‘I Got You Babe’ performed by Sonny & Cher on their TV show in 1976

On August 1st, 1971, ‘The Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour’ premiered on CBS television. The show featured many funny moments and great music performances, especially from the hosts.

Sonny & Cher

During one episode, the couple closed the show with their mega-hit titled “I Got You Babe.’ The song became the signature tune of Sonny & Cher. Their performance was one of the show’s most memorable moments.

It starts with some banter between Sonny and Cher. She says to Sonny, ‘I don’t want to interrupt you, so I just want to say it’s such an honor to have a great singer with a great comedian on stage.’

Sonny & Cher

Sonny thinks she is giving him a compliment and replies, ‘No, you should be saying that about Gabe Kaplan and Frankie Avalon.’ Cher says, ‘Yes, that’s what I was doing. Who did you think I was talking about?’ Everyone laughs, and Sonny plays the joke perfectly.

The two begin their biggest hit wearing a matching suit and dress. Cher starts, and then Sonny joins in. They do a shortened version of the tune, and then they say goodnight to the audience.

Sonny & Cher

‘I Got You Babe’ was from the couple’s debut album ‘Look at Us.’ In 1965, the single spent three weeks at number 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 and sold more than 1 million copies, making it certified Gold.

Sonny & Cher started their career in the mid-1960s as backup singers. Their career took off after their first two hit songs, ‘I Got You Babe’ and ‘Baby Don’t Go,’ and the duo went on to sell over 40 million records worldwide.

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