Bonnie Lou

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Bonnie Lou
Bonnie Lou 1972.jpg
Bonnie Lou in a 1972 publicity photo
Background information
Birth nameMary Joan Kath
Also known asBonnie Lou
Born(1924-10-27)October 27, 1924
Towanda, Illinois, United States
DiedDecember 8, 2015(2015-12-08) (aged 91)
Cincinnati, Ohio, United States
GenresCountry, rock and roll, rockabilly
OccupationsSinger Musician TV and radio host
Years active1940s–1980s
LabelsKing Records
Fraternity Records
Associated actsJanis Martin, Wanda Jackson, Jo Ann Campbell

Mary Joan Okum (née Kath; October 27, 1924 – December 8, 2015), known by her performing name Bonnie Lou, was an American musical pioneer. She was one of first female rock and roll singers. She was also one of the first artists to gain crossover success from country music to rock and roll. She was the "top name" on the first country music program regularly broadcast on a national TV network.[1]

Lou was one of the first female co-hosts of a successful television talk show, and a regular musical performer on popular shows in the 1960s and 1970s. She "was a prime mover in the first days of rockabilly,"[2] and is a member of the Rockabilly Hall of Fame.[3]

Lou died from complications of dementia under hospice care in Cincinnati, Ohio, aged 91.[4][5]

References[change | change source]

  1. "Rising Costs Bring 'Hayride' To A Halt". Google books. Billboard. November 10, 1956. p. 14. Retrieved 1 May 2015.
  2. "Bonnie Lou: Biography". AllMusic.com. Retrieved 22 April 2015.
  3. "RHOF Inductees with Certificates". Rockabilly Hall of Fame. Retrieved 15 November 2014.
  4. Daniel E. Slotnik. "Bonnie Lou, Country and Rockabilly Star of the 1950s, Dies at 91". newyorktimes.com. New York Times. Retrieved 12 December 2015.
  5. "Pioneer country rocker dies". iafrica.com. Retrieved 12 December 2015.