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Bonnie Guitar - Singles As & Bs, 1956-1962 and More (2CD) (CD)€18,00
Session musician, record label founder/owner, talent scout and singer Bonnie Guitar enjoyed a career in music that few of today’s artists will ever match in terms of duration. She started singing as a teenager in the late 1930s and was still active in music when she died in January of this year – just a few weeks short of her 96th birthday!
Success first came to Bonnie as an artist in the mid-late 50s, when she scored a big pop and country hit with her original version of Ned Miller’s much covered (now) country standard ’Dark Moon’. She followed up with several other Hot 100 hits, including 1959’s ’Candy Apple Red’ which was one of the first released on her own Dolton label – also home to her discoveries the Fleetwoods and the Ventures.
In this collection you will find every one of Bonnie’s recordings from 1955 to 1962 inclusive. All are of the highest quality, and many deserved to be more successful than they actually were. If you enjoy the vocals of the likes of Patti Page and Doris Day, and you are not yet familiar with Bonnie, you will find much to admire here.
Bonnie was a much admired individual who worked tirelessly on behalf of new talent, yet somehow she managed to sustain her own career – a career that also brought her almost a dozen more country hits from the mid-60s onwards.
This superb 2CD collection – remastered, as always, from the finest available sources – will hopefully bring about the serious reappraisal of an artist who has been neglected for far too long.
Bonnie Guitar - Only The Moon Man Knows: Rare Recordings 1951-1957 (CD)€18,00
”The rarest-ever recordings from lounge music legend Bonnie Guitar! All the hyper-rare Morrison records as Bonnie Tutmarc from 1951/1952, her Rainier recordings from 1953, plus very rare Fabor and Radio and Dot recordings – 13 recordings originally not issued! By the time she became a national sensation with her Dot Records hit Dark Moon, Bonnie Guitar was a veteran of many years, performing and recording for small labels in Los Angeles and her home state of Washington. She’d started early, in clubs and concerts often with a band led by her husband, Paul Tutmarc. She recorded for local companies, and those recordings haven’t been heard since then…until now. Bonnie eventually joined maverick label owner Fabor Robison as a studio musician and even recording engineer, and then as an artist. Here for the first time are many of Bonnie’s earliest recordings…before Dark Moon. The elements were all in place: a mellow, inviting voice that lent itself equally well to country and pop material; a selection of material that crossed back and forth over those lines; and the ability to play the instrument from which she took her name. Todd Everett’s liner notes include quotes from three recent interviews with the artist. Explore an under-regarded legend!”
Bonnie Guitar - Intimate Session (CD)€18,00
”An intimate session with one of the unheralded greats of country music! Sexy, sultry, and riveting! A previously unissued 1959 session arranged and produced by one of the era’s top songwriters, Don Robertson. — In 1957, Bonnie Guitar recorded the haunting original version of Dark Moon. Two years later, she signed with RCA Victor and recorded several sessions with a small band of Los Angeles session veterans, augmented by voices on one session, and strings on another. The result was some of the most blissfully poignant vocals ever committed to tape. On a par with Julie London, Peggy Lee, or any of the era’s finest female artists. Singing in her languid ultra-lounge style and playing her white Gretsch Country Club guitar, Bonnie brought her distinctive, sultry vocal style to songs that were originally hits for The Ink Spots (’Maybe’) and Sanford Clark (’The Fool’); plus newer material from young songwriters like Hal David, Jeff Barry, and Harlan Howard. To that, she added a couple of her own originals. Four of these sides were released as singles; the rest remained unreleased in their original form until now. With new input from Bonnie Guitar, Todd Everett’s liner notes tell the whole story.”
Bonnie Guitar - By The Fireside – The Velvet Lounge (CD)€18,00
English:1 CD DigiPac (4-plated) with 28-page booklet, 15 tracks, playing time 33:02. — Previous unissued 1959 session with the legendary singer/composer, Bonnie Guitar. Memorable, intimate musical setting featuring solo guitar accompaniment. Features another legendary figure – singer/composer/musician Don Robertson. — An established star with the hit singles ’Dark Moon’ and ’Mister Fire Eyes’ to her credit, Bonnie Guitar was also a veteran of decades of playing and singing in pop and country bands around the Pacific Northwest. — For several sessions in 1959, Bonnie and her friend, songwriter and producer Don Robertson, holed up in RCA Victor’s Hollywood studios in an unusual experiment – recording Bonnie’s voice with solo guitar accompaniment. The repertoire ranged from standards – some of which she’d been singing for years in clubs – to new originals, and a couple of Roberson’s own classics. — Why were these tracks recorded Bonnie says they were master sessions, though such informality was virtually unprecedented in 1959 (even Johnny Mathis’s ’Open Fire – Two Guitars’ had a second guitar and a bass). Bonnie’s ’By The Fireside’ includes 15 of the songs Bonnie and Don recorded back then, which are available here for the first time. Todd Everett’s liner notes include quotes from three recent interviews with the artist.