Sonny Bono

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Sonny Bono
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from California's 44th district
In office
January 3, 1995 – January 5, 1998
Preceded by Al McCandless
Succeeded by Mary Bono Mack
16th Mayor of Palm Springs
In office
April 1988 – April 1992
Preceded by Frank Bogert
Succeeded by Lloyd Maryanov
Personal details
Born Salvatore Phillip Bono
February 16, 1935(1935-02-16)
Detroit, Michigan, US
Died January 5, 1998(1998-01-05) (aged 62)
Stateline, Nevada, near South Lake Tahoe, California, US
Resting place Desert Memorial Park
Cathedral City, California, US
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Donna Rankin (m. 1954–1962, divorced)
Cherilyn Sarkisian (m. 1964–1975, divorced)
Susie Coehlo (m. 1983–1984, divorced)
Mary Whitaker (1986–1998, his death)
Children Christine Bono
Chaz Bono
Chesare Elan Bono
Chianna Marie Bono
Religion Roman Catholicism
Scientology[source?]
Sonny Bono
Genres Pop, rock
Occupations Singer, musician, songwriter, producer, actor
Years active 1963–1995
Associated acts Cher, Sonny & Cher

Sonny Bono (February 16, 1935 - January 5, 1998) was a recording artist, a producer, singer-songwriter, actor and politician. He was married to Cher between 1964 and 1975, during which time they formed the duo Sonny & Cher. Together, they had numerous hit records and singles. They had several children, including Chastity Bono (who would later be renamed Chaz Bono). Sonny was killed in a skiing accident.

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