The Fascinating Life of Bonnie Raitt
During a career that's - so far - spanned well over 40 years, Bonnie Raitt established herself as an indomitable force in the music community. Known for her brilliant guitar work, bluesy ballads, searing, soulful vocals and, of course, mass of flaming red hair, it turns out, there's plenty about Raitt most don't know.
Her backstory provides a fascinating trajectory in terms of her artistry, accolades, and the sequence of events that brought her to icon status. Bonnie may play the blues, but her career is multi-hued. Here then are a few facts that casual fans may not know about this powerful songstress.
5. On Broadway
Bonnie is the daughter of Broadway legend John Raitt, an actor capable of projecting both an indelible image of dominant, confident masculinity and a riveting voice ready made for the musical stage. The elder Raitt made his mark in such legendary shows as Carousel, Oklahoma, and the Pajama Game, roles that forever identified him with the golden age of the Broadway musical. Her mother, the widely heralded singer and pianist Marge Goddard, was no slouch either in terms of musical DNA.
4. Si Se Puede
In spite of her upbringing, music wasn't Raitt's first career choice. She majored in Social Relations and African Studies at Radcliffe. And while folk and blues attracted her interest early on - she got her first guitar at age 8 - she was equally intrigued by politics and the changes in the social strata during the tumult of the 1960s. Raitt's commitment to activism never faltered; she's used her fame to support any number of important causes, from fighting apartheid and the spread of nuclear proliferation, to preservation of the environment and working for the rights of the oppressed.