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Bonnie Raitt

Long a critic's darling, singer/guitarist Bonnie Raitt did not begin to win the comparable commercial success due her until the release of the aptly titled 1989 blockbuster Nick of Time; her tenth album, it rocketed her into the mainstream consciousness nearly two decades after she first committed her unique blend of blues, rock, and R&B to vinyl. Born in Burbank, CA, on November 8, 1949, she was the daughter of Broadway star John Raitt, best known for his starring performances in such smashes as Carousel and Pajama Game. After picking up the guitar at the age of 12, Raitt felt an immediate affinity for the blues, and although she went off to attend Radcliffe in 1967, within two years she had dropped out to begin playing the Boston folk and blues club circuit. Signing with noted blues manager Dick Waterman, she was soon performing alongside the likes of idols including Howlin' Wolf, Sippie Wallace, and Mississippi Fred McDowell and in time earned such a strong reputation that she was signed to Warner Bros.

Debuting in 1971 with an eponymously titled effort, Raitt immediately emerged as a critical favorite, applauded not only for her soulful vocals and thoughtful song selection but also for her guitar prowess, turning heads as one of the few women to play bottleneck. Her 1972 follow-up, Give It Up, made better use of her eclectic tastes, featuring material by contemporaries like Jackson Browne and Eric Kaz, in addition to a number of R&B chestnuts and even three Raitt originals. 1973's Takin' My Time was much acclaimed, and throughout the middle of the decade she released an LP annually, returning with Streetlights in 1974 and Home Plate a year later. With 1977's Sweet Forgiveness, Raitt scored her first significant pop airplay with her hit cover of the Del Shannon classic "Runaway"; its follow-up, 1979's The Glow, appeared around the same time as a massive all-star anti-nuclear concert at Madison Square Garden mounted by MUSE (Musicians United for Safe Energy), an organization she'd co-founded earlier.

Throughout her career, Raitt remained a committed activist, playing hundreds of benefit concerts and working tirelessly on behalf of the Rhythm and Blues Foundation. By the early '80s, however, her own career was in trouble -- 1982's Green Light, while greeted with the usual good reviews, again failed to break her to a wide audience, and while beginning work on the follow-up, Warner unceremoniously dropped her. By this time, Raitt was also battling drug and alcohol problems as well; she worked on a few tracks with Prince, but their schedules never aligned and the material went unreleased. Instead, she finally released the patchwork Nine Lives in 1986, her worst-selling effort since her debut.

Many had written Raitt off when she teamed with producer Don Was and recorded Nick of Time; seemingly out of the blue, the LP won a handful of Grammys, including Album of the Year, and overnight she was a superstar. 1991's Luck of the Draw was also a smash, yielding the hits "Something to Talk About" and "I Can't Make You Love Me." After 1994's Longing in Their Hearts, Raitt resurfaced in 1998 with Fundamental. Silver Lining appeared in 2002, followed by Souls Alike in 2005, both on Capitol Records. A year later, a bootleg-feel live set, Bonnie Raitt and Friends, was released, featuring guest appearances from Norah Jones and Ben Harper, among others. Raitt stepped back from the life of a professional musician over the next few years as she dealt with the passing of her parents, her brother, and her best friend. The break from recording and touring was redemptive for Raitt in many ways, and she returned focused and renewed in 2012 with her first studio album in seven years, Slipstream, released on her own new Redwing label imprint. ~ Jason Ankeny & Steve Leggett, Rovi
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Not The Only One (Live From Pensacola, FL Oct. 20, 2009) (Single)

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Track List: Right Down The Line (Single)

Comments

I just love this chick!
of a 100 foot pecan tree behind the stage and began rocking the top of it until she stopped the show and saidwon't you please come down, Darling? I now feel ashamed of myself for acting so juvenile but,she did TALK TO ME! A memory I'll never forget.
Saw her on July 7, 1978 at the Mohawk Polo field in Tulsa, OK with Freebo and others in a Stop Black Fox concert. Black Fox was a proposed nuclear reactor plant scheduled to be constructed in Arkansas sponsored by M.U.S.E.. It never happened.
I remember the crowd I was running with (Hard Rock and Country Outlaws) would say Bonnie Who? when I would talk about Bonnie. That all ended one year later when she won 5 Grammys.
Being young and in love with her, during the concert in climbed top
saw her in Ft. Collins CO at Colorado St. SMALL venue. People in back talking....s h e stopped the show, told them she was up there singing her a** of for them and they could either listen or get out. She said it much more nicely than that. It was AWESOME. Also seen her twice at Winter Park, (first known as Winter Park music festival, now American Music festival) Damn she can play the slide.
Life Long Ride
Saw Bonnie & Norah On YouTube Do Tennessee Waltz Thought It Was The Greatest. Wish It Was Download Able
A female Steve ray V
Bonnie raitt when to my old high school
My Sister Debbie who no longer is with us loved Bonnie Raitt. This is for you Deb!!
BONNIE TAKES ME OUT OF MY BLUES AND ROCKS ME WITH HERS.
I LOVE HER. GBY MELANIE
8 years as a guest of mass DOC has me late 2 Pandora's party..LOVIN IT. lots 2 make up .busylisten .
lisarn568
I found Bonnie late in life after Something to Talk About. Man, I love everything I've heard from her since then. What a voice!!
New to Pandora here. Never thought opening Pandora's box would be this pleasant.
BONNIE is Great talent
I love listening to her LIVE!!!!
tepstill
Play more of the artist I requested in the first place. More Bonnie!
Bonnie is one of my parents favorites... i m just now geting into it and im loving it!
I love Bonnie.
wpeloquin
One of my favorites of all time
nasty
bigcrick
I wanna slide my tongue in Bonnie's slider! Goddam she's my baybee!
Love letter....Bo n n i e is what a artist should be. Love your music can't say that enough!
Love your music Bonnie never quit!
sgray08
Don't read this because it actually works. You will be kissed on the nearest possible Friday by the love of you life. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. However if you don't post this you will die in 2 days. Now you've started reading so don't stop. This is so scary put this on at least 5 songs in 143 minutes. When done press f6 and your lover's name will come on the screen in big letters. This is so scary because it actually works
Not many can cover Jackson Browne, but she excels.
yes
Bonnie Raitt and Barbra Streisand - TWO wonderful women with equally great set of pipes! '72 I first heard Raitt and she has been my alltime fav...
who is the male vocalist cohort on this track - anyone know?
gslaneyvt
I Can't Make You Love Me is a 1991 popular song, written by Mike Reid and Allen Shamblin
I've been listening to Bonnie since I first saw her at the Whiskey-a-go - g o in 1972. She has been one of my all-time favorites ever since. She has a unique ability to pick songs that touch my heart.
Shiloh fernandez's aunt
I had the joy of hearing Bonnie at RedRock Ampitheature (Colorado) in 1979. We had arrived at noon, she came out with her band to tune up. She played us our own PRIVATE concert, she was blown we were there so early, one the highlights of my life, what a great lady and such a voice! I have all her albums, I am blessed!
prsfmail-man
I can't make you love me WAS NOT written by Prince...
I CAN'T MAKE YOU LOVE ME was written by PRINCE for Bonnie.
I had the pleasure of meeting Bonnie !!! So special
Been listening to Bonnie since Runaway. Grew up with her!
One of my all time favorites of Bonnie's was included in the movie, Playing By Heart....Lov e r s Will. Wow - powerful.
I Love This Red Head!!! I get goosebumps everytime I hear her. Pure Sweetness
A night or two before she was inducted into the R&R Hall of Fame she was at the Fillmore in SF. Los Lobos was playing that night and I was opening up for them. We were standing by the side of the stage when she walked in with her crew. I was surprised at how petite she is. A beautiful woman inside & out. Los Lobos had her up to play 'Tore Down' and they smoked that sucker. One hell of a guitar player and gorgeous red hair to boot. What's not to love?! Any red-blooded guitar players dream
Never had the pleasure of seeing Bonnie... What I love about her is that you can actually feel her passion for the song, the pain, the joy, the pleasures... Speaking of which-- Please help me recall the name of the song where she's making love on the hood of a truck... it's killing me and I can't find it... Was introduced to her about just 10 short years ago... Where have I been all my life... (50)...
Beautiful voice & song. I saw her in Amherst in a field in the 70's.
If you cant play my Eagle F**k you all
Remembering those sad moments when you knew love was going. Always brings me to tears. Used to go to a club in Cambridge, MA in the mid 70s to listen to Bonnie Raitt play. She was the best. An old friend played piano for her. Those were the days.
mmmmmmore
michael_corp e
It was love at first sight...and when I heard her play...and heard that voice..I've been hopelessly in love ever since.....le sigh...
vatechfan32
Love that Patricia. She got my dad through some rough times.
when i used to get mad at my ex, I'd always play me some Bonnie Raitt, real loud. The madder I was the louder - he knew when to watch out when he heard her playing/sing i n g !
I did, my fan in the stand. BB. Love. With everything, and Lord. I remember. Thank you...got to go. It's all river like.
Bonnie, saw you play with Stevie Ray Vaughn in Florida and it was his last concert but he was blessed to play with you before he made his departure. You both had so much fun working that slide guitar. And your voice was so smooth and lovely. He was clean and sober and playing like a champ. Bless you and Stevie too. You have given me much joy. Miguel
hclausen2
What a great interpretati o n of this song. Bonnie , you have such a gift, what soul. This is one of my favorites.
Stationed in Germany in 77 and was trying to get my hands on Bonnie's new album. Great memories of obtaining it.
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