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GUITAR, Bonnie

(b Bonnie Buckingham, 25 March '23, Seattle WA) Country singer, songwriter; also session guitarist, hence the name. Started own Dolphin label, later called Dolton, to make records for fans; signed local high school group the Fleetwoods (Gary Troxel, Barbara Ellis, Gretchen Christopher, all b '39-40) who had national hits incl. no. 1 entries "Come Softly To Me', "Mr Blue', both '59; also the Ventures, who were even bigger. She sold out when her own career got underway (label ended up with Liberty, now EMI). With her own song "Dark Moon' she reached no. 6 Billboard pop chart '57 on Dot (beaten by a Gale Storm cover at no. 4 on same label: Storm's last hit, Guitar's first). She had two more minor pop hits on Dot, one on Dolton, continued to make country charts: eight top 40 country hits '66-9 incl. top tens "I'm Living In Two Worlds' '66, "A Woman In Love' '67, "I Believe In Love' '68. LPs incl. Whispering Hope and Moonlight '59, Dark Moon '60, Two Worlds Of Bonnie Guitar and Miss Bonnie Guitar '66, Award Winner '67, Affair! '69 (all on Dot), Allegheny on ABC-Paramount, others on minor labels. Later country chart entries incl. "Happy Everything' '72 on Columbia; "Honey On The Moon' '80 on 4-Star. Others recorded her songs, incl. Eddy Arnold, with whom she toured in the '60s.