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Legendary vocalist Graham Bonnet burst into this world on December 23, 1947 in Skegness, Lincolnshire, England. Bonnet first garnered attention in 1968 as one half of the Marbles; a band he formed with his cousin Trevor Gordon with the help of Robert Stigwood and the BeeGees. The Marbles enjoyed a UK Top 5 hit with the emotional ‘Only One Woman’ penned by the BeeGees. Subsequent songs, ‘Light of the Burning Candle’ and ‘the Walls Fell Down’ didn’t chart but did receive critical acclaim. In 1977, Graham signed with Ringo Starr’s Ring-O Records and although the self titled album was not a major seller in Britain, it achieved gold status in Australia. In 1979, Bonnet replaced Ronnie James Dio in Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow. With his James Dean-like image, the choice of Bonnet as Dio’s replacement was the subject of some consternation amongst the band’s more traditional heavy metal fans but the album “Down To Earth” was the band’s most successful and birthed the hit singles ‘Since You’ve Been Gone’ and ‘All Night Long’. Not long after Cozy Powell’s departure from Rainbow, Bonnet would also exit the following year and resume his solo career with the album “Line Up” in 1981 that earned him a UK Top 10 single with ‘Night Games’. Later that year, he joined Michael Schenker Group and recorded the near perfect “Assault Attack.” In 1983, Graham, along with the help of his then manager Andy Trueman would begin assembling Alcatrazz. The band received moderate success with No Parole from Rock n Roll featuring guitar virtuoso Yngwie Malmsteen and Disturbing the Peace with Steve Vai on guitar. In 1987, Graham joined forces with Chris Impelliteri and recorded the hard rock classic “Stand In Line.” Over the next several years, Bonnet would record with many artists including Blackthorne (featuring Bob Kulick of Kiss fame), Forcefield (featuring his Rainbow bandmate Cozy Powell), Japanese powerhouse band Anthem, a second album with Chris Impelliteri “System X” and Dario Mollo’s “Ezoo”. Graham also recorded multiple solo albums “Here Comes the night,” “Underground” and “The Day I Went Mad.” In 2014, Graham formed the eponymous Graham Bonnet Band with bassist Beth-Ami Heavenstone and Conrado Pesinato and released the album “the Book” for Frontiers Music in 2016. “Meanwhile Back in the Garage” followed in 2018 and the band are currently finishing work on the third album for Frontiers due out in Autumn 2021. Graham will also continue to record and perform with his version of Alcatrazz featuring Jeff Loomis (Arch Enemy, Nevermore on guitar.

 

 

 

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