Bonnie Jean (Little Sister)

"Bonnie Jean (Little Sister)" is the debut single written and recorded by American country music artist David Lynn Jones. It was released in August 1987 as the first single from the album Hard Times on Easy Street. The song reached number 10 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart.[1]


The song is about a female truck driver, a single mother with three children to raise. (Early in the song, she was married, but he abandoned her.) The lyrics refer to struggles on the road balancing her job and being a mother, her friends made in other towns and moving ahead from hard-luck circumstances.

The song's title refers to Jones's sister.[2]

Critical reception

An uncredited review of the song in Gavin Report said that the song was "a raunchy Country hard-luck story. But the feel is up, positive and rockin'."[3]

Chart performance

Chart (1987) Peak
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[4] 10
Canadian RPM Country Tracks 9


  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). The Billboard Book Of Top 40 Country Hits: 1944-2006, Second edition. Record Research. p. 179.
  2. ^ Fell, Ron (September 11, 1987). "Bio Feedback" (PDF). Gavin Report: 26.
  3. ^ "New releases" (PDF). Gavin Report: 39. August 7, 1987.
  4. ^ "David Lynn Jones Chart History (Hot Country Songs)". Billboard.