~ TV, FILM & STAGE ~
Nicole (Nia Peebles) learns a thing or two about the harder side of the music business from her singing idol Frannie Fortune (Bonnie), in the episode "Fame And Fortune" of the popular TV series "Fame" (S6E09 - 29 Dec 1986). During the story, Bonnie sings "Damaged" (mp3) in a studio recording booth, a lovely short accoustic version of "Mama, He's Treatin' Your Daughter Mean" (mp3) and "Find It In Your Mind".
Bonnie had a recurring role as Bonnie Watkins in the hit TV series "Roseanne" between 1991-92. Most scenes involved some amusing banter with Roseanne in the cafe, where they worked together. But the real highlights were when Bonnie surprised many viewers with her singing prowess - firstly to help celebrate a Mother's Day barbecue (*) and then in a rousing duet with David Crosby (**).
Bonnie appeared in the following episodes:
* Valentine's Day (S3E17 - 12 Feb1991)
(*) Bonnie singing "You've Really Got A Hold On Me" at Roseanne's barbecue.
(**) Bonnie Bramlett and David Crosby perform "Roll On Down".
This work introduced Bonnie to a whole new audience and was followed by a few more sessions with her friend Rosanne Barr, starting with an interview with Rosanne on her new solo show and couple of songs with a very funky house band in 2000 - "You Really Got A Hold On Me" and "Your Kind Of Kindness". With Bonnie's enouragement - though hardly needed! - Rosanne also took a mike and showed the world how well she could sing... ending up writhing in an empassioned climax on the studio floor.
In 2003 Bonnie joined in "The Real Roseanne Show", along with dauhgter Bekka (above left), in the ephisode "Something's Cooking" (S1E10 - 3 Sep 2003).
Next up was a DVD of kiddies' songs, titled "Rockin' with Roseanne - Calling All Kids". Bonnie can be heard joining in on a couple of songs, "No Monsters Allowed" and "Calling All Kids", but appears only once and briefly at that - as a cartoon charachter!
A cast reunion on Larry King Live brought together the main players from the original sitcom for interviews and a chat on 7 Oct 2005.
Bonnie is famous for being the only ever white member of The Ikettes, the vocal backing group that supported Ike & Tina Turner. She shared some of her remarkable experiences about this short tenure, in a Tina Turner career overview produced for the Biography TV channel in 2007. Both Ike and Tina made a big impact on Bonnie as a teenager.
CAFE CAST GIVES STELLAR PERFORMANCE
"Bonnie Bramlett plays the cafe's owner, Billie Joe, an veteran singer/song-writer and legendary barbecue queen, who cooks up a plan to burn down the cafe for the insurance money. Make no mistake, Bramlett still has the star quality she exuded in the 1970s when she sang with the likes of Leon Russell and Joe Cocker, in a career to music stardom that began as a back-up vocalist for Tina Tuner and recording success with the group, Delaney & Bonnie & Friends."
The role of Billie Joe is a departure from the sassy biker/waitress she played on TV's Roseanne for two seasons. As the owner of the down-and-out cafe and motel, she brings megawatts of energy to the stage, whether singing her show-stopping numbers or playing the role of the worried business-woman, arsonist, and mother of two grown daughters.
Producers T.G. Solomon and Absolute Films II, LLC, presented a company of COWBOY CAFE, opening June 27, 1996, at the J.E. Broyhill Civic Center and moving to the Garden Theater in Charleston, South Carolina, where it opened on July 6, 1996.
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