Bonnie Lee Biography

11 June 1931, Bunkie, Louisiana, USA, d. 7 September 2006, USA. Raised in Texas, Lee sang in church from early childhood. Gradually, she moved from gospel to the blues. Based in Chicago from the early 60s, she enjoyed local popularity notably with songs such as ‘Ocean Of Tears’, ‘I Need Someone’s Hand’ and ‘I’m Good’, of which she made a successful recording. She also worked with Sunnyland Slim, but retreated from music in the 70s due to family reasons. She was prompted to begin performing again by her longtime friend Willie Kent, with whom she toured the blues clubs. Despite this, it was not until the mid-90s that Lee made her first album, Sweetheart Of The Blues, the quality of which demonstrated that she deserved a far wider audience than had hitherto been the case. An excellent follow-up on the Wolf label confirmed Lee’s talent, and she continued to work on the blues circuit until her untimely death in September 2006.

Source: The Encyclopedia of Popular Music by Colin Larkin. Licensed from Muze.

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