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Cher in New Diana Vreeland Documentary

VreelandMy cousin sent me news that a new Diana Vreeland documentary is scheduled to be released September 21. Diana Vreeland met Cher in 1967 and told her she had "a pointed head." However, it was Vreeland who introduced Cher to modeling in countless Vogue spreads from the late 1960s throughout the 1970s.

In the documentary trailer, Vreeland is credited with the idea of pushing a photo subject's faults, imploring her artists to "make that the most beautiful thing about them."

So brilliant.

And when legal wrangling with Sonny kept Cher off of television in 1974, Cher said it was these modeling projects that kept her afloat.

More information on Cher and Vreeland:

For more information on the movie and to see (clips of Cher) in the trailer:

How can we forget the following amazing collaborations between Cher, Vreeland and photographer Richard Avedon...

VogueCher doing one of many interpretations of Native American. Cher scholar Bruce points out that this photo is by Stephen Paley and not Richard Avedon, as part of the late 60s Jackson Highway album photo shoot. But it's super kewl so I'm keeping it up.





Cher 60sCher in 60s mod-mode.










Cher vogue 2Elaborations on hair poses.










  Cher70sFull 1970s awesomeness!










StaircasesMore elaborations on hair and some of my favorites, the staircase photos.









Sonny & Cher Redo "Baby Don't Go" in 1977

This week, BabydontgoCher scholar Robrt Pela sent me a video clip of a Sonny & Cher Show segment neither of us had seen before, although the video stamp shows the episode appeared on TV Land at some point.

Woe is me. When Sonny & Cher were last seen on TV Land, I couldn't talk any of my available dastardly TV-providers in Yonkers, New York, to provide such a far-out channel in their line ups. I was reduced to begging my one friend with TV Land for tapes and buying a few more episodes from entrepreneurs with video-dubbing capabilities. I still haven't seen every show.

This segment is historically interesting. Sonny & Cher mimic their own former 1960s selves to introduce their first minor (LA) hit "Baby Don't Go." It's discombobulating to see them in their old duds but with a mustache and glamorous makeup. Cher slips ever so easily into her teenage body posturings, much more convincingly than Sonny does.

They talk about how their managers had to hock office technology to pay for the recording. More interesting yet, Harold Battiste appears on the show as a special guest to verify the story and to play clavietta on the song, as he originally did back in 1965. Battiste worked heavily with Sonny & Cher as musical arranger and musical director on many projects, probably influencing their "sound" to no small extent.

The segment is charming, funny and downright adorable. At one point Sonny tells about having to ask Battiste to play for free, saying "Harold is a sucker for sweet talk" and Cher rolls her eyes and says, "Aren't we all?" All which illustrates the behind-the-scenes persuasiveness of Sonny working to overcome personal and professional hurdles to "make things happen" with his infamous "sweet talk."

Sonny also retells the famous story about why the intended act of "Cher" became "Sonny & Cher."

Because Cher sounds so differently in 1977 than she did in 1965, this rendition becomes essentially a cover of itself.

What's Harold Battiste up to now?


Cher Album News (Timberland, Pink, Gaga, Aguilera)

PinkWent to Kansas to visit in-laws last week and while I was gone tweets and news bulletins went a-flyin about Cher's new album. Cher also tweeted some sweet new pics. An overview:

-- There's a Lady Gaga duet we already knew about called "The Greatest Thing"

-- There are two songs written by Pink, who says of contributing songs that it was "such an honor...I'm such a fan." One of the titles is supposedly "I Walk Alone." I'm such a fan of Pink being a fan of Cher!

-- There may also be a duet with Christina Aguilera. This is far from confirmed and would be ironic considering they made a musical together but have never sang together. I know. Makes no sense to me either.

-- Producer Timberland is also involved in one song at least. Studiooutfit

-- Cher is very happy with the results so far, often tweeting her excitement on various songs. "It's funny, I'm always drawn to same kind of song - overcoming pain, being strong enough and believing in love!"..."I worked hard last night! I go in and sing for ninety minutes to two hours straight! I don't like sitting down until the song is finished! Usually I can ace one song in one session! 'You Haven't Seen The Last Of Me' took two hours; 'If I Could Turn Back Time' took ninety minutes! I'm fast!" ..."Many artists take a lot of time but more time wouldn't make my vocals better. I don't mean to sound pompous, it's the only way I know! 'Believe' was the worst time in studio - that's why we used pitch machine! It just wasn't working".

-- A single is now slated for October not September and an album around Christmas. This will be here before you know it!

Cher also posted current photos, including the pink one at the top and the leopard-print jammies she said she wore to the studio.

Studio2 As Cher Scholar, I am absolutely salivating over modern pictures of Cher recording in the studio! Is this even a studio? To be a fly on that wall, a bug on that crazy carpet. Below you can see the producers at the board.

Cher News also gives an overview of reports that Cher is working with RedOne (producer of "The Greatest Thing"), J-Roc, Kuk Harrell, and Jason Derülo. And then there's Diane Warren. More obvious rhymes and vague sentiments to be expected there. It would be sweet to have this album be peppered with so many young divas and producers.  


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