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Cher sues Sonny Bono heirs for song, record earnings


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The breach of contract lawsuit alleges damage to Cher totaled at least $ 1 million.

In this Jan 21, 1966 file photo, Sonny, right, and Cher sing during a recording of “The Danny Thomas Special” in Los Angeles. Cher sued the widow of her former musical partner and ex-husband Sonny Bono for royalties from Sonny and Cher songs including “I Got You Babe” and “The Beat Goes On”. (AP Photo / File) The Associated Press

LOS ANGELES (AP) – Cher has sued the widow of her former musical partner and ex-husband Sonny Bono for royalties on Sonny and Cher songs including “I Got You Babe” and “The Beat Goes On”.

In a federal lawsuit filed in Los Angeles on Wednesday, Cher alleges that former Rep. Mary Bono and other defendants attempted to rescind terms of the trade deals entered into by Cher and Sonny Bono during their 1975 divorce, which each gave entitlement at 50% of composition and recording. royalty fee.

The lawsuit says Sonny Bono’s heirs filed a notice in 2016 saying they were terminating some of his song licensing agreements, but they “did not and could not have terminated” his agreements with Dear.

The breach of contract lawsuit alleges damage to Cher totaled at least $ 1 million.

Mary Bono’s attorney said family moves were within their rights and within the law.

“Copyright law allows Sonny’s widow and children to reclaim Sonny’s copyright from the publishers, which they have done,” attorney Daniel Schacht said in a statement. “Representative Bono remains open to continuing a private discussion on this matter, but we are confident that, if necessary, the court will uphold his position.”

Cher, the 75-year-old Grammy, Oscar, and Emmy-winning singer and actor, known for his solo hits including “Believe” and his movie roles including “Moonstruck”, began to grow. produce a duet with Sonny Bono in 1964. The two went on to have a variety television show. They were married from 1967 to 1975.

Sonny Bono became mayor of Palm Springs and later a California congressman for the area. He died in a skiing accident in Lake Tahoe in 1998, and Mary Bono, his fourth wife, won his seat.