The star, born May Joan Kath, passed away at a nursing home in Cincinnati, Ohio on Tuesday (08Dec15), her husband Milton Okum confirmed.

Bonnie Lou signed her first record deal in 1953 and released country music singles including Tennessee Wig Walk and Seven Lonely Days.

She later crossed over into rock 'n' roll and enjoyed success with rockabilly-style songs including Daddy-O and La Dee Dah.

She later moved into television, starring in variety programme the Paul Dixon Show and country music series Midwestern Hayride, as well as making regular appearances on a regional talk show and hosting two shows on local radio stations.

Okum is her second husband. She had a daughter from her first marriage.