BONNIE RAITT FACTS:
Genre: Blues, Rock, Country
Hometown: Burbank, California
Albums: Bonnie Raitt (1971), Nick of Time (1989), Luck of the Draw (1991), Longing in Their Hearts (1994), Slipstream (2012)
Awards: 9 Grammys
Hits: "Have A Heart", "Something to Talk About", "Not The Only One", "Love Sneakin' Up On You"
Other: Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of fame in 2000.
As the daughter of a Broadway singer and pianist, Bonnie Raitt had artistic talent in her blood and was one of the many children of the '60s that grew up in a time of social change and musical revolution. While she has become a pop and country sensation, she got her start in a place not known for its country music roots, Cambridge, Massachusetts. There she met up with blues promoter Dick Waterman, who introduced her to musical talents like Sippie Wallace, Son House and Muddy Waters. In 1971, Raitt released her first album featuring a series of cover songs by Randy Newman, John Prine and Eric Kaz,which put her on the map and began her recording career.
Although Raitt received good airplay and toured all around the country, it wasn't until her 10th studio album in 1989 that she broke into the American pop music consciousness. Her album, Nick of Time, shot to No.1 on the Billboard Hot 100 charts and won Album of the Year at the Grammy Awards.
While Nick of Time helped Raitt break out, it was her next album Luck of the Draw that truly launched her star status. With Top Five hits like "Let's Give Them Something to Talk About" and "I Can't Make You Love Me," Raitt was able to package her mix of folk and bluesy tunes into a pop-sensible format that caught on immediately with her fans. The album would go on to sell four million copies and net the singer three more Grammys at the1991 awards.
In 1994, Raitt released the much-anticipated album Longing in their Hearts,which would sell two million copies. The singles, "You Got It," "Love Sneakin' Up on You" and "You" broke into the Top 100 and received rave reviews from critics. Into the late 1990s and 2000s, Raitt would become pop and country music royalty, with critical success on the charts and ever-popular U.S. tours.
Over the course of her long and illustrious career, Bonnie Raitt also netted a few major milestones for female artists. She was the first woman to have a guitar named for her, as the Fender Series Stratocaster would become one of the company's most successful models. With her election to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2000, Raitt has become one of the most successful female artists in history and doesn't look to let up anytime soon.
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