Bonnie Lynn Raitt, (8 November 1949, Burbank (California), United States) is a singer and guitarist of Blues and R & B, daughter of John Raitt Broadway musical star.
Raitt began playing guitar at a very early age, something that did many of his friends of the school. Later became famous for his style of playing slide guitar.
In 1967, Raitt continued his career entering at Radcliffe College to study a Masters degree in African Studies.
One day a friend told him that producer Dick Waterman Blues gave an interview in the WHRB, Harvard College station. Raitt was to see him, and quickly became friends. When Waterman moved to Philadelphia with his musicians and friends, Bonnie Raitt was among them forming a very active part. Then played folk and R & B at clubs in Boston, playing alongside figures as Howlin’ Wolf, Sippie Wallace, and Mississippi Fred McDowell, all known from Waterman
Contract with Warner Bros. records.
In the late 1970s, a journalist of the Magazine NewsWeek saw her in concert with Fred McDowell, and numerous talent began frequenting their performances. He finally accepted an offer with the Warner Bros., who gave him the opportunity to get their first self-titled album. It was one of the first women to be recognized as a great guitarist, above all for his technique of slide. in 1972 released a new album, Give It Up, trying to improve the modest success the previous. Although had critical acclaim and commercial success it took to get same thing happened with his third album Takin’ My Time. Despite have a headline in the magazine Rolling Stone, Bonnie Raitt decided to experiment with new sounds for his new album Streetlights 1974, and took a new style more blues in 1975 with his Home Plate disk. Conducted a collaboration in the self-titled album of Warren Zevon with friends as Jackson Browne, Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks.
UPS and downs in the commercial success
In 1977 he published Sweet Forgiveness, which gives it its commercial success with a so-called success Runaway, exhaust version of De Shannon. This version is the attention of Columbia Records, which began negotiations with Warner Bros. records. After the great anticipation of their new album The Glow, but had modest sales and worst reviews. Began to hear his name womanly collaborated in the Organization of 5 concerts of MUSE (musicians United for energy saving) at Madison Square Garden. Until 1982 released their next album, Green Light, which was a huge success for criticism but still convince the public at large, not with what Warner decided to terminate the contract.
Goodbye to Warner Bros. records.
In 1983, Warner Bros. made a sieve of artists, among which fell Van Morrison, Arlo Guthrie and Bonnie Raitt. By then, she was working on a new album titled Tongue & Groove, and lack of support to finish it pushed her to fall in alcohol and drug addiction.
Apart from their personal and professional problems, Raitt continued touring and actively participating in international politics. In 1985 she sang together a multitude of artists in the video of Sun City dedicated to the fight against apartheid. He also collaborated in Farm Aid, many concerts of Amnesty International and the Moscow peace, aired on television Soviet/American concert. Along with Don Henley, Herbie Hancock and Holly Near collaborated at the concert on AIDS in 1987.
Output of the new album
Two years later it was fired from Warner Bros., notify you have plans to release his album with the title of Nine Lives. His success was null, both critical and public. In late 1987 joined alternately lang and Jennifer Warnes for a Roy Orbison special television. Then Raitt was already desintoxicada and sober, say thanks to Stevie Ray Vaughan. Point-to-point was signed to Paisley Park, when he received a succulent offering of Capitol Records. His first contribution was a version of Baby Mine, Dumbo, for a compilation tribute to Disney and began working on new material.
Light commercial success
In his tenth album, Nick of Time, managed to place # 1 in the American charts and won three Grammy Awards, won a fourth for Duet with John Lee Hooker song in the Mood. Their next album, Luck of the Draw won three Grammy Awards, and gave one of the best ballads of all time, “I Can’t Make You Love Me”. A new album in 1994 called Longing in Their Hearts gave two new Grammys, even reaching Platinum status sales. Ended the 1990s with its Basic disk.