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Cher on Pre-Fame Life: ‘Our managers were living with my mom, Sonny and I’

"All of us had no money."
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It’s no secret that many musicians struggle financially before being discovered and cashing in on their talents. The same story applies to Cher, whom is now in her fifth decade in the business. Nothing tells her story better than the time she first heard herself on the radio.

“I was with Sonny… We were at my mom’s house. Our managers were living with my mom, Sonny and I because none of us had money,’ says Cher. “All of us had no money.”

Having everyone under one roof probably helped put one of Sonny & Cher’s earliest songs on the radio. The team effort was evident as Cher, Sonny and her managers tirelessly contacted a local radio station in hopes to have “Baby Don’t Go” played on the air.

“And we were listening to ourself… and you had to call in, so, you know, you could vote on the best record,” recalls Cher. “My mom had two lines and we were all calling in continuously.”

Cher has made the journey from sleeping at her mother’s and relentlessly calling radio stations to becoming one of the most recognizable figures in the world. Dedication—with a bit of the proverbial blood, sweat and tears—to music and film has placed the icon in the position she’s in today. But she also attributes her success to something she had no control over.

“Talent has a lot to do with it, but it’s luck.”

Cher’s latest single, “Woman’s World,” was released on June 18. The dance track, in the vein of her 1998 hit “Believe,” will be the lead single from her upcoming studio album, Closer to the Truth, due for release on September 24, 2013.

Watch Cher’s entire interview with Dan Taylor HERE.


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