The Beat Goes On

Album: In Case You're in Love (1967)
Charted: 29 6


  • In the lyrics to this song, there are several references to the various events that took place during the time of this song's release, including miniskirts, the Vietnam War, and electric baseball scores.
  • Making the beat go on in this song was Carol Kaye, who played bass at the session. One of the top Los Angeles studio musicians, Carol played on hundreds of records, including tracks for Phil Spector and Brian Wilson. She had recently switched from guitar to bass - Sonny Bono would often use her for electric 12-string fills. This song had a very sparse bass part written, which Carol elaborated into the key part of the instrumentation. She told Songfacts it was one of her biggest creative contributions to a hit record. "It was a nothing song, and then the bass line kind of made that," said Carol. She added that it was only one chord, but its impact made her realize how important a bass line could be and inspired her to play more of the instrument.
  • This song was sung at Sonny Bono's funeral and the song's title was carved on his tombstone.
  • This song has a certain similarity to most of the hits of the R&B duo Shirley & Lee: Sonny and Cher never sing in unison in the entire song.
  • Britney Spears covered this song for her debut album ...Baby One More Time. Other artists who have covered this song include Buddy Rich, Patricia Barber, and Mina. >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Jerro - New Alexandria, PA, for all above
  • This song was used as background music for parts of the 1987 documentary Dear America: Letters Home from Vietnam. >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Talena - Arcata, CA

Comments: 7

  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn March 10th 1967, Sonny & Cher guest-starred on the 'The Hot Number Affair' episode of the NBC-TV spy drama series 'The Man From U.N.C.L.E.'...
    The series ran for four seasons with a total of 105 episodes; it won the 1966 Golden Globe Award for 'Best TV Show'...
    Five days earlier on March 5th the duo appeared on 'The Andy Williams Show'...
    {See next post below}...
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn March 5th 1967, Sonny and Cher performed "The Beat Goes On" on the NBC-TV program 'The Andy Williams Show'...
    At the time of their appearance on the 'Williams' show, "The Beat Goes On" was at position #18 on Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart...
    (See the post below)...
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn January 8th, 1967, "The Beat Goes On" by Sonny and Cher entered Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart; and on February 19th it peaked at #6 {for 2 weeks} and spent 11 weeks on the Top 100...
    It reached #9 on the Canadian RPM Top Singles chart...
    It was track one of side one on their third studio album, 'In Case You're in Love', and the album peaked at #5 on Billboard's Top 200 Albums chart...
    Three other tracks from the album also made the Top 100; "Little Man" {#21}, "Living For You" {#87}, and "Good Combination" {#56}...
    R.I.P. Mr. Bono, born Salvatore Phillip Bono, {1935 - 1998} and Cher, born Cherilyn Sarkisian, will celebrate her 68th birthday in four months on May 20th {2014}.
  • Karen from Silver Spring, MdWhen I hear the song, I remember the "Sonny and Cher Hour" because the music was what was played when Sonny and Cher walked on to the stage.
  • Robert from Conway, ArWhen this record became popular, Chrysler Corporation paid $50,000.00 to use parts of the song in commercials.
  • Steve Dotstar from Los Angeles, CaTo use a phrase from the 60''s a very "groovy" record,with a great feel!
    Steve from SaltLake City...keep that record, it's probably worth a lot of money!
  • Steve from Salt Lake City, UtI had not REEEELIE listened to this song in years after having gotten so mind numbingly tired of hearing it on "Oldies" radio stations for decades!

    Well, I won a nice mint copy of the 45 RPM record of "For What It's Worth" by The Buffalo Springfield which had been released on ATCO records in 1967.

    So I put the virgin vinyl on the turn table & cranked it up.

    And there it comes!

    "The Beat Goes On" by Sonny & Cher! Holy Katz! It had been released on the same lable, Atco & mout have been a pressing plant goof!

    Anyway, I let it play though & then played it again...and again!

    And I was fascinated by the cool drum work on the song & the other sounds combined to make this a groovy song.
    The back up band is none other that the famed "Wrecking Crew" who were L.A. session musicians that backed up everyone from The Beach Boys,Gary Lewis & The Playboys, Fifth Dimention,Johnny Rivers, Mamas & The Papas & all those Phil Spector productions.

    Anyway, "The Beat Goes On" is so good I can now see why it sold "Boo Koo" copies back in the day!

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