Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down)
by Cher

Album: The Sonny Side of Cher (1966)
Charted: 3 2


  • This was written by Cher's husband at the time, Sonny Bono.
  • In this song, Cher recalls playing childhood games with a boy when he would shoot her with his toy gun. They grow up together and get married but then he leaves her. She has again been shot down, but this time it's for real and she is devastated.
  • Cher re-recorded the song in 1987 on her self-titled album with Bon Jovi's Richie Sambora on guitar.
  • This was an international hit and Cher's biggest solo hit of the 1960s in the United States, selling over 3 million copies.
  • A cover by Nancy Sinatra released as an album track the same year was used in the opening scenes of the 2003 Tarantino film Kill Bill Volume 1. In 2005, UK production duo Audio Bullys used Nancy Sinatra's rendition as a basis for a dance track, which reached #9 in the UK.
  • A live cover of the song by Lady Gaga was included as an iTunes Store bonus track on her collaboration jazz album with Tony Bennett, Cheek to Cheek. Gaga explained during a Reddit AMA that she changed a lyric to make it more personal to her. "I thought of my ex-lover, he married someone else," said the songstress. "Not for me, no church bells rang."

Comments: 4

  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn March 6th 1966, "Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down)" by Cher entered Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart at position #75; and six weeks later on April 17th, 1966 it peaked at #2* {for 1 week} and spent 11 weeks on the Top 100...
    It also reached #2 in New Zealand...
    Between 1965 and 2002 she, as a solo artist, had thirty-three Top 100 records; twelve made the Top 10 with four reaching #1; "Gypsys, Tramps, and Thieves" for two weeks in 1971, "Half-Breed" for two weeks in 1973, "Dark Lady" for one week in 1974, and "Believe" for four weeks in 1999...
    Cher, born Cherilyn Sarkisian, will celebrate her 69th birthday in two months on May 20th {2015}...
    * The week "Bang Bang" was at #2, the #1 record for that week was "(You’re My) Soul and Inspiration" by the Righteous Brothers.
  • Ivan from Santiago, ChileNancy's cover is better,foe me.
  • Lester from New York City, NyTerry Reid covered this in 1968 on an album called, interestingly enough, 'Bang Bang, You're Terry Reid'.
  • Bob from Southfield, MiThis song was also covered by Vanilla Fudge on their first (Self-titled)album.
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