Bonnie Guitar 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 with ‘I’m Living In Two Worlds’, ‘(You’ve Got Yourself) A Woman In Love’ (her biggest hit) and ‘I Believe In Love’. In 1969 she also had a minor hit with ‘A Truer Love You’ll Never Find (Than Mine)’, a duet recording with Buddy Killen issued as Bonnie And Buddy. She also worked with songwriter Don Robertson and recorded ‘Born To Be With You’ with him as the Echoes. She was a popular touring artist in the 60s and early 70s, often working with Eddy Arnold. During the 70s, she recorded for Columbia Records and MCA and her last chart entry was a minor hit entitled ‘Honey On The Moon’ in 1980, by which time she had moved to the 4 Star label. In 1986 after a long absence, Bonnie Guitar doubtless pleased her fans by releasing two albums, calledYesterday andToday, on the Tumbleweed label. She has continued to record and change record labels with alarming regularity.

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

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