February 16, 1935
Sonny Bono was born in Detroit.
Born Salvatore Philip Bono, Bono was better known as “Sonny.” Bono’s “I Got You Babe,” released in 1965, one year after his marriage to Cherilyn La Pierre, left the singing duo a national success story. After music and divorce, Bono entered politics and served as mayor of Palm Springs, California. He died in a skiing accident in January 1998.
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