• Bonnie & The Little Boys Blue
    L to R: Charles Barbour Jr, Mary Evans, Ronnie West, Bonnie Johnson, “Red” George

    Bonnie & The Little Boys Blue (Lexington KY)


    Personnel :

    Bonnie Johnson

    Robert Taylor “Red” George

    Ronnie West

    Charles Barbour Jr

    Mary Evans


    Discography :

    Bonnie & The Little Boys Blue
    1960 - You'd Better Run / Those Bells (Nikko 611)

    Bruce Marvello
    1960 - Teen-Age Broken Heart / You've Got To Love Me Too (Nikko 610)


    Biography :

    Bonnie and the Little Boys Blue were students and friends from Lexington’s original Paul Laurence Dunbar and Frederick Douglass High Schools. Robert Taylor “Red” George teamed with Ronnie West and tenor Charles Barbour Jr . A couple young ladies, Bonnie Johnson and Mary Evans complete the group. “Red” George, Bonnie and another friend (Emmett Brown) had experience singing on street corners downtown, which preceded the true formation of the group.

    Bonnie & The Little Boys Blue     Bonnie & The Little Boys Blue
                                                                                         Bruce Marvello

    Also, at least two future Blue Boys had prior recording experience backing Bruce Marvello on label owner Tom Birch’s original composition “Teen-Age Broken Heart.” Clearly their voices made an impression on Birch and he approached the quintet with an offer of a recording contract. Bonnie & The Little Boys Blue was delivered to an unknown studio on Division Street in Nashville, Tennessee. With a group of seasoned studio musicians, The group recorded  "You'd Better Run" b/w "Those Bells" released on the Tom Birsh's label "Nikko". The single helped launch the group into the Lexington market and shows followed at the predominantly black music clubs .


    Bonnie & The Little Boys Blue

    You'd Better Run                                  Those Bells

    Bruce Marvello

    Teen-Age Broken Heart


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