May 14, 1999 at 04:00 AM EDT

Mail from our readers

Leave it to Hot Hips Ricky Martin, who single-handedly salvaged an otherwise dull Grammy show, to spice up our mailbag. Though we received a fair share about cover girl Cher (#482, April 23), it was our feature on ”Not So Little Ricky” that drew the more passionate missives. ”As a 36-year-old gay man, I have to say I am a little bit embarrassed to be writing about how much I love Ricky! I don’t think I’ve been this worked up since Tom danced in his undies in Risky Business,” reveals Chris Smith of Chicago. And the sizzling singer is also pretty popular with the ladies, including Gail M. Purpura of Newtown, Pa., who gushes, ”He can make me take my clothes off and go dancing in the rain in any language!” Now, that’s crossover appeal.

‘Believe’ it or not
Thanks for the wonderful cover piece on a true American rock & roll survivor. Not only has Cher managed to survive what would’ve destroyed most, she has flourished! I don’t believe Kurt Cobain’s words could sum up this radiant lady. But Elton John’s certainly could. How about ”I’m Still Standing”? Or better yet, ”The Bitch Is Back”? Cher, you rock!
R. Barry Rabon
Sumter, S.C.

I remember laughing when I read EW‘s cover story on Cher three years ago in which she said that when she comes back, it’s in a big way. Well, now with a hit album, No. 1 song, book, concert tour, new movie, and performances at the Super Bowl and Divas Live, it looks like she has gotten the last laugh yet again. From now on, Cher, I ”believe” you.
Doug Strassler
Vienna, Va.

Despite writer Benjamin Svetkey’s contention, I have never made derogatory comments regarding Cher’s eulogy of my late husband, the Honorable Sonny Bono. In fact, I encouraged her to give the eulogy while she was staying at my house the week of the funeral. Cher’s tribute was poignant and beautiful; it gave comfort to the family and everyone who loved Sonny. My comments in your article referred to Cher’s successful promotion of her TV special remembering Sonny. I greatly value my friendship with Cher. It is sad that the media would attempt to mislead the public about a private family relationship.
Mary Bono
Washington, D.C.

Yada, yada, yada….
A number of your issues have touted the quality of It’s like, you know… (”L.A. Quippers”). Am I missing something? I’d be thrilled to welcome the show into my viewing rotation, but I haven’t seen any reason to do so. I understand creator Peter Mehlman’s desire to make L.A. ”a major character,” but he goes too far. L.A. looms too large on this show and overpowers any character development. It’s like, you know…the characters who should be entertaining, not just the locale.
Ted Lonergan
Chicago

My Favorite Martin
Bravo for your article on Ricky Martin’s quest to conquer the English-speaking audience. It’s so refreshing and fills me with so much pride to see a Latino artist who loves his culture and is determined to attract an Anglo audience without selling out and giving in to all those tired stereotypes of Puerto Ricans. Ricky, show ’em what you got!
Mimi Pizarro
Bronx, N.Y.

After viewing Ricky Martin’s sensational performance on this year’s Grammys, I bought his Spanish album Vuelve. I’m not fluent in Spanish, so I’m not quite sure what he’s saying; all I know is that it sounds good! EW said he may be the next big thing in pop music. To that I say, Yes, he is!
Michelle M. Mitchell
Valparaiso, Ind.

Vox Populi
I disagree with J.D. Considine’s review of Andrea Bocelli’s album. In fact, it sounds like he listened to some spiteful ”opera establishment” wannabe and just quoted wholesale. I recommend he listen to Sogno again. Bocelli’s phrasing and tone are perfection, and his voice is beautiful. Americans like me are responding to him because there’s been no one else like him. I heard him and was enthralled.
Lidna Anido
South San Francisco

Correction: We incorrectly identified a photograph of Sonny Bono’s eldest daughter, Christy, as Mary Bono (”Hip to Be Cher”).

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