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Old 07-15-2013, 10:52 PM   #1
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The year 1963 or 1964 WLS Radio played a song about a girl who left her boy friend because someone told her a lie. The lyrics: Bonnie oh Bonnie come back to me. You were doing things that I should only do with you, like huggen and kissing, holding you so tight. Never thought you would leave me Bonnie because your best friend told you a lie. Lyrics not in correct order, just pieces of what I remember. Does anyone remember this song? I only remember it being played on WLS and it was for only a short time. Don't know artists or the name of the song, only guessing at year. Trying to figure this one out for years, even contacted one of the DJ's, he didn't remember it.
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Old 07-16-2013, 08:23 AM   #2
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I was hoping someone remembered it. Might have been a demo or a local group's composition that never caught on. We listened to WLS from Chicago in Harrisburg PA., the AM signal (remember AM) would skip at night. This song was only ever played on that station. I talked to one person who remembered it, they couldn't remember any more about it than me. I think the title was; Bonnie Come Back To Me. A mystery song, lost forever?
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Old 07-16-2013, 08:32 AM   #3
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I was 6 years old so I got nothing.

Try contacting the station, they are still on the air.
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Listened to WLS every night in those days but don't remember a song like that. Finding a source of every song playe don a station from those days is going to be tough if not impossible. But, who knows, this is CFOT.
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I was 6 years old so I got nothing.

Try contacting the station, they are still on the air.
Yes I contacted them, most working there weren't born when this song aired. I contacted DJ Dick Biondi, he didn't remember it. This song just doesn't exist. I have searched and found many rare songs, this one??? When this song aired I liked it but couldn't purchase the record. I have found songs that I liked yesteryear, today they are terrible. This could be one of those?
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Any of the kids you grew up with at the time who might remember?

I'm no help, not sure if WLS reached western New York but I didn't listen to it. I DID listen to "Big 10 WCFL" from Chicago but don't recall the song you mention.

Seems every city had a local group who cut a record - which was a BIG DEAL back then. Today anybody can make a song with their computer but back then making a record which was played on the radio meant you had made it big even if it was only played on one or two local stations.

Keep trying - someone out there knows. How about an ad in the Chicago paper want ads personal section?
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Old 07-16-2013, 10:08 AM   #7
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Call the Chicago library - reference section.

Librarians love a challenge
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Up here in Southern Ontario, WLS always came in loud and clear (if you had a good radio) when I was a kid.

I don't recall the song, however.
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Old 07-16-2013, 12:09 PM   #9
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I was thinking Ricky Nelson . . . . . ?

I lived in Cleveland, so we could get WLS, CKLW Windsor/Detroit and NYC's WABC and the power house radio stations late at night . . . before Wolfman Jack- the real deal was Cousin Ba-RUUU-cee !
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I did some pretty exhaustive searches last night and I think I know a LOT of music, but this one doesn't ring any bells. I tried songs with Bonnie, Lyrics containing Bonnie, Bonnie songs, Bonnie lyrics, 1960's songs about girls, the list goews on and on. All I got was sick of reading "My Bonne Lies Over the Ocean".
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It sounds vaguely familiar but no clue who sang it.

I am going to make a guess that it was either the B side of a record or one of the songs on an LP that the DJ liked so it got played but was never released as a single.

I heard an old song that I hadn't heard in many many years. It sounded terrible! LOL! Good luck finding that song.
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I used to listen to WLS every morning and don't remember that at all. I do remember "Animal Stories", but that is another thread...
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Great idea, I'll try the Chicago Library and the paper. I have been searching for this record more years than I care to remember. As one mentioned, I too have read every Bonnie titled song I believe ever existed except the one I'm looking for. Last night I got the idea to ask the forum members, thanks guys for your replies. The mystery continues.
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There's this thing called Google, I'm not promising anything but I think it just might do the trick.
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There's this thing called Google, I'm not promising anything but I think it just might do the trick.
If you read post 10, it seems someone did just that. But why read anything except the original post before replying?
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Now that this one is in your head you will forget all about the other one...


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There's this thing called Google, I'm not promising anything but I think it just might do the trick.
. Did that. That is how I got to see all the Bonnie titles.
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Someone mentioned, a B side that a DJ liked. That's a thought, maybe only one DJ ever played this song. Now who was the DJ that would have been on the air around 9 PM weekdays, 1964? I'm pretty sure it was spring 1964, there was this girl!
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Back then DJ's didn't play "B" sides unless they found an envelope under their table!

Good luck with your quest.
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