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Thursday, December 10, 2015

Today's Lesson: Cher and Cher Alike! (Echoes of the Spectorian Era, Vol. 9)

 Welcome to volume 9 of Echoes

 my 17-part salute to Phil Spector 

 and the producers, arrangers 

 and recording artists  

 influenced by him. 

The stars of this episode include Sonny and Cher
and I'll bring them out shortly. But first, as my
warm-up act, a young lady who sounds a lot
like Cher. Maybe that's because it is Cher,
recording early in her career as Cherilyn!


Early on, Cher found work as a backing singer for
Phil Spector's Crystals, Ronettes and Darlene Love.
Sonny and Cher released singles as Caesar and Cleo
but those platters came and went almost unnoticed.
In 1964, using the stage name Bonnie Jo Mason,
Cher waxed "Ringo I Love You." The 45 fizzled.

Later that year, using her birth name, Cherilyn,
Sonny's singing sweetheart released one of the
greatest examples of a Spector sound-alike
recording. Penned and and produced by
Bono and performed by his teenage
girlfriend and future wife, here is
the scintillating "Dream Baby."

 "Dream Baby" - Cherilyn 
 (December 1964, uncharted) 


Sonny Bono landed a recording contract with Atco
for himself and Cher and the duo cut the Spector
soundalike single "Just You." The record failed to
attract much attention until the Sonny and Cher
release "I Got You Babe" rocketed to the top of
the chart. It was a game changer. Suddenly,
Sonny and Cher were hot and fans couldn't
get enough. "Just You" was given new life
and rode the chart to the top 20.

 "Just You" - Sonny and Cher 
 (Sept. 1965, highest chart pos. #20) 


Plain and simple, this next recording is a
masterpiece, one of the finest and most
dramatic examples of Spectorian production.

"I Can't Make It Alone," a Goffin-King song,
is performed by underrated singer/songwriter
P.J. Proby along with the Blossoms, backed
by the group of veteran West Coast studio
musicians known as The Wrecking Crew.
The elements were spun into golden wax
by crack producer/arranger Jack Nitzsche.
The resulting single runs more than four
minutes. That TRT didn't fly very well in
the "time is money" universe of top 40
radio. DJs who skipped over this gem
didn't know what they were missing
and neither did their listeners!

 "I Can't Make It Alone" - P.J. Proby 
 (Nov. 1966, highest chart pos. #131) 


Up next, in all its Spectorian splendor,
an exciting release by the blue-eyed
soul duo The Righteous Brothers.

This Philles single was a doublesider.
"Hung On You," the killer bee side of
"Unchained Melody," spent 7 weeks on the
chart and cracked the top 50. Over the years
"Hung On You" grew on me until I found myself
playing it more often than “Unchained Melody.”

 "Hung On You" - The Righteous Brothers 
 (August 1965, highest chart position #47, 
 B side of "Unchained Melody") 



In April 1962, Don and Juan (Roland "Don" Trone
and Claude "Juan" Johnson) achieved a top 10 hit
with "What's Your Name." Subsequent releases by
the Brooklyn R&B duo fell far short of that mark.

The last record Don and Juan made before splitting up
features soaring Righteous Brothers style vocals and
top notch sound by EmBee, the production company
named after Detroit record moguls Irving Micahnik
and Harry Balk, the co-founders of Twirl Records. 
Released in 1965, this one should have been a hit.
Instead it languished in obscurity and missed the 
chart entirely. That's "The Heartbreaking Truth."

 "The Heartbreaking Truth" - Don and Juan 
 (October 1965, uncharted) 

 I hope Volume 9 

 has you feelin' fine. 

 We'll do it all again 

 in Echoes Volume 10. 

 Please join me! 

Have a Shady day!


  1. These Spector style songs are all great, Shady. I enjoyed watching the Sonny and Cher show years ago and loved their music and comedy. I never heard Dream Baby by Cher and I don't remember the Sonny and Cher song Just You, but I liked them both. I was not familiar with P.J. Proby and agree that I Can't Make It Alone is magnificent. I listened the whole way through-- the power builds to a crescendo. I always loved the Righteous Bros. and agree that Don and Juan sound a lot like them. Thanks for a terrific set of tunes, Shady!

    1. Hi, Kathryn!

      Yessum, I also watched The Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour, later renamed The Sonny & Cher Show. I was thrilled to discover this early recording by Cher credited as Cherilyn, a great example of Spectorian splendor. I can't say enough about the P.J. Proby platter. Simply put, it's a superb wall-of-sound recording, a towering inferno of blue-eyed soul. Another great find as I did my research for this Echoes series was the duo of Don and Juan, who sound like clones of Bill and Bobby, the Righteous Brothers.

      I'm delighted to know that you enjoyed this batch of tunes, dear Kathryn. Thanks for coming and I hope to see you back here six days from now for part 1 of my Christmas celebration.

  2. Great post, Shady! Sonny and Cher...I have always loved their singing and their TV shows as well! It is sad how Sonny died and Cher was devastated. Cher was shy and Sonny used to help her by pushing her onto the stage, so I heard, but Cher has a great talent and Sonny knew this! :)

    1. Hi, dear Linda!

      Thank you for coming today and especially for contributing new information to the discussion. Sonny Bono was an underrated talent. As a songwriter and record producer, Sonny made significant contributions to the Phil Spector sound. As you noted, he recognized the star potential in his girlfriend, Cherilyn, and the rest is history. I was shocked and saddened when Sonny lost his life in that skiing mishap.

      Thank you very much for your visit and fine comment, dear friend Linda!

  3. I used to love watching the Sonny and cher show when I was a kid. I'm a fan of cher and always loved she had her own flair and style. The guy PJ had a righteous brother sound as well. Great music today Shadester!

    1. Hi, dear Holli!

      It's wonderful to see you, dear friend! Thank you for coming.

      I'm happy to know that you remember the Sonny & Cher phenomenon manifested in their recordings and in their partnership as co-hosts of a wildly popular music/comedy/variety television series. Yessum, singer/songwriter P.J. Proby's recording of the Goffin and King song "I Can't Make It Alone" is similar in style to the blue-eyed soul recordings of The Righteous Brothers. Bill Medley released his own version of the song as a solo artist after The Righteous Brothers broke up in 1968.

      I'm so glad you came over and sampled these songs, dear friend Holli. Enjoy the rest of your day!

  4. I had no idea that Cher started out as Cherilyn. I always learn such fascinating tidbits when I visit your blog! Thanks for sharing all of your musical knowledge with us.

    1. Hi, dear Sherry!

      Thank you very much for dropping by, dear friend! Keep in mind that 90% of the material I present here is new to me as well. All these years I was unaware of the other names used by Cher early in her career and I never heard her Spectorian gem "Dream Baby" until a couple of years ago when it showed up on a various artists compilation that I purchased.

      I'm so glad you had fun listening and learning today, dear friend Sherry. See you soon!

    2. I think it's great that you're learning, too!

      Thanks for telling me about my link not working on the SCBWI party. I fixed it.

  5. They were quite a talented pair , that Sonny and Cher. Great singers (and comedians)!Thanks for tuning me into, "just you"! My parents were lucky enough to see them at the great York Fair in the 70's! I was lucky enough to see Cher in concert in Vegas a couple yrs. ago--and YES! she still has "it"!
    P.J. Proby and Don & Juan (great names btw) had wonderful voices. I haven't heard of them but, enjoyed them just the same.
    LOVE, Love , love the Righteous Brothers, unchained melody! That tune is still #1 in my book. Loved hearing "hung on you", too for the first time!
    Thank you Shady for some new tunes and new artist. You are broadening my musical play list!
    Toni Deroche

    1. Hi, dear Toni!

      How are you today, dear friend? Thank you for swinging over for a visit.

      I didn't know that Sonny and Cher appeared on the grandstand at the York Fair in the 70s. Where was I? You were lucky to have a chance to see Cher live in Vegas.

      I'm happy to know you appreciate the powerful yet refined voices of P.J. Proby and Don and Juan. The Righteous Brothers' killer bee "Hung On You" was good enough to be a hit A side, so says Shady. I played that fab flip more often than "Unchained Melody," especially in the years after "U.M." was used in the movie Ghost and I got tired of hearing it.

      I am very happy to broaden your musical horizon, dear friend Toni. Thank you again for coming and have a great weekend!

  6. Well Shady, this volume nine did have me feeling fine and i can't wait to do it again in volume ten!
    I still can't get over how cute Sonny and Cher are. I really do think that their 'Just You' is my top choice in this wonderful lineup. What i wouldn't do to see them live in their heyday! All i can say is praise the Lord for Youtube and all the wonderful people that dedicate their time to upload priceless music and television show clips from years ago that help us travel back in time and keep all lots of wonderful things alive today!

    1. Hi, dear Abigail!

      Thank you for coming by, dear friend. (I see that you've got dear little Daisy under your arm, too. :)

      What a great comment! I wish you had been around in the 70s when millions of Americans looked forward to tuning in every week, grooving to the sounds and laughing at the comedy skits on The Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour. It was truly a special event. Sonny and Cher defined cool and hip and dressed the part. They were poised, talented show persons and also had excellent comic timing. Cher's put-downs of Sonny during their stand-up routine at the beginning of every show were classic zingers. You are right. People your age are very lucky to have some of this priceless content available for viewing on YouTube and other sources. I am very grateful that you take an interest in experiencing pop culture as I knew it during my teens and twenties.

      Thank you again for your visit and sweet comment, dear friend Abigail. Take care of yourself and Daisy and have a wonderful weekend!

  7. Fabulous !
    This is my kind of music.
    Love Spector's "Wall Of Sound" ! What he did with music was so different at the time.
    The Righteous Brothers, outstanding sound.
    Tina Turner, Phil Spector's, River Deep Mountain High. Best ever music.
    I have hear P.J. Proby also.
    Sonny and Cher just the best.
    What a fabulous post today. Thanks so much.

    cheers, parsnip

    1. Well hi, dear Gayle! I am very excited to see you again, dear friend. Thank you very much for coming over!

      I'm very pleased to know that this music resonated with you. Strangely, not very many of my followers have expressed a fondness for the Spectorian wall-of-sound production style. I'm guilty, too. For decades I convinced myself that I only liked the bright, clean, crisp, clear sound of East Coast Brill Building records and stereo album tracks. To my ears, Spector's dense mono mixes sounded muddy. As my blog research continued my tastes changed and I embraced Spector originals and sound-alikes, so much so that I was inspired to create this special 17-part Echoes series.

      I am delighted that you mentioned "River Deep, Mountain High," a magnificent recording that wound up being one of Spector's few unexplained failures. Ever hear Eric Burdon's version?

      I am very grateful for your visit and comments, dear Gayle. Thank you very much for sticking with me as we move forward into a new year. Please smooch square dog thehamish for me and enjoy your weekend! God bless!

    2. I am a huge Eic Burton fan and yes I like his version also.

    3. I have the Burdon & the Animals version on CD. He does a decent job with the song but, of course, most people agree that Ike & Tina recorded the definitive.

      Thanks again for your visit and kind comments, dear friend Gayle!

  8. Hi dear friend, Shady!

    Ah, I remember listening to the Righteous Brothers a lot when I was a small child - always good times. I also remember listening to Sonny and Cher a lot in elementary school as well. Gym class memories - we'd exercise to Sonny and Cher.

    I really liked Cherilyn and her voice. I have never heard of her before. I will have to check out more of her. Thanks for sharing!

    I hope you have a great evening, dear friend!

    1. Hi, dear Jessica Marie!

      Thanks for coming by, dear friend! imagine this. I went to see the Righteous Brothers in a live show at a theater in Valley Forge, PA! They were great and received several standing ovations. Sonny and Cher doesn't seem like exercise music to me but if it worked for your gym class, then I believe you. Cherilyn Sarkisian is Cher's real name! She used the name Cherilyn on this her second single. On the first, "I Love You Ringo," she went by the stage name Bonnie Jo Mason.

      Thanks again for your visit and comment, dear friend JM!

    2. Hi Shady!

      Really? That's awesome! What was the theater called? I love the Valley Forge area, especially the park. :)

    3. Hi, Jessica!

      The year was 1983 and I forget the exact name of the venue, but I remember dining at Lily Langtry's in King of Prussia on that same trip.

      Thanks for the return visit, dear friend JM. Have a wonderful week ahead!

  9. I very much enjoyed this, my friend. I guess for me the best was Don and Juan. I loved What's Your Name, and this was just as good in a different, more powerful way. I will check for this on Spotify, the Broccoli god in charge of sounds and noises.

    The Cherilyn song was great as well. The best thing I can say about Cher is the worst thing I can say about Sonny and Cher- She is great, and if only one could erase Sonny's clown like vocals. Nails, chalkboard for me.

    I'm replaying Proby as I type. I think this one will have to grow on me, but it is really good.

    I think we all have b-sides we fell in love with more than the "big" hit. Pretty Maids all in a Row by the Eagles was mine. Hung on You was definitely powerful enough to be a single on its own. A&R men, whaddaya gonna do? Thanks for a fun post!

    1. Hey, Chris!

      Thanks for coming, good buddy, and for adding a great deal to the discussion. I really appreciate that!

      I can't lie. It's exciting when our ears are in tune. I have all of these Spectoresque nuggets in my personal collection and swoon whenever my changer selects them at random for playback. I'm thrilled that you singled out Don and Juan. Their smooth, soulful sound is right in the pocket like a plug in a socket. The Cherilyn record kills and I promise that the P.J. Proby platter will also grow on you. In fact you might have found 5 of your next Martin Ten right here on SDMM! :)

      Thanks again for hopping over and sampling these great Spector and Spector sound-alike recordings, good buddy Chris. I'll see you sometime tomorrow or tomorrow evening in the cheap seats of your Time Machine!

  10. Wow, Shady. This may be your best post ever. I did not know Cher ever sang without Sony at the beginning of her career. I've heard she gives wonderful concerts. And I love The Righteous Brothers. Feel free to do an indepth post on them. heh heh

    1. Hi, dear Sandra!

      Thank you very much for popping over, dear friend! This is a dandy comment from you, Sandra, and greatly appreciated. Blogging is at its best when we are learning as well as teaching. I didn't know anything about Cher's early solo career either, not until I did my research. I learned that Sonny and Cher served as back-up vocalists for name Phil Spector acts before they hit the big time. I have also heard that Cher gives audiences their money's worth and then some in her live shows. Don't worry, I have much more music by the Righteous Bros. coming up in future posts.

      Thank you again for making time for me this evening, dear friend Sandra. Have a wonderful weekend!

    2. More good info in your response:) Hope you're having a perfect Sunday afternoon.

    3. Hi, dear Sandra!

      Yessum, I am having a fine Sunday afternoon, made even better by your cheery visit. Thank you!

  11. That was some education. A lot of stuff I never knew. I recall a hit that PJ Proby had in the summer of 1966 that used to get a lot of airplay on the Knoxville, TN top forty station, but I don't remember him sounding like he did in the recording above. For that matter I don't even recall what he sounded like or what the song I'm thinking of is.

    Arlee Bird
    Wrote By Rote

    1. Hi, Lee!

      Thank you for dropping in, good buddy! I'm happy to know you learned a thing or two from this post. P.J. Proby was a singer, a songwriter and an actor. He played Elvis and Roy Orbison in theater. Proby recorded in various styles including pop, easy listening, R&B, soul and rock. His biggest hit was "Niki Hoeky" which cracked the top 30 in the early months of 1967. In the summer of 1966 Proby released "My Prayer" (covering the Platters' hit) b/w the self penned "Wicked Woman." If those don't ring a bell maybe it was the summer of 1965 you are remembering. Proby's singles around that time included "Mission Bell"/"Stagger Lee," "I Apologize"/" Rocking Pneumonia" and "That Means a Lot"/"Let the Water Run Down." Are any of those familiar?

      Thanks again for coming, good buddy Lee, and have a great weekend!

  12. Fabulous vocal stylings from top to bottom here, Shady! ☺ Cher has long been a favourite and I had the pleasure of seeing her live a few times; twice with Sonny and twice without. Her shows are always memorable! "Dream Baby" was unknown to me and you're right; it has that unmistakable Spector sound. I read her biography years ago and in it Sonny is quoted as saying the only reason he got on stage and sang with her was because she had horrible stage fright. His original intention was for her to be a solo act.

    P.J. Proby was popular in Europe too, but I don't remember that song specifically. Good stuff!

    Bill Medley has a magnificent baritone! I love "Unchained Melody" but wasn't familiar with "Hung On You". It's good, but doesn't replace the former in my mind.

    Never heard of Don & Juan, but the vocals are great and they do sound a lot like the Righteous Brothers. Too bad their career didn't take off.

    Jack Nitzsche was also a close collaborator with Neil Young in the late 60s - early 70s, until they had a falling out.

    Thanks for another entertaining and educational post. You've outdone yourself with this one, Shady!

    1. Hi, dear Debbie the Doglady!

      Welcome welcome welcome, my great friend, and thank you for staying up late to listen to my tunes.

      I'm thrilled to know you found a lot to like in this post. Nobody can call Cher's husky voice "girly," can they? :) You'd never know she suffered from stage fright because she always came across as calm and composed. I loved the combination of Sonny and Cher because they played off of each other so well. Marvelous chemistry! You were very fortunate to have seen four of Cher's live appearances.

      P.J. Proby had greater success in the UK than he did here at home. His 1964 single "Hold Me" landed in the top 5 on the UK chart while halting at #70 stateside. His single "Together" (a #6 hit for Connie Francis) went to #8 in the UK but only Bubbled Under in the U.S. at #117. Proby fell from grace in the UK following scandalous concert appearances involving wardrobe malfunctions (trouser splitting) that got him banned from theaters.

      Thank you very much for taking time to write this superb comment, dear friend Debbie. Have a wonderful Friday and a safe and happy weekend!

    2. Haha! Definitely NO girly voices in this post! ☺ Thanks for refreshing my memory about Proby's little problem. LOL He always did wear incredibly tight pants! The Brits were a lot more uptight in those days than they are now. Pirate Radio was born because the BBC refused to air rock and roll music.
      Always a pleasure, Shady. You have a good weekend as well.

    3. Hi again, Debbie the Doglady!

      You reminded me that I still haven't watched The Boat That Rocked aka Pirate Radio. Mrs. Shady and I both want to see it.

      I always look forward to chatting with you, dear friend. Thanks for coming over again and have a super weekend!

  13. I love Cher, especially the early years. I wasn't aware of her work as Cherilyn. That's great new information for me. I loved her when she was with Sonny: they made such a great duo. And they stayed great friends after their divorce, which was heartwarming to see. Loved the Sonny & Cher Show! They were magic together: such chemistry. Thanks for the Cher info!
    Hung On You by the Righteous Brothers: good song.

    Hope you're having a good Friday Shady. Have a spectacular weekend!

    Michele at Angels Bark

    1. Hi, dear Michele!

      It's great to see you, my special friend! Seems like all the SDMM readers love Sonny and Cher and the Righteous Brothers. I'm tickled to know that you enjoyed Cher's Spectorian gem released under the name Cherilyn. It remains a mystery to me why "Dream Baby" never became a hit. It was released on Imperial Records late in 1964. At the time the label was red hot thanks to singer/guitarist Johnny Rivers' hit singles "Memphis," "Maybelline," "Mountain of Love" and Johnny's album Here We A-Go-Go Again recorded live at the Whisky A Go Go nightclub.

      You made a good point. Sonny and Cher stayed friends and kept respect for each other after they split up, which is admirable.

      I'm delighted to know that you had fun listening and learning today, dear friend Michele. Thanks again for coming over and have a safe and happy weekend with your folks and doggies!

  14. Hi Shady,

    I'm back from a long break and happy to learn more from the blogs you posts. Cher's name is a surprise. I never questioned whether it was real or not. It seemed fitting for her, and who can resist "I Got You Babe."

    Sad "The Heartbreaking Truth" did not do as well as it should have.

    Enjoy your weekend.

    1. Hi, Peaches!

      Welcome back from your blog break, dear friend. I am very happy to see you!

      Yessum, Cher is short for Cherilyn, a pretty name, but not as easy to remember as Cher, the stage name that served her well in her recording and acting careers.

      I am pleased that you singled out the Don & Juan record because it's a nicely crafted wall-of-soundalike that is as powerful and listenable as the stuff the Righteous Brothers released.

      Thank you again for thinking about me and joining the fun here at SDMM, dear friend Peaches. I hope you will visit again soon. Have a great weekend!

  15. The first song from Cher doesn't even sound like her but the 2nd with Sonny has more the style I know more. I agree with you about the 2nd song-It is excellent! It seems ahead of its time if I can say that since i am no music expert. I always like the Righteous Brothers. I keep learning every day!:)

    1. Hi, dear Birgit!

      How are you this morning, my dear friend? (After midnight qualifies as morning :) Thank you very much for sampling some Spectorian sounds with me.

      You wrote:

      << I agree with you about the 2nd song-It is excellent! It seems ahead of its time if I can say that since i am no music expert. >>

      Do you mean the third song, the one by P.J. Proby? I couldn't agree more, BB. It's a Spectoresque, blue-eyed soul masterpiece, 4 minutes in heaven. Like many of the Righteous Brothers' recordings, "I Can't Make It Alone" starts off slowly and quietly, gains strength and eventually takes off and soars high above the clouds, fueled by Proby's earnest vocals backed by the The Wrecking Crew. I get goose bumps listening to it all the way through. It's such a shame the single never climbed out of the Bubbling Under basement, possibly because of its long running time.

      Thank you very much for making time for me tonight, dear friend BB, and thank you for having a willingness and an eagerness to learn. You are a great friend. Have a fine weekend!

  16. Hi Shady, I remember Dream Baby and love it, but I never knew Cher was singing it! Just You is good, but I've always preferred Cher singing alone. I loved Sonny though, he was so funny on the TV show.

    P.J. has a great voice. Yes, I can imagine DJs didn't like long recordings. I remember Bob Dylan song, Like a Rolling Stone was really long but I guess he got away with it since he was already famous.

    I always enjoy the Righteous Brothers. Hung on you is terrific. I like Don and Juan. They sound good together.

    Sorry to be late, I'm staying at my mom's place helping her pack. She is moving in with my husband and me.

    1. Hi, dear Belle!

      Thank you very much for staying up late and coming down for a visit. I'm glad to see you!

      That's exciting news about your mother moving in. I know you love to spend time with her and it will be nice to have her close. The holidays are all about family and you can be thankful that you still have your mother. I miss mine. As you recall, my dad died on Christmas day, making the holidays a bittersweet time for me in the years since.

      I'm happy to know you love Cher's early recording as Cherilyn. Top 40 radio station in the Inland Empire where you lived at the time must have picked up on the record and added it to their play lists. I don't remember "Dream Baby" from my youth back east in Pennsylvania, only "Dream Baby (How Long Must I Dream)" by Roy Orbison, which is a different song. I discovered Cher's "Dream Baby" a couple of years ago on one of my rare girl group compilations.

      Yessum, in the early and mid 60s, the standard running time for a single was in the neighborhood of 2:15-2:30. Some hit records were shorter than 2:00. Maurice Wms. & the Zodiacs' hit "Stay" only runs 1:50 and Lesley Gore's "Sunshine, Lollipops and Rainbows" clocks in at an incredibly short 1:37. By late 1966 when that P.J. Proby record stayed trapped on the Bubbling Under chart, many artists were releasing singles that exceeded 2:30 but only a few major acts like Dylan, the Beatles and the Stones, were able to get away with recordings that ran longer than 4 minutes. ("Hey Jude" runs 7:11.)

      I'm delighted to know you enjoyed this set of sounds, dear friend Belle. Thank you again for making time for me and have a safe and happy weekend. God bless!

  17. As always I learned some new things today although I'm a bit late to the party! I enjoyed all the sounds but I must comment on Sonny and Cher. Cher by any other name is still Cher and sounds great. I've always loved them, probably because my oldest brother did! I remember at the very beginning of their popularity they appeared at the new shopping mall across the highway from my neighborhood. I hadn't really gotten into their music yet, but I know my brother was thrilled to have met them. As time went on I really wished my long, wavy black hair would be as straight as Cher's and I just had to have the large bellbottom pants and I even had a crazy vest that was so popular in the 60's. I enjoyed their TV show until it was really evident that their marriage was falling apart and watching the exchanges between them became painful. I'm glad I was there in the beginning as I'm sure you're glad you have witnessed so many wonderful artists over the last few decades. You've shared many sounds here and I've come to appreciate ones I never heard before...but my heart and memories always take me to the favorites and Sonny and Cher as well as the Righteous Brothers are big favs. Time certainly has flown and I marvel at the thought that John Denver would be 70 and Lennon, 75. They will always be young to me! Cher too, although I don't think it's all do to good genes! Have a good weekend Shady!

    1. Hi, dear YaYa!

      Thank you very much for coming over to bask in Spectorian splendor for the 9th time. (8 more posts left in the series.) You are right on time, dear friend, not late at all, because this post runs until next Wednesday morning.

      Comments like this one of yours please me the most because you take time to share your memories with me. I can imagine how exciting it was to see Sonny and Cher at a local mall at the beginning of their meteoric rise to fame. Cher became a trend setting fashion icon and you and millions of other girls were inspired to dress like her. I rarely missed an episode of Sonny & Cher's TV series of the 70s. Remember them bringing little baby Chastity out on stage to wave at the audience? Remember the Vamp Sketch and Sonny's Pizza? Remember Teri Garr ad Steve Martin as regular members of the cast?

      Forever young, dear friend. John Denver, John Lennon, Bobby Darin and so many other greats who died too soon. You and I can remain forever young, too, and that's the whole idea behind SDMM. Thank you for realizing that and for joining me here week by week. I deeply appreciate your friendship, dear YaYa. Please smooch Chubbs for me and have a wonderful weekend!

  18. I had no idea of Cher's birth name but "a rose by any other name is still a rose" right? Always thought she was fabulous. Sonny, not so much but they harmonized well together. Her costume changes during their shows was always amazing :-)
    Not familiar with PJ but the song you shared was really a treat!

    1. Hi, dear Diedre!

      Thank you for joining the fun as I salute Spector and his imitators for the ninth time. I'm excited to learn that you enjoy Cher in all her incarnations. She certainly was a clothes horse, imitated by many a young woman over the years. Remember her half-breed costume?

      I am also delighted to know that you appreciated the Spectorian blue-eyed soul of P.J. Proby. With repeat listens, "I Cant Make It Alone" will continue to grow on you, I promise.

      Thank you again for making time for a visit today, dear friend Diedre. I hope you can visit during the next three weeks but, if not, I will see you in 2016 and we will pick up where we left off, growing this wonderful friendship of ours. Thank you again and happy holidays to you!

  19. Think of the rest of us while you and Mrs. Shady are out walking in warm sands on the beach enjoying the sunset.

    1. Hi, Sandra! With this crazy weather pattern the country is in, it might be just as warm up there where you are! :)

      Thanks again for stopping by, dear friend Sandra, and enjoy the rest of your week!

  20. Tom, Although I enjoyed watching the Sonny & Cher TV show in the mid to late 70s and they have a few songs I like I wasn't a true fan. I could take 'em or leave 'em, love 'em or hate 'em. Ok, hate is a strong word and they weren't bad enough to hate. I think I prefer Cher's style when she was known as Cherilyn, if this is an indicator of how she sang before days of fame. P.J. is a new-to-me artist and boy does he remind me of the The Righteous Brothers and I really loved TRBs a lot! Did you know that The Righteous Brothers lived in Knoxville for a short while, too. Did you know that? Don and Juan is another new-to-me group and I like their sound-alike harmonies which is so much like TRB. I'm going to see what I can find available on iTunes by both these new-to-me artists. Thanks for the education and intro, my friend! Have a tunetastic week!!

    1. Hi, Cathy!

      Thank you very much for making time for a cheery visit today. I am delighted to see you, my dear friend!

      You and I think alike when it comes to Sonny and Cher. In all honesty I am more enamored of the Sonny and Cher phenomenon and all it encompassed, including their TV series, their comedic skills, their style and their attitude, than I am of their music. For example, "The Beat Goes On" is not one of my favorites. However, I agree with you about Cher's early recording "Dream Baby." It is a Spectoresque classic, a hit waiting to
      happen, and I can't figure out why it didn't take off and land in the top 20 or 30 on the Billboard chart.

      I'm thrilled to know that you enjoyed the Righteous Brothers and the two sound-alike artists, blue-eyed soulmeister P.J. Proby and brown-eyed handsome men Don & Juan. No, dear friend, I was not aware that Bill and Bobby lived in Knoxville for a time. Did you ever run into them anywhere or see their shows?

      I'm glad you enjoyed listening and learning today, dear friend Cathy. Enjoy the rest of your week and keep on rockin' around that Christmas tree! :) Bless you!

  21. I often wonder how many of your choice hits would have been my choice hits had I been born in another era. Where there was more time to appreciate music. I do love so many classic songs, even if they came out long before me, but trying to find the same charm in the forgotten B sides is allusive to me for some reason. But, as I say, had I been more earlier, I'm sure I would remember them as fondly as you.
    Music is great and I find myself enjoying music from any time period. Thanks for sharing these treasures of yours. I appreciate the step back in time. It's always appreciated.
    PS I had no Jack Nitzsche was a crack producer. Did the law ever catch up with him?

    1. Hi, Jeffrey!

      Welcome back to SDMM, good buddy. I'm happy to see you! I notice you left a comment on my previous post, too, and I will reply to that one in a minute.

      You wrote:

      << I had no Jack Nitzsche was a crack producer. Did the law ever catch up with him? >>

      Good one! Watching those giant neon colored teenagers dancing in slow motion is like being high on crack, isn't it good buddy? (I'm assuming you know for sure. :)

      Here's an important factoid that I have been reminding new friends for years. Most of the recordings that I present on SDMM are actually not ones that I remember from my youth. They are gems that I uncovered while doing research for this blog which was founded in 2008. I am essentially saying to you, "Look what I found!" and hoping that you will enjoy the nuggets I dug up as much as I do. For example, in this set of 5 recordings, the only one I remember from my teenage years is "Hung On You" by the Righteous Bros. All the rest are newly discovered. I am learning right along with you.

      Thanks again for reporting in, good buddy Jeffrey. Just like the original hangout, my online version of the Shady Dell will remain open through the holidays. Best of all there is no cover charge. I have three more posts this year beginning with a new one tomorrow and I invite you to drop by. If you can't make it then I will take this opportunity to wish you and your family the happiest of holidays!

    2. Well then, it's certainly awesome you are sharing your musical adventure with us.
      I shall endeavour to be here tomorrow with all sincerity.
      Looking forward to it.

    3. Thanks, good buddy. 2015 was a tough year in many ways, but our friendship is certainly one of the better things that happened. See you soon!

  22. Cher is still a big star even today. Only a few can do that. :D

    1. That's right, Luxie. Cher has staying power and today seems more popular than ever. Thanks for your visit and comment, dear friend!

  23. Great post Shady, I really enjoyed listening to these Spectorian songs!

    1. Hi, dear Sarah!

      Thank you for hopping across the pond. It took 50 or more years for the Spector sound to grow on me and today it's music to my ears. I'm glad you like it, too!

      Thank you again for your kind visit and comment, dear friend Sarah!

  24. Cher trying to sound like Ronn1e Spector--as Spock said, fascinating! I can detect the later Cher there, but that's only because I KNOW it's Cher. Otherwise, I'm no sure I could have guessed. It shows that her distinctive singing style was in some ways a work in progress.

    As for that second song--I'm not usually one to knock Sonny's singing. I liked the contrast in their voices, but that song seems a little beyond him.

    1. Hi, Kirk!

      Thanks for the "Cher," good buddy!


      I'm glad you made time to take a look and a listen to this volume of Echoes. That Sonny & Cher single "Just You" reached the top 20, but I swear my local radio station in York didn't play it. I paid close attention to music at the time and simply don't remember it. Clearly, the song is derived from the Ronettes hit "Baby, I Love You."

      Thanks again for your interest, good buddy Kirk!


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