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Posted: 19 Mar 2029 01:46 AM PDT

The Purple Hearts - The Sound Of The Purple Hearts (1965-1967)

Posted: 19 Mar 2019 10:13 AM PDT

THE PURPLE HEARTS originally formed in Brisbane in 1963, where they
established a strong cult following with their wild brand of uncompromising
heavy rock and R'n'B. They relocated to Melbourne in 1966 and when Redmond
left to open a disco Tony Cahill was recruited as his replacement. Lobby
Loyde (aka Barry Lyde) was in their band prior to joining The Wild
Cherries. Bob Dames went on to Black Cat Circle and then with Mick Hadley
joined Coloured Balls. Tony Cahill later went on to The Easybeats. Like
many Australian bands of the era, they were something of a cross between
the British RB/rock groups (like the Rolling Stones and the Pretty Things)
and the somewhat less adept American garage bands, though they leaned more
in the British RB direction. And, like some other notable Australian bands,
they in fact featured some recent British émigrés in the lineup. Their
failure to record any original material helped exclude them from the first
division of such international acts, but their singles always offered
satisfying RB-oriented covers, and occasionally thrilling ones.

Thanks Dick !

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Cher has had three careers that place her indelibly in the public
consciousness, and two have been in association with her then-husband,
composer/producer/singer Salvatore "Sonny" Bono (b. February 16, 1935, d.
January 8, 1998). She charted major hit records in the 1960s and 1970s,
working in idioms ranging from early-'60s girl group-style ballads to
Jackie Deshannon folk-influenced pop to adult contemporary pop in the
manner of later Dusty Springfield. She also embarked on an acting career,
initially in the late '60s in association with her work as part of Sonny &
Cher but later on her own, which led to a series of increasingly polished
and compelling performances in Silkwood, Mask, and Moonstruck, for which
she won the Academy Award for Best Actress.
Cherilyn Sarkisian was born in California in 1946; she was 17 when she
first met Salvatore "Sonny" Bono, a songwriter and protégé of producer Phil
Spector. Sonny brought her to Spector, who used her as a backup singer and
produced one single by her, a novelty Beatles tribute record called "Ringo
I Love You" issued under the name Bonnie Jo Mason. It disappeared without a
trace, but the couple were undaunted -- they emerged as a duo, initially
called Caesar & Cleo, later that year, and cut "The Letter," "Do You Wanna
Dance," and "Love Is Strange."
Caesar & Cleo didn't trouble the chart compilers with any degree of
success, but late in 1964, Cher (then known as Cherilyn) was signed to
Liberty Records' Imperial imprint, and Sonny came along as producer. A
Spector-ish version of "Dream Baby" managed to get airplay in Los Angeles,
becoming a local hit, and they suspected they were onto something. That
same month, Sonny & Cher, as they were now known, signed to Reprise Records
and released their first single, "Baby Don't Go." The song became a major
local hit in Los Angeles, after which the duo jumped from Reprise to the
Atco label, a division of Atlantic Records. In April 1965 their first
single, "Just You" was released and rose to number 20 on the charts. The
duo was on its way, and Cher also had Imperial Records after her for a
second single. The couple had seen the Byrds pioneer commercial folk-rock
with Bob Dylan's "Mr. Tambourine Man," and had witnessed them performing
another Dylan number, "All I Really Want to Do" at a club in Los Angeles.
The group intended to issue their own recording of "All I Really Want to
Do," but Cher, with Sonny producing, beat them to the punch with her own
recording of the song.
She pursued a dual career for the next two years, cutting solo recordings
under Sonny's guidance that regularly charted, and duets with her husband
for Atco. A month after "All I Really Want to Do," they released "I Got You
Babe," which was one of the biggest-selling and most beloved pop/rock hits
of the mid-'60s, and the couple's signature tune across two eras of
success. Cher's solo career ended up slightly overshadowed by her work with
Sonny & Cher, but at the time she was fully competitive on her own terms --
her first LP reached the Billboard Top 20 and was on the albums charts for
six months. "Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down)" was another hit, a
million-seller that made number three in America and England, and she made
the Top Ten once more with her 1967 single "You Better Sit Down Kids." The
latter song, written by Sonny (and which was also a hit for Glen Campbell),
dealt with divorce, an unusual subject for a 1960s pop record, and was one
of a series of releases on which Cher's music broached difficult areas --
others were "I Feel Something's in the Air," which dealt with unwanted
pregnancy, and "Mama (When My Dollies Have Babies)."
Cher's solo career at Imperial, which had created some political problems
for the couple at Atlantic, ended with the lapsing of her contract in 1967,
and she moved to Atlantic. Ironically, it was this move that contributed to
the unhappy reversal of the couple's fortunes at the end of the decade.
By the end of the 1960s, Sonny & Cher were no longer selling records. A
series of commercial missteps, coupled with a change in public taste, had
sharply curtailed their sales, and a pair of movies (Good Times, Chastity)
had lost millions. Additionally, they were no longer recording for Atlantic
-- though they were still under contract to them -- owing to the label's
decision to take Cher's solo recordings out of Sonny's hands and assign a
new producer to her.
Coupled with the presentation of a bill from the Internal Revenue Service
for $200,000 in back taxes, these events left the couple in dire financial
straits at the end of the 1960s. They were forced to play club dates,
opening for artists like Pat Boone, and it was there that their second
career, and a second career for Cher, took shape. A new contract with Decca
Records in 1971, coupled with a chance at a summer replacement gig on the
CBS television network, brought them a second chance at success.
The tryout on television was a success, as the couple proved to be as funny
as they were musically diverse. It took a little longer to find a new
formula for Cher's music -- her initial single on Decca's Kapp
label, "Classified 1A," was a failure; a serious song dealing with a girl's
feelings for a boyfriend killed in Vietnam; it was topical in all the wrong
ways to become a pop chart success. Producer Snuff Garrett was recruited to
work with her, and he found a series of songs that were perfect for Cher's
maturing talent.
"Gypsies, Tramps and Thieves," a conscious attempt to emulate
Springfield's "Son of a Preacher Man" (which also recalled Cher's own "Bang
Bang") was released late in 1971 and became a number one hit and a
million-seller. To some listeners, "Gypsies, Tramps and Thieves" was the
epitome of schlocky pop/rock, but the song's subject matter, unusual tempo
changes, and an incredibly memorable chorus-hook became a vehicle for a
transcendent performance by the singer, marking Cher's maturation as an
artist (the B-side, "I Hate to Sleep Alone," written by Peggy Clinger of
the Clinger Sisters, curiously enough, managed to recall Sonny's
Spector-influenced productions from the Imperial years). A follow-up album,
featuring her covers of contemporary hits such as "Fire and Rain," sold
well also, and her next single, "The Way of Love," a revival of a mid-'60s
Kathy Kirby hit, solidified the image of a new, more confident and powerful
Cher. And the debut of the couple's regular network variety series on CBS
in January 1972 brought them back to the center of American and
international popular culture in a more mature, wittier guise, and one that
concentrated much more on Cher as a personality.
Her 1960s music ran the gamut from Spector-style miniature teen pop
symphonies to covers of contemporary adult pop ("It's Not Unusual") and
folk-rock. Her voice wasn't very rich or powerful, but it was expressive
and surrounded by Sonny's radiant Spector creations, and she could put over
an almost inappropriately cheerful sounding version of "The Bells of
Rhymney" or "Blowin' in the Wind." By contrast, her early-'70s material,
solo or with Sonny, had a more adult point of view and
personality. "Gypsies, Tramps and Thieves" and the later number one solo
hits "Half-Breed" and "Dark Lady" were dramatic, highly intense
performances, almost as much "acted" as sung, and very different from her
1960s output.
In 1974, it was revealed that the couple's marriage was coming to an end.
Ironically, Cher came out of this split more secure than her husband,
despite his having guided her career for a decade and having all of the
real training in the entertainment business. She embarked on an acting
career, even as she continued to make headlines for her romantic exploits,
including an affair with (and two marriages to) Gregg Allman. She became a
far better actress than she was a singer, first revealed in Mike Nichols'
Silkwood (1983) and then in Peter Bogdanovich's Mask (1985) and George
Miller's The Witches of Eastwick (1987). Her acting peers caught on to the
worth of her work in time for an Academy Award for Best Actress for her
performance in Norman Jewison's 1987 romantic comedy Moonstruck.
Living Proof Since the mid-'70s, Cher has been known more for her acting
than for her music, although she has continued to record for numerous
labels, including Columbia, and in 1998 scored an international
chart-topping smash with the club-friendly single "Believe." The year 2001
brought Living Proof, the equally dance-oriented follow-up to the
transformative Believe, and by 2005 she had completed the three-year,
high-grossing Farewell Tour ahead of a lucrative Las Vegas residency of
equal length. In 2010 she starred in the musical Burlesque, and "You
Haven't Seen the Last of Me" from the movie's soundtrack went on to win a
Golden Globe Award. In September 2013 Cher released a new studio set,
Closer to the Truth, the results of further sessions with assistance from
Mark Taylor, the British songwriter/producer who had been a regular
collaborator since Believe. Cher's appearance in the 2018 musical film Mama
Mia! Here We Go Again inspired her to record an album of ABBA cover songs
called Dancing Queen later that year. Dancing Queen appeared in September,
All I Really Want To Do - 1965

01. All I Really Want To Do02. I Go To Sleep03. Needles And Pins04. Don't
Think Twice, It's All Right05. He Thinks I Still Care06. Dream Baby07. The
Bells Of Rhymney08. Girl Don't Come09. See See Blues (C.C. Rider)10. Come
And Stay With Me11. Cry Myself To Sleep12. Blowin' In The Wind

The Sonny Side Of Cher - 1966

01. Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down)02. A Young Girl (Une Enfante)03. Where
Do You Go04. Our Day Will Come05. Elusive Butterfly06. Like A Rolling
Stone07. Ol' Man River08. Come To Your Window09. The Girl From Ipanema10.
It's Not Unusual11. Time12. Milord


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