Bonnie Hayes

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Bonnie Hayes
Bonnie Hayes at Great American Music Hall.jpg
Background information
Origin San Francisco California, USA
Genres Rock, new wave
Years active 1982–present
Labels Slash Records,
EMI,
Beacon,
Bondage Records
Website Official site

Bonnie Hayes is an American singer/songwriter, musician and record producer from San Francisco, CA. Her songs have been recorded by Cher, Bette Midler, Natalie Cole, Robert Cray, David Crosby, Adam Ant and Booker T and the MGs.

Early life and education[edit]

Hayes is the eldest of seven children and she attended Washington High School and San Francisco State University. Her brother, Chris, was the lead guitarist for Huey Lewis and the News, and her brother Kevin, the drummer with the Robert Cray Band.[1] Her family moved to San Francisco from the San Joaquin Valley in 1970 and Hayes joined the jazz fusion band, Sweetmeat and taught piano and music theory at the Blue Bear School of Music.

Career[edit]

In the early 1980s, Hayes founded the new wave, The Punts, and released the single, "Shelly's Boyfriend". In 1982, the band was signed by Slash Records and changed their name to "Bonnie Hayes with the Wild Combo". They released the album Good Clean Fun in September 2007 on Wounded Bird records, a subsidiary of Rhino Records. A song from the album called, "Girls Like Me", appeared in the 1983 movie Valley Girl. Her album, Brave New Girl was released on Bondage Records. Hayes and her band toured as the opening act for Huey Lewis and the News. After being signed by Huey Lewis and the News's publishing company, Hayes signed with Chrysalis Records and in 1987 released the album Bonnie Hayes. "Some Guys", the first single from the record, was recorded by Cher.

In 1988, Hayes signed with Muscle Records and Miles Copeland. She went into the studio and recorded an album that was never released. Later that year Hayes became a member of Belinda Carlisle's band for her world tour. In 1989, Bonnie Raitt recorded Hayes' songs, "Love Letter" and "Have a Heart", for her Nick of Time album. The Hayes "Have a Heart" song was the top charting song on the album, rising to number 3 on the Adult Contemporary Chart. In 1991, Hayes joined Billy Idol on the road for almost two years in support of his record Cradle of Love. In 1996, Hayes was signed to Fuel records and recorded the album Empty Sky. One song from the album, "Bottomless", was later recorded by Bette Midler.

In 2004 she released the CD "Love in the Ruins", written after Hayes learned to play the guitar. The record features the strong songwriting for which she's known and a capricious rough-edged quality evocative of her first record with a rootsier, Americana sound. She has taught at the Berklee College of Music, the Stanford Jazz Workshop, the REO Songwriting Retreat outside of Vancouver B.C, the ASCAP workshops in Los Angeles, and at the WCS Conference at Foothill College. In 2013 Hayes became the chairwoman of the songwriting department at the Berklee College of Music in Boston.

Reception[edit]

A reviewer at Allmusic wrote that Hayes' album, Good Clean Fun, is "probably the finest album of the entire early-'80s California girl pop scene" and "a neglected '80s pop masterpiece."[2] Rock music critic Robert Christgau said that on that album Hayes "comes off smarter, surer, and more sisterly than just about any new rock and roll woman I can think of."[3]

Albums[edit]

Good Clean Fun
Studio album by Bonnie Hayes with the Wild Combo
Released 1982
Genre Pop rock, new wave
Label Slash Records

Good Clean Fun (1982)[edit]

This album was released on CD on September 18, 2007.

  • Label: Slash Records
  • Label record ID: SR-112

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Girls Like Me" (B. Hayes)
  2. "Shelly's Boyfriend" (B. Hayes/Savage)
  3. "Separating" (B. Hayes/Savage)
  4. "Dum Fun" (B. Hayes/Savage)
  5. "Coverage (B. Hayes)
  6. "Inside Doubt" (B. Hayes/Savage)
  7. "Joyride (B. Hayes)
  8. "Loverboy (B. Hayes)
  9. "Raylene" (B. Hayes)
  10. "The Last Word" (B. Hayes)

Reviews[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars link
Robert Christgau A- link

Brave New Girl (1984)[edit]

(With the Wild Combo)[4]

Bonnie Hayes (1987)[edit]

  • Label: EMI Distribution
  • ASIN: B00000EEA9

Track Listing

  1. Some Guys (Golde, Hayes) 3:40
  2. To See You Again (Davis, Golde, Hayes, Sitkin) 2:59
  3. The Real Thing (Hayes) 3:46
  4. Coax Me, Chad (Golde, Hayes) 4:04
  5. Time Stands Still (Hayes) 5:36
  6. Soul Love (Hayes, Hayes, Rietveld) 4:17
  7. Skeletons Dancing (Safan) 4:42
  8. Chance on You (Hayes) 3:45
  9. Whole Wide World (Davis, Hayes) 3:51
  10. Joyful Noise (Hayes) 4:23

Empty Sky (1996)[edit]

  • Label: Beacon
  • ASIN: B00000DPGU

Track Listing

  1. My Brave Face
  2. Hieroglyphics
  3. Too Far To Fall
  4. Things You Left Behind
  5. Ode To Billie Joe
  6. Love Letter
  7. Out Of The Loop
  8. Learning To Fly
  9. Bottomless
  10. Freedom Calling
  11. The Moment Of True Feeling
  12. Bed Of Roses

Love In the Ruins (2003)[edit]

  • Label: Bondage Records
  • ASIN: B00008US5V

Track listing[edit]

  1. Beautiful Ideal
  2. I Can't Stop
  3. Greener Grass
  4. Keeping the Hum Going
  5. Still Wild
  6. Stealing Roses
  7. Everybody Wins
  8. Turn Down Love
  9. Vintage People
  10. Money Makes You Stupid

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Huey Lewis and the News Biographies, "Chris Hayes (Former guitar, vocals)"". 
  2. ^ Good Clean Fun review at allmusic.com
  3. ^ Good Clean Fun review by Robert Christgau
  4. ^ Allmusic guide

External links[edit]