Sonny Bono

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Sonny Bono
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Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from California's 44th district
In office
January 3, 1995 – January 5, 1998
Preceded byAl McCandless
Succeeded byMary Bono Mack
16th Mayor of Palm Springs
In office
April 1988 – April 1992
Preceded byFrank Bogert
Succeeded byLloyd Maryanov
Personal details
BornSalvatore Phillip Bono
(1935-02-16)February 16, 1935
Detroit, Michigan, US
DiedJanuary 5, 1998(1998-01-05) (aged 62)
Stateline, Nevada, near South Lake Tahoe, California, US
Resting placeDesert Memorial Park
Cathedral City, California, US
Political partyRepublican
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)
ChildrenChristine Bono
Chaz Bono
Chesare Elan Bono
Chianna Marie Bono
ReligionRoman Catholicism
Scientology[source?]
Sonny Bono
GenresPop, rock
OccupationsSinger, musician, songwriter, producer, actor
Years active1963–1995
Associated actsCher, 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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