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Beecher, Bonnie-Jean

Purportedly the 'real' Girl From The North Country, she first met Dylan in 1959 and they remained close throughout his days in Minneapolis. After he left for New York in December 1960 they remained in regular touch throughout Dylan's rise to fame. (David Todd) - from The Telegraph:
Minneapolis girlfriend.

Subject: Re: Bonnie, Why'd You Cut My Hair
Date: Thu, 16 Mar 1995 13:32:22 +0000
From: "B.P. Taylor" (B.P.Taylor@NEWCASTLE.AC.UK)

"The Girl From The North Country"
Jaharana Romney, formerly Bonnie Beecher, interviewed by Markus Wittman, May 1989. "Wanted Man, in Search of Bob Dylan", edited by John Bauldie (1992), pages 26-27.


WITTMAN: Did [Dylan] write any songs back in Minnesota?

ROMNEY: ...He wrote a couple of fooling around songs - he wrote one when I cut his hair, which made me so angry!

He came to my apartment and said, "It's an emergency! I need your help! I gotta go home an' see my mother!" He was talking in the strangest Woody Guthrie-Oklahoma accent. I don't konw if she was sick, but it was an unexpected trip he had to make up to Hibbing and he wanted me to cut his hair." He kept saying, "Shorter! Shorter! Get rid of the sideburns!" So I did my very best to do what he wanted and then in the door come Dave Morton, Johnny Koerner and Harvey Abrams. They looked at him and said, "Oh my God, you look terrible! What did you do?" And Dylan immediately said, "She did it! I told her just to trim it up a little bit but she cut it all off. I wasn't looking in a mirror!" And then he went and wrote that song, "Bonnie, why'd you cut my hair? Now I can't go nowhere!" He played it that night in a coffeehouse and somebody told me recently that they had been to Minnesota and somebody was still playing that song, "Bonnie, Why'd You Cut My Hair?" [5] It's like a Minnesota classic! And so I've gone down in history!

NOTE 5: A tape recording of Bob Dylan singing this song is in circulation amongst collectors of unreleased material. ... Until the publication of this interview, it was not known that "Bonnie, Why'd You Cut My Hair?" was a Bob Dylan composition, not that the so-called "Minnesota Hotel Tape" ... was recorded in Bonnie Beecher's bedroom.]


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