On October 1, 1929, a star was born. Today would have been her 89th birthday. She was the one and only Bonnie Owens. With this, let’s all greet her happy birthday – in heaven. Also, let’s flashback a little by browsing a bit of her journey. Apart from that, let’s listen to some of her greatest hits, too.
She was born as Bonnie Campbell in Blanchard, Oklahoma. Bonnie Owens was married to Buck Owens and then to “The Hag” Merle Haggard. She was only fifteen when she met Buck Owens. They both played in a band in Meza, Arizona. In 1948, they got married. Unfortunately, their relationship didn’t last. After giving birth to two sons, they got divorced.
In the 1960s, Bonnie Owens released her successful singles “Why Don’t Daddy Live Here Anymore?” and “Don’t Take Advantage of Me.” In 1965, Merle Haggard and Bonnie Owens recorded “Just Between the Two of Us.” The song was a massive hit. Moreover, she was named “Female Vocalist of the Year” in 1965 by the Academy of Country Music. Also, Bonnie Owens and Merle Haggard got married. Bonnie Owens then dedicated her time to her career and Merle Haggard’s children. She toured with his husband along with The Strangers. In 1978, they got divorced, but they were already separated in 1975. Merle Haggard and Bonnie Owens continued touring with The Strangers. She, for the last time, married Fred McMillenher.
On April 24, 2006, Bonnie Owens died in a hospital. It was less than a month after her first husband, Buck Owens, died. She was 76 years old back then.
Slowly But Surely…
This rare video shows how sweet Merle Haggard to Bonnie Owens back then. Watch and reminisce how good they were together.
Just Between the Two of Us…
The song was released in 1966 under the album of the same name. It was a collaboration between Merle Haggard, Bonnie Owens, and The Strangers. Liz Anderson wrote the lyrics of “Just Between the Two of Us.”
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