How can you possibly describe Cher? Called the Queen of Reinvention for a reason, the septuagenarian has dominated charts and screens for over half a century, constantly shifting genres not in service of the trends, but for her art. No other artist has seen so much success as both a soloist and as half a duo, or has stumbled into controversy so often despite not seeking it out. From her secret rock band to the song that caused her fall out with the Catholic Church, here are Cher’s best moments through the decades.


Pre-show rituals, 1964

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By 1964, Cher and Salvatore “Sonny” Bono had only known each other for two years. Cher was just 18, while Sonny was 29, but the pair’s friendship opened doors for the young singer in Hollywood, allowing her to sing back-up for the Ronettes, the Righteous Brothers and Darlene Love.

And they called it puppy love, 1965

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Sonny and Cher would later become one of the most recognisable duos in the music business, but not many people know that they originally released music under another name. In 1964, they released a string of singles as Caesar and Cleo, from The Letter to Do You Wanna Dance, and even secured a record deal with Reprise Records.

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