[69:03 Total Time]

1. I Just Sit There 12:40

2. I Told My Girl To Go Away 4:17

3. I Would Marry You Today 4:22

4. My Best Friend's Girl Is Out Of Sight 4:10

5. Pammie's On A Bummer 7:46

Tracks 1 to 5 taken from Atco album SD33-229 INNER VIEWS

6. Laugh At Me (Single Version) 2:56

7. Tony (Instrumental) 2:19 SONNY'S GROUP

Tracks 6 to 7 taken from Atco single 45-6369

8. The Revolution Kind 3:22

9. Georgia And John Quetzal (Instrumental) 2:10 SONNY'S GROUP

Tracks 8 to 9 taken from Atco single 45-6386

10. Misty Roses 3:04

11. Cheryl's Goin' Home 2:39

Tracks 10 to 11 taken from scheduled, but never issued,
Atco single 45-6446

12. I Told My Girl To Go Away (Single Version) 3:30

Track 12 taken from A-side Atco single 45-6505

13. Pammie's On A Bummer (Single Version) 4:57

14. My Best Friend's Girl Is Out Of Sight (Single Version) 2:34

Tracks 13 to 14 taken from Atco single 45-6531

15. Laugh At Me (Original Backing Tracks Takes 9 + 10) 4:25
PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED

16. Laugh At Me (Album Version) 2:48

Track 16 taken from Atco album SD33-183
THE WONDROUS WORLD OF SONNY & CHER

Track Annotation by Harry Young

01. I Just Sit There 12:40
(Sonny Bono)
Words & Music Copyright November 2, 1967
Master 13030 Assigned September 6, 1967
Ambitious, tremendous and unalterable, "I Just Sit There" was the only INNER VIEWS album cut not edited for single release. Julia Ward Howe's "Battle Hymn Of The Republic"(1862): "Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord / He is trampling out the vintage where the grapes of wrath are stored / He hath loosed the fateful lightning of his terrible swift sword / His truth goes marching on."

02. I Told My Girl To Go Away 4:17
(Sonny Bono) Copyright September 6, 1967
Master 13031 Assigned September 6, 1967
Full-length version only on Stereo INNER VIEWS album. Mono album, 45-6505 and printed sleeve lyrics delete: "I overheard her Mom and Dad / I heard them say that they'd be glad / When she'd start dating her own kind / She's still growin'up / Don't worry dear / She'll find out herself / Let's not interfere." "Her own kind" racial reference inspired by Janis Ian's "Society's Child (Baby I've Been Thinkin')."

03. I Would Marry You Today 4:22
(Sonny Bono) Copyright September 22, 1967
Master 13032 Assigned September 6, 1967
Opening and middle orchestral melody composed by INNER VIEWS arranger Donald G. Peake (b. June 7, 1940, Los Angeles, CA). Sonny & Cher marry after birth of daughter Chastity Sun, March 4, 1969.
Mono-only single edit deletes first occurrence of "Yes I'd Marry You Today / Though you taunt me" verse
and following instrumental section:
I Would Marry You Today (Single Version) 2:57
Master 13738 Assigned January 22, 1968
Atco 45-6555 (B)
'B' side of Sonny & Cher "Circus"
Cash Box Review February 10, 1968
Atco 45-6683 (B)
'B' side of Sonny & Cher "You're A Friend Of Mine"
Cash Box Review May 31, 1969
Stereo white label promo copies of Atco single 45-6683 although marked 2:57 actually contain the 4:22 Stereo album version of "I Would Marry You Today"

04. My Best Friend's Girl Is Out Of Sight 4:10
(Sonny Bono) Copyright September 22, 1967
Master 13033 Assigned September 6, 1967
His best friend: Red Turner. His best friend's girl: Cher. Radio-friendly single version deletes verses four, five and six. Verse five: "My eyes watched her the whole damn(ed) night!" Sizzling organ by Malcolm "Mac" Rebennack AKA Dr. John.

05. Pammie's On A Bummer 7:46
(Sonny Bono) Copyright September 22, 1967
Master 13034 Assigned September 6, 1967
Cash Box October 7, 1967: "Radio station KHJ in Los Angeles is filming "Pammie's On A Bummer' for use as the pilot and first show of a new series that will be shown on KHJ-TV and syndicated throughout the rest of the country." Extended string-plucking fade-out only on Mono album and single edit.

Tracks 1- 5 from Atco album SD 33-229
Sonny: INNER VIEWS
Billboard and Cash Box ads October 7, 1967:
"Coming! The Most Unusual And Provocative Album Of The Year! Sonny's First Album!"

Variety Review October 18, 1967:
"Sonny (Bono), of Sonny & Cher, steps out in this album on a solo flight with a group of five numbers, all written by himself. Bono is one of the more original talents on today's pop scene, which he demonstrates in 'I Just Sit There,' a 12-minute vision of inner reality. Sonny also has some striking pieces of material in 'I Told My Girl To Go Away' and 'Pammie's On A Bummer,' a song about a prostitute. He also sounds very much like Bob Dylan on 'I Would Marry You Today.'"

Cash Box Review October 21, 1967:
"Sonny Bono has written and composed all five songs on this album. The tunes are 'I Just Sit There,' 'I Told My Girl To Go Away,' 'I Would Marry You Today,' 'My Best Friend's Girl Is Out Of Sight,' and 'Pammie's On A Bummer.' The songs are marked by originality and contemporaneity, and the set should catch the fancy of a large number of listeners."

Billboard Review October 21, 1967:
"Sonny of Sonny & Cher has a blockbuster here as his lyrics rise to the status of beautiful poetry. Opening number is a 12 minute stream of consciousness opus coupled with an infectious beat. 'I Told My Girl To Go Away' is shorter, more commercial, but just as beautiful. This album should establish Sonny in the same category with Dylan and Lennon and McCartney."

Record World Review 28 October 1967:
"Sonny has evidently been doing a lot of contemporary ruminating lately. He jots down his mind ideas here in long rock set pieces. 'I Told My Girl To Go Away,' 'Pammie's On A Bummer,' 'I Just Sit There' are reflective of the times."

Cash Box October 7, 1967:
"Atco Records is mounting a massive advertising and promotion campaign to push Sonny's new album, 'INNER VIEWS,' which has just been released... Consumer ads will be placed in national publications, both magazines and newspapers. There will be extensive radio advertising on the album. The company is also printing thousands of giant posters (one sheet) to publicize the album. They will be posted in major cities throughout the country."

The INNER VIEWS album cover is the vision of artist Barry Prager (b. 1944, Hollywood, CA). Given few instructions and sketching freehand from a photograph of Sonny, Prager interpreted the song "I Just Sit There" ("Black is day and white is night"). The design was executed by scratching through black ink to reveal the chalky white surface of a scratcher board. Pop King Sonny confidently "Just Sits There," one foot in the musical mainstream and one boot rising above it. As in reality, he wears a CHER ring on the third finger of his left hand. Wishing him well, Cher rises from a waterspout that blossoms into a flower. Indicating "See Her," the letters C and HER are split between the S and O of SONNY. The Y of SONNY is tipped with a skull-faced flower. The INNER VIEWS title shows tormented souls worthy of Bosch or Dali. Coat hangers and cascading bolts of cloth: Sonny & Cher as fashion trendsetters. Serpent and apple: Sonny & Cher as Adam and Eve in the Summer of Love Garden of Eden, resisting the temptation of drugs. Star: Sonny's sheriff outfit in March 1967 film Good Times. Disembodied eyes: public scrutiny and paranoia. Diogenes and his lantern. Other tiny faces are not portraits of specific people. The cover points the way to the INNER VIEW ("The closer we get to the sky / The less we see with the naked eye"). 'Just Sit There' and enjoy it.

06. Laugh At Me (Single Version) 2:56
(Sonny Bono) Copyright September 22, 1965
Master 9176 Assigned July 1965
Billboard Review August 7, 1965:
"Currently in the No. 5 spot in the BB Hot 100 chart with 'I Got You Babe,' the husband half of the team of Sonny and Cher debuts solo. Powerhouse teen protest material has all the ingredients of a smash."
Billboard ad August 14, 1965:
"Now Sonny Has A Hit Of His Own With A Powerful Message! The Shindig Pick Of The Week!
Watch Sonny Perform It August 11!"
Entered Billboard's Bubbling Under August 14, 1965, peak #10
Entered Cash Box August 21, 1965, peak #11
Original single version: "This world's got a lot of space / And if they don't like my face / It ain't me / That's goin' anywhere." Album version: It ain't me / That's goin' / That's goin' anyplace." Church bells toll for the foes of free expression. "I'll make that other cheek mine": Luke 6:29. Original single with longer fade-out than Mono or Stereo album versions: "And maybe the next guy / That don't wear a silk tie / He can walk by and say Hi / Say Hi / Instead of Why / Instead of Why / Instead of Why baby / Instead of Why / What did I do / To you / Why / I don't know Why / Tell me..."

07. SONNY'S GROUP:
Tony (Instrumental) 2:19
(Sonny Bono - Charles Greene - Brian Stone)
Copyright August 2, 1965
Master 9177 Assigned July 1965
Tony (Riccio): Ejected and banned the wildly attired Sonny & Cher from Martoni's restaurant, thereby inspiring Sonny to compose
"Laugh At Me."

08. The Revolution Kind 3:22
(Sonny Bono) Copyright October 17, 1965
Master 9425 Assigned October 27, 1965
Billboard Review November 20, 1965:
"Hard-driving dance beat behind a well-written and performed message number serves a powerhouse follow-up to
'Laugh At Me.'"
Entered Billboard's Hot 100 November 27, 1965, peak #70
Entered Cash Box November 27, 1965, peak #65
First verse: Sonny's patriotic reply to "America: Love It Or Leave It" bumper stickers. "Destruction's near, We heard him moan": Barry McGuire's 'Eve Of Destruction,' #1 in Billboard the week ending September 25, 1965.

09. SONNY'S GROUP:
Georgia And John Quetzal (Instrumental) 2:10
(Sonny Bono - Charles Greene - Brian Stone)
Copyright October 27, 1965
Master 9426 Assigned October 27, 1965
Georgia and John: Cher's Mother and Father. Quetzal: legendary Central and South American bird with golden-green and scarlet plumage. Sonny's Quetzal B sides: Ride The Wild Quetzal (Sonny), Walkin The Quetzal (Sonny & Cher), Stan Quetzal (Cherilyn's Group), Quetzal Quake (The Fiends), Red River Quetzal (The Pastel Six), 900 Quetzals (Hale & The Hushabyes), B.J. Quetzal (The Standells), Quetzal & Jude (Reb Foster) and Marci-Parci Quetzal (Copyright October 11, 1965). Quetzal tunes written with managers Charles Greene (Charles O. Greenberg) and Brian Stone (Brian M. Goldstone). By August 25, 1966 UK "Little Man" vocal session, Sonny & Cher managed by Joe DeCarlo and Harvey Kresky.

10. Misty Roses 3:04
(Tim Hardin) Copyright February 14, 1966
Master 10967 Assigned October 10, 1966
Master 11553 Assigned January 23, 1967 for LP SD 33-203
Mono on Stereo IN CASE YOU'RE IN LOVE album. Tim Hardin's version of "Misty Roses" (lacking Sonny's inventive string arrangement) recorded April 25, 1966, Verve-Folkways
5017, 5031 and 5048.

11. Cheryl's Goin Home 2:39
(Bob Lind) Copyright December 22, 1965
Master 10968 Assigned October 10, 1966
Master 11556 Assigned January 23, 1967 for LP SD 33-203

Tracks 10 & 11 from Atco album SD 33-203
Sonny & Cher: IN CASE YOU'RE IN LOVE
Billboard Review February 25, 1967
Entered Cash Box March 11, 1967, peak #43
Entered Billboard March 25, 1967, peak #45

After Sonny's "Misty Roses" / "Cheryl's Goin Home" (45-6446) was cancelled, Atco issued Sonny & Cher's
"Living For You" / "Love Don't Come"
(45-6449, Variety Review November 9, 1966, Billboard #87).
Then Sonny recorded
PEOPLE OF THE SUNSET STRIP:
11250 Sunset Symphony 3:18
(The actual occurrence of the demonstration
on the Sunset Strip November 1966)
Produced by Sonny Bono & Bill Friedkin
No Publisher(s) Credited
SONNY'S GROUP:
11251 Trippin' 2:55
(Bono)
Instrumental
Produced by Sonny Bono
Arranged by Harold Battiste
Chris - Marc - Cotillion BMI
Masters Assigned Thursday December 1, 1966
Recorded Gold Star, Hollywood
~ Atco single 45-6458
Monarch Pressing
Delta Numbers
64700 / 64700 - X

12. I Told My Girl To Go Away (Single Version) 3:30
(Sonny Bono) Copyright September 6, 1967
Master 12621 Assigned June 20, 1967
Billboard Review July 15, 1967
Cash Box Review July 29, 1967:
"Sleepy carousel rhythm on this teen blues tune and a catchy shift into high gear at the close of each stanza. Look for the magic name of Sonny to attract attention for this potential sleeper on the move."
Genesis of the INNER VIEWS project. Recorded in the 'I Just Sit There' session at Gold Star, on or slightly before June 20, 1967. Frightened by Sonny's new progressive approach, Atco quickly followed "I Told My Girl To Go Away" (45-6505) with Sonny & Cher's "It's The Little Things" (45-6507, recorded March 1967, Billboard Review July 29, 1967, peak #50) and the BEST OF SONNY & CHER (SD 33-219, entered Cash Box August 5, 1967, peak #17, most recent cut "A Beautiful Story," recorded April 1967). Meanwhile, Sonny produced Cher's "You Better Sit Down Kids" (recorded July 3, 1967, Cash Box #8) and "I Wasn't Ready" (recorded July 5, 1967) for Imperial. The now lost unreleased Sonny solo cut "I'm Not Small Enough" (recorded August 16, 1967) was possibly written for
INNER VIEWS.

13. Pammie's On A Bummer (Single Version) 4:57
(Sonny Bono) Copyright September 22, 1967
Master 13187 Assigned October 1967
Atco 45-6531
Billboard Chart Spotlight November 4, 1967
Cash Box Review November 4, 1967:
"Shattering psychedelic side, but perhaps too long to crack programming blocks."
Single edit shortens Steve Mann's opening guitar solo but retains the Mono album's extended fade-out.

14. My Best Friend's Girl Is Out Of Sight (Single Version) 2:34
(Sonny Bono) Copyright September 22, 1967
Master 13189 or 13190 Assigned October 1967
Cash Box Review November 4, 1967:
"Taken from the INNER VIEWS LP as a result of deejay spins, the mid-speed ballad with a teen lyric appeal could set the chanter's single showing uptight."
Three additional verses on album version.

15. Laugh At Me (Original Backing Track Takes 9 & 10) 4:25
Previously Unreleased
(Sonny Bono) Copyright September 22, 1965
No master number Assigned
The sheer majesty of Sonny at the helm at Gold Star:
"OK, you got the groove. That's great. Let's go!"

16. Laugh At Me (Album Version) 2:49
(Sonny Bono) Copyright September 22, 1965
No master number Assigned
"It ain't me / That's goin / That's goin anyplace" version. Mono album fade-out slightly longer than Stereo.

Track 16 from Atco album SD 33-183
THE WONDEROUS WORLD OF SONNY & CHER
Billboard ad and Review April 9, 1966
Entered Cash Box April 9, 1966 peak #24
Entered Billboard April 16, 1966, peak #34

Tracks 1-5 & 12-14
Produced by Sonny Bono

Tracks 1-5 & 12-14
Arranged by Donald Peake

Tracks 6, 8, 10-11 & 15-16
Arranged & Produced by Sonny Bono
A York-Pala Production
Subsidiary Of Greene / Stone Enterprises

Tracks 6, 8, 10-11 & 15-16
Conducted by Harold Battiste

Tracks 1-6, 8 & 10-16
Engineered by Stan Ross

Tracks 7 & 9 Producer / Arranger / Engineer
Not Credited

All Tracks recorded at
Gold Star Studios
6252 Santa Monica Blvd
Hollywood, California

From: mr.hand@rhino.com

Subject:
Rhino Handmade Early Warning #4

Date:
Sat, 11 Sep 1999 21:54:53 -0400

Greetings Earthling!

This Monday, 13 September 1999, at Noon Pacific Daylight Time [1900 UTC], we will begin taking orders for Rhino Handmade's fourth internet-only release: The re-issue -for the first time anywhere in 32 years- of SONNY BONO's only solo album "Inner Views".

In 1967, with SONNY & CHER as hot as they would ever be, SONNY BONO recorded and released 'Inner Views'. His first -and only- solo album. It was then, and it remains, a very singular and unique listening experience. The opening track, the nearly thirteen-minute long opus grande, "I Just Sit There", is the perfect example. Any song which has a sitar as its lead instrument, quotes from both "The Battle Hymn Of The Republic" and "A Day In The Life" within sixty seconds of each other, liberally uses faux-Dylanesque harmonica and organ stings throughout, rhymes "sturgeon" with "virgin" and thunders from your speakers with Sonny's own Wall (well, perhaps, Wallpaneling) Of Sound is just Absolutely A-OK with all of The Archivists here.

They just don't make records like this anymore.

Being that the SONNY BONO 'Inner Views' solo album is just 33-minutes long, we have filled out this CD with every SONNY BONO solo Atco single there ever was. From his first solo hit "Laugh At Me" (in fact, we've included the mono single-lyric version, the stereo album-lyric version and a previously unreleased original backing track recording session) through his cover versions of "Misty Roses" and "Cheryl's Going Home" to the shortened "radio friendly" re-edited single versions of many 'Inner Views' tracks which Atco's Entirely Too Optimistic Promotion Department then thought might Somehow Somewhere Someway become Big Hits.

Every Atco release SONNY BONO ever issued under his own name in one convenient pocket-sized container suitable for sharing with all of your friends. "Inner Views" has been out of print for three decades. It has been remastered from the Atco vault masters and it appears on compact disc for the first time anywhere.

Sonny Bono was shagadelic before shagadelic was a registered trademark. And with this wackily comprehensive Rhino Handmade expanded reissue of "Inner Views" there is now 69-minutes of incontrovertible permanently-encoded digital proof.

SONNY BONO "Inner Views" will be available in an individually-numbered limited edition of 1,500 (one thousand five-hundred) copies.
It is NOT AVAILABLE in any store on the planet.
It is available ONLY from Rhino Handmade.
It is available ONLY on The Internet at:
http://www.rhinohandmade.com

You will find the complete track listing for SONNY BONO "Inner Views" at the bottom of this e-mail. And sound samples for every track on the Rhino Handmade website.

Our next Rhino Handmade release will be a limited edition release of a collection of previously unissued TIM BUCKLEY studio recordings. And I'll tell you all about it in my next e-mail in two weeks.

Always Cybernetically Yours,
R W Hand
Curator
Rhino Handmade Institute Of Petromusicology

e-mail: mr.hand@rhino.com

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SONNY BONO
"Inner Views"

Catalogue Number:
RHM2 7704

ALL TIMES APPROXIMATE

[Approximately 69:00 Total Time]

1. I JUST SIT THERE 12:40

2. I TOLD MY GIRL TO GO AWAY 4:17

3. I WOULD MARRY YOU TODAY 4:22

4. MY BEST FRIEND'S GIRL IS OUT OF SIGHT 4:10

5. PAMMIE'S ON A BUMMER 7:46

Tracks 1 to 5 taken from Atco album SD33-229 INNER VIEWS

6. LAUGH AT ME (SINGLE VERSION) 2:56

7. TONY (INSTRUMENTAL) 2:19 SONNY'S GROUP

Tracks 6 to 7 taken from Atco single 45-6369

8. THE REVOLUTION KIND 3:22

9. GEORGIA AND JOHN QUETZAL (INSTRUMENTAL) 2:10 SONNY'S GROUP

Tracks 8 to 9 taken from Atco single 45-6386

10. MISTY ROSES 3:04

11. CHERYL'S GOING HOME 2:39

Tracks 10 to 11 taken from scheduled, but never issued, Atco single 45-6446

12. I TOLD MY GIRL TO GO AWAY (SINGLE VERSION) 3:30

Track 12 taken from A-side Atco single 45-6505

13. PAMMIE'S ON A BUMMER (SINGLE VERSION) 4:57

14. MY BEST FRIEND'S GIRL IS OUT OF SIGHT (SINGLE VERSION) 2:34

Tracks 13 to 14 taken from Atco single 45-6531

15. LAUGH AT ME (ORIGINAL BACKING TRACK TAKES 9 + 10) 4:25

PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED

16. LAUGH AT ME (ALBUM VERSION) 2:48

Track 16 taken from Atco album SD33-183 THE WONDROUS WORLD OF SONNY & CHER


ICE #179
February 2002
Digital Dish
Rhino Handmade offers a hidden, 'Net-only bonus track for its re-release of Sonny Bono's solo album, INNER VIEWS. The only place to get the Web address to access the track is the disc itself, and who are we to spoil the secret?
- Ric Dube

Record Collector #247
March 2000
SONNY BONO
INNER VIEWS
US Import: Rhino RHM2 7704
(1,500 Copies) (69:05)
In autumn 1999, Rhino launched Rhino Handmade, a new label dedicated to issuing CDs via the internet (www. Rhinohandmade.com). All Rhino Handmade CDs are limited, numbered editions.
Sonny Bono's "INNER VIEWS" was a flop when released in 1967 and is sought-after because of its unrestrained psychedelic approach.
On the back of Sonny & Cher's success, Bono managed to score a hit single with "Laugh At Me", in August 1965. With no vocal talent to speak of, he'd obviously noticed that this hadn't proved a problem for the similarly challenged Bob Dylan. Hence, "Laugh At Me", a Spectorised folk-rocker that stuck up for the individual. Once that muse was spent it took two years for Bono's solo album to hit the racks.
"INNER VIEWS" is unique. The opener, "I Just Sit There", is a twelve-and-a-half minute psychedelic magnum opus that sounds as if it was made up on the spot. A "Sister Ray" rhythm underpins sitar, tabla and every other 'now sound' that Bono could think of. He intones "Inside outside upside down / Everything is turning 'round / Backwards forwards which is right / Black is day and white is night". Later he quotes "A Day In The Life". It's a heady mixture. "Pammie's On A Bummer" tells the tragic story of a girl led astray by the psychedelic scene. The album is enhanced by the inclusion of every solo Bono track and copious sleeve-notes.
- Kieron Tyler

MOJO #75
February 2000
Sonny Bono
INNER VIEWS
Rhino Handmade
Sonny Bono wasn't exactly boss of the mind melters and this, his big psychedelic move, is what you would expect from a future Republican politician, if not a narc: it's obnoxious, tasteless, bathetic, bitter, and inept. I think it's great: history told from the losing side. The first two songs add up to a killer 16-minute suite that rips off The Beatles in general - those raga vocal melismas and, in Sonny's case, cat-strangled sitar - and [A] Day In The Life in particular: 'I heard the news today oh boy' is quoted in the epic 'I Just Sit There' (sample lyric: 'Your mother's cooking sturgeon/Your sister's still a virgin') and forms the complete melody for the utterly spazz 'I Told My Girl To Go Away'. The next two cuts are blah but 'Pammie's On A Bummer' is Sonny in full effect: two minutes of extra bad freak-out scrapings leading into a cautionary tale of teenage LSD frenzy (later used as the soundtrack for an anti-drug public service ad). Fleshed out with Sonny's 1965 solo breakthrough, 'Laugh At Me', the neo-con follow-up, 'The Revolution Kind', and sundry other follies, this limited edition (1500) internet-only package justifies in itself the whole Rhino Handmade concept.
- Jon Savage

Roctober #28
August 2000
Sonny Bono
"INNER VIEWS"
(Rhino Handmade, internet mail order only www.rhinohandmade.com)
Sure, the out-of-touch social commentary of "Pammie's On A Bummer" and the misdirected, one-take-only psychedelia of "I Just Sit There" are pretty goofy, but the undeniable truth is that Sonny was capable of writing and producing better records than one-time mentor Phil Spector, and often did. Maybe the high art is in greater evidence on his records with Cher (see Sundazed's overhaul of their Atco catalog!) but dig "Laugh At Me" (later covered by Mott The Hoople) which unwittingly foreshadowed Sonny's ultimate public persona as a punch line, or the inexplicably-unreleased one-two punch single of "Misty Roses" (which rings a whole lot more believable than composer Tim Hardin's original) and "Cheryl's Goin' Home" written by Bob "Elusive Butterfly" Lind. Unfortunately conventional wisdom prevailed even on this obvious labor-of-love reissue (ltd. edition of 1,500!), with the liner notes taking particular care to bust Sonny's chops. Some people just don't get no respect. Perverse and wonderful.

Spectator Online
December 11, 1999
Sonny Bono
INNER VIEWS
(Rhino Handmade)
Go ahead and laugh at me - I paid over twenty bucks for this limited edition pressing (#1285 of 1500) from Rhino's internet-only record store. 1965's "Laugh At Me" was Sonny's only hit as a solo artist. That's on here along with several tasty and trashy instrumental B-sides, alternate takes and Sonny's own Neapolitan reading of Phil Spector's Wall Of Sound. "Just Sit There" is the former Congressman's stream-of-consciousness take on 1960s society. An enclosed booklet is richly annotated and even includes a rant against Bono's poorly disguised, neo-conservative machismo. Me? I've been relishing this disc, it sounds more like the Rat Pack On Acid, sitars and all. What's next for Rhino Handmade? Would you believe the ENTIRE recording session tapes for Iggy & The Stooges' Funhouse elpee digitally burned onto 7 CD's?
- Tony Madejczyk

All Music Guide
One of the strangest and undeservedly obscure pop-psychedelic albums of the 1960s got even better with the release of this expanded reissue. Clocking in at over 60 minutes of music, the Rhino Handmade CD edition contains not only a flawless transfer of the original Atco INNER VIEWS LP, but also 11 additional tracks, among them the Sonny Bono singles "Laugh at Me" and "The Revolution Kind," the single edits of four of the five songs off the original LP (one of which, "Pammie's on a Bummer," is an improvement as a shorter pop record), and various odd B-sides, a pair of unreleased single sides ("Misty Roses" and "Cheryl's Goin' Home"), plus the backing tracks to "Pammie's on a Bummer." The sound, coupled with its beat and the arrangement, makes "I Just Sit There" about as intense a listening experience as "Goin' Home" by the Rolling Stones, and a better record than Iron Butterfly's "In a Gadda Da Vida," while the rest has never seemed more inviting. The bonus tracks add a more folk-rock and pop (and pop-psychedelic) element to the mix of sounds, but those fit in well with the original. The packaging is done up just right, too, with superb essays by Ward Lamb and Serene Dominic and an excellent track-by-track analysis by Harry Young. Available only online as of 2001, in a limited edition, and worth every cent and then some - EMI should only treat the Beatles' records this well.
- Bruce Eder

Weekly Wire
January 24, 2000
By Michael Henningsen
Sonny INNER VIEWS
(Rhino Handmade)
Yes, Sonny Bono. As in Sonny and Cher. As in not the best skier in the world. His only solo album, 1967's INNER VIEWS, is finally available on CD, and with its 11 bonus tracks -- most from singles, three previously unreleased -- it's also a handy collection of Sonny's entire solo career. However, it's the album itself that's the most fascinating.
Long considered one of the most incomprehensible and bizarre albums by any major artist of the '60s, INNER VIEWS is utterly unlike anything else Sonny ever did in his entire career. In a bid to gain the acceptance of the newly-burgeoning underground audience which looked askance at Sonny and Cher's enormously successful singles, INNER VIEWS positively screams "Look, I'm an artist!" in pure 1967 style. There's only five lengthy tracks, with the 13-minute dronefest "I Just Sit There" starting the album off in grand sitar-and-orchestra fashion, like a low-budget Phil Spector on acid. The only possible response to lyrics like "Your mother's cooking sturgeon/Your sister's still a virgin" is a heartfelt "Oh, wow."
After that, the interracial love affair of "I Told My Girl To Go Away," the sweet "I Would Marry You Today" and the already-anachronistic-at-the-time "My Best Friend's Girl Is Out Of Sight" sound positively normal, but nothing can prepare the listener for the onslaught of the legendary "Pammie's On A Bummer." It's eight minutes of classic anti-drug hysteria, with Sonny voyeuristically detailing Pammie's downward spiral into drugs and prostitution in a moralistic but creepily salacious manner over pretty much the same arrangement as "I Just Sit There." It's a mindboggling classic.
The singles which follow are comparatively straightforward, including two versions and a studio outtake of his solo hit "Laugh At Me," and less over-the-top remixes of several album tracks. And some, like an excellent version of Bob Lind's classic "Cheryl's Goin' Home," are actually really good. As always with Rhino, the liner notes and packaging are superlative, and the entire CD is a necessity for any fan of the stranger side of '60s pop.
INNER VIEWS is only available over the Internet through www.rhinohandmade.com, Rhino's new imprint specializing in limited editions of rare and obscure releases. Only 1,500 copies are available, so act quickly, and be sure to check out the other amazing releases on the web site, including a seven-CD (!) boxed set of the Stooges' entire 1970 Fun House sessions.

BSN
October 19, 1999
September 30, 1999


Sonny:
28662 I'm Not Small Enough (Unreleased)
Recorded August 16, 1967

SONNY:
Side 1
13030 I Just Sit There
Copyright November 2, 1967
12:15 (Atlantic Masters book) or 13:12 (Mono LP)
13031 I Told My Girl To Go Away
Copyright September 6, 1967
4:15 (Atlantic Masters book) or 3:32 (LP)
Side 2
13032 I Would Marry You Today
Copyright September 22, 1967 4:21 (LP)
13033 My Best Friend's Girl Is Out Of Sight
Copyright September 22, 1967 4:13 (LP)
13034 Pammie's On A Bummer
Copyright September 22, 1967
7:45 (LP)
Masters Assigned September 6, 1967
~ LP SD 33-229 Sonny: INNER VIEWS
C-12625 / C-12626
ST-C-671091 / ST-C-671092
Written, Composed And Produced by Sonny Bono
Arranged by Donald Peake

Recording Engineer: Stan Ross
Billboard And Cash Box Ads October 7, 1967

Ad on p. 17,
Rolling Stone
Issue #1,
November 9, 1967

Variety Review October 18, 1967
Billboard And Cash Box Reviews Oct 21, 1967
First listed in the Schwann Long Playing
Record Catalog December 1967

Sonny:
13188 I Told My Girl To Go Away [Edit]
13189 (may be wrong - see Atco 45-6531 below)
I Would Marry You Today [Edit]

Sonny:
13187 Pammie's On A Bummer
Copyright September 22, 1967 4:56
13190 (Atlantic Masters book) or
13189 (Atco 45-6531 label)
My Best Friend's Girl Is Out Of Sight
Copyright September 22, 1967 2:37
~ Atco 45-6531
Monarch Pressing
Delta Numbers
68885 / 68886
B/S Produced by Sonny Bono
Arranged by Donald Peake
Cash Box Review November 4, 1967
Billboard Chart Spotlite November 4, 1967

INNER VIEWS
Atco EP
SP-4517-A:
Pammie's On A Bummer 4:56
SP-4517-B:
I Would Marry You Today 3:03
My Best Friend's Girl Is Out Of Sight 2:37


3614 Jackson Highway


Trippers Strippers Hips Or Squares
Divide The Line And Tell Me Where

July 2007
Riot On Sunset Strip:
Rock'N'Roll's Last Stand In Hollywood
by Domenic Priore


Sonny & Cher
Saturday 10 December 1966
Sonny wears a CAFF armband
(Community Action for
Facts and Freedom)

"Where are the kids gonna go?
Hang out on the streets, go home
and get drunk or something with their parents?
No. But they've got to show
some form of expression,
something that they can say, well,
this is what's happening now."

"It's history.
Because like, maybe forty years ago
kids would have never done this, you know?
They would have never started rebelling for their own rights.
Because they are people and they are right."

"Beautiful. It was beautiful. It was . . . great.
I mean, you know, if there's nothing good
on the Saturday night movies, you can't beat it.
Nothing like a good clean cut riot."


PEOPLE OF THE SUNSET STRIP:
11250 Sunset Symphony 3:18
(The actual occurrence of the demonstration
on the Sunset Strip November 1966)
Produced by Sonny Bono & Bill Friedkin
No Publisher(s) Credited
SONNY'S GROUP:
11251 Trippin' 2:55
(Bono)
Instrumental
Produced by Sonny Bono
Arranged by Harold Battiste
Chris - Marc - Cotillion BMI
Masters assigned Thursday, 1 December 1966
Recorded Gold Star, Hollywood
~ Atco single 45-6458
Monarch Pressing
Delta Numbers
64700 / 64700 - X

THE BUFFALO SPRINGFIELD:
11252 For What It's Worth
(Stop, Hey What's That Sound) 2:37
Words And Music Registered With
The Library Of Congress Copyright Office
5 December 1966
11253 Do I Have To Come Right Out And Say It 3:00
Masters assigned Monday, 5 December 1966
Recorded Columbia Studios, LA
~ Atco single 45-6459
Billboard review 31 December 1966
Monarch Pressing
Delta Numbers
64813 / 64814


Cash Box
Week ending 17 December 1966


"There's no way of stifling it.
It's just a new generation.
This is the way they want to live, you know?
They think we're all a bunch of squares
and we just have to realize it.
They want to be together.
That's the whole point.
They want to be together."

"You just can't stand on the street for no reason, you know.
I mean, if you do, then you have this mess.
What are you gonna do, let this go on and on?
This is ridiculous.
Are you gonna spank their hands
or take away their library cards away from them?"


TRIPPIN'
on back cover of
1967 Dutch sheet music folio

Front cover of
1967 Dutch sheet music folio


Los Angeles Times
Thursday 15 December 1966
OUT OF PARADE
SONNY, CHER GET THE AIR --
NO FLOAT FOR LONG HAIR PAIR

The Monterey Park City Council wants to make it crystal clear:
Pasadena's famed Colorado Blvd is no Sunset Strip.
The council has voted 3 to 2 to recommend removal of folk-rock singers Sonny and Cher from the Monterey Park [Golden Trails] float in the New Year's Day Rose Parade.
Councilman Rod Irvine said he introduced the motion after seeing a newspaper photo of the long-haired team attending a Sunset Blvd demonstration Saturday night [10 December 1966]. 'I didn't want this sort of image representing Monterey Park,' explained Irvine, a grocery store manager.
Apparently the Monterey Park parade committee didn't either. They quickly acted on the council's request and hired someone who would present a better Monterey Park image - cowboy singer Buck Owens.
Owens reportedly did not attend the Sunset Blvd demonstration.


Los Angeles Times
Friday 16 December 1966
'NOT MAD' OVER FLOAT BAN
SONNY AND CHER GIVE THEIR SIDE OF STORY

The flip side of Monterey Park's Rose Parade float controversy was aired Thursday when folk-rock singers Sonny and Cher, banned from the float earlier this week, held a press conference at the Beverly Wilshire.
'I'm not mad because this is not a thing to get mad about,' said Sonny. 'I admit at first we were somewhat hurt, shocked and a little upset. They never even gave us the courtesy of notifying us personally. I heard it on the news.'
'Apparently they didn't think we had clean hands or something,' said Sonny. 'They must be very insecure men to feel it necessary to reject us and clean their own hands.'
Although the wildly dressed couple have been snubbed before. 'We've been accepted by The Pope, Jacqueline Kennedy and Princess Margaret,' he added. 'We dress neat and clean. We take great pains in our dress,' he said. Sonny, like his wife beside him, wore a wine colored suede suit with orange flowered vest.
Sonny and Cher denied taking part in a demonstration at Pandora's Box Saturday night.
'They saw I was there and I told them to be peaceful, that's all. There were ministers there and other adults,' Sonny said.


Los Angeles Times
Friday 16 December 1966
HOW PAIR WON, LOST FLOAT RIDE
SONNY AND CHER CHOSEN FROM OFFICIAL LIST, OUSTED FOR IMAGE
by Bob Diebold, Staff Writer


NME 24 December 1966
HOLLYWOOD
by Tracy Thomas

Sonny and Cher, who have done nothing but preach love for everyone, are the latest victims of the Sunset Strip unrest. They had been set as the first pop performers to ride on a float in the world-famous, nationally televised annual New Year's Day Rose Bowl Parade in Pasadena, California.
Then a photo of the two taken Saturday night on the Strip (where there was first a meeting, then later another gory holocaust) appeared here describing them as 'on hand and observing the action.'
The city on whose float they were to ride later voted them off as 'not the proper type of people to participate in the event.'
Sonny told me, 'I only feel sorry for those who voted against us. We had heard about the Strip situation and just wanted to see for ourselves before we formed any conclusions.'


Los Angeles Times
Tuesday 3 January 1967
STARS' ABSENCE FAILS TO DIM PARADE LUSTER
by Ronald Einstoss, Staff Writer

Many television and movie personalities rode floats Monday in the Rose Parade but two of the brightest stars expected to ride the five and a half mile route were missing.
Comedian Jerry Lewis was to have been on the Farmers Insurance Group's 'Around The World In 80 Days' float but a last minute professional commitment forced him to cancel.
However that entry was not without its celebrities; it still carried recording artists Sonny and Cher and actor Allan Hale of the Gilligan's Island series. Sonny and Cher were to have ridden on the city of Monterey Park's float but were cancelled out after their pictures appeared in newspapers during a Sunset Strip demonstration.


Los Angeles Times
August 5, 2007
Club's Closing Ignited 'Riots' on the Sunset Strip

Young rock fans take to the streets after the shuttering of Pandora's Box in 1966.
The unrest inspired Stephen Stills' landmark anthem.
by Cecilia Rasmussen, Times Staff Writer

There's battle lines being drawn
Nobody's right if everybody's wrong
Young people speaking their minds
Getting so much resistance from behind
I think it's time we stop
Hey, what's that sound
Everybody look what's going down
"For What It's Worth" - Stephen Stills

Gangsters, nightclubs and rock 'n' roll make up much of the Sunset Strip's colorful history along with a little-remembered tussle in 1966 that became known as "the Sunset Strip riots."

The melee erupted as young rock fans were protesting efforts to enforce a 10 p.m. curfew and to close nightclubs that catered to them including Pandora's Box, at the corner of Sunset and Crescent Heights boulevards.

The confrontation with police also inspired musician Stephen Stills to write "For What It's Worth," released two months later by Stills and the band he was in, Buffalo Springfield.

"Riot is a ridiculous name," he said in an interview. "It was a funeral for Pandora's Box. But it looked like a revolution."

The club, painted purple and gold, was perched on a triangular traffic island in the middle of the Strip. It drew a crowd of mostly clean-cut teenagers and twenty somethings wearing pullover sweaters and miniskirts.

Ensuing traffic jams annoyed residents and business owners, who pressured the city and county to get rid of the kids, the clubs and the congestion.

It's unclear from Times files whether Pandora's Box or other clubs had been closed by the time the protests began. But young rock fans interpreted efforts to enforce curfew and loitering laws as an infringement on their civil rights.

On Nov. 12, 1966, fliers were distributed along the Strip inviting people to demonstrate. And hours before the protest, "One of L.A's rock 'n' roll radio stations made an announcement that there would be a rally at Pandora's Box and cautioned people to tread carefully," wrote Domenic Priore, author of the 2007 book "Riot on Sunset Strip: Rock 'n' Roll's Last Stand in Hollywood."

As many as 1,000 people turned out, along with such celebrities as Jack Nicholson and Peter Fonda.

"[Nicholson] just showed up to see what was happening," said lifelong Sunset Strip denizen and Hollywood historian Marc Wanamaker. Wanamaker played drums in a band called Mike and the Mad Men, which sometimes performed at Pandora's Box, and was there that night as an observer.

"Everyone called them hippies just because some had long hair," Wanamaker said. "But they weren't the flower-power types from San Francisco, just rock 'n' roll fans, mostly students."

The event began peacefully. Protesters sat on the Strip blocking traffic, holding hands and singing. Trouble began when a car full of off-duty Marines got into a fender-bender. The Marines got out of their car and at least one punched the driver of the other car, The Times reported. Fighting spread.

Police and sheriffs' deputies closed off part of the Strip and ordered everyone to leave, but some protesters ran amok.

They rocked a city bus until passengers and the driver got out. Then they knocked out the windows, dented the roof with an uprooted street sign and let the air out of the tires.

One youth tried unsuccessfully to drop lighted matches into the fuel tank, The Times reported. He was booked for attempted arson.

Protesters hurled rocks and bottles and smashed storefront windows and car windshields. Fonda, son of actor Henry Fonda, was handcuffed.

But when he said he was merely filming the melee, he was released without charges.

The unrest continued the next night and off and on throughout November and December. Some clubs shut down within weeks.

"These kids weren't looking for trouble; they were simply going out to see their favorite bands and hang out with friends," Priore wrote.

Demonstrators carried signs that read, "We're Your Children! Don't Destroy Us" and "Ban the Billyclub." Mayor Sam Yorty showed up and invited the protesters to City Hall. Los Angeles County Supervisor Ernest Debs called the youths "misguided hoodlums."

Sonny and Cher, who got their start on the Strip as Caesar and Cleo, made an appearance in front of Pandora's Box in December.

The ensuing publicity got them kicked off the Rose Parade float they were supposed to ride two weeks later. The float sponsor, the City of Monterey Park, figured this was not the image it wanted to show the world.

"I admit at first we were somewhat hurt, shocked and a little upset," Sonny Bono said at a news conference after the duo was bumped. "They never even gave us the courtesy of notifying us personally. I heard it on the news."

Bono denied being part of the protest. "[The demonstrators] saw I was there and I told them to be peaceful, that's all," he said.

On Christmas Day, Pandora's Box reopened for one night only, according to Priore. There, Stills first publicly performed "For What It's Worth."

The Los Angeles City Council condemned Pandora's Box, claiming that it had to be demolished to realign the streets.

On Aug. 3, 1967, a wrecking ball turned Pandora's into rubble. "Hippies Pout, Politicians Cheer," The Times reported.

No sign of the triangle occupied by Pandora's remains today; it was eliminated by the street rerouting.

As for Stills' song, many fans saw it as an antiwar anthem, but he says that was only part of the equation.

"It was really four different things intertwined, including the war and the absurdity of what was happening on the Strip," he said in the interview. "But I knew I had to skedaddle and headed back to Topanga, where I wrote my song in about 15 minutes. For me, there was no riot. It was basically a cop dance."


Highs In The Mid-Sixties
Volume Two - L.A. '66
Riot On Sunset Strip
(A.I.P. AIP 10004) 1983

01. People Of [The] Sunset Strip
Sunset Symphony
02. Terry Randall - S.O.S.
03. The Sandals
Tell Us Dylan
04. The Chymes
He's Not There Anymore
05. The Bees
Trip To New Orleans
06. The Roosters
One Of These Days
07. Tangents:
Hey Joe, Where You Gonna Go?
08. Ken & The Fourth Dimension:
Rovin' Heart
(or 'See If I Care')
09. The W.C. Fields Memorial Electric String Band:
I'm Not Your Stepping Stone
10. The Satans
Lines And Squares
11. The Dirty Shames
I Don't Care
12. The No-Na-Mees
Gotta Hold On
13. Opus 1
Back Seat '38 Dodge
14. The Second Helping
Let Me In
15. The Grim Reepers
Two Souls
16. The Nite Walkers
High Class

  An Individually
Numbered
Limited Edition Of
1,500 (One Thousand
Five Hundred)
Copies.

16 Tracks (Including
1 Previously Unreleased)
A Single CD
With A 20-Page Booklet.

Rhino Handmade
Catalogue Number:
RHM2 7704

SONNY & CHER
ATCO MASTERS
by Harry Young

Caesar & Cleo:
7613 The Letter
7614 Spring Fever Copyright Oct 10, 1966
~ Vault 45-119
[Vault 909, 916]
Atlantic Masters book: Volt label
Master numbers Assigned
February 18, 1964
Billboard Review July 14, 1964
S&C: Vault 916 entered Billboard Hot 100 October 23, 1965 peak #75
424-A The Letter in Stereo:
Hi-Oldies single 424

8514 Sing C'est La Vie LP1, BEST OF LP
Master Assigned January 20, 1965
~ Atco 6345 B

Sonny & Cher:
8639 Just You 3:59
~ Atlantic Oldies Series 45 OS-13071
8640 Untitled (Unreleased)
Masters Assigned
January 28, 1965

Sonny & Cher:
8714 Just You
Copyright October 11, 1965 LP1, BEST OF LP
Master Assigned
January 28, 1965
8514 Sing C'est La Vie
Copyright October 11, 1965 LP1, BEST OF LP
Master Assigned
January 20, 1965
~ Atco 45-6345
Billboard Review April 10, 1965
Regional Breakout (LA)
~ Billboard May 15, 1965
Entered Billboard Hot 100 August 28, 1965 peak #20
Entered Cash Box August 28, 1965 peak #31


Sonny & Cher:
9025 I Got You Babe
Copyright July 15, 1965 LP1, BEST OF LP
9026 IT'S GONNA RAIN
(TWO Versions)
Copyright June 1 and September 22, 1965 LP1
~ Atco 45-6359
Released June 14, 1965
~ Billboard October 2, 1965
Record World Review
June 19, 1965
Billboard Review
June 26, 1965
Entered Billboard Hot 100
July 10, 1965 peak #1
Entered Billboard R&B
August 14, 1965 peak #17
Entered Cash Box
July 17, 1965 peak #1
Certfied Gold
~ Billboard October 2, 1965

IT'S GONNA RAIN
First Version:
Atco 45-6359 B
Movie Version
WITH echo-delay:
In wax:
Scratched out 65C-09 then
65C-9026-11

IT'S GONNA RAIN
Always Mono
Second Version:
Atco 45-6359 B
LOOK AT US LP version w/ NO echo-delay:
In wax:
65C-9026-12

IT'S GONNA RAIN
STEREO Movie version
WITH echo-delay:
WILD ON THE BEACH AN ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK RECORDING
RCA LSP 3441
Billboard Review July 24, 1965
LP Arranged / Conducted by Jimmie Haskell
LP Produced by Al Schmitt
LP Engineer Dick Bogert
Film Assoc. Producer:
William D. (= "By") Dunham


Film Copyright August 11, 1965
AKA Wild Beach Weekend and
Beach House Party

IT'S GONNA RAIN mono second version (w/ NO echo-delay) appeared on US advance promo (green tint) copies of Where The Action Is ! Los Angeles Nuggets 1965 - 68, UK advance promo (green tint) copies of Where The Action Is ! L.A. Nuggets 1965 - 68 and preliminary sound samples on internet music sites.

But on September 22, 2009, IT'S GONNA RAIN mono FIRST version (WITH echo-delay) surfaced on commercial copies of Where The Action Is ! Los Angeles Nuggets 1965 - 68.

The much less challenging IT'S GONNA RAIN mono second version (w/ NO echo-delay) had previously appeared on Look At Us (Sundazed SC 6139, April 1998) and Sonny & Cher The Definitive Pop Collection (Rhino R2 74113, September 2006).

67036 IT'S GONNA RAIN OUTSIDE
B.J. And The Profits
Uptown 705
Record World Review
July 3, 1965
Billboard Review
July 10, 1965
Produced And Arranged
by Sonny Bono

ZTSC126993-1A
IT'S GONNA RAIN
The Camel Drivers
Top Dog B 100
Produced by Artie Fields

9119 Let It Be Me LP1, BEST OF LP
9120 Something You Got (Unreleased)
9121 You Don't Love Me LP1
9122 You've Really Got A Hold On Me LP1
Masters Assigned
June 23, 1965
9123 500 Miles LP1
9124 Why Don't They Let Us Fall In Love LP1
9125 And Then He Kissed Me LP1
9126 Unchained Melody LP1
Masters Assigned
June 17, 1965
9174 The Letter 2:06 LP1
~ LP 33-177 LOOK AT US
Billboard ad August 14, 1965 ('Just Released')
Billboard Review August 28, 1965
Entered Billboard August 21, 1965 peak #2
Entered Cash Box August 21, 1965 peak #2
Certified Gold
Billboard October 16, 1965
NME Review October 1, 1966

33025 I Got You Babe, The Letter, Why Don't They Let Us Fall In Love
33026 Just You, It's Gonna Rain, You've Really Got A Hold On Me

9175 King Curtis:
Spanish Harlem
~ Atco 45-6387
Billboard Review December 11, 1965
Master Assigned
July 22, 1965

Sonny:
9176 Laugh At Me (Single Version)
(S. Bono) Copyright September 22, 1965
2:55 (45)
Arranged & Produced by Sonny Bono
A York-Pala Production
Engineer: Stan Ross
Sonny's Group:
9177 Tony
(Greene - Stone - Bono)
Copyright Aug 2, 1965 2:00
~ Atco 45-6369
Billboard Review August 7, 1965
Billboard ad August 14, 1965
Entered Billboard Bubbling Under August 14, 1965 peak #10
Entered Cash Box August 21, 1965 peak #11

Laugh At Me
by Mott The Hoople
Atlantic LP SD 8258
Billboard Review May 9, 1970

Sonny & Cher:
9272 But You're Mine (Track Only)
Master Assigned September 1, 1965
LP and 45 versions of 'But You're Mine' differ:
LP Version @ 1:47 Cher sings It ain't us that's gonna lose this fight
45 Version @ 1:47 Sonny sings It ain't us that's gonna lose this fight.

9308 But You're Mine
Copyright September 23, 1965 3:02 LP2, BEST OF LP
9309 Hello
Copyright December 2, 1965
~ Atco 45-6381
Monarch Pressing
Delta Numbers
58777 / 58777-X
Masters Assigned September 16, 1965
BB ad October 9, 1965
Billboard Review October 2, 1965
Entered Billboard Hot 100 October 9, 1965 peak #15
Entered Cash Box October 9, 1965 peak #23
NME Review October 15, 1966

Sonny:
9425 The Revolution Kind (Bono)
Copyright October 17, 1965 2:30
Arranged & Produced by Sonny Bono
A York / Pala Production
Sonny's Group:
9426 Georgia & John Quetzal
(Bono - Greene - Stone)
Copyright October 27, 1965 2:08
~ Atco 45-6386
Masters Assigned October 27, 1965
Billboard ad November 13, 1965
Billboard Review November 20, 1965
Entered Billboard Hot 100 November 27, 1965 peak #70
Entered Cash Box November 27, 1965 peak #65
NME Review December 17, 1966

Sonny & Cher:
9450 I Look For You 2:40 LP2
Master Assigned October 29, 1965
= I Looked For You, Look For Me Baby

9496 But You're Mine (French):
Je m'en balance car je t'aime
Master Assigned November 8, 1965

Sonny & Cher:
9711 We Need Each Other (Unreleased)
9712 Love Don't Come (Unreleased)
Masters Assigned December 14, 1965
9713 What Now My Love (Unreleased)
9714 Just A Room (Unreleased)
Masters Assigned
December 15, 1965
9715 Sing With The Music (Unreleased)
9716 People Get Ready (Unreleased)
Masters Assigned
December 20, 1965

Sonny & Cher:
9792 What Now My Love 3:28 LP2, BEST OF LP
9793 I Look For You
Copyright November 4, 1965 LP2
~ Atco 45-6395
Monarch Pressing
Delta Numbers
60023-X / 60023
Masters Assigned
January 5, 1966
Billboard Review January 22, 1966
Entered Billboard Hot 100 January 29, 1966 peak #14
Entered Cash Box January 29, 1966 peak #18

Sonny & Cher:
9883 Crying Time
~ Sundazed WONDEROUS WORLD OF SONNY & CHER CD
9884 Summertime LP2
9885 But I Really Don't Mind (Unreleased)
9886 Sonny & Cher w/ Bat Band (Unreleased)
Masters Assigned
January 21, 1966

Sonny:
Laugh At Me (Album Version)
No Master Number Assigned

Sonny & Cher:
9938 Bring It On Home To Me 3:08 LP2
9939 Tell Him 2:34 LP2
9940 Leave Me Be 2:03 LP2
Recorded February 8, 1966
9945 Set Me Free 2:20 LP2
9946 Concrete & Clay (Unreleased)
9947 So Fine 2:30 LP2
9948 Turn Around 2:47 LP2
Masters Assigned February 14, 1966
10013 I'm Leaving It All Up To You 2:18 LP2
Master Assigned March 1, 1966
~ LP 33-183 THE W W OF S&C
Billboard ad April 9, 1966
Billboard Review April 9, 1966
Entered Billboard April 16, 1966 peak #34
Entered Cash Box April 9, 1966 peak #24

Sonny & Cher:
10170 Have I Stayed Too Long
Copyright April 18, 1966
Master Assigned April 21, 1966
9940 Leave Me Be LP2
~ Atco 45-6420
Entered Billboard Hot 100 June 4, 1966 peak #49
Entered Cash Box June 4, 1966 peak #51
NME Review June 24, 1966

Sonny & Cher:
10363 Have I Stayed Too Long
New Shortened Version: Time 2:58
New words, music & arrangement
Copyright June 10, 1966
Edited: Middle orchestral section and
three lines in the last two verses
Edited at Atlantic Studios, NYC
Master Assigned
June 3, 1966
~ Atco 45-6420
Blue Text White Label Promo

Sonny & Cher:
10429 What's Wrong With Me (Unreleased)
Master Assigned June 10, 1966

Sonny & Cher:
10752 Little Man 3:15 Copyright November 1, 1966 BEST OF LP
Vocals Recorded August 25, 1966 at
EMI Studios, London UK
10761 Monday
Copyright September 9, 1966
Recorded July 29, 1966
~ Atco 45-6440
Released UK Friday, August 26, 1966
NME Review September 9, 1966
Variety Review September 21, 1966
Billboard Review And Ad September 24, 1966
Entered Billboard Hot 100 October 1, 1966 peak #21
Entered Billboard Top 40 October 15, 1966
Entered Cash Box October 1, 1966 peak #17
UK Record Retailer peak #4
- Billboard October 8, 1966
NME peak #4 October 7, 1966
Management DeCarlo - Kresky Enterprises

Little Man (French):
Petit Homme

Sonny:
10967 Misty Roses (Tim Hardin) Copyright February 14, 1966
3:00 (Atlantic Masters book) or 3:05 (LP3) = 11553 ?
10968 Cheryl's Goin' Home (Bob Lind) Copyright December 22, 1965
2:40 (Atlantic Masters book & LP3) = 11556 ?
~ Atco 45-6446
Masters Assigned October 10, 1966

Sonny & Cher:
11004 Living For You
= 11012 ?
Master Assigned October 19, 1966

11012 Living For You
Copyright November 30, 1966 3:20 LP3 BEST OF LP
11013 Love Don't Come
Copyright February 1, 1966 3:00 LP3
11013 = 11292
~ Atco 45-6449
B/S Produced by Sonny Bono
Arranged by Harold Battiste
Variety Review November 9, 1966
Billboard Review November 12, 1966
Entered Billboard Hot 100 November 19, 1966 peak #87
Entered Cash Box December 3, 1966 peak #98

Cash Box
Week Ending 17 December 1966
Record Ramblings
Hollywood:
The Niagara, which threatens to make this December the wettest in L.A.'s history, dampened the gush of teenage dissenters along the strip last weekend. But another deluge has engulfed the town -- a profluence of protest disks involving the Sunset rebellion. First to arrive was "S.O.S." by Terry Randall on Valiant, an unsophisticated blues styled ditty set to a repetitious but nevertheless provocative Morse code cry for deliverance. Sonny Bono's "Sunset Symphony" (which will be released on Atco) is in the form of a documentary backed by the dissonance of stroboscopic sound. And latest release is by the Buffalo Springfield, composed by lead singer Steve Stills, last Wednesday [30 November], waxed at 4:00am on Thursday [1 December] and delivered to local stations on Friday [2 December].

PEOPLE OF THE SUNSET STRIP:
11250 Sunset Symphony 3:18
(The actual occurrence of the demonstration
on the Sunset Strip November 1966)
Produced by Sonny Bono & Bill Friedkin
No Publisher(s) Credited
SONNY'S GROUP:
11251 Trippin' 2:55
(Bono)
Instrumental
Produced by Sonny Bono
Arranged by Harold Battiste
Chris - Marc - Cotillion BMI
Masters Assigned Thursday, 1 December 1966
Recorded Gold Star, Hollywood
~ Atco single 45-6458
Monarch Pressing
Delta Numbers
64700 / 64700 - X

THE BUFFALO SPRINGFIELD:
11252 For What It's Worth
(Stop, Hey What's That Sound) 2:37
Words And Music Registered With
The Library Of Congress Copyright Office
5 December 1966
11253 Do I Have To Come Right Out And Say It 3:00
Masters Assigned Monday, 5 December 1966
Recorded Columbia Studios, LA
~ Atco single 45-6459
Billboard Review 31 December 1966
Monarch Pressing
Delta Numbers
64813 / 64814

Sonny & Cher:
11291 The Beat Goes On
Copyright December 30, 1966 LP3, BEST OF LP
11292 Love Don't Come
Copyright February 1, 1966 3:00
~ Atco 45-6461
Masters Assigned December 15, 1966
Billboard Review January 7, 1967
Variety Review January 11, 1967
Billboard ad January 14, 1967
Entered Billboard Hot 100 January 14, 1967 pk #6
Entered Cash Box January 14, 1967 peak #7

Sonny & Cher:
Side One:
11546 The Beat Goes On
December 30, 1966 LP3, BEST OF LP
11547 Groovy Kind Of Love LP3
11548 You Baby LP3
11549 Monday
Copyright September 9, 1966 LP3
11550 Love Don't Come
Copyright February 1, 1966 LP3
11551 Podunk
Copyright March 6, 1967 LP3
Side Two:
10752 Little Man
Copyright November 1, 1966 LP3 BEST OF LP
11552 We'll Sing In the Sunshine LP3
11553 Misty Roses LP3 (3:05) = 10967 ?
11554 Stand By Me LP3
11555 Living For You
Copyright November 30, 1966 LP3, BEST OF LP
11556 Cheryl's Goin' Home LP3 (2:40) = 10968 ?
~ LP 33-203
IN CASE YOU'RE IN LOVE
Masters Assigned January 23, 1967
Billboard Review February 25, 1967
Entered Billboard March 25, 1967 peak #45
Entered Cash Box March 11, 1967 peak #43

Sonny & Cher:
11889 I Got You Babe 4:48
11891 Good Times 5:15 Copyright May 16, 1966
11892 Trust Me 4:40 Copyright May 16, 1966

11890 It's The Little Things Copyright June 13, 1966 3:31
11893 Don't Talk To Strangers
Copyright June 20, 1966 2:43
~ Atco 45-6507
Billboard Review July 29, 1967
Entered Billboard Hot 100 Aug 12, 1967 peak #50
Entered Cash Box August 12, 1967 peak #60

11894 I'm Gonna Love You 2:33
= IM-6090 I'm Gonna Love You
~ Imperial 66114
Billboard Review June 19, 1965
Entered Cash Box July 3, 1965 peak #9
11895 Just A Name
Copyright June 3, 1966 6:28
11896 I Got You Babe 2:15
~ LP 33-214 GOOD TIMES

Soundtrack completed by August 1966
- NME October 14, 1966
Masters Assigned March17, 1967
Score Copyright December 28, 1966
Billboard And Cash Box Reviews May 6, 1967
Entered Billboard May 27, 1967 peak #73
Variety film Review April 26, 1967

Sonny & Cher:
11975 Il Cammino Di Ogni Speranza
11976 L 'umanita
Recorded Milan, Italy
For the San Remo Festival
Thursday, January 26, 1967

Sonny & Cher:
12148 A Beautiful Story
Copyright May 11, 1967 BEST OF LP
Master Assigned April 4, 1967
Produced And Arranged by Bill Rinehart
11551 Podunk Copyright March 6, 1967
~ Atco 45-6480
Billboard Review April 22, 1967
Entered Billboard Hot 100 April29, 1967 peak #53
Entered Cash Box April 29, 1967 peak #64
Billboard Ad w/ GOOD TIMES SOUNDTRACK May 6, 1967

Sonny & Cher:
12334 Plastic Man
Copyright June 22, 1967 3:20
Master Assigned May 1, 1967
11890 It's The Little Things
Copyright June 13, 1966 2:50
~ Atco 45-6486
B/S Produced by Sonny Bono
Arranged by Harold Battiste
Billboard Review May 27, 1967
Entered Cash Box June 10, 1967 peak #78
Entered Billboard Hot 100 June 10, 1967 peak #74:
#76 June 10
#74 June 17
#74 June 24
#103 July 1 BUT
#108 July 1 is 45-6486 'B'
It's The Little Things
#113 August 5, 1967 is also 45-6486 B
Switching to
45-6507 August 12, 1967

Sonny:
12621 I Told My Girl To Go Away
(Sonny Bono) Copyright September 6, 1967 3:12
Master Assigned June 20, 1967
11553 Misty Roses
(Tim Hardin) 3:05 = 10967
Master Assigned October 10, 1966
~ Atco 45-6505
Billboard Review July 15, 1967
Cash Box Review July 29, 1967

11890 It's The Little Things
Copyright June 13, 1966
11893 Don't Talk To Strangers
~ Atco 45-6507
Billboard Review July 29, 1967
Entered Billboard Hot 100 August 12, 1967 peak #50
Entered Cash Box August 12, 1967 peak #60

White label Atco 45-6486:
Plastic Man /
It's The Little Things

White label Atco 45-6507:
It's The Little Things /
It's The Little Things

LP SD 33-219 THE BEST OF SONNY AND CHER
Billboard and Cash Box Reviews August 12, 1967
Entered Billboard August 12, 1967 peak #23
Entered Cash Box August 5, 1967 peak #17

SONNY & CHER'S GREATEST HITS
Columbia Record Club
Atco A2M 5177 / A2S 5178
released August 1967
w/ Plastic Man in Stereo

Sonny:
28662 I'm Not Small Enough (Unreleased)
Recorded August 16, 1967

SONNY:
Side 1
13030 I Just Sit There
Copyright November 2, 1967
12:15 (Atlantic Masters book) or 13:12 (Mono LP)
13031 I Told My Girl To Go Away
Copyright September 6, 1967
4:15 (Atlantic Masters book) or 3:32 (LP)
Side 2
13032 I Would Marry You Today
Copyright September 22, 1967 4:21 (LP)
13033 My Best Friend's Girl Is Out Of Sight
Copyright September 22, 1967 4:13 (LP)
13034 Pammie's On A Bummer
Copyright September 22, 1967
7:45 (LP)
Masters Assigned September 6, 1967
~ LP SD 33-229 Sonny: INNER VIEWS
C-12625 / C-12626
ST-C-671091 / ST-C-671092
Written, Composed And Produced by Sonny Bono
Arranged by Donald Peake

Recording Engineer: Stan Ross
Billboard And Cash Box Ads October 7, 1967

Ad on p. 17,
Rolling Stone
Issue #1,
November 9, 1967

Variety Review October 18, 1967
Billboard And Cash Box Reviews Oct 21, 1967
First listed in the Schwann Long Playing
Record Catalog December 1967

Sonny:
13188 I Told My Girl To Go Away [Edit]
13189 (may be wrong - see Atco 45-6531 below)
I Would Marry You Today [Edit]

Sonny:
13187 Pammie's On A Bummer
Copyright September 22, 1967 4:56
13190 (Atlantic Masters book) or
13189 (Atco 45-6531 label)
My Best Friend's Girl Is Out Of Sight
Copyright September 22, 1967 2:37
~ Atco 45-6531
Monarch Pressing
Delta Numbers
68885 / 68886
B/S Produced by Sonny Bono
Arranged by Donald Peake
Cash Box Review November 4, 1967
Billboard Chart Spotlite November 4, 1967

INNER VIEWS
Atco EP
SP-4517-A:
Pammie's On A Bummer 4:56
SP-4517-B:
I Would Marry You Today 3:03
My Best Friend's Girl Is Out Of Sight 2:37

Sonny & Cher:
13494 Good Combination
13495 You And Me Copyright September 22, 1967
~ Atco 45-6541
Masters Assigned November 20, 1967
Billboard Review December 9, 1967
Entered Billboard Hot 100 December 16, 1967 peak #56
Entered Cash Box December 16, 1967 peak #68

Sonny & Cher:
13737 Circus
Copyright February 14, 1968
Master Assigned January 22, 1968
13738 I Would Marry You Today
Copyright September 22, 1967 2:57
Master Assigned January 22, 1968
~ Atco 45-6555
Billboard Reviews February 10, 1968

Sonny & Cher:
14904 You Gotta Have A Thing Of Your Own
Master Assigned July 4, 1968
11896 I Got You Babe (Good Times Version)
~ Atco 45-6605
Billboard And Cash Box Reviews August 17, 1968

Cher:
16280 The Thought Of Loving You
16281 Yours Until Tomorrow
~ Atco 45-6658
Masters Assigned January 7, 1969

Cher:
16885 Cry Like A Baby
16886 Please Don't Tell Me
Muscle Shoals
Masters Assigned
April 30, 1969

Sonny & Cher:
16887 Honey Lamb (Unreleased)

Sonny & Cher:
16997 You're A Friend Of Mine 3:24
Master Assigned May 14, 1969
Produced by Sonny Bono
Arranged by Greg Poree
13738 I Would Marry You Today
Copyright September 22, 1967 2:57
Master Assigned January 22, 1968
~ Atco 45-6683
~ Mono white label 45-6683 promo:
You're A Friend Of Mine (Mono) /
I Would Marry You Today 2:57 edit (Mono)
~ Stereo white label 45-6683 promo:
You're A Friend Of Mine (Stereo) /
I Would Marry You Today
4:22 Stereo album version although label claims 2:57

Billboard And Cash Box Ads 31 May 1969:
Sonny & Cher You're A Friend Of Mine Atco 45-6683 Produced by Sonny Bono

Cash Box Review 31 May 1969:
Exciting new return from Sonny & Cher has the twosome adding a bit of Soul-fire to the sound long associated with them. Fine side with teen and FM prospects. Flip: I Would Marry You Today (2:57) deserves a close listen as well.
Billboard Review 31 May 1969:
Infectious rhythm and lyric to match that will bring the duo back on the chart with impact. One of their best in some time. Flip: "I Would Marry You Today".
Variety Review 11 June 1969: Sonny & Cher's "You're A Friend Of Mine" is a bouncy hard rocker which features cute vocal interchange between this husband and wife team. "I Would Marry You Today" is a sticky reappraisal of the duo's marital status that achieves new heights of puppy love.

Sonny & Cher:
16998 Unknown Title (Unreleased)
Recorded May 14, 1969

Cher:
17000 Lay Baby Lay
~ Atco 45-6868 B
May 14, 1969
17001 Do Right Woman
Do Right Man
17002 For What It's Worth
~ Atco 45-6704
Billboard And Cash Box Reviews August 16, 1969
April 23, 1969
17003 Save The Children
April 21, 1969
17004 (Just Enough To Keep Me) Hangin' On
~ Atco 45-6704
Billboard Review August 16, 1969
~ Atco 45-6868
Billboard Review December 25, 1971
April 23, 1969
17005 Wedding Bell Blues (Unreleased)
April 23, 1969
17006 Tonight I'll Be Stayin' Here With You
April 22, 1969
17007 Always David (Unreleased)
April 25, 1969
17008 I Threw It All Away
April 21, 1969
17009 Dock Of The Bay
17010 I Walk On Guilded Splinters
~ Atco 45-6684
April 24, 1969
~ LP SD-33-298
3614 Jackson Highway
Cash Box Review July 26, 1969

Side One:
17078 Chastity's Song (Band Of Thieves) 3:06
Copyright 7 April 1969 And 4 June 1969
(Elyse J. Weinberg)
~ Atco single 45-6684
Billboard And Cash Box Reviews 14 June 1969
17079 Chastity Overture (2:40)
17080 Motel I (2:08)
Copyright 30 July 1969 (Sonny Bono) and
23 October 1969 (Jerry Peters and Greg Poree)
17081 Chastity Walk (1:54)
17082 Flowers (Love Of A Family) 2:26
Copyright 30 July 1969 (Sonny Bono)
Performed and Arranged by Denis Pregnolato?
17083 Chastity Love Theme (2:03)
Copyright 30 July 1969 (Sonny Bono)

Side Two:
17084 Chastity Titles (3:44)
17085 Motel II (2:41)
Copyright 30 July 1969 (Sonny Bono) and
23 October 1969 (Jerry Peters and Greg Poree)
17086 Chastity Carrousel (2:35)
17087 Mexico (1:22)
17088 Chastity (Closing Theme) 3:51
~ Atco album SD-33-302
CHASTITY ORIGINAL MOTION PICTURE SOUNDTRACK (28:35)
Recorded Gold Star, Hollywood
Masters Assigned 21 May 1969
Released 20 June 1969
Billboard Review 26 July 1969
Film Copyright 25 June 1969
Variety film Review 25 June 1969
Variety viewed film Hollywood 19 June 1969

CHASTITY ORIGINAL MOTION PICTURE SOUNDTRACK
Produced by Sonny Bono

Chastity's Song (Band Of Thieves)
Arranged by Greg Poree

All other
CHASTITY ORIGINAL MOTION PICTURE SOUNDTRACK
Tracks, Except Flowers (Love Of A Family)
Arranged by Don Peake

Chastity's Song, originally titled just Band Of Thieves, first appeared on composer Elyse J. Weinberg's 'Elyse'(Tetragrammaton album T-117, Cash Box Review 17 May 1969)

Cher:
17689 The First Time
~ Atco 45-6713
Billboard Review November 29, 1969
~ Atco 45-6793 B
17690 You've Made Me So Very Happy
~ Atco 45-6713 B
Masters Assigned September 11, 1969

Sonny & Cher:
18334 I Can't Keep My Eyes Off Of You
(Unreleased)
Recorded November 29, 1967

Sonny:
18335 A Beautiful Story (Unreleased)
Recorded March 3, 1967

Harold Battiste:
18336 Dream World (Unreleased)
Recorded July 3, 1967

Sonny & Cher:
19177 Get It Together Copyright May 21, 1970
19178 Hold You Tighter Copyright June 11, 1970
~ Atco 45-6758
Masters Assigned Apr 29, 1970
Billboard Review 13 June 1970: Strong rocker from the duo should bring them back to the charts with solid sales. Powerful arrangement.
Variety Review 17 June 1970: Sonny & Cher's "Get It Together" is a solid entry from this husband and wife team that encompasses a variety of musical styles and could return them to the charts. "Hold You Tighter" is a soul flavored, multi-orchestrated slice.
Cash Box Review 20 June 1970: Integrating a tiny bit of country and back-woods blues, Sonny tackles an FM effort on this outing. Has strength that could bring good exposure.

Sonny & Cher:
19384 He Gets Me Where I Wanna Go (Unreleased)
Recorded May 27, 1970

Cher:
20363 Superstar
~ Atco 45-6793
Recorded NYC October 1970
Billboard Review November 7, 1970


Sonny & Cher:
24611 Baby Don't Go (3:08)
(= Reprise Master 2900)
Master Assigned May 1972
~ For Atco album SD 2-804
24937 Love Is Strange
(= Reprise Master 2906)
Master Assigned June 1972

Reprise single 0308
Love Is Strange (2906) /
Do You Want To Dance
Billboard Review September 26, 1964

Reprise single 0309
Baby Don't Go (2900) /
Walkin' The Quetzal (2901)

Reprise single 0309 (= 0392)
Billboard Review August 14, 1965

Reprise LP R-6177
New Release in Billboard October 9, 1965
Billboard Review October 16, 1965

Reprise EP SR-6177
(40,135) Baby Don't Go (2900), Leavin' Town (Bill Medley), Do You Want To Dance
(40,136) Love Is Strange (2906), Wo Yeah (Bill Medley), Let The Good Times Roll

Reprise 0419 (= 0308)
Billboard Review November 20, 1965

Reprise 0723
Baby Don't Go (2900) /
Love Is Strange (2906)
Back To Back Hits
Released before August 1972


Cher:
28654 I Believe
Recorded December 3, 1969
28655 Easy To Be Hard
Recorded November 28, 1969
28656 Momma, Look Sharp
Recorded December 4, 1969
28657 You've Made Me So Very Happy
Recorded January 25, 1969
28658 Danny Boy
Recorded December 3, 1969
28659 I Believe
28660 It Gets Me Where I Wanna Go
28661 Band Of Thieves (Chastity)
Recorded December 1, 1969

Sonny:
28662 I'm Not Small Enough (Unreleased)
Recorded August 16, 1967

Sonny & Cher:
28663 Born To Be With You (Unreleased)
Recorded March 24, 1969
28664 Just A Little (Unreleased)
Recorded March 26, 1969

28665 Play Me Some Music
Recorded December 4, 1969

THE TWO OF US
~ Atco SD 2-804
Billboard Review August 19, 1972
Entered Billboard September 9, 1972 peak #122
Cash Box peak #137
Packaged like a Kapp album
Contains LOOK AT US (deletes '500 Miles' and adds 'Baby Don't Go') And the IN CASE YOU'RE IN LOVE LPs

Atlantic Oldies Series
OS-13071 Just You /
I Got You Babe
OS-13072 The Beat Goes On /
What Now My Love



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