Cher

Not in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

Eligible since: 1990 (The 1991 Induction Ceremony)

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Will Cher be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame?
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First with Sonny then solo.

Posted by A.L. on Friday, 07.6.07 @ 21:11pm


Can`t understand why she isn`t in there yet...She influenced music, television, cinema, fashion and much more for more than 4 decades now. She`s a legend!

Posted by Anne on Friday, 11.9.07 @ 07:46am


I think Cher should be in, but Sonny & Cher should be inducted first. Maybe Cher in about 10 years.

Posted by Tracy on Friday, 11.9.07 @ 08:08am


Oh no...... can you see this coming? This weeks fanby site that has stumbled upon the link to this site is (drumroll.....................)
Cher. Buckle up and prpare to endure this week's Gay Pride parade of hyperbolic posts from the litany of numbskulls who think they are actually participating in some kind of a grassroots petition to get their artist fo choice into the Hall.
At least when the X fans bombarded us that was a band I could support.
Remember the Bon Jovi zombie onslaught this Summer?

Posted by shawn on Friday, 11.9.07 @ 08:28am


"can you see this coming? This weeks fanby site that has stumbled upon the link to this site is."

Oh, you mean a normal person unlike us obsessive idiots who can't stop?



Posted by Anonoymous on Friday, 11.9.07 @ 11:48am


"Oh, you mean a normal person unlike us obsessive idiots who can't stop?"

Exactly! And now, I must fight you.

Posted by shawn on Friday, 11.9.07 @ 14:08pm


Now, I have to admit, that was funny...

Posted by Anon on Friday, 11.9.07 @ 14:52pm


"Now, I have to admit, that was funny..."

So, you believe yourself to be the godfather of comedy?

Posted by liam on Friday, 11.9.07 @ 14:57pm


"So, you believe yourself to be the godfather of comedy?"

Uh, no just thought it was funny...lets not over interpret now Liam

Posted by Anonymous on Friday, 11.9.07 @ 17:05pm


Cher is a legend...she's won Grammy's, Emmy's, & an Oscar...she been at the top of the Charts for over 40 years...what are you people waiting for?
Induct her already!

Posted by Jonsie on Tuesday, 11.13.07 @ 12:15pm


Facts: She' s the only female artist to have top 10 hits in 5 decades. She's the pioneer if "shock" pop. She can do it all (i.e., dance, act, and more importanly...SING!) exceptionally well. She's been an influence, even though many artist, especially her younger peers, will not admit to it, in music and fashion. She's is more popular than all her counterparts who started in the 60s or 70s (visit youtube.com and see how many videos are on her and compare with her so call competition in the 60s and 70s). She has won major awards in music, film and television. She is globally known, including in Europe, Australia, Phillipines, South America, Asia and the Caribbean. She is the only female artist that comes to mind that has recorded songs that fall under the following categories: pop, country, electronica, dance, R&B, and latin. She has recorded in other languages, inclduing Italian. She was one of the first, if not the first female artist to sample middle eastern music in a song (i.e. the original recording of Bang Bang). She was the first female artist to experiment with styles/fashion from other countries. She was the influence for bell bottoms, halter tops, see-through dress/shirts. She helped inspired the roller skating craze of the 70s. Overall, she deserves to be inducted into the hall of fame. So, stop the prejudice and all the imature comments. Based on the above, she has surpassed critically and financially alot of her peers, including many of those inducted before her.

Posted by O on Tuesday, 11.13.07 @ 21:39pm


Let's not forget her monumental influence on the world of drag queens and female impersonators.

Posted by shawn on Tuesday, 11.13.07 @ 23:42pm


it´s definitly more than just unbelievable that she´s not in there!!! i can´t believe so....hope she will be there as soon as possible,because she the best .-) :-)

Posted by tarah on Wednesday, 11.14.07 @ 03:51am


If the induction were based on an artist work, or an artist talent, then Cher (and Sonny & Cher) would have been one of the firsts artist to be inducted

Posted by Joyce on Wednesday, 11.14.07 @ 21:18pm


That's a surprise: None of them have written a comment with the idea that Cher is actually going to read it...yet

Posted by liam on Thursday, 11.15.07 @ 17:10pm


CHER is a true ICON and part of Rock and Roll and has been since her song RINGO I LOVE YOU IN 1964. CHER is a great gal. She raises a ton for charity and is just nice to people when she goes out. CHER is also current and has had major hits in the 1960s, 1970s, 1980s, 1990s and 2000s. Most in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame have NOT had success in all 5 decades! CHER HAS!!!!

Posted by JJ1975 on Saturday, 11.17.07 @ 17:04pm


She is fabulous, a tribute to strong women worldwide, and her AMAZING contralto and dramatic prowess & comedic TIMING leave her MARK second to NONE throughout MUSIC HISTORY! THANKS CHER FOR SOO MANY DAMN YEARS! ;)

Posted by Tamara on Friday, 12.7.07 @ 19:59pm


most people don't realize Cher is quite funny + she can actually SING

Posted by jj1975 on Friday, 12.21.07 @ 11:20am


I'm 27 and Cher has been round since I was born! She's da best!

Posted by Camisudi on Thursday, 12.27.07 @ 13:32pm


No Cher. Hard to freaking BELIEVE.

Posted by Lajanna on Thursday, 12.27.07 @ 19:26pm


Why should't this gal git in????

Posted by eihw88 on Friday, 12.28.07 @ 15:06pm


I fell in love with this girl in 1986 when I was 10 and still love her. She is a nice person and so talented. She'll get in the hall but it will take time since many in the industry are jeleous she can keep coming back again and again and again.

Posted by West Hollywooder on Friday, 01.4.08 @ 05:41am


It's a Man's World is my fave Cher tune

Posted by Jenna on Sunday, 01.20.08 @ 13:02pm


Yes, Cher can sure sing and Cher can sure outperform most of the new crop of artists. You go Girl!

Posted by Shanika Dowdre on Saturday, 01.26.08 @ 03:19am


I love Britney Spears 2 but she is a big mess and Cher is always together. Cher is a sure bet 4 the Rock Hall.

Posted by JibberD on Sunday, 01.27.08 @ 09:13am


A TRUE LIVING LEGEND AND SHE DESERVES TO BE INDUCTED!!!! Funny thing is she probably doesent giva a $#%&# about it, and thats one of the things i love about her!!!

Posted by vkelso on Tuesday, 01.29.08 @ 17:35pm


Wow, what a babe this gal is and nearly 62. Caught her interview bout VEGAS and she looked HOT!

Posted by Miami Heat 81 on Saturday, 02.9.08 @ 12:42pm


Cher Is World's Number One Pop Icon

official Press Release
http://cher.aeglive.com/press/

Posted by konsti on Saturday, 02.9.08 @ 17:46pm


Who made that declaration...Cher???

Posted by Terry on Sunday, 02.10.08 @ 00:28am


Cher is not like that. 1 nice thing about Cher is she is a lady. She is honest and not full of herself. Cher treats work as a thing she does from time to time and becomes Cher of the stage or the Cher of Hollywood. The real Cher does not give a shit about being #1 or being an icon. She is down to earth and honest. I would love to see Cher in the R&RHOF but I'm sure Cher could care less about it.

Posted by Davis R on Sunday, 02.10.08 @ 11:28am


The real Cher does not give a shit about being #1 or being an icon. She is down to earth and honest. I would

What?????? You know all this for a fact, huh?? There are small towns that Cher's ego wouldn't fit in!!! Give me a break!! Yeah, she's talented, but don't award her any sort of sainthood!

Posted by Terry on Sunday, 02.10.08 @ 12:28pm


I 2 agree Cher could care less bout all of this stuff. The nice thing bout Cher is she is down to earth and does not live for her career. She does her work a couple of times a decade then stops. The nice thing is she is always current and never an oldies act even though she is now an oldie.

Posted by Lisbeth on Saturday, 02.16.08 @ 21:27pm


Instead of putting her in the HOF, maybe we should just skip all that and just canonize her...GEEZ!!! Do you follow her around every day? Her track record suggests that she's like most celebrities. No one says she isn't talented, but you people get carried away...

Posted by Terry on Saturday, 02.16.08 @ 22:37pm


My hubby got us tickets to see Cher this summer for our anniversary. I can't wait for this show and to go wild in Vegas without the kids! We saw Elton John's the Red Piano there and loved Celine's show but I know Cher is going to way over the top as usual.

Posted by Debs on Monday, 02.18.08 @ 15:11pm


luv Cher

bet she doesn't care 1 way or the other

Posted by Damien82 on Saturday, 03.8.08 @ 21:24pm


200 mill. albuns

Posted by Pedro on Monday, 03.10.08 @ 11:50am


her main contribution to rock, as near as i can tell, is servicing greg allman, gene simmons, david geffen, richie sambora...in between dates with actors, sports figures, and the seventh fleet, that is...maybe she can get the 'golden knee pad' award

Posted by spike on Monday, 03.10.08 @ 12:17pm


she should've already been inducted.

Posted by amber on Monday, 03.10.08 @ 14:49pm


Her music is crap. They don't induct people like Cher. She will never be in. She has a definite following of fans from that crappy dance song, and the gays. Other than that, her songs are either crap like dark lady and half breed (god) or they just don't get any airplay because they suck and don't appeal to the mainstream. If she is going to get in at all, it will be a Sonny & Cher but I highly doubt that will even happen. At least they were very innovative and Sonny wrote some really good songs.

Posted by Penelope on Tuesday, 03.11.08 @ 09:42am


Cher should have been inducted 10 years ago! She is over due! Maddona, whom I like, will be inducted, yet Cher with her 50 years of legendanry staying power hasn't. GIVE Cher her the due respect she has EARNED! Cher, you reock the WORLD!.

Goran

Posted by Goran on Tuesday, 03.11.08 @ 12:22pm


yup, Madonna is in. Cher as usual is out. it sucks.

Posted by jayson79 on Wednesday, 04.2.08 @ 05:58am


madonna deserved it but cher even more so since cher actually did more in rock then m. if madonna got in cher should. madonna has always been more dance. cher has been everything. cher was huge in the 60s and 70s. madonna came in the 80s. cher was huge in the 80s and like madonna has hung on. cher just has 20 more years on the music scene then madonna. both gals rock.

Posted by Berliner on Friday, 04.4.08 @ 11:28am


"madonna has always been more dance. cher has been everything."

No, Cher has not been everything at all.

Posted by Liam on Friday, 04.4.08 @ 12:29pm


cher merece estar en el salon de la fma ella e sla diva la reina la diosa

Posted by luis on Monday, 04.14.08 @ 11:28am


How can the duo of the sixties and the most famous performer of her generation not be in the rock and roll,hall of fame!!
She is such an icon of the rocking sixties to her expansive longevity!
Please get her in that place she belongs!!!
What a musical career !

Posted by ward lamb on Tuesday, 04.15.08 @ 15:54pm


i heard jan wenner hates her guts + will never let her in

Posted by maysonhotlanta on Wednesday, 04.16.08 @ 08:07am


Very True. Common knowledge and I agree with some of the posts saying Cher does not care. Cher is Cher and we love her since she does her own thing and stuff like this is no biggie.

Posted by Tamara Sun on Saturday, 04.19.08 @ 16:48pm


Sonny & Cher will make it in first as a duo then Cher as a solo. I agree it's taking forever but I can't see it not happening.

Posted by Jason O'Neill on Tuesday, 05.13.08 @ 05:51am


This major BABE will get into the Hall.

This BABE has been a Babe and a Major Playa since the 60s and this BABE is a given for the Hall.

Posted by West Hollywooder Babe on Sunday, 06.1.08 @ 15:27pm


I for sure think Cher should be in before Sonny and Cher. Cher is just kick ass!

Posted by Adam on Sunday, 06.8.08 @ 19:31pm


She will be there, she has to. I can´t imagine this Rock & Roll Hall of Fame with out Cher.
She´d has to be there since long time ago.
no si lo que dije esta bien escrito pero, chicos, ustedes me entienden jajaja.

Posted by yo on Tuesday, 06.10.08 @ 15:41pm


amazing fair Cher ain't in

Posted by razza1982 on Wednesday, 07.2.08 @ 06:44am


Follow this you Bitches!
Cher arrasa...e acho que ela contribuiu siim..
ela sempre deixa sua marca em tudo que faz...
ela é foooooodaaaaa...

Posted by kaique on Monday, 07.7.08 @ 10:30am


hey i just read cher's gettinmg hitched to a harley's angel's guy

Posted by ramonacee on Friday, 07.11.08 @ 09:29am


She hit it big by 1965/and still is rocking! DA DIVA ROCKS so get her tatoooooooooood buttox IN Da hall#

Posted by leaioii on Friday, 07.25.08 @ 08:58am


Would that be her botoxed buttox?

Posted by Dameon on Friday, 07.25.08 @ 09:08am


Cher is the world greatest ICON

Posted by cherco on Friday, 07.25.08 @ 14:29pm


CHER IS THE GREATEST AND I CANT WAIT FOR OUR GROUP OF 10 TO GO SEE HER IN VEGAS IN AUGUST!!!!!!!!! ROCK ON CHER!

Posted by 1joey77 on Friday, 07.25.08 @ 14:36pm


I've always loved Cher's Butt!

Posted by Dave D on Monday, 07.28.08 @ 22:06pm


cher is still around in 2008 and her 60s and 70s female contempories ain't

Posted by zztopfan on Thursday, 08.7.08 @ 07:08am


All I can say is CHER!

Posted by Franneken88 on Sunday, 08.10.08 @ 06:06am


Bet none of you knew Cher has her own Convention. It was in Las Vegas again this year and from what I hear full of Cher impersonators from all around the globe. They say the area around Caesar's Palace was awash in Chers. How many R&RHOF members get conventions?

Posted by VegasDude on Wednesday, 08.13.08 @ 21:07pm


I WANT CHER!

Posted by thsth on Wednesday, 08.27.08 @ 06:53am


I wanted Cher 30 years ago; not so much anymore.

Posted by Dameon on Wednesday, 08.27.08 @ 07:22am


hey i want her now sheez a babe

Posted by alce on Wednesday, 09.3.08 @ 15:22pm


Loved the Cher Montage of her music and fashion at the Fashionista week celebration.

Posted by Liz Yothers on Sunday, 09.7.08 @ 16:52pm


Cher is a clown! She hasn't done anything worthwhile in years. Remember that horrible dance song that you first liked and then hated casue it was played endlessly ad nauseum came out back in 1999! Before that it was mostly movies and a couple of halfway decent songs (that "Turn Back Time" crap, I think). Before that it was the 70's, and she was doing variety show tv w/Sonny. When was the last time you saw the co-host of an old-fashioned variety show get into the Hall (I thought this was that whole "mainstream vs counterculture" argument?).

If that's the case, then Ed "reeaally big sheeww" Sullivan punched his ticket in back in 64.

Besides, Ed's got a kick-a** track record working for him.

Posted by Cheesecrop on Saturday, 09.13.08 @ 06:12am


Cher is a clown! She hasn't done anything worthwhile in years. Remember that horrible dance song that you first liked and then hated casue it was played endlessly ad nauseum came out back in 1999! Before that it was mostly movies and a couple of halfway decent songs (that "Turn Back Time" crap, I think). Before that it was the 70's, and she was doing variety show tv w/Sonny. When was the last time you saw the co-host of an old-fashioned variety show get into the Hall (I thought this was that whole "mainstream vs counterculture" argument?).

If that's the case, then Ed "reeaally big sheeww" Sullivan punched his ticket in back in 64.

Besides, Ed's got a kick-a** track record working for him.

Posted by Cheesecrop on Saturday, 09.13.08 @ 06:12am


--------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Hmmm Clowns sell... At some point others carry on...
she has been on more rock records besides Sonny and Cher and Cher than ants in an ant farm.. She is pure ROCK TALENT.. She is Beatnik, Doo Wap, Surf, Hippie, Vegas and more... Not bad if ya ask me...
She kept women singers going..
YES to CHER

Posted by mrxyz on Saturday, 09.13.08 @ 06:54am


in an earlier post, someone stated that Cher does not appeal to a mainstream audience, and that she gained fans via believe. im a 17 year old straight male, and i liked cher since i was 6 years old, before believe! that song DOES NOT show off her vocal skills! i like her 80's and 90's rock and her 60's historical tunes, such as i got you babe, where do you go, just you and bang bang. listen to them and then say she aint good!

Posted by Daniel on Tuesday, 12.16.08 @ 15:55pm


I don't think Cher belongs in the Hall. I think Cher is either a you really like her voice, or you just can't stand it. I belong to the can't stand it group, but I liked her younger voice. It's too loud and screechy at this point. It sounds as though she's just yelling. I do think Sonny and Cher should be inducted though. They were really quite unique in the sixties.

Posted by Maxwell on Monday, 01.26.09 @ 11:47am


This is an out and out farce! This woman should be appreciated and inducted-far better representation of Rock and roll than Madonna!
Talented and a legend in her own time!

Posted by ward lamb on Tuesday, 03.31.09 @ 18:51pm


I think Cher should have been in the Hall of Fame years ago. Some of these people haven't been around no time at all compared to Cher yet get in. What gives? Those of you who don't like her, or say she sings crap, obviously don't know good music when you hear it. Or a talented voice. I agree that there's a few songs i don't like, but i can count them on 1 hand. Or maybe i should say albums. I loved the songs with Sonny, the songs Sonny wrote for her, and the Gypsies, Dark Lady, Bang Bang (both versions, new & old), then the 80's (Turn Back Time, Heart of Stone), the much-forgotten but very good "It's A Man's World" albums, the Cher album put out in the 80's (there were others or at least one titled simply 'Cher', and altho the "Believe" album was totally different than others, still good, altho i prob like 'Living Proof' better other than a few select songs on 'Believe' (Dove Le' Amore). Usually the songs that weren't popular on the radio were the ones i liked best. Either way, tho, i think Cher is deserving of being in the Hall of Fame, i mean, if Madonna is in it, & i consider her pop music, as is most of Cher's body of music, then why not Cher?? It'd be nice if she could get in it while she's still alive. I see this list can go up to prob the year 2030's?? Heck, i'll be dead by then myself. No one is perfect, no, not even Cher, but she is a legend, great entertainer, and just because she did a variety show, which, by the way, for you young ones, were very good shows, go back & watch any one of them, & then watch a reality show (reality, ha!) & tell me what is more entertaining, doesn't make her less deserving. She's done a great mix of things & that's what makes her pretty talented & at least contributed widely to the music culture in particular.

Posted by Jay on Saturday, 10.31.09 @ 02:24am


CHER IS ICON POP QUEEN OF POP REAL QUEEN OF POP, SHE IS AMAZING, WINEER OSCAR, GRAMMYS, ECHOS, GOLDEN GLOB, EMMYS, TONY, CANNES, OSO BERLIN, SHE IS FREKEN AMAZINGGGGG


Follow this you bitches!!!!!!!!!!!!11

Posted by CHER_ADICTO on Sunday, 11.1.09 @ 11:04am


happens with Cher, Bette Midler, Liza Minnelli, Pet Shop Boys, Barbra Streisand, who happens to them, what happens??? especially with Cher, more than 45 year career force, 200 million records sold certificates, winning Oscar, Grammy, Emmy, Tony, echos, cannes, Golden Globes, his farewell tour tour Reimbursement 300 million making it one of the most successful tours of the planet, that's what happens, who sees this??? are perhaps blinded by the career of a diva as Cher??? this is a pity to leave out the greatest music icon beloved by legions of fans around the world and even in spite of living proof his latest CD was issued in 2001 and sold 10 million copies, and his name still in force a show stable caesar palace, with a sellout she is an artist who deserves all the respect, for God is Cher!

Posted by sebastian on Saturday, 11.21.09 @ 19:03pm


THE QUEEN EVERYTHING!!!!!!

Posted by alex on Saturday, 11.21.09 @ 19:17pm


For Cher, not to be in the Hall is unbelieveable. It smacks of Pete Rose not being in the baseball Hall,but he broke the law and the code of conduct, Cher has done neither. Her great career has obviously made some people with influence with the Hall, green with envy. I still enjoy visiting the Hall, but this disgraceful slight, damages the Hall, not Cher's legacy.

Posted by David Bruce on Wednesday, 06.2.10 @ 18:18pm


where the heck is SHE??

the HOF is shameful for not having the biggest diva in the world!

Posted by thom on Wednesday, 10.13.10 @ 16:21pm


Cher is by far the most overlooked for her generation.what female from her generation has made wonderful records,three or four careers,fashion icon,rock and roll,pop,and disco singer.the absence of cheer is ridiculous.it's time to admit that this legend is no accident and it all started in Phil specter records in gold star studios.I personally feel she is a better singer than Madonna,and more versatile.snap out of it you jerks,put her where she belongs,now'

Posted by Ward lamb on Friday, 10.15.10 @ 19:45pm


Cher is by far the most overlooked for her generation.what female from her generation has made wonderful records,three or four careers,fashion icon,rock and roll,pop,and disco singer.the absence of cheer is ridiculous.it's time to admit that this legend is no accident and it all started in Phil specter records in gold star studios.I personally feel she is a better singer than Madonna,and more versatile.snap out of it you jerks,put her where she belongs,now'

Posted by Ward lamb on Friday, 10.15.10 @ 19:49pm


Cher is one of my favorite female acts- I enjoy most of her music. But, unlike a Madonna, she's never been a big critical hit, and she hasn't done things in her work to lead to her work being regarded as important. She's definitely been a big icon, though.

She recently complained that she and Sonny still weren't in the HOF. S&C probably would stand a better shot than Cher solo (though even S&C obviously have opposition).

Also- I wonder if those infomercials work against her (like Dionne Warwick and the psychic hotline).

Posted by JR on Monday, 01.3.11 @ 17:05pm


Rock & Roll Jeopardy
Category: If They Collaborated

If Cher were to do a song with INXS, it would be called....

What is "Listen Like Gypsies, Tramps And Thieves?"

Posted by Aaron O'Donnell on Tuesday, 02.15.11 @ 16:24pm


I always assumed that Sonny & Cher were in the rock & roll hall of fame. I went there today and neither is in. I can't believe it. Sonny and Cher should be there and Cher should be there on her own. There should be a whole floor dedicated to her and how she paved the way for Madonna, Christing Aguleria, Lady Gaga, and so in. I just can't believe it. Love you Cher!!!!

Posted by John'sgirl on Sunday, 07.3.11 @ 19:42pm


On Cher's last appearance on Letterman, the HOF was brought up. She actually seemed a little upset about it. I was surprised. She said maybe she wasn't cool enough but apparently Phil Spector was (jailbird he is).

In an article I read, maybe Vanity Fair, she mentioned it again and didn't understand why "Sonny and Cher" weren't inducted and that Sonny was also a good writer.

I don't get it. Put in Sonny and Cher.

Posted by jagger on Monday, 10.10.11 @ 19:28pm


Cher deserves to be in the Hall for many many reasons... i will begin to name some;
has won grammys, oscar, emmys
only female vocalist to have a hit single in 4 decades
looks great for her age
supports charities
great concerts
and their are A LOT more, but i don't want to type all of them just to prove a point.
i believe that she deserves to be in the Hall more than anyone if you ask me! and not in 10 year, but now...

Posted by Rebekah on Friday, 12.30.11 @ 20:29pm


I saw I link to her Letterman interview where the R&RHF was mentioned, so I decided to look at her career. Of the Sonny & Cher albums only the 2nd, Look At Us, made the US top 10 (reaching No. 2), and the duo produced a single No. 1 single (I Got You Babe). In her solo career, only 1971's Gypsy's, Tramps & Thieves was highly successful, and this only reached No. 16 in the US, helped by the broadcast premiere of the Sonny & Cher TV show. She did produce three No. 1 singles from 1971 to 1974 during the show's network run, but network exposure clearly played a part. From that point her musical career fizzled into a string of flops ending in 1982.
By then, however, Cher's film career had taken off. By 1987, at the height of the MTV era, Geffen Records saw her as a marketable commodity and invested in her musical resurrection full bore, setting her up with top songwriters such as Desmond Child and Diane Warren. Even then the success was moderate: Cher (1987) reached No. 32 and had one top 10 single; Heart of Stone (1989) reached No. 10 (the first top 10 album of her career), with the No. 3 hit "If I Could Turn Back Time."
In fact, it was not until 1998's "Believe" album tht Cher truly broke commercially. "Believe" became noteworthy for pioneering the since infamous technology called autotune. Two more albums followed, although never recapturing the same level of success.
So essentially you have a musical career that satrted in 1965 that was not truly impactful until 1998. You are not dealing with a career of long term commercial success like Streisand.
Regarding innovation, her music was not innovative at all unless you want to include the aforementioned autotune. It was rather standard pop fare.
Nor was Cher a songwriter. Her career was based entirely on covers, songs written for her by outside songwriters, and of course a few songs written by Sonny Bono such as I Got You Babe. With the exception of a single songwriting credit of no true account, it was not until her 2000 album that her name appears as a songwriter. This reflected the new commercial significance attached to being seen as a songwriter as well as a singer, which gives rise to the "soft" songwriting credits that we see today throughout the industry.
I guess the ultimately issue is to what extent was she a pioneer. Overlooking that her early career was created for her and guided by Sonny Bono, 11 years older and a gifted songwriter in his own right, there were definitely other female pop performers when she emerged in the mid-60s.
So personally I can't see it. But if she gets in at all, Sonny Bono has to be inducted with her.

Posted by astrodog on Thursday, 01.5.12 @ 01:05am


You guys messed up years ago. She should be a shoe in and you owe her an apology.

Posted by john on Friday, 01.13.12 @ 14:09pm


1st as Sonny and Cher..!!! Then Solo...
Certainly well deserved and OVERDUE like so many. It makes me angry to see GNR inducted before people like this.

Posted by indepmo on Friday, 04.13.12 @ 04:44am


"In her solo career, only 1971's Gypsy's, Tramps & Thieves was highly successful, and this only reached No. 16 in the US, helped by the broadcast premiere of the Sonny & Cher TV show. She did produce three No. 1 singles from 1971 to 1974 during the show's network run, but network exposure clearly played a part. From that point her musical career fizzled into a string of flops ending in 1982."
Actually, regular exposure on TV allowed people to see and hear her weekly without having to buy her records. It was only with MTV that TV became a way to promote songs or albums.

"By 1987, at the height of the MTV era, Geffen Records saw her as a marketable commodity and invested in her musical resurrection full bore, setting her up with top songwriters such as Desmond Child and Diane Warren. Even then the success was moderate: Cher (1987) reached No. 32 and had one top 10 single; Heart of Stone (1989) reached No. 10 (the first top 10 album of her career), with the No. 3 hit "If I Could Turn Back Time." "
By this time of her career she was 41 y.o. and radio simply didn't want to play songs by a middle-aged popstar. MTV also showed resistance to play her music videos simply because she was not 20 anymore. In fact, it is amazing that she managed to have a successful acting and singing career even in her 40s.

"In fact, it was not until 1998's "Believe" album tht Cher truly broke commercially. "Believe" became noteworthy for pioneering the since infamous technology called autotune. Two more albums followed, although never recapturing the same level of success."
It's almost impossible to recapture the same success level of Believe because it was HUGE. Neither a 20-something popstar could do that. And Cher was already in her 50s.

"So essentially you have a musical career that satrted in 1965 that was not truly impactful until 1998. You are not dealing with a career of long term commercial success like Streisand."
No, not really.

"Regarding innovation, her music was not innovative at all unless you want to include the aforementioned autotune. It was rather standard pop fare."
It's not only about her music, it's about the way she managed to deal with unusual subjects such as unwanted pregnancy, divorce, gay love, ethnicity, in the mid-1960s and 1970s, and still managed to have huge hits. Is about the versatility of her work. It's about the way she sounds recognizable singing folk, blue-eyed soul, AM pop, 1940s standards, disco, rock, R&B and dance. It's about the intensity and passion of her performances. It's about the way she managed to stay relevant to increasingly younger generations while still being "Cher". It's about her strength, her power, her longevity, her tenacity, her fare, and her ability to keep coming back after struggled periods in which critics questioned her career as dead. Commercial success is not the main point-if so, let's put Katy Perry and Rihanna at the same level of The Beatles.

"Nor was Cher a songwriter. Her career was based entirely on covers, songs written for her by outside songwriters, and of course a few songs written by Sonny Bono such as I Got You Babe. With the exception of a single songwriting credit of no true account, it was not until her 2000 album that her name appears as a songwriter. This reflected the new commercial significance attached to being seen as a songwriter as well as a singer, which gives rise to the "soft" songwriting credits that we see today throughout the industry. "
She is a great performer. She brought to life songs that in no way would be known today if sung by any other person, like "Gypsys, Tramps & Thieves", "Half-Breed", "Believe", "Dark Lady" and "The Way of Love". That's enough.

"I guess the ultimately issue is to what extent was she a pioneer. Overlooking that her early career was created for her and guided by Sonny Bono, 11 years older and a gifted songwriter in his own right, there were definitely other female pop performers when she emerged in the mid-60s.
So personally I can't see it. But if she gets in at all, Sonny Bono has to be inducted with her."

She was the first to bring the sense of reinvention and self-actualization into entertainment industry. She was the first to deal with subjects such as "divorce" in the 1960s (even though it was not written by her, she was the one who dared to sing it). She was the first female pop performer who understood that cultivating a look was as important as cultivating a sound. She was, according to Chicago Tribune, the person who paved the way for Madonna, Lady Gaga and many more. She was the first female performer to reinvent herself through a series of whole new personas each new album or era. Her 1998 dance comeback inspired recording artists such as Diana Ross, Lionel Richie, and Tina Turner, who tried to emulate her new sound and replicate its success. "Believe" revolutionized record-making because of its pioneer use of Auto-Tune (also known as the "Cher effect"). I think that's pretty enough.

Posted by Dih on Sunday, 11.11.12 @ 11:52am


Sorry for my English, that's not my first language.

Posted by Dih on Sunday, 11.11.12 @ 11:54am


@Dih-I appreciate that you are a fan. That said, TV exposure was clearly a huge factor in why she had hits during the run of the Sonny and Cher show. Other examples of this effect were the Monkees and the Partridge Family.

Cher's 80s comeback followed Tina Turner's comeback in 1984. In both cases you had a still marketable and attractive star who the record companies matched up with top flight songwriters and video directors to take advantage of MTV. Somewhat similarly was Heart's mid 80s comeback, complete with Diane Warren's assistance.

Cher didn't noteably address controversial subjects. There isn't a Society's Child in her career. Before her you already had Dylan, Folk, Zappa, etc.

Female 60s stars were cultivating a "look" before Cher ever showed up. The Shangri-las. Mariane Faithful. Lulu. Petula Clark. Nancy Sinatra. That Cher had a wardrobe on her TV show is hardly revolutionary. The second the Sonny and Cher show ended so did she until the mid 80s. And other female stars reinvented themselves. (Tina Turner, Donna Summer, Diana Ross). Either way it's not a reason to argue that she should be inducted.

Not sure pioneering the use of autotune is something a performer wants on their resume. But that was her producers.

Anyway, if you want to induct Cher than it should be with Sonny Bono.

Posted by astrodog on Monday, 11.12.12 @ 01:11am


@astrodog So take a look at this: http://books.google.com/books?id=Zg0EAAAAMBAJ&pg=PA76

It's not me who's saying exposure on TV was a bad thing to a music career in the 1970s, but Orange Coast Magazine. Check it out.

You should also read this: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cher#Legacy_and_public_image

Cher was a remarkable influence for the likes of Marianne Faithfull and Nancy Sinatra. She was even considered the "prototype of the female rock star" and the one who "led the way to advance female rebellion in rock world". If Turner's 1984 comeback influenced Cher's 1987 comeback, then Cher's 1998 comeback influenced Turner's 1999 "almost" comeback, as she did an unsuccessful attempt to replicate the sound and success of "Believe" with "When the Heartache Is Over".

Her music did broach a lot of difficult areas such as divorce, prostitution, unplanned and underaged pregnancy and racism.

Also: "Cher's 'nearly flawless' song selection was credited ... as what made her 'One of Rock's biggest superstars'; while several of her early hits were penned by and sung with Sonny, most of her solo hits, which far outnumbered the duo's successes, were Cher's outside choices."

As for her 1970s wardobre, it have inspired influential designers such as Tom Ford, Anna Sui and Dolce & Gabbana nearly three decades after.

Cher herself suggested the Auto-tune effect on "Believe". It wouldn't make the final version if it wasn't for her; she told the producers they could only remove it "over my dead body".

Yes, I am a Cher fan. But I'm only sticking to resourced facts anyway.

Posted by Dih on Thursday, 11.15.12 @ 14:40pm


"Cher's 80s comeback followed Tina Turner's comeback in 1984. In both cases you had a still marketable and attractive star who the record companies matched up with top flight songwriters and video directors to take advantage of MTV. Somewhat similarly was Heart's mid 80s comeback, complete with Diane Warren's assistance."

Check it out:

She says that she’s always had to battle preconceived notions of who, or what, she was supposed to be, and the limits that those perceptions placed on her were sometimes difficult to overcome. “When ‘I Found Someone’ [from her 1987's comeback album] came out, radio just refused to play us. I (then) did as much TV as I possibly could to let people know that the record was out there. I finally had to put the video that we made for it into a commercial for Bally Fitness, and that’s how we got it into people’s minds. Finally, it just got so much attention, and people started asking for it that radio had to play it. Before that, radio was just not interested. Sometimes, it’s amazing to me that I have a recording career at all! It’s just amazing.”

http://dancemusic.about.com/cs/features/a/CherBackDean2_2.htm

Posted by Dih on Thursday, 11.15.12 @ 14:44pm


@Dih-Never rely on Wikipedia. It's generally fan propaganda. And TV exposure back then was huge. In addition to the Monkees and the Partidge Family, you even had Captain and Tennille. You have a better shot with Sonny & Cher.

Posted by astrodog on Thursday, 11.15.12 @ 15:25pm


Sonny & Cher have a better chance of getting inducted in the future than Cher as a solo artist. Cher's music is both perplexing and polarizing.

Posted by Tim on Thursday, 11.15.12 @ 18:11pm


Wikipedia is "generally" fan propaganda; in this case, all facts are resourced by books, magazines, news sites (CNN, BBC, etc.), and journals. You can check the sources. If you don't agree, well, that's a whole different story.

Posted by Dih on Thursday, 11.15.12 @ 20:08pm


Sonny & Cher has a much better shot than Cher as a solo artist. They were a pop act and many of the songs were written for them. But it's conceivable. Also take Sonny Bono away and Cher would not have had a career. Other claims, like her supposed impact on music fashion, are just exaggerated. Go back and look at their TV appearances from 1965/66/67. Not much to see compared to other female pop stars from that era. It wasn't until the Sonny & Cher TV show in 1971 that Cher got into the fashion act, and then not remarkably. By then it had been done.

Posted by astrodog on Friday, 11.16.12 @ 16:23pm


After her disco comeback in 1979, Cher formed the rock band Black Rose and released a self-titled album which was a major bomb. In fact, by this time of her career (1981-82), she was considered "a bit of a joke" and a "has-been". Then, Cher bounced around from studio to studio, got a role in a minor Broadway play and soon rose from "tacky Vegas has-been" to Oscar-winning actress and platinum-winning singer. Take Sonny Bono away and Cher would may not have had a "musical" career. Also, take Stephen Bray away and Madonna would have been a dancer. It doesn't diminish the musical accomplishments of these ladies.

I respect your opinion about her fashion legacy. But I rather believe in Los Angeles Times.

Posted by Dih on Friday, 11.16.12 @ 17:08pm


Yeah but at least Madonna's history was not as complicated as Cher's and Madonna has had more impact.

Posted by Tim on Saturday, 11.17.12 @ 11:59am


@Dih-Actually it's best to believe your own eyes. The great thing today is that we have video readily available.
Anyway I'm trying to point you in the right direction. Sonny & Cher actually has a shot based on their prominence in the mid 60s, an era the R&RHF loves. Is it at all meaningful if Tina Turner is in as part of Ike and Tina as opposed to as a solo artist? No. Sonny Bono wrote "I Got You Babe" among others and guided her early career. Cher as a solo artist will not get consideration.

Posted by astrodog on Saturday, 11.17.12 @ 12:04pm


Madonna caught the height of MTV craze and "musical globalization". Cher began in the 1960s. This comparison is total nonsense.

Also, Cher's "complicated" story only enhance her appeal, since she hit the rock bottom and still managed to make successful comebacks several times. It's not clear Madonna could that.

Madonna has had more impact overall, but Cher has had impact on Madonna. That's all.

Posted by Dih on Saturday, 11.17.12 @ 12:05pm


Right, astrodog. And it's obvious Cher only cares that she's inducted if it's with Sonny. The girl was never really that confident in her own stuff. Most of her best stuff were with Sonny or produced by Sonny. Like I said her solo career was perplexing and polarizing. If she has a lasting impact at all, it's as an entertainer but "I Got You Babe" and "The Beat Goes On" are legendary songs. S&C still stand a way better chance than Cher alone. Least they both had impact. It's like Ike & Tina, the other 1960s-1970s power couple. What got I&T in it though was the fact that both were integral to rock and roll's development whereas Sonny & Cher were much softer. Some give S&C credit for the "hippie" look lol

Posted by Tim on Saturday, 11.17.12 @ 12:10pm


Actually, no. It's best to believe in a reputable publication than in a FRL user opinion. But I still respect your opinion.

Yes, I know Sonny & Cher has a best shot than Cher as a solo artist (for reasons I don't agree with). I'm trying to explain to you Cher is much more than a girl who had a long career and eventually sold lots of records. If R&R had an "open-minded" attitude like the Academy Awards when they awarded Cher as the Best Actress of 1988, they would see her influence is far from just being the "tabloid queen" or whatever.

Posted by Dih on Saturday, 11.17.12 @ 12:12pm


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A_nSB_IGzSg

1980 - Julie - Lyrics by Bernie Taupin / Music by Mike Chapman

Cher and Black Rose

Les Dudek - guitar, vocals
Gary Ferguson - drums
Michael Finnigan - keyboards, vocals
Warren Ham - vocals
Rocket Ritchotte - guitar, vocals
Trey Thompson - bass

Posted by Roy on Saturday, 01.5.13 @ 00:43am


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KptE5NHwqio

ALBUM VERSION

1980 - Julie - Lyrics by Bernie Taupin / Music by Mike Chapman

Cher and Black Rose

Posted by Roy on Saturday, 01.5.13 @ 00:45am


Cher NOT in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame???

Sonny & CHER NOT in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame???

This is so sick!!!!! Sonny & Cher got together in 1962 and began recording in 1963/1964 and hit BIG in 1965.

Cher is still going strong unlike NO other female from the 1960s!!!!

Posted by Tara Crete on Sunday, 06.16.13 @ 18:13pm


No Cher or Sonny & Cher?!!!!!

Kind of shocking!

Posted by Lynee Yanko on Wednesday, 12.18.13 @ 21:11pm


Horrible horrible horrible.

Cher deserves better. She is the only female from the 60s still charting. Right now she is on the AC Chart on Billboard with I Hope You Find It. By the way Cher first entered the Billboard Bubbling Under chart in 1964. Just think 1964-2014!

Just think CHER is also on a major stadium Dressed To Kill Tour. We see her soon in NY! What other 1960's female act still fill stadiums????

Posted by Kendra Yale on Friday, 04.11.14 @ 21:31pm


Yeah… I TOTALLY agree that Cher SHOULD'VE been inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame a LONG LONG time ago!! I love her!! Cher's talents are across the board. Music, Movies & Stage.. She's afabulous human being.. inside & out!! BUT……here's the PROBLEM with Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame… They want Cher to kiss ass!! I say screrw them!! She knows how good she is…don't kiss ass at any cost! Your fans love you just the same!
Sincerely,
Avalon Provin

Posted by Avalon Provin on Saturday, 05.10.14 @ 17:43pm


Ugh! The new noms are out and as usual no Cher. Sickening!

Posted by SanFran1985 on Thursday, 10.9.14 @ 19:30pm


How can you not put her in? Hits like Believe and I got you babe!!! And the famous 70's TV show.

Posted by Bryan on Monday, 12.29.14 @ 00:46am


If Cher goes in at all, it will probably be with Sonny.

Posted by Bill G. on Monday, 12.29.14 @ 14:17pm


Cher shouldv'e been in many moons ago & of course w/Sonny too. Why not, likely politics. Ugh!

Posted by Kylie on Monday, 04.6.15 @ 15:46pm


Cher is a true icon + classy gal. 2 snub her all these yrs is sick & sad.

Posted by kl1984 on Saturday, 05.9.15 @ 10:51am


Cher is a true icon + classy gal. 2 snub her all these yrs is sick & sad.

Posted by kl1984 on Saturday, 05.9.15 @ 10:51am


Yes, Sonny and Cher, Cher should have been inducted years ago. The first record I bought as a kid was Halfbreed. We all loved Cher. She should have been in waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay before Madonna.

Posted by Myrna Mandjikov on Wednesday, 07.8.15 @ 17:21pm


Cher's 1989 Heart of Stone was written by Andy Hill of Bucks Fizz and Peter Sinfield of King Crimson. The song was released a year earlier in Europe as a hit for Bucks Fizz.

Posted by Roy on Sunday, 09.13.15 @ 16:30pm


Cher is a goddess and she has done everything in music and ruled during the 1960's and 1970's. Her rock career blossomed in the 1980's during her Geffen era. Cher still makes music and really is the only 1960's female left doing it in a BIG way. Many artits of a lessor stature are in the RORHOF. It is true that Jann Wenner does not like her and THAT is what keeps her out of the Hall.

Posted by JengalDC on Monday, 10.5.15 @ 19:06pm


I am a bodybuilder and have used Cher's 80's version of Bang Bang. It is a great hard rock version of her old 1966 song. The 80's version was done when she was at GEFFEN Records and it is a great song to pose to.

Posted by Jason M on Sunday, 11.1.15 @ 08:12am


No CHER in the hall. Balderdash!!!!!!!

Posted by London1983 on Thursday, 12.17.15 @ 14:32pm


Got 2 hand it 2 Cher how she hangs on + on + on + on through the decades + still makes music of all kinds.
Gotta Luv her.

Posted by vtn88euro on Friday, 01.1.16 @ 16:20pm


What no Cher, so stupid.

Posted by Orca1988 on Sunday, 03.6.16 @ 21:20pm


Why don't they ever put out Cher's Warner Brother's albums from the mid-70's like Stars, I'd Rather Believe in You and others. They never get old Cher suff out only the same stuff over and over again. Cher is one of the only artists dating back to the 1960's with so much of her catalog NOT on CD. By the way much of that unreleased to CD stuff off those WBR albums was great Rock.

Posted by Digel on Saturday, 04.2.16 @ 03:36am


ok this is a travesty cuz our cher deserved it eons and eons ago

Posted by frank cynnerfeld on Thursday, 05.12.16 @ 18:15pm


My fave Cher album is Black Rose followed by 3614 Jackson Highway and Stars and all her GEFFEN albums. My favorite Cher musical style is ROCK. I don't mind dance but prefer Cher singing Rock & Roll and Cher is great doing rock.

Posted by Tacoma89 on Sunday, 06.5.16 @ 13:56pm


no cher????????????????????????????????

Posted by yy1994hen on Wednesday, 07.6.16 @ 19:32pm


Ya, rock is my fav Cher music too followed by her bluesy stuff. To think Cher's been around since 1963 is really wild.

Posted by inezguaterra on Saturday, 08.13.16 @ 21:34pm


Funny how Cher is the only gal from the 1960's rock scene still viable today.

Posted by karentimminis on Sunday, 09.18.16 @ 10:16am


Her I Paralyze album from 1981 or 82 (around there) was great. I really liked her 60's stuff too.

Posted by ollie84 on Wednesday, 11.16.16 @ 19:51pm


Good Times from 1967 was a fun flick & soundtrack

Posted by Omar1976 on Tuesday, 12.6.16 @ 06:26am


They r doin a Broadway show called The Cher Show in 2017 so unlike many in the R&RHOF Cher's career goes on and on.

Posted by janieo'nelle on Tuesday, 12.20.16 @ 06:04am


Just mind numbing to have no Cher

Posted by JasmineT on Sunday, 01.1.17 @ 19:42pm


Cher is doing her new show at the Monte Carlo and she goes all out

Posted by Testa77 on Sunday, 02.26.17 @ 02:29am


Cher will star in the film FLINT about the water crisis in Flint, Michigan.

Posted by jadakiss on Wednesday, 03.8.17 @ 06:20am


How the hell are they going to make her look like a Flint woman?

Posted by Roy on Thursday, 03.9.17 @ 21:17pm


kinda like how they made her look like a biker in Mask or like a make-up free lesbian in Silkwood. I doubt Bob Mackie will design the wardrobe for this movie. Off the rack from Sears or K-Mart.

Posted by Lilly1986 on Sunday, 03.19.17 @ 12:09pm


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