Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Leebonny on Leebonny


38551 - Just A Fan
38552 - Let's Not Dream 

Both wr. Leebonny published by
Richie Publ. Co. BMI 
Box 335 Califon, N.J. 07830)

Produced by John Beavin 
Leebonny Records 
Box 385 / Glen Gardner, N.J. 08826


 This is Bonny Lee Bakley (a.k.a. Bonnie Lee Bakley, a.k.a. Leebonny Bakley),

From Wikipedia:
Bonnie Lee Bakley (June 7, 1956 – May 4, 2001) was the wife of actor Robert Blake.  Bakley was fatally shot while sitting in Blake's parked car outside a Los Angeles-area restaurant in May 2001.

Bakley dropped out of high school at age 16 and decided to go to New York City to pursue a career in modeling and acting at the Barbizon School of Modeling. She was married at 21 to her first cousin Paul Gawron and had two children with him: Glenn and Holly. The couple divorced in 1982.
In an effort to support herself, Bakley began a mail-order business sending nude pictures of women, including herself, to men. She also ran "lonely hearts" ads in magazines advertising for a "male companion". After communicating with the men who answered her ads, she would ask for money for rent or travel expenses.  Bakley's business and scams eventually afforded her enough money to buy several houses in Memphis and a house outside of Los Angeles. She was unsuccessful, however, in her Hollywood career as a singer and actor under the stage name Leebonny.

From Murder In Hollywood: The Secret Life and Mysterious Death of Bonny Lee Bakley, by  Gary C. King
Bonny [...] befriended a would-be rocker in Palisades Park, New Jersey named Robert Stuhr.  He apparently had some peripheral connections in the movie industry.  Stuhr managed to get Bonny and his own daughter parts as extras in the 1985 movie, Turk 182, which starred Robert Urich and Timothy Hutton.  The part in the movie led nowhere, but Bonny persevered.  Her friend Sturh also ran a music company called Norway USA and she recorded some songs that were considered by many to be absolutely awful.  One of the songs was called "Rock-A-Billy Love," and another, recorded under the name of Leebonny Bakley, was called "Tribute to Elvis Presley" and contained a line in the lyrics that read, "Rock and roll will never be the same, Rock and roll Leebonny is my name."
[...] She recorded another song that was just as bad, if not worse.  The only difference was that the 1970s song, "Just a Fan," turned out to be somewhat prophetic if judged by the song's lyrics, "I am chasing a celebrity ... there's no future in it I can see."  (There was a recent attempt to auction an authentical copy of "Just a Fan" on eBay after her death, with a minium bid of $1,000/  However, after ten days the bidding was closed without a single bid having been recevived.)
  By 1990, Bonny found herself in Memphis, Tennessee, where she was determined to meet her idol, Jerry Lee Lewis.

One copy of this record is currently on eBay here

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