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Bonnie Raitt

From: United States: California
Fields: Activism and Social Service, Music, Philanthropy
Key Words/Phrases: blues singer, songwriter, activist, philanthropist
Raitt, Bonnie (1949- ), American guitarist, singer, and composer, winner of numerous Grammy Awards. She was born in Burbank, California, and educated at Radcliffe College. As a child in summer camp, Raitt (whose father, John Raitt, was a musical-comedy star) discovered the protest folk music of Pete Seeger and Joan Baez. She taught herself to play the guitar by listening to records of such blues musicians as Mississippi John Hurt. During a hiatus from college, Raitt worked for a Quaker organization in Philadelphia and also performed in a small nightclub. She continued playing at coffeehouses in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and eventually returned to college. In 1971, when she had gained a reputation among folk and blues fans, she was signed to a record contract by Warner Brothers. Her first album, Bonnie Raitt (1971), was followed by Give It Up (1972) and Takin' My Time (1974). Subsequent recordings-among them Streetlights (1974), Green Light (1982), Nick of Time (1989), Luck of the Draw (1991), and Longing in Their Hearts (1994)-include more ballads and pop material, with some songs of Raitt's own composition. Nick of Time won a 1989 Grammy Award for album of the year, and Raitt won three more Grammy Awards in 1991-for her pop vocal "Something to Talk About," her rock vocal "Luck of the Draw," and her duet "Good Man, Good Woman" with Delbert McClinton. In 1995 Longing in Their Hearts won a Grammy Award for album of the year. An active Quaker, Raitt champions social causes, is an active environmentalist, and has worked for victims of political persecution in Latin American countries.

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