Variety shows existed before YouTube and MTV. Variety shows were essential viewing for music lovers in the 1970s. Many featured performances by top musicians. Cher and Sonny Bono, her then-husband, were the clear kings of variety programs at that time. Cher, however, began to star in her own variety program, appropriately titled “Cher’s Variety Show” after she and Sonny Bono separated in 1975. Cher.
The program only ran for two seasons, but it wasn’t for lack of popularity. It was very popular during its time. Cher It was the most-watched variety program and ranked 22nd of all programs on TV at that time. The show featured many performances by legendary musicians, including Cher. Here are some of the most bizarre, dazzling, and quintessentially ’70s performances from the iconic syndication.
If you want to see two legends at work, look no further than David Bowie’s iconic performance with Cher. The two powerhouses performed Bowie’s song “Young Americans.”The six-minute performance saw Cher and Bowie dancing around the stage in almost identical ensembles. Cher wore a massive red wig, nearly the same color as Bowie’s own hair. It’s a joy to look back at two legendary artists so in their element. If you can handle the level of star power, you’ll want to revisit this iconic performance.
In possibly the most ’70s performance in existence, Cher performed a Stevie Wonder medley with family pop group The Osmonds. The Osmonds were dressed in matching purple, white, and red jumpsuits to perform. Cher coordinated her ab-baring outfit as well. This was truly peak ’70s fashion, right down to their matching hairstyles and eerily white-toothed smiles. For a performance that’s sure to take you back in time, you’ll want to give this one a re-watch!
The Jackson Five
Before Michael Jackson became the King Of Pop, he was a member of The Jackson Five with his family. The group was formed in 1975. CherFor an energetic, pitch-perfect performance. It was obvious that Michael Jackson would succeed even back then. With his stellar voice and silk-smooth dance moves, it’s a delight to see Cher perform with the young star.
Elton John playing solo on the piano is a sight that will never get old. Cher and John sang an iconic rendition of “The Sound of Music” on the Variety Show. “Bennie and the Jets.”This was an amazing duet. John performed flawlessly while Cher riffed on the iconic singer. Aside from flawless vocals, you’re sure to become entranced by Cher’s glittery eye makeup.
Elton John And Bette Midler
John and Cher were sure to perform together again. Bette Midler, an actress and singer, joined them this time. The trio performed a variety of familiar tunes in a dream-like setting, which was covered in balloons. John wore an absolutely massive top hat covered in miniature disco balls while Midler wore a chest-baring dress to match Cher’s sleek, barely-there gown. While it would be impossible to truly capture the ethereal look of this 1975 set, we’re officially advocating for the trio to recreate this forgotten performance.