The Award For Worst Wife goes to Mary Bono who told an interviewer that Sonny had been addicted to and was seriously abusing prescription drugs, mainly Vicodin and Valium. She further claimed that Sonny’s drug use caused the accident. “I am 100 percent convinced that is why he died,” she said. “What he did showed absolute lack of judgment.” Important note: Sonny Bono’s autopsy showed no indication of any substances or alcohol. None. Zero. Nothing.
More fun facts …
- When Bono worked as a songwriter at Specialty Records, Bono would go one to co-write “She Said Yeah” with his partner Larry Williams for the B-side of the 1959 single, “Bad Boy”. Although the single was not a hit, six years later in 1965, “She Said Yeah” was covered by the Rolling Stones and “Bad Boy” was covered by the Beatles.
- When Bono first met Cher Sarkisian, she was a 16-year-old runaway 11 years his junior. She moved in with him platonically while he tried to secure a record deal.
- Sonny pressed Spector to do a record with Cher, but he didn’t see her as a solo act. However, she can be heard singing backup on a number of Spector classics including the Crystals’ “Da Doo Ron Ron”, the Ronettes’ “Be My Baby”, and the Righteous Brothers’ “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feeling”.
- His last residence in Palm Springs, California has two entrances for your viewing pleasure: 287 W Crestview Drive and 301 W El Camino Way.
And I know the question you want to ask – the tree that Bono hit at an estimated 30 mph at Heavenly ski resort has been removed. However, you can recreate his final run by starting on the Dipper Bowl (which is a black diamond trail), then make a right turn on Orion. At this point it is pure speculation, but he probably realized he meant to go down Dipper Bowl and headed through the trees.
Final Resting Place:
Desert Memorial Park
31-705 Da Vall Drive
Cathedral City, California, 92262
Grave Location:Section B-35, Grave 294
Grave Location Description
As you enter through the gates on Ramon Road drive straight back until the road begins to curve to the right. Park you car and walk to the right towards the flag pole and you should have no problem finding one-half of Sonny and Cher.
If you stop by the office they always have a map available that shows the location of his grave.
Grave Location GPS33.819890665, -116.441851019
Visiting The Grave:
Read More About Sonny Bono:
- Published Obituary
- Wikipedia Entry
- Rock and Roll Paradise - Sonny Bono
- Sonny Bono: 20 years later, his last ski run feels 'as if it was yesterday'
- I (Don’t) Got You Babe: The End of Sonny and Cher
- The Iconic Style of Sonny and Cher in 26 Photos
- Cher reveals Sonny Bono told her she wasn't 'particularly attractive' when they first met
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