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Her fame in the United States and abroad was furthered by a series of enormously successful recordings she made for EMI’s Angel Records during this period. Callas’s association with the Metropolitan ended with a violent disagreement with its director. Such fallings-out were common in her dealings with conductors, company managers, and even other singers. Although the highly self-critical Callas was rarely more demanding of others than she was of herself, the press loved to report stories of her arguments and feuds.
Finding her work as backup singer, Bono became her professional mentor and lover. On October 27, 1964, they were married in Tijuana, Mexico. ” A number-one hit, the single eventually sold 4 million copies. Sonny and Cher recorded six albums, although they became as well known for their hippie-style clothing—most memorably bellbottom pants and furry vests—as for their music. Sonny and Cher also tried, with less success, to break into movies. They both appeared as themselves in Good Times (1967), and Cher starred as a runaway in Chastity (1969), which Bono wrote and produced.
Between 1927 and 1941, the Carter Family recorded about 270 songs. They also broadened their audience by appearing frequently on highpowered Mexican radio stations, often featuring 36 their children as singers in on-air performances. When A. P. and Sara divorced in 1943, Maybelle continued to perform with a new Carter Family— a foursome that included her and her three daughters. By 1950, they were appearing regularly on the Grand Ole Opry, the premier show for country music artists. Maybelle Carter and her daughters also toured with Chet Atkins and Elvis Presley and were frequent guests on The Johnny Cash Show (1969–71), whose host is married to Maybelle’s daughter June.