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Bonnie Raitt


1949

Bonnie Lynn Raitt is born in Los Angeles, California.

1971

Bonnie Raitt’s debut album, Bonnie Raitt, is released, revealing a 21-year-old singer/guitarist with an uncanny grasp of old-time country blues.

1971

Give It Up, Bonnie Raitt’s sophomore album, expands her range with three self-penned songs and outside contributions from contemporary writers like Jackson Browne and Eric Justin Kaz.

1975

Bonnie Raitt’s fifth album, Home Plate, finds her working with fellow Southern Californians like Bill Payne (of Little Feat) and Tom Waits. She is profiled in a Rolling Stone cover story.

1977

Sweet Forgiveness enters the album chart. It yields a minor hit (Bonnie Raitt’s first) with her cover of Del Shannon’s “Runaway,” and rises to #25. It is her first gold record and remains her best-selling album until Nick of Time.

1979

The antinuclear MUSE (Musicians United for Safe Energy) concerts, co-organized by Bonnie Raitt, are held at New York’s Madison Square Garden. Raitt performs with Jackson Browne, Bruce Springsteen and others.

1986

Bonnie Raitt’s ninth album, Nine Lives, comes in the midst of a time of personal turmoil for the artist. A poor seller, it is her last album for Warner Bros.

1989

Nick of Time, Bonnie Raitt’s first album for Capitol Records, enters the album chart. Produced by Don Was, it is one of the major success stories of the year, rising to #1 and producing minor hits in “Have a Heart” and “Nick of Time.”

1990

Bonnie Raitt dominates the Grammy ceremonies in Los Angeles, winning four awards: Album of the Year (for Nick of Time); Best Pop Vocal Performance, Female; Best Rock Vocal Performance, Female, and Best Traditional Blues Recording (for a duet with John Hooker on “I’m in the Mood").

1991

‘Luck of the Draw’ reaches #2 on Billboard’s album chart and yields Bonnie Raitt’s first Top Forty single, “Something to Talk About” (#5).

1992

‘Luck of the Draw’ wins three more Grammys for Bonnie Raitt.

1994

‘Longing in Their Hearts’ becomes Bonnie Raitt’s second album to hit #1, and it wins her another Grammy (for Best Pop Album) at the March 1995 awards.

2000

Bonnie Raitt is inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame at the fifteenth annual induction dinner. Melissa Etheridge is her presenter.

2005

Bonnie Raitt releases the album Souls Alike.

2012

Bonnie Raitt released the album Slipstream. It is her first new album in seven years and sells a quarter-million copies

Bonnie Raitt