Editor's Note: I feel bad posting Sonny Bono today due to the tragedy of Natasha Richardson (I drew these names in late February). There are varied reports today that the plug was pulled on Richardson's life support machine. If that is the case, then she will become yet another tragic casualty of skiing.
Name: Sonny Bono
DOB: February 16, 1935
DOD: January 5, 1998
Profession: Singer and Politician
Claim to Fame: One half of the pop duo, Sonny and Cher
Prime YAM (Years Active with Moustache): 70s
Why It's Awesome:
While Cher had all the sex appeal, Bono was the brains and true talent behind Sonny and Cher. He actually was 11 years older and two inches shorter than Cher. Definitely one of the true heroes of everyone standing below 5'7" (i.e. me). It's also amazing that Sonny was even able to marry Cher for 11 years. Look at him. Not a sex icon by any means. Though, he had what I like to call the secret weapon. A moustache.
This 'stache not only led him to a professional and sexual relationship with Cher, but also allowed him to write some great songs and host a variety show. Who can forget one of the great late night moments ever when Sonny and Cher reunited on Letterman (see above video)? Then, years after his entertainment career ended, Bono entered politics and became a congressman. Sadly, it all ended too early when Bono was killed in a freak skiing accident during a New Year's holiday.
Final 'Stache Rating (Out of Four Moustaches):
Bono proved that a 'stache can make an average man transform into a sexy man. It can lead to hot women and a hell of a life. Bono is often forgotten and that's too bad. He was one of a kind and a true hero of mine.