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5 Epic Music Melds to Get You Hyped for Cher's TV Return

Depending on your age or interest, the inimitable Cher elicits different variations of the same person. There’s Cher, contemporary gay icon and Twitter mastermind who asked the hard hitting question, “Do you believe in life after love?” There’s Cher, Oscar-winning actress and star of some of the best movies of the 20th century. Or how about Cher, the fashion force who LOVES feathers and sequins and baring her tanned and toned body in hippie-glam outfits. And then there’s Cher of Sonny & Cher, with long straight hair and pre-surgery nose, who took the music and TV world by storm with her husband-turned-ex-husband Sonny Bono and their variety shows, The Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour, (the Bono-less) Cher, and (the post-divorce iteration of) Sonny & Cher. And it’s the latter persona we’re celebrating today (no offense to the other Cherilyns), as it’s just been announced that all three shows are set to return to air, courtesy of the nostalgic-heavy channel, GetTV. To get hyped for the kick-off on September 12th, we’ve rounded up five of the most iconic musical moments on the shows. We might still be ambivalent about whether life after love exists, but Cher after Cher is always a given.

Tina Turner

When two of the most influential female voices in music history get together to sing a duet, you know it’s going to be nothing short of spectacular—especially when the musicians in question are Cher and the ever-striking Tina Turner. Decked in matching multi-tone halter dresses that shone brighter than Liberace’s house, the contralto singers’ voices perfectly complemented one another, creating a bedazzling, energetic, and powerful performance of Shirley & Co.’s song “Shame, Shame, Shame.” Bow down.

Elton John + Bette Midler + Flip Wilson

For the Cher series finale—a show that she decided to suspend in order to return to The Sonny & Cher Show—the California native went out with a bang…or better yet, with a pop. Surrounded by thousands of white and translucent balloons, the songstress took to the Pantone-approved stage with fellow icons, Elton John, Bette Midler, and Flip Wilson for a knockout performance. Wearing matching Bob Mackie white outfits garnished with lots and lots of crystals, the foursome sang a medley of songs, including the beloved “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough,” with John playing on a translucent grand piano. Can you think of a more badass way to say goodbye? We can’t either.

David Bowie

In what is perhaps one of the best performances of all time, a Thin White Duke-era David Bowie joined Cher for a dazzling medley that showcased the legends’ supernatural voices, smooth moves, impeccable style, and intoxicating sexual chemistry. While Cher’s poofy red wig is questionable, she manages to pull it off by pairing it with a covetable white ensemble (seriously, does anyone know where to get something similar?), and was excellently complemented by Bowie’s perfectly cut, perfectly elegant suit and matching red hair. Singing everything from the late musician’s classic “Young Americans” to “One Is The Loneliest Number” on a glittery circular stage, there is absolutely nothing negative to be said about this duet.

Raquel Welch

Joined by mega-babe Raquel Welch in similar sequined, stomach-bearing, luminescent crème dresses (because this was the styling protocol for any and all Cher ventures, duh), the ladies engaged in some comedic quips before singing a sexy and empowering rendition of “I’m A Woman.” Sure, the immediate appeal of two of the most beautiful women of the decade singing in seductive outfits is obvious, but the powerful song selection, combined with the astounding success and feminism that both Cher and Welch have represented throughout their careers, makes this a multi-layered performance that you should watch whenever you don’t feel like a badass. Before “Feeling Myself” ever dropped, this performance was the ultimate ego-booster for women. 

The Jackson 5

In another superb, historic, sequin-tinged, medley performance, the Jackson 5 joined Cher on a mod stage that looks like something born out of a Soul Train and Gentlemen Prefer Blondes conception. Starting with the beautiful J5 classic, “I Want You Back” and ending with the commandeering “Dancing Machine,” the performance is a display of long, rhythmic limbs and music mastery. Of course, the standout performer here is the late Michael Jackson, who defies the laws of physics with his dance moves and one-of-a-kind vocals. But of course, you already knew that.

Images via Cher: Strong Enough and Getty Images.

Stay tuned to Milk for more nostalgic revamps and iconic performances.

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