WE ARE PROUD TO INDUCT BONNIE NELSON INTO THE POP BOP ROCK HONOR ROLL!
Bonnie Nelson was born in Denver, Colorado on April 11th, 1949.
While growing up in Colorado she began performing in talent contests and stage productions. She took an interest in singing and in 1963 began appearing in night clubs with performers Lucky Lee and Johnny Cummings.
Next she signed on to the Rocky Mountain Jamboree where she worked with DJ and musician Buster Jenkins for about one year. During that time she would appear with many national country stars and also with Colorado’s country singer/guitar player Jerry Street as well as Denver’s Band Box label recording artists Jim McGraw and Dewey Knight.
As a mid-teen, Bonnie performed regularly at the Wolhurst Club located in Littleton. In 1965 she would team up with Achilles and Frank as a trio. Those two would later form the “F.A.B. Company” in the later 1960s with another Bonnie – Bonnie Ellison who ironically went to the same high school as Nelson.
Nelson was an accomplished horse rider and won the title of World Champion Senior Girls Calf Roper. She was also voted Miss Colorado High School Queen as well as other pageant titles.
In 1972 Bonnie and singing partner Bob Britton and his backing band “The Playboys” won the “Pappy Dave Stone Talent Contest” sponsored by radio station KPIK in Colorado Springs. That would earn the duo the prize of appearing on Nashville’s “Grand Ole Opry on September 1st, 1972.
Nashville record executive Kelso Herston was duly impressed and would sign Bonnie to a 5-year contract.
While in Nashville Bonnie would meet and perform with many country luminaries including Del Reeves, Freddie Hart, George Morgan and Rex Allen to name a few.