Along with Patsy Cline, Bonnie Guitar developed the Country-Pop crossover trend that would later be associated with other female Country singers in the years to come, like Skeeter Davis, Lynn Anderson, Crystal Gayle, and Jeannie C. Riley.
Bonnie Guitar's real name was Bonnie Buckingham, and she was born in 1923 in Seattle, Washington. As a teenager, she took up playing the guitar. This is how she later got her stage name Bonnie Guitar. As a teenager, she also started songwriting. Through much of the 1950s, Bonnie worked as session guitarist at quite a few record labels.