Bonnie Raitt was born in Burbank, Calif., to Broadway star John Raitt. She got her start in the early '70s as a blues-based singer-songwriter who covered many of the era's up-and-coming folk and country stylists. She's also a hell of a guitar player. Her 1972 album, 'Give It Up,' was a masterpiece in subtlety and interpretation. But even though she was a hit with critics and developed a growing fan base over the years, it wasn't until 1989's 'Nick of Time' rocketed her to the top of the charts. The album hit No. 1, won a Grammy for Album of the Year and suddenly Raitt was the queen of music. Her next two albums both went multi-platinum. Since then, she's become rock royalty, a singular voice whose respect for the past matches her own influence on a new generation of singer-songwriters, and not just female ones.
- Born: Nov. 8, 1949
- Selected Discography: ‘Give It Up’ (1972), ‘Nick of Time’ (1989), ‘Luck of the Draw’ (1991)
- Further Reading: Bonnie Raitt Releases ‘Nick of Time,’ ‘Slipstream’ Album Review, Bonnie Raitt Joins No Nukes