Message Number: 0001
Date: 01/06/1998; 05:39 AM
From: Bill Bates, email@example.com
Singer and Songwriter, Sonny Bono, died yesterday (1/5/1998) in a sking accident near Lake Tahoe, Nevada.
Born Salvatore Bono on Feb 16, 1935, in Detroit, he started writing songs at age 7, eventually appearing when he was 12, on "Peter Potter's Hit Parade", television show. In 1957 Sonny had one of his original songs, "High School Dance" recorded by Larry Williams on the B side of Williams' "Bony Maronie" single. His first hit song was recorded in 1964 by the Searches, titled, "Needles and Pins". The same year Sonny married Cher whom he met while both were working as backup singers on many of Phil Spector's legendary recordings. In 1965 the singing duo struck gold with another Sonny original, "I Got You Babe" and the rest became history.
It's my personal opinion that Sonny Bono never received all the credit he deserved as a songwriter. Certainly, as a songwriter he has earned an enduring respect and affection from the fans of Vanilla Fudge for such classics as "Bang Bang" and "The Beat Goes On".
Sonny in later life started a career in California politics which eventually culminated in his election to the US House of Representatives in 1994. God bless Mr. Bono and may he rest in lasting peace.
By Wendell Berry
The longer we are together
["The Collected Poems of Wendell Berry, North Point Press]