Was Cher One of the Fake Crystals That Sang On “He’s a Rebel”?

Here is the latest in a series of examinations into urban legends about music and whether they are true or false. Click here to view an archive of the movie urban legends featured so far.

MUSIC URBAN LEGEND: Cher was one of the fake Crystals on the hit song “He’s a Rebel.”

A while back, I wrote about how the 1962 hit song by The Crystals, “He’s a Rebel,” was not actually sung by The Crystals.

Reader JeffM asked me, “I’ve often heard that one of the “fake Crystals” who sang on this record was Cher, who was a frequent background singer on Spector sessions. True or no?”

Let’s find out!

Cher (born Cherilyn Sarkisian) did, indeed, do uncredited background vocals on a number of early Motown hits, like “Be My Baby”…

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“Da Doo Ron Ron”…

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and “You’ve Lost That Loving Feelin'”…

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However, Cher was introduced to the world of Phil Spector and Motown through Sonny Bono, who was working with Spector at the time. Cher did not meet Bono until November 1962. “He’s a Rebel” was recorded in August of 1962. So she did not sing on the song.

The legend is…

STATUS: False

Thanks to JeffM for the question!

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3 Responses to “Was Cher One of the Fake Crystals That Sang On “He’s a Rebel”?”

  1. Thanks! Found a candid picture you might enjoy. “Phil-Baby” is in the foreground, but you can’t miss who’s in the background. (Even then, the camera loved that girl.)

    http://www.thebluegrassspecial.com/archive/2013/december2013/_imagesdecember2013/spector-cher-christmas.jpg

  2. Thanks, Jeff! Reading about that era in Cher’s life actually made me come up with another interesting Cher legend for the future!

  3. Martin Pardys on August 1st, 2017 at 8:55 pm

    Can you tell me the names of Songs that Cher or sonny and Cher performed on while working with Phil Spector?

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