Why Did Cher And Gregg Allman Get Married?

By | June 25, 2020

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Cher with Gregg Allman circa 1978. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)

Cher married Gregg Allman in 1975, and they stayed together through 1979. People forget that, of course -- Cher will forever be known as half of Sonny and Cher, the duo famous for “I Got You Babe” and their variety shows. When Sonny and Cher split, music fans felt like they'd lost a part of their childhood. Cher's marriage to Gregg Allman was a different beast. While Sonny and Cher found success together, Gregg and Cher seemed likely to ruin the healthy careers they'd each built separately.

The union seems strange on paper -- she’s a pop diva, he’s a southern rocker -- but there was real love between these two. Unfortunately their marriage didn’t last. Cher filed for divorce nine days after they tied the knot, but they stuck it out for three more years and managed to produce an album that no one liked, a child, and they were one of the hottest couples of the ‘70s. It’s a crazy ride with these two.

They met while Cher was on a date with David Geffen

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source: entertainment weekly

It makes sense that a tumultuous relationship like Cher and Allman’s would begin in a fairly awkward way. According to Allman, the two first met in January 1975 backstage at one of his solo shows in Los Angeles. She was on a date with music mogul David Geffin, and instead of deferring to then head of Elektra/Asylum Records, Allman turned on the charm. Or he did for Cher anyway. Allman wrote in his memoir:

[Cher] smelled like I would imagine a mermaid would smell—I've never smelled it since, and I'll never forget it… I was so rude; I didn't say hello or nothing at all, because I was so blinded by her.

Allman ended up nabbing Cher’s number and calling her the next day. As unlikely a match as they were, she agreed to go on a date with him.