This Was Television On June 12


1965: Salvatore Bono and Cherilyn Sarkisian make their first TV appearance

on American Bandstand, under the better-known name Sonny and Cher. The duo enjoyed sporadic musical success for the next decade before becoming comedy and variety show mainstays in the 1970s. A guest-hosting stint on The Merv Griffin Show in 1971 led to the launch of The Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour on CBS later that year, a show which would run until 1977.

After parting ways, Sonny and Cher would go on to greater achievements as a congressman and an Oscar winner—among popular 1970s duos, a feat equaled only by B.J. and The Bear.  -A.D.

Today’s Birthdays: Marv Albert, YES! man (72); Richard Ayoade, IT guy (35); Timothy Busfield, forever thirtysomething (55); Paula Marshall, Cupid curer (48); Jim Nabors, Pyle driver (82).

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