In Praise of Older Women (well, one in particular)
I danced and sang along with Sonny and Cher’s ‘I Got You Babe’ at the Vale of Lune on Saturday nights, at the Central Pier in Morecambe and at St Martins Teachers’ Training College with Barbara, Elspeth and the girls of Lancaster Girls Grammar School. It was the Summer of 1965. I was 16 and in love – with life. 53 years later I still am – and I’m still singing (the dancing’s died I’m afraid) and so is the fabulous Cher. She just kicked off her first tour in five years – featuring wigs, high camp glam, aerialists, old videos with Sonny and an Abba medley from her 2018 blockbuster Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again. She opened the tour with “I’m happy to be here. Just one question. What is your Granny doing tonight?”.
Trudy and I saw her show in Vegas six years ago on her last time out. The place was jumping.
No-one has had a career like hers. A hippy, mini-skirted Sonny Bono creation in the 60’s, a TV sensation in the loopy Sonny & Cher TV show in the 70’s, number one hits in the 80’s, disco in the 90’s and a never-ending farewell tour since then. She got into every music trend along the way – marrying Greg Allman for nine days, that bizarre 1975 Young Americans / Oldies with David Bowie on TV – yes, The Beat Goes On.
And for all of us oldies, Cher carries the torch with “If I could turn back time”.
Good on y’a Babe.