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 singers mentors, including Son House, Mississippi Fred McDowell and Beulah Sippie Wallace. She often travelled and appeared with these performers and 1971s Bonnie Raitt contained material drawn from their considerable lexicon. Chicago bluesmen Junior Wells and A.C. Reed also...
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