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BONNIE RAITT

Born in 1949 to Broadway star John Raitt, Bonnie began playing blues guitar at age 12. Although she attended prestigious Radcliffe College, she dropped out to pursue her music. After signing with manager Dick Waterman, she started performing with blues legends such as Howlin' Wolf, John Lee Hooker and Sippie Wallace.

Her first run at commercial success came when she covered Del Shannon's "Runaway," on her 1977 gold album, Sweet Forgiveness. She used her platform to champion her early mentors, staying true to her blues roots and perfecting her playing.

In 1989, after a several-year hiatus, she returned with a pop-oriented sound that showcased her velvety-smooth vocals and trademark slide-guitar sound. Nick of Time became her greatest commercial success selling over 4 million albums and garnering multiple Grammy awards. Her next release, Luck of the Draw, yielded the ubiquitous hit single, "Something to Talk About."

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