Bonnie Raitt

Genres: Blues Country & Bluegrass Documentaries Folk Holiday & Seasonal Kids & Family Movies Pop / Rock Television
Descriptive "tags": blues female vocalists singer-songwriter rock country Powered by AudioScrobbler
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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8 November 1949, Burbank, California, USA. Born into a musical family, her father, John Raitt, starred in Broadway productions of Oklahoma! and Carousel. Having learned guitar as a child, Raitt became infatuated with traditional blues, although her talent for performing did not fully flourish until she attended college in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Raitt initially opened for John Hammond, before establishing her reputation with prolific live appearances throughout the east coast circuit, on which she was accompanied by long-time bass player Dan ‘Freebo’ Friedberg. Raitt then acquired the management services of Dick Waterman, who guided the careers of many of the singer’s mentors, including Son House, Mississippi Fred McDowell and Beulah ‘Sippie’ Wallace. She often travelled and appeared with these performers and 1971’s Bonnie Raitt contained material drawn from their considerable lexicon. Chicago bluesmen Junior Wells and A.C. Reed also...

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