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Bonnie Guitar


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Along with Patsy Cline, Bonnie Guitar developed the Country-Pop crossover trend that would later be associated with other female Country singers in the years to come, like Skeeter Davis, Lynn Anderson, Crystal Gayle, and Jeannie C. Riley.
Bonnie Guitar’s real name was Bonnie Buckingham, and she was born in 1923 in Seattle, Washington. As a teenager, she took up playing the guitar. This is how she later got her stage name Bonnie Guitar. As a teenager, she also started songwriting. Through much of the 1950s, Bonnie worked as session guitarist at quite a few record labels. She worked for small labels, like Abbot, Fabor, and also Radio labels. Working at these places got Guitar noticed as a professional guitarist. She played on sessions for well-known singers, like Jim Reeves, Dorsey Burnette, Ned Miller, and the Decastro Sisters. However, after working with singers, she aspired to be a singer on her own, and make her very own recording career in the process. She heard the song “Dark Moon”, and found it was really for one of the singers she worked with as a session guitarist for, Ned Miller. However, Guitar liked “Dark Moon” so much she decided to wave her royalty rights, but if she would be allowed to record it instead. It was then decided that Guitar would record the song instead of Ned Miller. The song was issued under Fabor Records in 1956. “Dark Moon” was then issued over to Dot Records. By the Spring of 1957, “Dark Moon” hit the Pop Top 10 list and went into the Country Top 15 list. Guitar officially had a hit.


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