Bonnie Dobson

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Bonnie Dobson
Birth name Bonnie Dobson
Born (1940-11-14) November 14, 1940 (age 77)
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Origin Canadian
Genres Contemporary folk music
Instruments vocals, guitar
Labels Hornbeam

Bonnie Dobson (born November 13, 1940, Toronto, Ontario, Canada) is a Canadian folk music songwriter, singer, and guitarist, most known in the 1960s for composing the songs "I'm Your Woman" and "Morning Dew". The latter, augmented (with a controversial co-writing credit) by Tim Rose, became a melancholy folk rock standard, covered by Fred Neil, Lulu, Nazareth, the Grateful Dead, the Jeff Beck Group, Robert Plant, the Pozo Seco Singers, The 31st of February (including Greg Allman, Duane Allman, and Butch Trucks of The Allman Brothers Band), Long John Baldry and Einstürzende Neubauten, among many others.


Dobson was born in Toronto. Her father was a union organizer and opera lover, and an early music influence was Paul Robeson[1] and The Weavers.[2] Dobson became part of the active folk-revival scene in Toronto, performing in local coffee houses and at the Mariposa Festival. She later moved to the United States where she performed in coffee houses across the country and recorded several albums. After returning to Toronto in 1967 she continued to perform locally in coffee houses as well programs on the CBC.[3]

Dobson has consistently questioned Rose's right to a co-writing credit for "Morning Dew" (stating that Rose first heard it as sung by Fred Neil). [4]

After retiring in the 1980s, Dobson released a new album in 2013 with the Hornbeam label and launched a number of new concert dates.[5]


  • 1961 Bonnie Dobson - She's Like A Swallow (debut album - Prestige/Folklore Records 14015)
  • 1962 At Folk City [live]
  • 1964 For the Love of Him
  • 1969 Bonnie Dobson
  • 1970 Good Morning Rain
  • 1972 Bonnie Dobson (featuring "Land of the Silver Birch")
  • 2014 Take Me for a Walk in the Morning Dew

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  1. ^ Thomson, Liz. "Folk revival star Bonnie Dobson on taking tea with Bob Dylan and returning to the stage". Retrieved 14 December 2017. 
  2. ^ Thomson, Liz (8 April 2016). "Folk revival star Bonnie Dobson on taking tea with Bob Dylan and returning to the stage". Retrieved 1 December 2016. 
  3. ^ "Bonnie Dobson". The Canadian Encyclopedia. Historica. 2007. Retrieved 2016-11-30. 
  4. ^ "1993 Bonnie Dobson Interview". Retrieved 2014-06-06. 
  5. ^ Denselow, Robin (2013-08-09). "Bonnie Dobson - review". The Guardian. Retrieved 2016-11-30. 

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