Today, we remember Sonny Bono. He died yesterday afternoon in a skiing accident. He was 62. Bono was completing his second term in the U.S. Congress. He was the second most-requested speaker at House members events during the 1996 campaign season. Although he ended up in politics, many of his know him best for his work in music and show business. Terry Gross spoke with him in 1991, three years before he was elected to Congress. (Rebroadcast of 7/17 and 7/18 1991).
Bono first gained national fame as half of the "Sonny and Cher" entertainment couple. The two were married but later divorced. Prior to that, Bono worked as a songwriter. He later entered politics and was elected as Mayor of Palm Springs, California from 1988-1992. In 1994, As a Republican from California's 44th Congressional District he was elected to the U.S House of Representatives. Earlier this month, he won re-election to Congress. This interview was originally aired 7/17 and 7/18 in 1991.
Part two of our interview with Sonny Bono. Today, he talks about the Sonny and Cher years, their breakup, and his going on to be elected mayor of Palm Springs, California. Bono has a new autobiography, called "And The Beat Goes On" (published by Pocket Books).