Las Vegas Vol. 2 175 - - -
1974 Greatest Hits 146 - - -

Notes[edit]

  • 1 Look at Us, was re-released in 1998 on CD with "It's The Little Things", "Don't Talk To Strangers" and "Hello".
  • 2 The Wondrous World of Sonny & Cher, was re-released in 1998 on CD with three bonus cuts, "The Revolution Kind", "Have I Stayed Too Long", and the previously unreleased cover of Buck Owens' "Crying Time".
  • 3 In Case You're In Love, was re-released in 1998 on CD with "A Beautiful Story", "Good Combination" and "Plastic Man".
  • 4 All I Ever Need Is You was partially released in a CD compilation in 1990, with songs from their albums and live recording from "Sonny & Cher Live".

Unreleased Albums[edit]

  • 1970:This Good Earth.
  • 1974:Our Last Show, an unreleased compilation featured two new tracks and others songs released in other albums.
  • 1976:Untitled, the last album by Sonny and Cher. They recorded fifteen songs for label Warner Bros. Records. The only tracks available were You're Not Right For Me/Wrong Number, released as a single in 1977.[6][7]

Singles[edit]

Note: Only the biggest world music markets are listed.

Year Title Album Chart positions
U.S. Hot100[8] U.S. AC[8] CAN[5] UK[4] GER[9] NOR[10] SWE IRE[11] BEL NET[12] FRA[13]
1964 "Baby Don't Go" Baby Don't Go - Sonny & Cher and Friends 8 - 1 11 - - 16 - - 20 -
1965 "I Got You Babe" 1 Look at Us 1 - 4 1 3 6 4 2 12 4 11
1965 "Why Don't They Let Us Fall In Love" - - - - - - - - - - -
1965 "Just You" 20 - 15 - - - - - - - -
1965 "Sing C'est La Vie" - - - - - - - - 1 - 58
1965 "The Letter" 75 - 24 - - - - - - - -
1965 "The Revolution Kind" solo by Sonny 2 3 The Wondrous World of Sonny & Cher 70 - 35 - - - - - - - -
1965 "But You're Mine" 15 - 8 17 23 - - - - - -
1966 "What Now My Love" 14 - 7 13 - - - - 10 - -
1966 "Laugh At Me" solo by Sonny 2 10 - 26 9 - - - - - 26 -
1966 "Have I Stayed Too Long" 3 49 - 46 42 - - - - - - -
1966 "Little Man" In Case You're In Love 21 - 6 4 2 1 1 - 1 1 7
1966 "Living For You" 87 - - 44 - - - - - - -
1967 "The Beat Goes On" 6 - 9 29 24 - - - 5 8 17
1967 "Good Combination" 3 56 - - - - - - - - - -
1967 "A Beautiful Story" 4 The Best of Sonny & Cher 53 - - - - - - - - - -
1967 "Plastic Man" 4 Sonny & Cher's Greatest Hits 74 - - - - - - - - - 49
1967 "It's The Little Things" Good Times 50 - 3 - - - - - - - -
1967 "My Best Friend's Girl Is Out Of Sight" solo by Sonny - - - - - - - - - - -
1967 "I Got You Babe" (Good Times Soundtrack Version) 73 - - - - - - - - - -
1971 "All I Ever Need Is You" All I Ever Need Is You 7 1 5 8 - - - 12 20 - -
1972 "A Cowboy's Work Is Never Done" 8 4 3 - 48 - - - - - 48
1972 "When You Say Love" Greatest Hits 32 2 16 - - - - - - - -
1973 "Mama Was A Rock And Roll Singer
Papa Used to Write All Her Songs"
Mama Was a Rock and Roll Singer
Papa Used to Write All Her Songs
77 - - - - - - - - - -

Notes[edit]

  • 1 I Got You Babe also entered in the "Billboard Black Single Chart" at #19 and was the only song released by Sonny and Cher that received Gold status in the US. It also the only song that enter in the Austrian Single Chart and reached #1.[14] The song also re-entered the French singles chart for one week in 1966 at #76. After the success of the movie Groundhog Day, the song re-entered the UK singles chart almost 20 years after its release in 1993 peaking at #66.
  • 2 The Revolution Kind and Laugh At Me are both songs by Bono as solo.
  • 3 Released only as a single, and available in the CD reissue.
  • 4 Also available in the 1998 CD reissue of In Case Your in Love.

7"[edit]

  • 1964: "The Letter" / "Spring Fever" (Instr) (Vault Records 916)
  • 1964: "The Letter" / "Spring Fever" (Instr) (Vault Records 9247)
  • 1964: "The Letter" / "I'll Change" (Hi-Oldies Records 424)
  • 1964: "Love is Strange" / "Do You Want to Dance?" (Reprise Records 0308)
  • 1965: "Baby Don't Go" / "Walkin' the Quetzal" (Instr) (Reprise Records 0309)
  • 1965: "Baby Don't Go" / "Walkin' the Quetzal" (Instr) (Reprise Records 0392)
  • 1965: "Love is Strange" / "Let The Good Times Roll" (Germany; Reprise Records 0419)
  • 1965: "I Got You Babe" / "It's Gonna Rain" (Atco Records 6359)
  • 1965: "I Got You Babe" / "It's Gonna Rain" (Atco Records 6349)
  • 1965: "I Got You Babe" / "It's Gonna Rain" (UK; Atlantic Records 4035)
  • 1965: "I Got You Babe" / "It's Gonna Rain" (Italy; Atlantic Records 90158)
  • 1965: "I Got You Babe" / "Just You" (UK; Atlantic Records 13071)
  • 1965: "I Got You Babe" / "Just You" (Spain; Belter Records 07 203)
  • 1965: "Just You" / "Sing C'est la Vie" (Atco Records 6345)
  • 1965: "The Revolution Kind" / "Georgia and John Quetzal" (Instr) (Atco Records 6386)
  • 1965: "The Revolution Kind" / "Georgia and John Quetzal" (Instr) (Atlantic Records 4060)
  • 1965: "But You're Mine" / "Hello" (Atlantic Records 4047)
  • 1965: "But You're Mine" / "Hello" (Atco Records 6381)
  • 1965: "But You're Mine" / "You Don't Love Me" (Italy Promo; Atlantic Records 90163)
  • 1965: "But You're Mine" / "The Revolution Kind" (Atlantic Records 70.147)
  • 1966: "What Now My Love" / "I Look For You" (Atco Records 6395)
  • 1966: "What Now My Love" / "I Look For You" (Italy; Atco Records 90164)
  • 1966: "What Now My Love" / "I Look For You" (Atlantic Records 4069)
  • 1966: "What Now My Love" / "I Look For You" (Sweden; Atlantic Records 70.160)
  • 1966: "What Now My Love" / "I Look For You" (Holland; Atlantic Records 6395)
  • 1966: "Laugh At Me" / "Tony" (Instr) (Atco Records 6369)
  • 1966: "Laugh At Me" / "Tony" (Instr) (Atlantic Records 4038)
  • 1966: "Laugh At Me" / "Tony" (Instr) (Swedish; Atlantic Records 70.142)
  • 1966: "Laugh At Me" / "Unchained Melody" (Spain; Belter Records 07 208)
  • 1966: "Have I Stayed Too Long" / "Leave Me Be" (Atco Records 6420)
  • 1966: "Little Man" / "Monday" (Atco Records 6440)
  • 1966: "Little Man" / "Monday" (Atlantic Records 78.182)
  • 1966: "Little Man" / "Monday" (Atlantic Records 584040)
  • 1966: "Little Man" / "Monday" (Japan; Atlantic Records JET1723)
  • 1966: "Little Man" / "Bring It On Home To Me" (Atlantic Records 78.181)
  • 1966: "Little Man" / "So Fine" (Italy; Atlantic Records 90179)
  • 1966: "Little Man" / "We'll Sing In the Sunshine" (Argentina Promo; Atlantic Records S-33-1623)
  • 1966: "Petit Homme" / "Mais Tu Es à Moi" (Canada; Atco Records LF 117)
  • 1966: "Living For You" / "Love Don't Come" (Atco Records 6449)
  • 1966: "Living For You" / "Love Don't Come" (Atlantic Records 584 057)
  • 1966: "Living For You" / "Turn Around" (Atlantic Records 584057)
  • 1967: "The Beat Goes On" / "Love Don't Come" (Atco Records 6461)
  • 1967: "Good Combination" / "You And Me" (Atco Records 6541)
  • 1967: "Good Combination" / "You And Me" (Atlantic Records 584162)
  • 1967: "A Beautiful Story" / "Podunk" (Atco Records 6480)
  • 1967: "A Beautiful Story" / "Podunk" (Atlantic Records AK1792)
  • 1967: "A Beautiful Story" / "Podunk" (Atlantic Records 584110)
  • 1967: "It's The Little Things" / "Plastic Man" (Atco Records 6486)
  • 1967: "It's The Little Things" / "Plastic Man" (Atlantic Records 584129)
  • 1967: "It's The Little Things" / "Don't Talk To Strangers" (Atco 6507)
  • 1969: "Circus" / "I Would Marry You Today" (Atco Records 6555)
  • 1969: "You're a Friend of Mine" / "I Would Marry You Today" (Atco Records 6683)
  • 1969: "Get it Together"/ "Hold You Tighter" (Atco Records 6758)
  • 1971: "All I Ever Need Is You" / "I Got You Babe" (live) (Kapp Records 2151)
  • 1971: "I Got You Babe" / "All I Ever Need Is You" (MCA MU1145)
  • 1972: "A Cowboy's Work is Never Done" / "Somebody" (Kapp Records 2163)
  • 1972: "A Cowboy's Work is Never Done" / "When You Say Love" (MCA Records 60128)
  • 1972: "When You Say Love" / "Crystal Clear/Muddy Waters" (Kapp Records 2176)
  • 1972: "When You Say Love" / "Crystal Clear/Muddy Waters" (Germany; MCA Records MCS6121)
  • 1972: "Real People" / "Somebody" (Kapp Records 2141)
  • 1973: "I Got You Babe" / "All I Ever Need Is You" (MCA 60112)
  • 1973: "Mama Was A Rock And Roll Singer (Part 1)" / "Mama Was A Rock And Roll Singer (Part 2)" (MCA Records 40026)
  • 1974: "The Greatest Show On Earth" / "You Know Darn Well" (MCA Records 40083)
  • 1977: "You're Not Right For Me" / "Wrong" (Warner Bros. 8341)

EP[edit]

  • 1965: Baby Don't Go; "Baby Don't Go" / "Love is Strange" / "Do You Want to Dance?" / "Walkin' the Quetzal" / "Let The Good Times Roll" (UK; Reprise Records 30056)
  • 1965: Baby Don't Go; "Baby Don't Go" / "Do You Want to Dance?" / "Love is Strange" / "Walkin' the Quetzal" (Spain; Reprise Records HRE 297-35)
  • 1965: I Got You Babe; "I Got You Babe" / "It's Gonna Rain" / "You Don't Love Me" / "Then He Kissed Me" (France; Atco Records 101)
  • 1965: Just You; "Just You" / "You've Really Got a Hold on Me" / "Sing C'est La Vie" / "The Letter" (France; Atco Records 102)
  • 1967: Petit Homme; "Petit Homme" / "Tell Him" / "Little Man" / "Summertime" (France; Atco Records 117)
  • 1967: The Beat Goes On, "The Beat Goes On" / "Love Don't Come" / "Living For You" / "Monday" (France; Atco Records 118)
  • 1971: All I Ever Need Is You Mini LP: More Today Than Yesterday" / "I Love What You Did With The Love I Gave You" / "Here Comes That Rainy Day Feeling" / "Crystal Clear/Muddy Waters" / "United We Stand" / "All I Ever Need Is You" (Kapp Records 184)

List of B-sides and songs released only on single[edit]

  • 1966: "Hello" appears on the B-side to "But You're Mine", it was recorded during the The Wondrous World Of Sonny & Cher (1966) album sessions.
  • 1966: "Have I Stayed Too Long" song released on single and appears on the B-side to "Leave Me Be".
  • 1966: "Je M'en Balance (Car Je T'aime)" French version of "But You're Mine" and released in France on a four-track EP and in Canada on a single.
  • 1966: "Mais Tu Es à Moi" second French version of "But You're Mine", only released as a single in Canada.
  • 1967: "A Beautiful Story" only released as a single. "Podunk" is on its B-side.
  • 1967: "Good Combination" only released as a single.
  • 1967: "You And Me" appeared on the B-side of "Good Combination".
  • 1967: "Plastic Man" only released as a single. "Groovy Kind Of Love" is on its B-side.
  • 1967: "Petit Homme" French version of "Little Man". It is released as an EP in France. It's also released as a single in Canada with "Mais Tu Es à Moi" on its B-side.
  • 1967: "Piccolo Ragazzo" Italian version of "Little Man". It's only released as a single in Italy.
  • 1967: "Caro Cara" Italian version of "It's The Little Things". It is released as a single in Italy. It was recorded during the Good Times (1967) album sessions.
  • 1967: "Fantasie" Italian version of "Don't Talk To Strangers". It is released on the B-side of "Caro Cara".
  • 1967: "Il Cammino Di Ogni Speranza" released as a single in Italy.
  • 1967: "L'umanita" released on the B-side of "Il Cammino Di Ogni Speranza".
  • 1969: "Circus" only released as a single. The movie version of "I Got You Babe" is on its B-side.
  • 1969: "You Gotta Have A Thing Of Your Own" only released as a single. The movie version of "I Got You Babe" is on its B-side.
  • 1969: "You're A Friend Of Mine" only released as a single. The solo song "I Would Marry You Today" by Bono is on its B-side.
  • 1970: "Get It Together" only released as a single.
  • 1970: "Hold You Tighter" this song is on the B-side of Get It Together.
  • 1971: "Real People" this song is released on the B-side of the Somebody single.
  • 1971: "When You Say Love" this is only released on a single.
  • 1977: "You're Not Right For Me" this was the comeback-single of Sonny & Cher but it didn't chart.
  • 1977: "Wrong Number" this song is on the B-side of You're Not Right For Me.

VHS and DVDs[edit]

  • The Nitty Gritty Hour (1992)
  • The Ultimate Collection (DVD Release 2004)
  • The Christmas Collection (DVD Release 2004)
  • I Got You Babe (DVD Release 2005)
  • The Sonny & Cher Hour (DVD Released 2005)
  • In Concert/I Got You Babe Live (DVD Release 2008)

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Sonny and Cher". classicbands.com. Retrieved 2009-04-19. 
  2. ^ RIAA Gold and Platinum Search for albums by Sonny & Cher
  3. ^ Billboard Albums Chart Position
  4. ^ a b UK Chart Position
  5. ^ a b Canadian Chart Position
  6. ^ "The Cher Show: Sonny and Cher part 3". tvparty.com. Retrieved 2009-05-19. 
  7. ^ "Cher's Lost Recordings / Cher Records". tvparty.com. Retrieved 2009-05-19. 
  8. ^ a b Billboard Singles Chart Position
  9. ^ Germany Single Chart Position
  10. ^ Norwegian Single Chart Position
  11. ^ Irish Single Chart Position
  12. ^ Dutch Top 40 Chart Position
  13. ^ French Single Chart Position
  14. ^ Austrian Single Chart for I Got You Babe