Often described as “tall” or “leggy”, vocalist Bonnie Lou Williams made her name singing with Tommy Dorsey’s orchestra from early 1944 to mid-1945. After leaving Dorsey, she recorded with Bob Crosby’s new post-war band in early 1946 and signed a solo recording contract with Black and White Records. She released two sides on the indie label that year, “You Haven’t Changed At All” and “Love on a Greyhound Bus,” before joining the financially disastrous tour of Jerry Colonna’s entertainment unit in June 1946. The tour drew such a small crowd at each performance that its promoters quit the business after only two shows to avoid further losses.
Williams sang for Charlie Barnet’s orchestra in late 1948, remaining with the band when Barnet quit and handed over leadership to Bob Dawes. In 1949, she recorded a duet with Brad Gordon on the new indie Kem label and also recorded for Axel Stordahl’s orchestra on Columbia. In 1950, she provided vocals for Gordon Jenkins’ orchestra on Decca and went on to sing for Jenkins on several more recordings through 1955. She also dubbed vocals for a dozen Warner Brothers films from 1949 to 1957. Williams also sang on the Your Hit Parade radio program at some point prior to December 1948.
In her later years, Williams worked as an administrative assistant at airline music programming service Music in the Air. She passed away on March 4, 1986, age 58, from cancer.