Mary Bono asks LA judge to sue over Sonny & Cher royalties

The widow of former Palm Springs Mayor Sonny Bono is asking a federal judge to dismiss a $1 million lawsuit brought by Cher alleging the former agent. Mary Bono unfairly deducts royalties from 1960s Sonny & Cher hits like “I Got You Babe” and “The Beat Goes On,” according to court documents today.

Cher filed a lawsuit against the widow of her former partner/husband in the pop-folk duo in October in Los Angeles federal court.

According to the lawsuit, after Cher and Sonny Bono divorced in 1975, they agreed to split the revenue from songs recorded together. Attorneys for Cher allege that in recent years, Sonny’s fourth wife and widow, Mary Bono, “aborted” Cher’s ownership of those rights and royalties.

Sonny and Mary Bono in the 1990s

Attempts to reach Mary Bono were not immediately successful. In new court papers, attorneys for Bono’s widow argued that Cher’s claim was unsuccessful because it was baseless and the argument was incomplete. The court date is set for April 2022.

Cher and Sonny Bono married in 1964 and began performing under the stage name Caesar and Cleo, before moving to Sonny & Cher. In addition to their music, the couple built their popularity through television, starring in the years 1971-74.
CBS variety show, “The Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour.”

Their careers as a duo waned in the mid-1970s, though each had their own successes – Cher in films like “Mask” and “Moonstruck” and Bono as a California politician.

Sonny Bono was mayor of Palm Springs from 1988-92 and a Republican from 1995 until his death in a skiing accident in 1998. He was succeeded by Mary Bono, who served for until 2013.

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