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Bonnie Raitt

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Bonnie Raitt, (born November 8, 1949) is an American blues and R&B singer, songwriter, and guitarist who was born in Burbank, California, the daughter of Broadway musical star John Raitt.

Raitt began playing guitar at an early age, something not a lot of her high school girlfriends did. “I had played a little at school and at camp,” she later recalled in a July 2002 interview. “My parents would drag me out to perform for my family, like all parents do, but it was a hobby—nothing more…I think people must wonder how a white girl like me became a blues guitarist. The truth is, I never intended to do this for a living. I grew up…in a Quaker family, and for me being Quaker was a political calling rather than a religious one.”

In 1967 Raitt continued her pursuit in that path when she entered Harvard’s Radcliffe College as a freshman, majoring in African Studies. “My plan was to travel to Tanzania, where President Julius Nyerere was creating a government based on democracy and socialism,” Raitt recalled. “I wanted to help undo the damage that Western colonialism had done to native cultures around the world. Cambridge was a hotbed of this kind of thinking, and I was thrilled.”

One day, Raitt was notified by a friend that blues promoter Dick Waterman was giving an interview at WHRB, Harvard’s college radio station. An important figure in the blues revival of the 1960s, Waterman was also a resident of Cambridge.

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  • k_naruchiha94

    Still having a hard time deciding which album in her Don Was trilogy is the best, but Give It Up remains her all time best.

    5 Aug 2:00am Reply
  • BluesAtSix

    Happy Birthday Bonnie

    9 Nov 2013 Reply
  • IamFlood

    Who tagged her as easy listening?

    11 Oct 2013 Reply
  • caramonia

    I have a single ticket available for Bonnie Rait this Thursday in London. Message me if you want it

    25 Jun 2013 Reply
  • JuniorLKS

    "Not Cause I Wanted To" would be the new "I Can't Make You Love Me" if it was a single. Her best song ever <3

    2 Jun 2013 Reply
  • Dannyfog

    Nick of Time <3

    23 May 2013 Reply
  • maybemaggie

    Hat jemand noch eine GUTE Karte (Reihe 1-5) für das Konzert in Hamburg abzugeben? Bitte melden.

    22 May 2013 Reply
  • ezwriter1

    I wish she got more attention for her voice. Her singing is really soulful.

    3 Apr 2013 Reply
  • Batiste369

    Badd Ass Bonnie Raitt ♥

    3 Feb 2013 Reply
  • Metamorphic_

    She's good alright. First four albums - phew! good stuff.

    21 Jan 2013 Reply
  • saintdave57

    I am in love! (with her music)

    19 Oct 2012 Reply
  • johnvh24

    Awsome music..

    12 Aug 2012 Reply
  • Igor-germalen

    bom pa carai

    23 Jun 2012 Reply
  • Student-kun

    0 plays (0 listeners) - WTF!? What's wrong with you, last.fm? http://s019.radikal.ru/i633/1206/b7/951ef00ca594.png

    9 Jun 2012 Reply
  • DavidSmith98

    yeah she's older then my mom and i'd date her lol

    5 Jun 2012 Reply
  • coanta

    She so beautiful in this new pic.!

    13 May 2012 Reply
  • tlukes123

    Killer new album!

    11 Apr 2012 Reply
  • mcarey84

    I'm totally crushing on Bonnie... :)

    9 Apr 2012 Reply
  • KingsAndQueen

    She was awesome in the tribute for Etta :P

    22 Feb 2012 Reply
  • A1ai

    Okay, I'm going with 5. Though I'm temped to put Fundamental in its own sound category, I won't. (1971-1973) Bonnie Raitt, Give it Up, Takin' My Time (1974-1979) Streetlights, Home Plate, Sweet Forgiveness, The Glow (1982-1986 [aka disasters of the 80's]) Green Light, Nine Lives (1989-1994) Nick of Time, Luck of the Draw, Longing in Their Hearts (1998-2005) Fundamental, Silver Lining, Souls Alike

    20 Sep 2011 Reply
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