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We Got You Babe: The History Of Cher

Thursday, 17 January 2019 Written by Helen Payne

What a world we’d live in if everyone was as amazing as Cher. With a six-decade strong career tucked firmly under her sparkly belt, she truly is one of those pop icons we love to love. The singer has continually reinvented herself - from the hippy early days of the 1960s to her most recent emergence in the Mamma Mia! sequel, Here We Go Again. She has done it all, seen it all and worn it all.

To coincide with the film’s release, last year the superstar released an album of Abba covers, ‘Dancing Queen’. She’ll support the record with a huge tour of the UK and Ireland in October 2019, touching down in London, Manchester, Birmingham, Glasgow, Leeds and Dublin. Due to spectacular demand for tickets, extra dates have already been announced, so get yours quickly before they sell out!

Ahead the shows, reacquaint yourself with some of that quintessential Cher.

Sonny and Cher

Let’s start at the beginning. Back in the ‘60s life was different. Life was simpler. Pop singers wore cowboy outfits, flares and silly amounts of fringe, and no one batted an eyelid. Cher donned all regularly as one half of the folk-pop husband and wife duo Sonny and Cher. Their 1965 hit single I Got You Babe hit number one in the UK, Canada and US, where it was certified gold.

After that there was no stopping them. The ‘70s saw the pair release numerous albums together and they even went on to have their own television shows, The Sonny & Cher Show and The Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour. Both received Emmy nominations and their success was only outdone by the duo’s record sales, which totalled 40 million worldwide in their 10 years together - they divorced in 1975.

If I Could Turn Back Time

Her success with Sonny saw the singer catapulted into the limelight. She became increasingly popular as a solo artist, releasing more than twenty albums under her own steam over the course of her career.

It was in the 1980s, though, that she truly came into her own. She soared through the decade with  — if you can believe it — even more glitz and glam than yesteryear’s paisley and bell-bottoms. She also made sure to finish it off in style - dressed in leather and straddling a canon to the tune of the all out 1989 ‘Heart Of Stone’ smash If I Could Turn Back Time - complete with power synths, a catchy chorus and that inevitable key change. Love. It.

Acting Ambitions

Not complete with world domination in the music industry, Cher also had ambitions as an actress. Despite believing the Academy didn’t take her seriously at the 1986 Oscars - and ruffling feathers with her out-there choice of outfit as a sassy reaction - she won the Best Actress award for her role in Moonstruck in 1988. Widely regarded as her most successful film, it pushed Cher even further up the stardom ladder.

Her next movie - 1990s Mermaids featuring Bob Hoskins, Winona Ryder and Christina Ricci- merged the best of both her worlds, bringing together her acting talent with her incredible voice. While the film received mixed reviews, the song recorded for the soundtrack, The Shoop Shoop Song (It’s In His Kiss) was a huge success, topping the UK singles chart.

Do You Believe In A Comeback?

Cher spent the early to mid-’90s in a bit of a rut. Due to the success of Moonstruck, she was said to be overly cautious about her next career move. But you can’t keep a good woman down and by 1998 she’d returned with new single Believe, which earned her the best-selling single of all time by a female artist in the UK at the time. It was her commercial peak, and had major dance club vibes. As per usual, she was ahead of her time, using an auto-tuner similar to that of the current chart-topping trap and Soundcloud rap artists.

Here We Go Again

Similar to combining a hit song with her acting in Mermaids, Cher took it one step further in 2018 and recorded an entire album of Abba covers to go hand in hand with her role in the Mamma Mia! sequel. A pop sensation singing sensational pop songs, it was awesome.‘Nuff said.

So, as we look ahead to her upcoming Here We Go Again Tour, what songs can we expect Cher to perform? Well, as the record’s title suggests, it’s likely she’ll take on the role of dancing royalty, along with possibly a shimmy to Gimme Gimme Gimme, a nod to Fernando, a shoop-shoop to Super Trouper, and of course, the classic Mamma Mia!, as well as those timeless hits from her prolific career. She is the winner, and she’s taking it all.

Cher Upcoming Tour Dates are as follows

Sun October 20 2019 - LONDON O2 Arena
Mon October 21 2019 - LONDON O2 Arena
Thu October 24 2019 - MANCHESTER Arena
Sat October 26 2019 - BIRMINGHAM Arena Birmingham
Mon October 28 2019 - GLASGOW SSE Hydro
Wed October 30 2019 - LEEDS first direct Arena
Fri November 01 2019 - DUBLIN 3Arena
Thu January 17 2019 - ESTERO Florida - Hertz Arena (USA)
Sat January 19 2019 - FORT LAUDERDALE - BB&T Center (USA)
Mon January 21 2019 - ORLANDO Florida - Amway Center (USA)
Wed January 23 2019 - JACKSONVILLE Florida - Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena (USA)
Fri January 25 2019 - DULUTH Georgia - Infinite Energy Arena Duluth (USA)
Sun January 27 2019 - RALEIGH North Carolina - PNC Arena (USA)
Tue January 29 2019 - CHARLOTTE North Carolina - Spectrum Center (USA)
Thu January 31 2019 - NASHVILLE Tennessee - Bridgestone Arena (USA)
Sat February 02 2019 - BILOXI Mississippi - Mississippi Coast Coliseum (USA)
Mon February 04 2019 - LOUISVILLE Kentucky - KFC Yum Center (USA)
Wed February 06 2019 - CLEVELAND Ohio - Quicken Loans Arena (USA)
Fri February 08 2019 - CHICAGO Illinois - United Center (USA)
Sun February 10 2019 - COLUMBUS Ohio - Nationwide Arena (USA)
Tue February 12 2019 - DETROIT Michigan - Little Caesars Arena (USA)
Thu February 14 2019 - INDIANAPOLIS Indiana - Bankers Life Fieldhouse (USA)
Wed March 13 2019 - LAS VEGAS Nevada - Park Theater at Park MGM (USA)
Fri March 15 2019 - LAS VEGAS Nevada - Park Theater at Park MGM (USA)
Sat March 16 2019 - LAS VEGAS Nevada - Park Theater at Park MGM (USA)
Wed March 20 2019 - LAS VEGAS Nevada - Park Theater at Park MGM (USA)
Fri March 22 2019 - LAS VEGAS Nevada - Park Theater at Park MGM (USA)
Sat March 23 2019 - LAS VEGAS Nevada - Park Theater at Park MGM (USA)
Wed March 27 2019 - LAS VEGAS Nevada - Park Theater at Park MGM (USA)
Fri March 29 2019 - LAS VEGAS Nevada - Park Theater at Park MGM (USA)
Sat March 30 2019 - LAS VEGAS Nevada - Park Theater at Park MGM (USA)
Thu April 18 2019 - PITTSBURGH Pennsylvania - PPG Paints Arena (USA)
Sat April 20 2019 - PHILADELPHIA Pennsylvania - Wells Fargo Center Philadelphia (USA)
Mon April 22 2019 - TORONTO Ontario - Scotiabank Arena (Canada)
Wed April 24 2019 - OTTAWA Ontario - Canadian Tire Centre (Canada)
Fri April 26 2019 - BUFFALO New York - Keybank Center (USA)
Sun April 28 2019 - BOSTON Massachusetts - TD Garden (USA)
Tue April 30 2019 - SPRINGFIELD Massachusetts - Massmutual Center (USA)
Thu May 02 2019 - BROOKLYN New York - Barclays Center (USA)
Fri May 03 2019 - NEWARK New Jersey - Prudential Center (USA)
Wed May 08 2019 - GRAND RAPIDS Michigan - Van Andel Arena (USA)
Fri May 10 2019 - ST LOUIS Missouri - Enterprise Center (USA)
Sun May 12 2019 - MILWAUKEE Wisconsin - Fiserv Forum (USA)
Tue May 14 2019 - OMAHA Nebraska - CHI Health Center (USA)
Thu May 16 2019 - SIOUX FALLS South Dakota - Denny Sanford Premier Center (USA)
Sat May 18 2019 - SAINT PAUL Minnesota - Xcel Energy Center (USA)
Tue May 21 2019 - WINNIPEG Manitoba - Bell MTS Place (Canada)
Thu May 23 2019 - SASKATOON Saskatchewan - SaskTel Centre (Canada)
Sat May 25 2019 - EDMONTON Alberta - Rogers Place (Canada)
Tue May 28 2019 - CALGARY Alberta - Scotiabank Saddledome (Canada)
Thu May 30 2019 - VANCOUVER British Columbia - Rogers Arena (Canada)
Thu September 26 2019 - BERLIN Mercedes Benz Arena (Germany)
Sat September 28 2019 - ANTWERP Sportpaleis (Belgium)
Mon September 30 2019 - AMSTERDAM Ziggo Dome (Netherlands)
Thu October 03 2019 - MUNICH Olympiahalle (Germany)
Sat October 05 2019 - COLOGNE Lanxess Arena (Germany)
Mon October 07 2019 - VIENNA Stadthalle (Austria)
Wed October 09 2019 - ZURICH Hallenstadion (Switzerland)
Fri October 11 2019 - MANNHEIM SAP Arena (Germany)
Sun October 13 2019 - HAMBURG Barclaycard Arena (Germany)
Tue October 15 2019 - COPENHAGEN Royal Arena (Denmark)
Thu October 17 2019 - STOCKHOLM Friends Arena (Sweden)

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