After the hellish mania of Trumpism over the weekend, I think I need me some peaceful, beatific love and joy. And that means some of the glorious pure tones of Bonnie Koloc.
As I've written, Bonnie Koloc was one of the Holy Trinity in the Chicago folk scene of the 1970s -- along with Steve Goodman and John Prine.
It's always been bewildering why Bonnie Koloc never made the jump from Chicago to national fame. Of the three -- as much as I love Steve Goodman, and think he's the best, and as nationally successful as John Prine did become -- Bonnie Koloc seemed most poised for national fame. But other than her one appearance singing a national ad for United Airlines. which I posted here, there was very little.
She had several very popular hits in Chicago, but that popularity didn't travel much farther than the city borders. This is one of those songs, a lovely piece called, "You're Gonna Love Yourself in the Morning." And made all the lovelier -- which is what I need right now -- by the angelic purity of her voice. Recorded live in concert, the audience clearly appreciative that this is one of her favorite hits.
(Why there's this graphic image on the video, I have no idea. Perhaps the single was included on a promotional album. No matter, the song itself is all you need.)
As one more notch on the "Why not Bonnie Koloc??", this song did have a life beyond her recording. Willie Nelson (who famously had a Grammy-winning hit with Steve Goodman's "City of New Orleans") did a duet with Brenda Lee, that hit #43 on the country charts 10 years after Koloc recorded the original in 1973. Hey, even Sammy Davis, Jr. recorded it. And country legend Roy Clark, and others..
Bonnie Koloc should have had a major career. But she had a good one (and especially well-appreciated in Chicago) and a long one -- happily, she is still performing. But that's only as it should be, since a voice like this just goes on anyway...
Robert J. Elisberg is a political commentator, screenwriter, novelist, tech writer and also some other things that I just tend to keep forgetting.
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