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Bonnie Raitt is a multi-genre talent whose electric style has made her
a crossover hit in blues, country, folk and rock. Born November 8,
1949, in Burbank, California, she's the daughter of Broadway musical
star, John Raitt (Carousel, Oklahoma!,and The Pajama Game) Here's
a beautiful father and daughter duet of "It's Wonderful"..
Bonnie's Pride & Joy" on Austin City Limits was a tribute to her friend, Stevie Ray
Vaughn, who she credited for helping he kick a drug problem in the early 1980's.
Bonnie can rock, but also has a softer side as seen in this ballad with Trisha
Yearwood, "Feel Like Going Home", "Closer To You" with Dennis Quaid and The
Neville Brothers, but none more beautiful than this early solo acoustic performance
of Eric Kaz and Libby Titus' "Love Has No Pride" .
In 1971, Bonnie released her debut album,, Bonnie Raitt. Her interpretations of blues classics by Robert Johnson and
Sippie Wallace made a powerful statement. Bonnie rose to prominence later in the 70's with a series of "roots" albums
like "Sweet Forgiveness" and doing her special take on the blues, like this performance of "Love Me Like a Man".from
the Old Grey Whistle in 1976. Some critics said Bonnie sold out her blues heritage when she shifted her focus with her
1990's mainstream hits "Something to Talk About" and "I Can't Make You Love Me". One of her 9 Grammy Awards was
her duet "In the Mood" with John Lee Hooker.
Bonnie has always been a political activist since her days at Harvard's Radcliffe
College. She is a founding member of Musicians United for Safe Energy (M.U.S.E.)
and the anti-nuclear movement. See more of Bonnie as a performer in both the
1979 and 2010 "No Nukes" concerts in our Top 25 Stage Jams chapter.
She's done some amazing collaborations, too, including "Blowing Away" with Linda Ronstadt, "Tennessee Waltz" with
Norah Jones, Jr. Wells in "Everybody's Cryin' Mercy", "Papa Come Quick" with Allison Krauss, "No Gettin' Over You" with
Keb Mo, "Gnawin' On It " with Roy Rogers Jr., "Since You've Been Gone" with the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin,
"Thing Called Love" with Bruce Hornsby, joining Aaron Neville and Gregg Allman in Aaron's signature "Tell It Like It Is",
B.B. King in "Night Life" and held her own on "Six Strings Down" among the giants of blues, (Jimmie Vaughan, Eric
Clapton, Bonnie Raitt, Robert Cray, B.B.King, Buddy Guy, Dr.John, Art Neville and Double Trouble) for the Stevie Ray
Vaughn Tribute Concert. She also had appeared in this Blues Jam with Clapton and BB King in 1998 at Earl's Court.
Here in 2009, she joins Crosby, Stills & Nash, in "Love Has No Pride" at the 25th Anniversary R&R HOF concert in
2009. Bonnie Raitt was inducted into the Rock and Roll HOF in 2000.
While there, you can also watch vintage Bonnie in the 1977 Dutch documentary,
Wonderland. Great news for Bonnie's fans...Bonnie has just released her first new
album in 7 years, Slipstream (2012). For more on Bonnie and her busy tour
schedule, visit her official website.
Bonnie started playing on a 'Stella' guitar given to her as a Christmas
present at the age of eight. Raised Quaker in a politically conscious
and musical family, In the late '60s, restless in Los Angeles, she
moved to Cambridge, Massachusetts. Raitt was already deeply
involved with folk music and the blues by then. Her exposure to the
album Blues at Newport 1963 at age 14 had kindled her interest in
blues and slide guitar, She became serious about music while in
college at Ratcliffe. She was playing folk and R&B in Boston clubs with
legends Howlin' Wolf, Sippie Wallace, (She actually did the recording
with Sippie in 1990 of "Woman Be Wise", released on her Collection
album) as well as recording with Mississippi Fred McDowell while in
college. Here Bonnie discusses those early influences.
Bonnie Raitt (1971)
Give It Up (1972)
Takin' My Time (1973)
Home Plate (1975)
Sweet Forgiveness (1977)
The Glow (1979)
Green Light (1982)
Nine Lives (1986)
Nick of Time (1989)
Luck of the Draw (1991)
Longing in Their Hearts (1994)
Silver Lining (2002)
Souls Alike (2005)
Yes, They SaiD It...
- "I couldn't wait to get back to where there were folkies and the antiwar and civil rights movements," she says.
"There were so many great music and political scenes going on in the late '60s in Cambridge. --- Bonnie Raitt
Roy Orbison and Friends, A Black and White Night (1988)
The Bonnie Raitt Collection (1990)
Road Tested (1995)
Pride and Joy w/ Double Trouble: Tribute to SRV ( 1996)
Cold, Cold, Cold w/ Little Feat, Tribute to Lowell George (1997)
The Best of Bonnie Raitt (2003)
Bonnie Raitt and Friends (2006)
- "I'm certain that it was an incredible gift for me to not only be friends with some of the greatest blues people
who've ever lived, but to learn how they played, how they sang, how they lived their lives, ran their marriages,
and talked to their kids. I was especially lucky as so many of them are no longer with us." --- Bonnie Raitt