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Bonnie Owens: Queen Of The Coast (4-CD Deluxe Box Set)

4-CD box set (LP-Size) with 76-page hardcover book, 103 tracks. Playing time approx. 252 mns.

Married to Buck Owens and Merle Haggard, Bonnie Owens was the Queen of Bakersfield… and the original Honky Tonk Angel. All of Bonnie’s recordings between 1953 and 1971, most of them appearing on CD for the very first time. Contains the original version of A Dear John Letter with Fuzzy Owen, and includes all of her duets with Merle Haggard, such as Just Between The Two Of Us, Slowly But Surely and
A Stranger In My Arms.

Merle Haggard: 'I have no doubt that my success overshadowed Bonnie—it had to. Bonnie would be the last one to bring that up. She never complained. We were married and she was happy to tour and sing and write with me.'

Bear Family profiles one of the greatest and most underrated female country singers of all time. Bonnie Owens was the major female artist to emerge from the Bakersfield scene… the scene that spawned
Merle Haggard, Tommy Collins, Ferlin Husky, Wynn Stewart, and Buck Owens … and later inspired Dwight Yoakam and several generations of honky tonk singers. Typically, Bear Family has sourced unbelievably rare and obscure recordings, including Bonnie’s original version of the country classic, A Dear John Letter.

She won awards, she co-wrote Today I Started Loving You Again, she toured ceaselessly for decades, but saw relatively few hits. That, though, was no reflection on her talent, and Bear Family is proud to offer this tribute to one of the true, unheralded architects of alternative country music.

Article properties: Bonnie Owens: Queen Of The Coast (4-CD Deluxe Box Set)

  • Interpret: Bonnie Owens

  • Album titlle: Queen Of The Coast (4-CD Deluxe Box Set)

  • Genre Country

  • Label Bear Family Records

  • Year of publication 2007
  • Deluxe Edition
  • Artikelart Box set

  • EAN: 4000127161789

  • weight in Kg 2
Owens, Bonnie - Queen Of The Coast (4-CD Deluxe Box Set) Box set 1
01 A Dear John Letter (& Fuzzy Owen) Bonnie Owens
02 Wonderful Word (& Fuzzy Owen) Bonnie Owens
03 I Traded My Heart For His Gold Bonnie Owens
04 Take Me Bonnie Owens
05 Just A Love For Someone To Steal Bonnie Owens
06 No Tomorrow (& Fuzzy Owen) Bonnie Owens
07 Father (The Kern Country Sweethearts) Bonnie Owens
08 Please Don't Take Him From Me Bonnie Owens
09 (The Kern Country Sweethearts) Bonnie Owens
10 That Little Boy Of Mine Bonnie Owens
11 Wait A Little Longer, Please Jesus Bonnie Owens
12 Looking Back To See (& Fuzzy Owen) Bonnie Owens
13 Just For The Children's Sake Bonnie Owens
14 This Other Bonnie Owens
15 Missing On A Mountain (& Tommy Dee) Bonnie Owens
16 Why Don't Daddy Live Here Anymore Bonnie Owens
17 Waggin' Tongues Bonnie Owens
18 Stop The World (And Let Me Off) Bonnie Owens
19 Don't Take Advantage Of Me Bonnie Owens
20 Lie A Little Bonnie Owens
21 I'll Try Again Tomorrow Bonnie Owens
22 The Longer You Wait Bonnie Owens
23 You Don't Have Far To Go Bonnie Owens
24 Number One Heel Bonnie Owens
25 Beggin' To You Bonnie Owens
26 I Want To Be A Cowboy's Sweetheart Bonnie Owens
27 Pins And Needles Bonnie Owens
Owens, Bonnie - Queen Of The Coast (4-CD Deluxe Box Set) Box set 2
01 Slowly But Surely (& Merle Haggard) Bonnie Owens
02 Just Between The Two Of Us (& Merle Haggard) Bonnie Owens
03 So Much For Me, So Much For You (& M.Haggard) Bonnie Owens
04 A House Without Love Is Not...(& M. Haggard) Bonnie Owens
05 I Want To Live Again (& Merle Haggard) Bonnie Owens
06 Number One Heel Bonnie Owens
07 Pins And Needles Bonnie Owens
08 Lie A Little Bonnie Owens
09 Stranger In My Arms (& Merle Haggard) Bonnie Owens
10 Souvenirs Bonnie Owens
11 Merry Go Round Of Love Bonnie Owens
12 She Don't Deserve You Bonnie Owens
13 Excuse Me For Living Bonnie Owens
14 I'll Take A Chance (& Merle Haggard) Bonnie Owens
15 Our Hearts Are Holding Hands (& M. Haggard) Bonnie Owens
16 Too Used To Being With You (& M. Haggard) Bonnie Owens
17 That Makes Two Of Us (& M. Haggard) Bonnie Owens
18 Forever And Ever (& Merle Haggard) Bonnie Owens
19 Wait A Little Longer, Please Jesus (& M. H.) Bonnie Owens
20 Living On Your Love Bonnie Owens
21 What's It Gonna Cost me Bonnie Owens
22 You Don't Even Try Bonnie Owens
23 Someone Else You've Known Bonnie Owens
24 Whatever Happened To Me Bonnie Owens
25 Just For The Children's Sake Bonnie Owens
26 Consider The Children Bonnie Owens
27 I Know He Loves Me Bonnie Owens
28 The Best Part Of Me Bonnie Owens
Owens, Bonnie - Queen Of The Coast (4-CD Deluxe Box Set) Box set 3
01 Will You Want Me Just As Much Bonnie Owens
02 Any Part Of You Bonnie Owens
03 I Won't Go Lookin' For You Bonnie Owens
04 Gone Crazy Bonnie Owens
05 The Best Part Of Me Bonnie Owens
06 All Of Me Belongs To You Bonnie Owens
07 If You Really Want Me To Bonnie Owens
08 Adios, Farewell Goodbye Good Luck, So Long Bonnie Owens
09 If You Really Want Me To Bonnie Owens
10 Everything That's Fastened Down Is Comin' Bonnie Owens
11 Loose Bonnie Owens
12 I'd Be More Of A Woman Bonnie Owens
13 I Wish I Felt This Way At Home Bonnie Owens
14 Hangin' On Bonnie Owens
15 The Back Of My Hand Bonnie Owens
16 I Let A Stranger Buy The Wine Bonnie Owens
17 Number 82 Bonnie Owens
18 Don't Tell Me Bonnie Owens
19 Just One Time Bonnie Owens
20 Somewhere Between Bonnie Owens
21 Wabash Cannon Ball Bonnie Owens
22 Tonight I'll Throw A Party Bonnie Owens
Owens, Bonnie - Queen Of The Coast (4-CD Deluxe Box Set) Box set 4
01 Yes, I Love You Bonnie Owens
02 How Can OUr Cheatin' Be Wrong' Bonnie Owens
03 When Billy Comes Home To Arkansas Bonnie Owens
04 I'll Look Over You Bonnie Owens
05 I'll Always Be Glad To Take You Back Bonnie Owens
06 I Couldn't Keep From Cryin' Bonnie Owens
07 Lead Me On Bonnie Owens
08 Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep Alone Bonnie Owens
09 I'll Kiss My Weeding Ring Goodbye Bonnie Owens
10 That Little Boy Of Mine Bonnie Owens
11 Jealous Heart Bonnie Owens
12 I Don't Care If Tomorrow Never Comes Bonnie Owens
13 How Many Bonnie Owens
14 What Else Can I Do Bonnie Owens
15 It Don't Take Much To Make Me Cry Bonnie Owens
16 My Hi-Fi To Cry Bonnie Owens
17 Philadelphia Lawyer Bonnie Owens
18 Where Could I Go But To The Lord Bonnie Owens
19 What A Friend We Have In Jesus Bonnie Owens
20 Medals For Mothers Bonnie Owens
21 I'll Fly Away Bonnie Owens
22 Wait A Little Longer, Please Jesus Bonnie Owens
23 Gathering Flowers For The Masters Bouquet Bonnie Owens
24 Where We'll Never Grow Old Bonnie Owens
25 Where The Soul Never Dies Bonnie Owens
26 I Saw The Light Bonnie Owens
27 Farther Along Bonnie Owens
28 Faded Love Bonnie Owens
Bonnie Owens Bonnie Owens, a fine country singer and songwriter in her own right, will... more
"Bonnie Owens"

Bonnie Owens

Bonnie Owens, a fine country singer and songwriter in her own right, will forever go down in history as the woman who was married to both Buck Owens and Merle Haggard. Although this association alone would get her mentioned in the 'Country Music Who's Who,' the fact remains that as a solo performer Bonnie Owens recorded an impressive body of work, enough material to make up the box set that you are now holding. Whether or not she would have been more or less famous without her life being intertwined with two of country music's biggest giants is a mystery, and even though she never had any huge hits to her name, Bonnie Owens is still known today as one of the genre's finest underrated female singers.

Bonnie Owens was a woman everyone liked; not one person has anything bad to say about her. Over and over again, that sentiment was echoed by every single person interviewed for this box set, not only from Merle Haggard and her sons with Buck Owens—Buddy and Mike, but from people that Bonnie met only in passing.

Bonnie would ultimately find her greatest success as Merle Haggard's harmony and duet singer, a job she would keep long after her marriage with Merle had ended. It was this professional role that most country music fans and historians will forever associate with Bonnie Owens, but on her own she left behind an impressive discography of singles and albums that place her as one of the most important female artists of the West Coast brand of country music that came to be known as 'The Bakersfield Sound.'

This box set represents everything that Bonnie Owens ever recorded as a solo artist in her golden era of 1953 to 1971, from her first single on the tiny Mar-Vel label, through one-offs on small labels like "X," Del-Fi, Pike, and fine early efforts for the Tally label of Bakersfield, to her six albums of material that she recorded for Capitol Records. When added to the incredible volume of work that she recorded with Merle Haggard during their 40-year association, it becomes apparent that Bonnie was one of the most recorded female singers in country music history.

Why didn't Bonnie Owens become a star? In retrospect, it's hard to pinpoint exactly why it never happened for her. If you ask the key players in the Bonnie Owens saga, a complex picture emerges, with no clear answers.

Merle Haggard: "I have no doubt that my success overshadowed Bonnie—it had to. Bonnie would be the last one to bring that up. She never complained, we were married and she was happy to tour and sing and write with me."

Fuzzy Owen: "There are a lot of great singers who never made it big. I think Bonnie's problem was that she never had that song, that one hit song that would have made her."

Ken Nelson: "Bonnie's problem was that she was timid—she was just too darn shy."

Michael Owens: "Mom had the talent to be a recording star, but she just didn't have the cold heart and the cut-throat attitude that it takes to make it."

We'll never know the real reason why Bonnie didn't make it big on her own, but the fact remains that she was one of the finest female country singers of all time. The recordings on this box set attest to this fact.

 

PART ONE—THE EARLY YEARS

Bonnie was born Bonnie Maureen Campbell on October 1, 1929, in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, as the fourth of six girls and two boys in a typical Depression-era family. Like many families of the day, they worked the land as sharecroppers, and did lots of other odd jobs to make ends meet. The family moved to Blanchard, Oklahoma, when Bonnie was just a baby, and that is the town that Bonnie usually cited as her hometown. In those Dust Bowl hard times, the family also moved around to Middleburg and Tuttle, Oklahoma, and eventually migrated to Gilbert, Arizona, near Phoenix.

Bonnie's father, Wallace Campbell, was a 'jack of all trades' and worked many different jobs, including stints as an iceman and then as a carpenter at nearby Williams Air Force Base. Wallace played fiddle, piano, harmonica, and sang—in general he loved music and he fostered the musical abilities of all the kids in the family. Although he never played professionally, Wallace was by all accounts the first musical inspiration that Bonnie had.

From a very young age, Bonnie was always singing. Her sister, Betty, recounts that as a little girl, Bonnie talked endlessly about wanting to be a singer. She was fond of yodelers like Patsy Montana, and practiced yodeling constantly. An early family memory of Bonnie is of her standing on bales of hay in their barn singing, using a broomstick as a microphone. A typical rural family, the Campbells listened to the Grand Ole Opry on the weekends, with country music singers as the centers of their musical universe. Bonnie's sister Loretta remembers "there was always music around us, we were surrounded by music."

Bonnie was so sure about her future as a singer, that she attempted to drop out of school in the seventh grade. Her father talked her into returning, which she did, even though it meant starting over and repeating the seventh grade. Bonnie's lack of interest in scholarly things was so intense that she would fail the eighth grade, which suited her just fine as the setback landed her in the same grade as her sister Betty, who was two years younger. Betty remembers that one of the only things Bonnie liked about school was playing in the school orchestra, where she played both the trombone and French horn. She also sang in some of the school assemblies. Ultimately, their schooling mattered little, because both Bonnie and Betty would drop out of high school in their junior years.

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Tracklist
Owens, Bonnie - Queen Of The Coast (4-CD Deluxe Box Set) Box set 1
01 A Dear John Letter (& Fuzzy Owen)
02 Wonderful Word (& Fuzzy Owen)
03 I Traded My Heart For His Gold
04 Take Me
05 Just A Love For Someone To Steal
06 No Tomorrow (& Fuzzy Owen)
07 Father (The Kern Country Sweethearts)
08 Please Don't Take Him From Me
09 (The Kern Country Sweethearts)
10 That Little Boy Of Mine
11 Wait A Little Longer, Please Jesus
12 Looking Back To See (& Fuzzy Owen)
13 Just For The Children's Sake
14 This Other
15 Missing On A Mountain (& Tommy Dee)
16 Why Don't Daddy Live Here Anymore
17 Waggin' Tongues
18 Stop The World (And Let Me Off)
19 Don't Take Advantage Of Me
20 Lie A Little
21 I'll Try Again Tomorrow
22 The Longer You Wait
23 You Don't Have Far To Go
24 Number One Heel
25 Beggin' To You
26 I Want To Be A Cowboy's Sweetheart
27 Pins And Needles
Owens, Bonnie - Queen Of The Coast (4-CD Deluxe Box Set) Box set 2
01 Slowly But Surely (& Merle Haggard)
02 Just Between The Two Of Us (& Merle Haggard)
03 So Much For Me, So Much For You (& M.Haggard)
04 A House Without Love Is Not...(& M. Haggard)
05 I Want To Live Again (& Merle Haggard)
06 Number One Heel
07 Pins And Needles
08 Lie A Little
09 Stranger In My Arms (& Merle Haggard)
10 Souvenirs
11 Merry Go Round Of Love
12 She Don't Deserve You
13 Excuse Me For Living
14 I'll Take A Chance (& Merle Haggard)
15 Our Hearts Are Holding Hands (& M. Haggard)
16 Too Used To Being With You (& M. Haggard)
17 That Makes Two Of Us (& M. Haggard)
18 Forever And Ever (& Merle Haggard)
19 Wait A Little Longer, Please Jesus (& M. H.)
20 Living On Your Love
21 What's It Gonna Cost me
22 You Don't Even Try
23 Someone Else You've Known
24 Whatever Happened To Me
25 Just For The Children's Sake
26 Consider The Children
27 I Know He Loves Me
28 The Best Part Of Me
Owens, Bonnie - Queen Of The Coast (4-CD Deluxe Box Set) Box set 3
01 Will You Want Me Just As Much
02 Any Part Of You
03 I Won't Go Lookin' For You
04 Gone Crazy
05 The Best Part Of Me
06 All Of Me Belongs To You
07 If You Really Want Me To
08 Adios, Farewell Goodbye Good Luck, So Long
09 If You Really Want Me To
10 Everything That's Fastened Down Is Comin'
11 Loose
12 I'd Be More Of A Woman
13 I Wish I Felt This Way At Home
14 Hangin' On
15 The Back Of My Hand
16 I Let A Stranger Buy The Wine
17 Number 82
18 Don't Tell Me
19 Just One Time
20 Somewhere Between
21 Wabash Cannon Ball
22 Tonight I'll Throw A Party
Owens, Bonnie - Queen Of The Coast (4-CD Deluxe Box Set) Box set 4
01 Yes, I Love You
02 How Can OUr Cheatin' Be Wrong'
03 When Billy Comes Home To Arkansas
04 I'll Look Over You
05 I'll Always Be Glad To Take You Back
06 I Couldn't Keep From Cryin'
07 Lead Me On
08 Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep Alone
09 I'll Kiss My Weeding Ring Goodbye
10 That Little Boy Of Mine
11 Jealous Heart
12 I Don't Care If Tomorrow Never Comes
13 How Many
14 What Else Can I Do
15 It Don't Take Much To Make Me Cry
16 My Hi-Fi To Cry
17 Philadelphia Lawyer
18 Where Could I Go But To The Lord
19 What A Friend We Have In Jesus
20 Medals For Mothers
21 I'll Fly Away
22 Wait A Little Longer, Please Jesus
23 Gathering Flowers For The Masters Bouquet
24 Where We'll Never Grow Old
25 Where The Soul Never Dies
26 I Saw The Light
27 Farther Along
28 Faded Love