March 25, 2022: UDiscoverMusic: The Pioneering Bonnie Guitar: Session Woman, Star, And Label Owner
The under-publicized story of the trailblazing artist-executive from Seattle is well worth telling in some detail
Jan 17, 2019: New York Times: Bonnie Guitar, Music Industry Trailblazer, Is Dead at 95
Bonnie Guitar, who had hit records as a country singer and guitarist, but whose biggest achievement may have been her work as a businesswoman in the male-dominated music industry, died on Jan. 12 in Soap Lake, Wash. She was 95.
Jan 15, 2019: KNKX: Into her 90s, Northwest music legend ‘Bonnie Guitar’ gigged every weekend
Growing up in Seattle in the 1930s, it was Bonnie Buckingham’s brothers who played the guitar. But Bonnie coveted it, and would take any opportunity to get her hands on the instrument. Soon, she says, “they couldn’t get it away from me.” So began the musical life of the woman who would become known as Bonnie Guitar.
March 25, 1923: Bonnie Buckingham was born in Seattle, Washington.
January 12, 2019: Bonnie Guitar died in Soap Lake, Washington at the age of 95.
Bonnie Guitar (born Bonnie Buckingham March 25, 1923 in Seattle, Washington) is an American Country-Pop Singer. She is best remembered for her 1957 Country-Pop crossover hit "Dark Moon". She became one of the first female Country Music singers to have songs crossover from the Country charts to the Pop charts, and have hits on both sides. She also co-founded the record company Dolton Records in the late 50s, that launched the careers of The Fleetwoods and The Ventures. In 1960 she left Dolton and became part owner of Jerden Records. She was married to musician and inventor Paul Tutmarc.
As the 1980s wound down, Bonnie was signed to Playback Records where she cut a half-dozen singles between 1988 and '89 -- and one, "Still The Same," hit the country chart's Top-100. It was in 1989 that Seattle's Northwest Area Music Association acknowledged how her talents had dramatically advanced the recording arts in the Pacific Northwest and inducted her into their NAMA Hall of Fame. In 1991 Germany's Bear Family label issued her Dark Moon compilation CD. When Seattle's music museum, the Experience Music Project (EMP), opened in 2000 its Northwest Passage exhibit featured the achievements of Miss Bonnie Guitar. (SOURCE: History Link)