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Bonnie Guitar

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 the late musician and inventor Paul Tutmarc.

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.

She ended up playing on sessions for many well-known singers, like Jim Reeves, Dorsey Burnette, Ned Miller, and the Decastro Sisters. After working with so many singers, she acquired her own singing aspirations herself.

1956. "Dark Moon" was then issued over to Dot Records and 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.

In 1959, her own recording career was superseded by that of a high school trio called The Fleetwoods.

The trio was signed to the Dolton label and soon had major Pop Music hits in the Spring and Summer of 1959, with two #1 hits, "Come Softly to Me" and "Mr. Blue".

Guitar was soon credited as one of the people who helped launch The Fleetwoods into major music stardom.

Soon another group called The Ventures were signed to Bonnie's Dolton label. They too had a monster hit called "Walk Don't Run".

Guitar continued performing and playing until she announced she was retiring in 1996.

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