Salvatore Phillip 'Sonny' Bono (February 16, 1935- January 5, 1998) was an American recording artist, record producer, actor, and politician whose career spanned over three decades. Sonny Bono was born in Detroit to Italian immigrants Santo Bono (born in Montelepre, Palermo, Italy) and Zena 'Jean' La Valle. Sonny was the youngest of three siblings; he had two older sisters, Fran and Betty. Bono attended Inglewood High School in Inglewood, California, but did not graduate. Bono began his music career working at Specialty Records where his song 'Things You Do to Me' was recorded by Sam Cooke, and went on to work for the record producer Phil Spector in the early 1960s as a promotion man, percussionist and 'gofer'. One of his earliest songwriting efforts was 'Needles and Pins' which he co-wrote with Jack Nitzsche, another member of Spector's production team.
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