Sonny & Cher discography
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
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 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).
|Year||Title||Peak positions||RIAA Certification|
|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||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||-||-||-|
- 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".
- 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.
Note: Only the biggest world music markets are listed.
|U.S. Hot100||U.S. AC||CAN||UK||GER||NOR||SWE||IRE||BEL||NET||FRA|
|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||"Sing C'est La Vie"||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||1||-||58|
|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
- 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. 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.
- 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
- 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
- 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)
- Sonny & Cher, the main article
- Cher, the main article
- Sonny Bono, the main article
- List of best selling music artists
- List of number-one hits (United States)
- List of artists who reached number one on the Hot 100 (U.S.)
- "Sonny and Cher". classicbands.com. Retrieved 2009-04-19.
- RIAA Gold and Platinum Search for albums by Sonny & Cher
- Billboard Albums Chart Position
- UK Chart Position
- Canadian Chart Position
- "The Cher Show: Sonny and Cher part 3". tvparty.com. Retrieved 2009-05-19.
- "Cher's Lost Recordings / Cher Records". tvparty.com. Retrieved 2009-05-19.
- Billboard Singles Chart Position
- Germany Single Chart Position
- Norwegian Single Chart Position
- Irish Single Chart Position
- Dutch Top 40 Chart Position
- French Single Chart Position
- Austrian Single Chart for I Got You Babe