Name a dozen or more quality rock guitarists…. Ritchie Blackmore, Michael Schenker, Yngwie Malmsteen, Chris Impelliteri, Steve Vai, Taz Taylor, Ray Fenwick, Micky Moody, Jan Akkerman, Mario Parga, Slash, Bob Kulick, Danny Johnson, Viv Campbell, Dario Mollo, Axel Rudi Pell, Uli Jon Roth, Gary Moore.
Now name us one singer who has worked with them all…. Graham Bonnet.
Graham Bonnet was born in Skegness in 1947 and had his first hit single with The Marbles in 1968, “Only One Woman” which reached Number 5 in the UK Singles Chart…
So runs Graham Bonnet’s wikipedia entry. Of The Skyliners, The Peter Tomlinson Band, The Jimmy Aldred Band, The Jan Ramsden Band, The Missing Links, The Bluesect, The Graham Bonnet Set and many others – not a word.
This, the first biography of the much travelled rock singer, more than fills the missing gaps. Author Steve Wright ran the singer’s fanzine for years, and with unique access to Bonnet’s own archive as well as that of musicians, friends and family. The result is an honest and exhaustive book which will fascinate anyone interested in Bonnet’s career.
And what a career; from Skegness to Australia, success with The Marbles, then a solo album high in the Australian charts followed by world wide recognition with Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow, and well-crafted AOR hits including “Since You Been Gone” and “All Night Long”. Watching Rainbow at a festival in 1980, no lesser person than Ozzy Osbourne described Graham’s performance as the best by a rock vocalist he had ever witnessed
A star-studded solo album followed, and aother top ten single – “Night Games”, before Bonnet was snapped up for the Michael Schenker Group (and just as quickly fired!) Finally he decided to put his own band together, and Alcatrazz became a huge draw, particularly in Japan, boasting the guitar talents of Yngwie Malmsteen and Steve Vai.
Now based in LA, the new Graham Bonnet Band have toured the world already, not to mention an emotional homecoming show in Skegness in 2016. The singer has been very frank about his rock career, taking the attitude that there is no point in airbrushing out anything, particularly within the context of a long and interesting career. Steve Wright’s detailed research and dozens of interviews with those who have worked or played with Graham brings to print much even hardened fans will not have read before, with plenty of rare photographs and memorabilia spread throughout the book, plus a foreword by Deep Purple keyboard player Don Airey who worked and played alongside Graham originally in Rainbow but also on a number of more recent projects and concerts.