Greetings from Asheville, where good music is always found on the turntable. This Classic 45 is from a longtime part of the country music scene, particularly on the West Coast, Bonnie Guitar. Bonnie had quite a career in music, from singing hits to owning her own record label (Dolphin/Dolton). Bonnie passed away, earlier this year at the age of 95, and you can read more about her on my post about her passing, by clicking here.
“I Believe in Love” is the Classic 45, today. From 1968, it’s the last of three top ten singles for Bonnie Guitar. Bonnie recorded it in January 1968, in Hollywood, California. Dot Records released the single in May of that year, and by June, it was climbing both Billboard and Cashbox charts. “I Believe in Love” would eventually get Bonnie Guitar as high as 10 on Billboard. Cashbox wasn’t as kind, as the record stalled at 17, there. Bouncy and lite, it was a perfect summertime record for 1968. Unfortunately, Bonnie’s recording success wavered, afterward, as she would only appear in the Country top 40, one more time, after this record, out of a total of ten for her career.
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Mike the Country Musicologist is a lifelong music and radio fanatic, model railroader, lover of vintage agriculture, and big sports fan, including the Colts, Reds, Hurricanes, Pacers, Purdue & Butler Universities. He has collected records since childhood, focusing on classic country and top 40 oldies music. He convinced Vincennes University to give him an Associate’s Degree in broadcasting. He’s worked for several stations in Indiana and North Carolina. Be sure to follow him on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest.