Sunday, November 11, 2007

Bonnie Koloc

"You’re Gonna Love Yourself in the Morning" 1974

Bonnie Koloc (born in Waterloo, Iowa) is an American folk singer/songwriter, actress, and artist who was considered one of the three main Illinois-based folk singers in the 1970s, along with Steve Goodman and John Prine forming the "trinity of the Chicago folk scene.". Koloc was the least successful of the three, but her material did sell modestly.

Koloc was born to a working class family: "I guess you could say we were poor; we lived in a cement block house outside the city limits of Waterloo, Ia., and my dad worked in the John Deere factory. Money was very tight. I wore a lot of hand-me-downs, and I thought that people who had indoor johns must be rich. I had a really unstable childhood, because my parents were divorced when I was 12, and there was a lot of chaos. I spent a lot of time during my high school years trying to get myself together from my childhood."

The first of her family to attend college, she enrolled in the University of Northern Iowa, first majoring in drama, then art, paying her way by singing, but earning poor grades. She abandoned her studies to go to Chicago, where she became a fixture of the influential Earl of Old Town.

She had a minor hit with "Roll Me On the Water" from the 1974 album "You're Gonna Love Yourself in the Morning," but never achieved the national recognition many predicted for her.

In the 1980s, after the death of her long-time companion, she pursued a career as an actress, and performed in plays such as Joseph Papp's Broadway production of The Human Comedy, but by the late '80s, she focused on her art studies. She has resumed her musical career, and continues to tour bars and clubs.

A1. You’re Gonna Love Yourself in the Morning


Blogger Clay Eals said...

Good to see your post about Bonnie Koloc and its mention of Steve Goodman. He often doesn't get his due. You might be interested in an eight-year project of mine that has come to fruition -- an 800-page biography of Goodman published in May, "Steve Goodman: Facing the Music." The book delves deeply into the Goodman/Prine/Koloc days of the Chicago folk scene. Please check my Internet site below for more info on the book. Just trying to spread the word. Feel free to do the same!

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12 November, 2007 02:20  
Blogger harding said...

thanks so much for this post! One of the best voices ever, and unfortunately her records never quite did her justice. Any other lps of hers would be appreciated.

12 November, 2007 03:40  
Anonymous Simon from Korea said...

Just wanted to second Hardings thanks and request for more Bonnie Koloc. I agree she is one of the great talents and one whose work is incrediably hard to track down. Any more would be very appreciated. Thanks again.

12 November, 2007 15:24  
Blogger popcat said...

A very beautiful album and a very lovely voice. Thank you!

13 November, 2007 06:38  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Lizardson,
Wonderful album of this great singer songwriter, please could you upload "With You On My Side"?

14 November, 2007 03:17  
Blogger whiteray said...

Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

16 November, 2007 15:49  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Fantastic voice. Thanks for the post. Does anyone have After All This Time?
I've heard Devil's Nine Questions from this LP and it's simply amazing.



27 November, 2007 08:22  
Blogger John said...

Bonnie is pretty active these days and sounds as good as ever. She also has new (and old) recordings to sell which you can learn about at her site:

Sharing music is great but here's someone who is far from wealthy who could use the financial support of people who enjoy her art.

It looks like she's playing tomorrow in Chicago.

John G.

16 March, 2008 00:08  

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