Bonnie Guitar

Genres: Country & Bluegrass
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s

Biography

Bonnie Buckingham, 25 March 1923, Seattle, Washington, USA. Bonnie Guitar learned several instruments as a child, was a talented guitarist and began to write songs before she completed her education. In the early 50s she recorded for Fabor and in the mid-50s worked as a session guitarist in Los Angeles. She made her debut in the US country charts in 1957 on Dot Records with her own song ‘Dark Moon’. In 1958 she formed her own Dolton label in Seattle and began to record various local acts, including a pop trio called the Fleetwoods, who in 1959 had two million-selling records on her label with ‘Come Softly To Me’ and ‘Mr Blue’. Her instrumental work, production and recording abilities with the Fleetwoods attracted the attention of Dot; wishing to concentrate on her own career, she sold Dolton and worked for Dot and ABC-Paramount Records, both on A&R and production and as a recording artist. In the 60s she had Top 10 country hits...

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