Bonnie Raitt

Bonnie Raitt enjoyed moderate success as a blues artist during the 1970s, then upgraded to major mainstream success as a pop/rock act during the subsequent decades. The daughter of Broadway musical star John Raitt and pianist Marjorie Haydock, she was born on November 8, 1949, in Burbank, California. A talented guitarist, she later became involved in the Boston folk scene, where she met and performed with blues icons like Howlin' Wolf, Mississippi Fred McDowell, and Sippie Wallace. Raitt released her self-titled debut album in 1971, showcasing her soulful voice and bottleneck playing technique. The follow-up albums Give It Up (1972) and Takin' My Time (1973) won wide acclaim if not major commercial success, and Raitt gradually slipped out of the public eye during the early 1980s. She enjoyed a resurgence when her 1989 release Nick Of Time topped the US album charts and won four Grammy Awards, including "Album of the Year." Raitt enjoyed even greater success with 1991's Luck of the Draw, which featured the Top 40 pop hits "Something to Talk About," "I Can't Make You Love Me," and "Not the Only One." Luck of the Draw won multiple Grammy Awards, as well, and Raitt continued to enjoy critical acclaim and commercial success well into the following century. She later received a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2022, the same year that her eighteenth album, Just Like That..., was released.

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