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Tagged: Karla Bonoff

Personally

First recorded by Jackie Moore (R&B #92 1978).
Hit versions by Karla Bonoff (US #19/MOR #3 1982), Ronnie McDowell (C&W #10 1983).

From the wiki: “R&B singer Jackie Moore is best-known for her gold single 1970 song ‘Precious, Precious’, which reached #30 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1971. Her 1978 single, ‘Personally’, peaked at a disappointing #92 on the R&B chart, not even charting on the Billboard Hot 100. The song was later covered in 1982 by Karla Bonoff (‘Tell Me Why‘, ‘All My Life‘) and charted in the US Top 20; a 1983 cover by Country singer Ronnie McDowell charted Top 10 on the US Country singles chart.”

All My Life

Written and first recorded by Karla Bonoff (1988).
Hit version by Linda Ronstadt & Aaron Neville (US #11/MOR #1 1990).

From the wiki: “‘All My Life’ is a song written by Karla Bonoff and first recorded by for the 1988 album New World. In 1989, it would be recorded as a duet by Linda Ronstadt and Aaron Neville for Ronstadt’s Triple Platinum-certified 1989 album Cry Like A Rainstorm, Howl Like The Wind, and released as a single in January 1990. It marked the second collaboration between Ronstadt and Neville, and ‘All My Life’ was one of three Bonoff-composed songs Ronstadt recorded for the album.

Tell Me Why

Written and first recorded by Karla Bonoff (1988).
Hit version by Wynonna Judd (US #77/C&W #3/CAN #3 1993).

From the wiki: “Early in her career, Karla Bonoff sang background vocals for Linda Ronstadt and Wendy Waldman before releasing her own debut album in 1977, titled Karla Bonoff. In 1982, Bonoff reached the Top 40 with her song ‘Personally’.

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