The main danger I suppose is the risk of taking for granted the person you know loves you above all others. That is why the first and last words of the day to your loved one are, ‘I love you’. It is surprising how seldom these precious words are left unvoiced in the belief, ‘Well, surely she/he knows I love them?’ The simple fact is that we all feel better for regularly being told so. Just hearing these words sincerely spoken is in itself, a tonic. So please voice them often and with sincerity to the one you love.
‘I Got You Babe’ was written and composed by Sonny Bono. It was the first single taken from the debut studio album ’Look at Us’, of the American pop duo, Sonny and Cher. In August 1965, their single spent three weeks at Number 1 on the ‘Billboard Hot 100’ in the United States where it sold more than 1 million copies and was certified Gold. It also reached number 1 in the United Kingdom and Canada. In 2011, the song was named as one of the greatest duets of all times by both ‘Billboard’ and ‘Rolling Stone’ magazine. It was also listed at Number 44 on ‘Rolling Stone’s list of 5000 Greatest Songs of All Time’ in 2004. In early 2017 the song was inducted into the ‘Grammy Hall of Fame.’
This husband and wife duo started their career in the mid-1960s and released three studio albums during that decade. They achieved fame first with ’Baby Don’t Go and ‘I Got You, Babe’ in 1965. By the 1970s they had their own shows (two different television shows weekly) on American Television. The couple's career as a duo ended in 1975 following their divorce. In the decade they spent together, Sonny and Cher sold over 40 million records worldwide.
Performing under her first name, Cher went on to a highly successful career as a solo singer and actress, while Sonny Bono was eventually elected to Congress as a Republican US Representative from California. The two performers were inducted to the ‘Hollywood Walk of Fame’ in 1998, following Sonny's death in a skiing accident.
In 1985, a cover version of "I Got You Babe" by British pop band UB40 featuring American singer Chrissie Hynde peaked at Number 1 in the UK Singles Chart.
I dedicate my song today to my good neighbour Veronica Moorehouse and her husband, Brian, with lots of love and affection.
Love and peace Bill xxx