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Songwriter plans Oklahoma City performance


Doug Hill May 29th, 2008

If you've attended a wedding in the last 15 years, there's a good chance the song "All My Life" was part of the ceremony; it's a "till death do us part" favorite. What you probably didn't know is sin...

If you've attended a wedding in the last 15 years, there's a good chance the song "All My Life" was part of the ceremony; it's a "till death do us part" favorite.

What you probably didn't know is singer/songwriter Karla Bonoff penned the tune, which went on to win a 1991 Grammy Award for its vocalists, Linda Ronstadt and Aaron Neville.

Bonoff will perform a free 7:30 p.m. show Sunday as part of the Summer Breeze concert series in Norman's Andrews Park, 201 W. Daws. Kenny Edwards, co-founder of Ronstadt's The Stone Poneys band, and accomplished guitarist Nina Gerber also will perform.

Bonoff said she will play from a songbook that's been covered by the likes of Bonnie Raitt, Wynonna Judd and Vince Gill.

"It's kind of a double-edged sword having other people turn your songs into hits," she said. "On my first tour, I just assumed people knew I wrote those Linda Ronstadt songs, but some people thought I was covering her. I had to educate my audiences during those 30-minute sets."

TWIST OF FATE
In a perverse twist of fate in her 40-year career, someone else wrote Bonoff's only Top 40 hit, 1982's "Personally." Bonoff " who self-released her most recent record " was writing and performing sensitive ballads when AC/DC and ZZ Top ruled the charts, and Sarah McLachlan was years away from "Fumbling Toward Ecstasy."

Sunday won't be Bonoff's first Norman performance.

"I did a college tour opening for Jackson Browne in the Seventies and we played a big arena at the University of Oklahoma," she said. "I have cassettes from every show we played and still have that one." "Doug Hill

 
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