Season: 2 (The Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour)
Guest: Ken Berry, Ralph Edwards
CBS air date: February 28, 1972
Never re-aired in US but screen captures show it aired in UK.
I haven't seen this one. These are notes and clips from online sources.
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Opening Song: "Eight Days a Week" (video)
Cover of the Beatles (1964)
Cher is wearing her long hair in front probably because the boob panels made the censors nervous. Both are wearing white outfits. You can see Sonny’s Sicilian horn (the necklace! the necklace!). Cher goes into a solo that makes Sonny nervous and they do some of their live album banter reworked. Sonny says, "Save the fertility dance until we get into the tee-pee" purchasing on Cher's perceived Indian heritage. Cher retorts, "The only thing in this tee-pee is a wooden Indian." They talk about the musical term “once more with feeling” and Sonny goes through some of the Italian musical terms and Cher makes an Italian joke. Sonny says, "I happen to be the musical genius in the family...I know Cher has better pitch, a more pleasing tone, a deeper voice than I do." Cher says, "Truman Capote has a deeper voice than you do." Questionable jokes in the new era, for sure. But the Indian joke particularly gives the last laugh to Cher, which is a progressive gesture. She takes no guff.
Cher makes fun of Sonny’s pronunciation of music. Sonny says, Cher's lack of knowledge about the technical side of music has hurt her singing a lot. (There might be some accidental truth to this). Sonny turns this into a joke about "her obligators just aren’t big enough" and they crack up. He means her boobs. Cher talks to Sonny during the audience claps. Cher asks Sonny if he knows what the musical term buffo means. She ends by saying "I married one." This is an interesting monologue, not dated particularly well, but indicative of the jokes they would be remembered by.
Skit: Ralph Edwards does a “This is Your Life” for Sonny.
Wish I could see that and what mythologies it produced!
Cher Solo: "As Time Goes By"
Cover of Casablanca Movie song (1942)
- Marie Antoinette
- Sadie Thompson
Concert: "Dancing in the Streets"
Cover of Martha and the Vandellas (1964) (co-written by Marvin Gaye)
Cultural Spot: a country and western Viking opera.
I Got You Babe