Sonny and Cher collection at Granby Library
February 18, 2014
GRANBY — A collector's memorabilia of two of the most successful musical stars to ever walk the stage, Sonny and Cher, are on display at the Granby Library.
Sonny and Cher took to the music world in the 1960s and starred in many television shows and movies, including The Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour and The Sonny and Cher Show. In the decade they spent together from when they were married in 1963 to their divorce on June 27, 1975, they sold over 40 million records.
Sonny, born Salvatore Phillip Bono, went on to become a member of the U.S. House of Representatives. Cher continued her music career and won a Grammy award for her solo-singing; she also started an acting career and won an Academy Award for Best Actress in the movie "Moonstruck."
A local patron, Gloria Montgomery, was asked to present and show her extensive collection of these two legends at the library, to coincide with an upcoming "Dressed to Kill" Cher tour at the Pepsi Center in Denver, on May 28.
Montgomery has been adding to her collection for 49 years. Montgomery said she likes Sonny and Cher so much because, "They made the most of what they had," and, "they were different." Montgomery's favorite Sonny and Cher songs are "I Got You Babe," and, "Laugh at Me." Montgomery's collection took years of research. She has more than 30 of their albums, 25 of their songs on 40 LP records, five Cher outfits,10 binders full of articles, and over 6,000 photos. She also attended three concerts in the 1960's, three in the '70's, and Cher's farewell tour in 2004.
The Granby Library will keep the exhibit up until the end of February. Local librarian Heidi McNinch said that the library often displays collections, such as a Pez collection and lunch-box collection the library has displayed in the past. McNinch said the library is encouraging other members of the community to present their own collections.
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The display at the library will stay open to the public until the end of February.