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Born in San Jose, Bonniwell performed in various folk groups before forming the Ragamuffins in 1965. The band's name was later changed to the Music Machine. Bonniwell's biggest hit was 'Talk Talk,' a track that cracked the Top 20 in 1966 and has been deemed to be one of the earliest garage rock or garage punk singles. The song appeared on the band's lone album that same year, '(Turn On) The Music Machine.'
"Rock 'n' roll was a teenager in the '60s, and I used that climate to express my confusion, my anger, at the injustice of the world," the singer said in Richie Unterberger's 1998 book 'Unknown Legends of Rock 'n' Roll.'
The group's brief heyday began its demise in 1967 when members began leaving the Music Machine. From there Bonniwell kept the band alive and changed its name to The Bonniwell Music Machine. The name change was brief, however, as he eventually sold the name to Warner Brothers in order to be released from their recording contract.
In 1969 he released a solo album 'Close' before leaving music aside for decades. In 1996 he self-published 'Talk Talk,' a memoir which was later updated and renamed 'Beyond The Garage.' According to his official site, Bonniwell released the Music Machine Video Biography in 2010 to celebrate his 70th birthday.