Friday, November 8, 2013

November 8: Bonnie Raitt - "Something to Talk About" - is 64-years-old today.

Bonnie Lynn Raitt was born in Burbank, California. Her father Broadway musical star John Raitt and her mother is pianist Marjorie Haydock. Bonnie began playing guitar at an early age, and later become famous for her bottleneck-style guitar playing.

In 1967, Raitt entered Harvard's Radcliffe College, majoring in African Studies. Raitt was also playing folk and rhythm and blues clubs in the Boston area, performing alongside established blues legends such as Howlin' Wolf, Sippie Wallace, and Mississippi Fred McDowell.

During the 1970s, Raitt released a series of acclaimed roots-influenced albums which incorporated elements of blues, rock, folk and country. She is perhaps best known for her more commercially accessible recordings in the 1990s including "Nick of Time," "Something to Talk About," "Love Sneakin' Up on You," and the slow ballad "I Can't Make You Love Me."

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Her 1977 album, Sweet Forgiveness, gave Bonnie her first commercial breakthrough when it yielded a hit single in her cover of Del Shannon's "Runaway." Recast as a heavy R&B recording based on a rhythmic groove inspired by Al Green.

During her career, Raitt has received nine Grammy Awards and in March 2000, Raitt was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.


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