OK boomer, it’s finally here: I Got You Babe, The Best of Sonny & Cher DVD Collection from Time Life. This is the first time these episodes have ever been available on DVD. In this collection: 18 episodes + extras on 10 DVDs. Plus, there’s a 36-page booklet that tells the story of Sonny & Cher and their TV shows, with rare photos and wardrobe sketches to accompany the text. Picture quality and sound are excellent, and the extra interviews and clips are a real bonus.
I was a teenager when The Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour premiered in August of 1971. Being a busy high school student with a healthy interest in girls, cars and illicit substances, I wasn’t watching a lot of prime time TV at the time. I only caught an episode here and there, so it’s really fun to watch them now and look back at a very interesting period in popular culture.
Sonny & Cher were a hard musical act to pigeonhole. They weren’t rock and roll exactly, but they also weren’t pop like Andy Williams or Dean Martin. They were an odd couple — a young dark-haired beauty possessing a deep sultry voice, paired with a dweeby guy eleven years her senior. They always seemed more showbiz, not hippies or part of the counterculture like other L.A.-based acts like the Byrds or even the Mamas and the Papas. Cher finally let her freak flag fly after she broke up with Sonny and married rocker Gregg Allman, but as a duo they were a mainstream act that was not at all threatening to middle America. I for one was not surprised when Sonny Bono ran for and won a seat in congress as a Republican. Sadly, a skiing accident ended his life in 1998. Cher is still performing and recording, and tweets frequently on a range of subjects.
Although rock stars like Elton John do pop up from time to time in this collection, most of the guest stars were the same tried and true performers you’d see on The Carol Burnett Show or The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson. The special guest for the very first show was septuagenarian vaudevillian Jimmy Durante. So the producers were obviously targeting an older audience.
When I did tune in, it was definitely to see Cher in the revealing gowns created for her by iconic costume designer Bob Mackie. I’m not sure I was even aware of Sonny & Cher’s divorce, their separate solo TV variety shows, and how they professionally reunited for the revamped Sonny & Cher Show that aired in 1976-77. But now, boomers like me all across America can grab a snack and relax on their comfy couch or recliner and travel back in time to the 1970s, when TV variety shows ruled the airwaves. Click here to order or learn more about I Got You Babe, The Best of Sonny & Cher DVD Collection. Free standard shipping is available.
I’m a compulsive reader of the comments at the bottom of the page. Some people can’t look away from a bad wreck, and I can’t help scrolling down to see what the trolls and shills have to say (in the spirit of full disclosure, I admit that I read the juiciest ones aloud in the voice of Comic Book Guy from The Simpsons: “Worst. Comment. Evar.”). With that admission out of the way, I can tell you that a post on Time Life’s Soul of the 70s 10 CD Box Set page set me to thinking.
George Jones may have passed away this year, but he left behind a legacy of unparalleled country music performances. Even Frank Sinatra referred to George Jones as “the second greatest singer in America”. That’s why Time Life featured many of his best songs on their comprehensive country music CD collection Golden Age of Country. Classic hits like:
Remember those soft rock songs that made you feel so good? Mellow, laid-back rock music that was the soundtrack of your life? Now you can hear them again when you buy Time Life’s CD Music Collection The Best of Soft Rock. Continue reading →
In 1965, The Mamas & The Papas’ fantastic harmonies got us all “California Dreamin'”, and John Denver’s “Take Me Home, Country Roads” made us yearn for the Blue Ridge Mountains. Capture those beautiful songs again with Time-Life’s 8-CD Box Set Collection, The Folk Years. 120 all-original hit folk and folk rock recordings along with a free bonus DVD, “Legends of Folk” featuring full-length performances by artists including Simon & Garfunkel, Peter, Paul and Mary, Joan Baez and Bob Dylan.
These are not re-recordings or later versions, they are the original recordings that you loved back in the 50s and 60s. Remember these great hits: Continue reading →
If you remember “Gentle on My Mind,” the flowing banjo-propelled ballad written by John Hartford and made famous by music legend Glen Campbell, you might be a boomer (or even older). If you’re not familiar with this pop-country-folk-bluegrass standard, then thank me for the introduction. Happy Monday!
Do you enjoy “Gentle on My Mind?” and other easy-listening favorites? You might enjoy Time-Life’s 10-CD Box Set Collection, Music of Your Life. Here’s a sample list of some of the classic songs in this carefully-compiled collection. These are all the original hit recordings – no re-records. Continue reading →
Who can forget the Bee Gees fantastic soaring falsettos singing “Well, you can tell by the way I use my walk, I’m a woman’s man, no time to talk”? It was 1977, John Travolta was strutting his bad self on the disco floor and everyone was catching Saturday Night Fever. Barry, Robin and Maurice Gibb wrote, produced and performed the movie soundtrack, and “Stayin’ Alive” told the story of survival in the big city — any big city — but especially New York.
This sizzling single hit the airwaves and record stores the first week of August back in 1964. Propelled by insistent drumming from co-writer Marvin Gaye, instrumental backing by Motown’s legendary Funk Brothers, vocal backing by the Vandellas, and Martha Reeve’s soaring lead vocal, “Dancing in the Street” seemed to be playing everywhere on portable transistor AM radios, 45 rpm record players and dance parties all over the country. Continue reading →