Bonnie Raitt

Bonnie Raitt

Known For: Acting · Birthday: 1949-11-08 · Gender: Female · Place of Birth: Burbank, California, USA

40 Movies · 12 TV shows

Also Known As: Bonnie Lynn Raitt

Biography

Bonnie Lynn Raitt (; born November 8, 1949) is an American blues singer, guitarist, songwriter, and activist.During the 1970s, Raitt released a series of roots-influenced albums that incorporated elements of blues, rock, folk and country. In 1989, after several years of critical acclaim but little commercial success, she had a major hit with the album Nick of Time. The following two albums, Luck of the Draw (1991) and Longing in Their Hearts (1994), were multimillion sellers, generating several hit singles, including "Something to Talk About", "Love Sneakin' Up On You", and the ballad "I Can't Make You Love Me" (with Bruce Hornsby on piano).Raitt has received 10 Grammy Awards. She is listed as number 50 in Rolling Stone's list of the "100 Greatest Singers of All Time" and number 89 on the magazine's list of the "100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time". Australian country music artist Graeme Connors has said, "Bonnie Raitt does something with a lyric no one else can do; she bends it and twists it right into your heart."

Personal Life

Raitt has taken sabbaticals, including after the deaths of her parents, brother, and best friend. She has said "When I went through a lot of loss, I took a hiatus." Raitt and actor Michael O'Keefe were married on April 27, 1991. They announced their divorce on November 9, 1999, with a causal factor appearing to be that their careers caused considerable time apart. Singer and guitarist David Crosby has said that Raitt is his favorite singer of all time.

Early Life

Bonnie Lynn Raitt was born on November 8, 1949, in Burbank, California. Her mother, Marge Goddard (née Haydock), was a pianist, while her father, John Raitt, was an actor in musical productions such as Oklahoma! and The Pajama Game. Raitt is of Scottish ancestry; her ancestors constructed Rait Castle near Nairn. As a child, Raitt would often play with her two brothers, Steve and David, and was a self-described tomboy. John Raitt's job as a theater actor meant Bonnie did not interact with him as much as she would have liked. Raitt grew to resent her mother, as she became the main authority figure of the household whenever John was away.Raitt's musically inclined parents had a strong influence on her life. From a young age, she and her two brothers were encouraged to pursue music. At first, Raitt played the piano, but was intimidated by her mother's talent. She instead began playing a Stella guitar, which she received as a Christmas gift in 1957 at the age of eight. Raitt did not take lessons, and instead took influence from the American folk music revival of the 1950s. She was also influenced by the beatnik movement, stating: "It represented my whole belief ... I'd grow my hair real long so I looked like a beatnik."From ages eight through fifteen, Raitt and her brothers attended a summer camp in the Adirondack Mountains called Camp Regis. It was there where Raitt learned of her musical talents, when camp counselors would ask her to play in front of the campers. Learning how to play songs from folk albums then became a hobby for Raitt. As a teenager, Raitt was self-conscious about her weight and her freckles, and saw music as an escape from reality. "That was my saving grace. I just sat in my room and played my guitar" said Raitt.After graduating from Oakwood Friends School in Poughkeepsie, New York in 1967, Raitt entered Radcliffe College, majoring in Social Relations and African studies. She said her "plan was to travel to Tanzania, where President Julius Nyerere was creating a government based on democracy and socialism". She was the lead singer in a campus music group called the "Revolutionary Music Collective" founded by songwriter Bob Telson which played for striking Harvard students during the Student strike of 1970. Raitt became friends with blues promoter Dick Waterman. During her second year of college, Raitt left school for a semester and moved to Philadelphia with Waterman and other local musicians. Raitt said it was an "opportunity that changed everything."

Movies & TV shows

2021.

1 Movie
Fanny: The Right to Rock

Fanny: The Right to Rock

2021
The story of a Filipina American founded, California garage band that transitioned into a ferocious rock group that was the first all female band to release an album with a major label. In the mists o...

2020.

3 Movies · 1 TV show
Chuck Leavell: The Tree Man

Chuck Leavell: The Tree Man

2020
It took his whole life to live and three full years to film Chuck Leavell: The Tree Man. Filmed in four countries with more than 80 interviews from artists with a combined 58 Grammy Awards by the ar...
Eric Clapton's Crossroads Guitar Festival 2019

Eric Clapton's Crossroads Guitar Festival 2019

2020
“Crossroads Guitar Festival” 2019 live video hosted by Eric Clapton will appear in Blu-ray including high-quality full HD pro shot, stereo & 5.1 surround! Unlike the ones that have already been circul...
Picture Show: A Tribute Celebrating John Prine

Picture Show: A Tribute Celebrating John Prine

2020
A tribute to the life and music of John Prine featuring family and friends sharing memories and songs while raising money for several charitable organizations.
TV
Laurel Canyon

Laurel Canyon

2020
Featuring all-new, original interviews with Jackson Browne, Don Henley, Michelle Phillips, Graham Nash, Linda Ronstadt, Bonnie Raitt, Roger McGuinn and more, this uniquely immersive and experiential t...

2019.

3 Movies
Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice

Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice

4
2019
Linda Ronstadt burst onto the folk rock scene in her early twenties with one of the most stunning voices that has ever hit the air.
John Lee Hooker: The Boogie Man

John Lee Hooker: The Boogie Man

2019
John Lee Hooker was one of the greatest bluesmen of the 20th century. Born into poverty and racial segregation, he lived through a monumental time in American history. This is the story of a cultural...
ReMastered: Devil at the Crossroads

ReMastered: Devil at the Crossroads

2019
Robert Johnson was an influential blues guitarist. Fans wondered if he'd made a deal with the Devil.

2017.

1 Movie
Roy Orbison: Black and White Night 30

Roy Orbison: Black and White Night 30

2017
Black and White Night 30 is a re-imagined, re-edited, remastered and expanded version of the original television special, available both as a CD/DVD set and as a CD/Blu-ray set on February 24. Re-edit...

2016.

3 Movies · 1 TV show
Shake 'Em On Down

Shake 'Em On Down

2016
Shake ‘Em On Down is a one-hour documentary film which aims to tell the story of Fred McDowell, who was first recorded by Alan Lomax in 1959, traveled to Europe with the Rolling Stones in the mid-1960...
Sidemen: Long Road To Glory

Sidemen: Long Road To Glory

2016
An intimate look at the lives and legacies of piano player Pinetop Perkins, drummer Willie 'Big Eyes' Smith and guitarist Hubert Sumlin, all Muddy Waters and Howlin' Wolf sidemen. The film captures so...
TV
Greatest Hits

Greatest Hits

2016
A music series featuring Hit-Makers of the 1980s, 1990s, and 2000s with each episode highlighting a five-year period celebrating the biggest hits from that time. Today's music chart-toppers perform th...
Road to Austin

Road to Austin

2016
Road To Austin chronicles how Austin, Texas became the Live Music Capital of the World, dating from 1835 to present day. The film builds to a climax and weaves its way towards an all-star live perform...

2015.

1 Movie
Mavis!

Mavis!

2015
A look at the life and music of legendary singer and civil rights activist, Mavis Staples.

2014.

2 Movies
This Ain't No Mouse Music!

This Ain't No Mouse Music!

2014
Loving, music-filled tribute to Chris Strachwitz, guiding force behind legendary roots music label Arhoolie Records. With Ry Cooder, Clifton Chenier, Richard Thompson, Flaco Jiménez and a new generati...
Austin City Limits Celebrates 40 Years

Austin City Limits Celebrates 40 Years

2014
The star-studded special celebrates the trailblazing music series' 40th anniversary. With guest hosts Jeff Bridges, Matthew McConaughey and Sheryl Crow, the two-hour broadcast features memorable momen...

2012.

1 Movie
B.B. King: The Life of Riley

B.B. King: The Life of Riley

2012
B.B was a musician. Contributions from other people.

2011.

2 Movies
Troubadours

Troubadours

2011
In the wake of the turbulent 1960s, a new style of song and songwriter came to the fore – a style marked by vulnerable introspection and raw, naked emotion. Backed by little more than a lone acoustic ...

2010.

1 Movie
Les Paul - Live in New York

Les Paul - Live in New York

2010
This Final Performance Tribute began on Les Paul's 90th birthday when luminaries from the musical world gathered to celebrate at New York's historic Iridium Jazz Club. Les and friends jammed every Mon...

2009.

1 Movie · 1 TV show
TV
The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien

The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien

7.75
2009
The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien is an American late-night talk show that featured Conan O'Brien as host from June 1, 2009 to January 22, 2010 as part of NBC's long-running Tonight Show franchise. ...
The 25th Anniversary Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Concerts

The 25th Anniversary Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Concerts

2009
The 25th anniversary of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is being celebrated with performances from two landmark concerts held at the Madison Square Garden. The special is anchored by some of the greate...

2006.

2 Movies
The New Orleans Concert: The Music of America's Soul

The New Orleans Concert: The Music of America's Soul

2006
Captured in state-of-the-art High Definition and mastered in Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound, The New Orleans Concert ignites a massive celebration of Big Easy music past and present - redolent in ja...
Before the Music Dies

Before the Music Dies

2006
B4MD tells the story of American music at this precarious moment. Filmakers Andrew Shapter and Joel Rasmussen traveled the country, hoping to understand why mainstream music seems so packaged and repe...

2005.

1 Movie · 1 TV show
TV
The Colbert Report

The Colbert Report

6.27
2005
The Colbert Report is an American satirical late night television program that airs Monday through Thursday on Comedy Central. It stars political humorist Stephen Colbert, a former correspondent for T...
Trudell

Trudell

1
2005
The life of author and American Indian activist John Trudell is the subject of a documentary film. The film follows Trudell from his childhood in Omaha, Nebraska, to his role in the American Indian Mo...

2004.

3 Movies
Lightning in a Bottle

Lightning in a Bottle

2004
On February 7th, 2003, renowned artists across multiple music genres and generations commandeered the stage at New York City's Radio City Music Hall to pay tribute to their common heritage and passion...
John Lee Hooker: Come and See About Me

John Lee Hooker: Come and See About Me

2004
John Lee Hooker's career is shown through complete archival performances of his most popular songs, many featuring special guests.
Genius. A Night for Ray Charles

Genius. A Night for Ray Charles

2004
A group of artists who have been influenced by Ray's music perform in this concert.

2003.

2 Movies · 1 TV show
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The Ellen DeGeneres Show

The Ellen DeGeneres Show

5.15
2003
Ellen is the host.
Muddy Waters: Can't Be Satisfied

Muddy Waters: Can't Be Satisfied

2003
Filmmaker Robert Gordon captures the life of fascinating blues artist Muddy Waters. Credited with inventing the electric blues, Waters left an indelible mark on both his contemporaries and the generat...
The Soul of a Man

The Soul of a Man

2003
In "The Soul of A Man," director Wim Wenders looks at the dramatic tension in the blues between the sacred and the profane by exploring the music and lives of three of his favorite blues artists: Skip...

2002.

2 Movies
The Rutles 2: Can't Buy Me Lunch

The Rutles 2: Can't Buy Me Lunch

2002
Twenty-three years after the release of the original Beatles film 'The Rutles: All You Need Is Cash', famous artists, actors and musicians speak out about how the film influenced them.
The Country Bears

The Country Bears

4
2002
Fitting in with his all-too-human family is proving to be im-paws-ible for Beary Barrington, The Country Bears' young #1 fan. The venue that made Country Bear Hall famous is close to being foreclosed....

2001.

1 Movie
John Lee Hooker: That's My Story

John Lee Hooker: That's My Story

2001
A teenage runaway who never went to school, John Lee Hooker had trouble spelling his name, even into his eighties. But, despite these humble beginnings, John Lee Hooker is today considered one of the ...

1996.

1 Movie
A Tribute to Stevie Ray Vaughan

A Tribute to Stevie Ray Vaughan

1996
One by One, the musicians climb on stage and take their places: B.B. king, Eric Clapton, Buddy guy, Robert Cray, Bonnie Raitt, Jimmie Vaughan, Dr, john and Art Neville. Vaughan, standing at center sta...

1994.

1 TV show
TV
Ellen

Ellen

6
1994
Ellen was a sitcom that aired on the ABC network from March 29, 1994 to July 22, 1998. The series centered on Ellen's dealing with her quirky friends, her family and the problems of daily life. The fi...

1993.

2 Movies · 2 TV shows
Willie Nelson: The Big Six-O

Willie Nelson: The Big Six-O

1993
Willie Nelson and friends celebrate his sixtieth birthday in a star-studded concert event.
TV
Frasier

Frasier

5.35
1993
After many years at the "Cheers" bar, Frasier moves back home to Seattle to work as a radio psychiatrist after his policeman father gets shot in the hip on duty.
Curves Contours & Body Horns

Curves Contours & Body Horns

1993
Now recognized as one of the best electric guitars ever designed, Leo Fender's Stratocaster is a vital ingredient of American popular culture. Its completely unconventional design and construction hav...
TV
Late Night with Conan O'Brien

Late Night with Conan O'Brien

6
1993
Late Night with Conan O'Brien is an American late-night talk show hosted by Conan O'Brien that aired 2,725 episodes on NBC between 1993 and 2009. The show featured varied comedic material, celebrity i...

1992.

1 Movie · 1 TV show
TV
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno

The Tonight Show with Jay Leno

5.75
1992
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno is an American late-night talk show hosted by Jay Leno that initially aired from May 25, 1992 to May 29, 2009, and resumed production on March 1, 2010. The fourth incarn...
John Lee Hooker and Friends 1984-1992

John Lee Hooker and Friends 1984-1992

1992
John Lee Hooker is one of the few legendary bluesmen to crack the MTV barrier. He has recorded and performed with a host of contemporary pop stars. John Lee's music hasn't changed but the accompanying...

1991.

1 Movie
The Changer: A Record of the Times

The Changer: A Record of the Times

1991
Documentary about the making of The Changer and The Changed, an album recorded by Cris Williamson in 1975 that became one of the icons of women's music.

1988.

1 Movie
Roy Orbison and Friends: A Black and White Night

Roy Orbison and Friends: A Black and White Night

1988
Roy is joined by an eclectic group of rock and roll superstars including Jackson Browne, Elvis Costello, T-Bone Burnett, and J.D. Souther and Warnes, k.d. Bonnie Raitt, Bruce Springsteen, and Tom Wait...

1980.

2 Movies · 1 TV show
No Nukes

No Nukes

1980
A concert is protesting nuclear arms.
TV
Fridays

Fridays

1980
Fridays was the name of ABC's weekly late-night live comedy show from April 11, 1980 to April 23, 1982.
Urban Cowboy

Urban Cowboy

6
1980
Bud Davis fell in love with Sissy, a cowgirl who believes the sexes are equal, after moving to Pasadena, Texas. Bud believes in traditional gender roles. The mechanical bull-riding competition was won...

1977.

1 Movie
The Midnight Special Legendary Performances 1977

The Midnight Special Legendary Performances 1977

1977
The Midnight Special is an American late-night musical variety series that aired on NBC during the 1970s and early 1980s, created and produced by Burt Sugarman. It premiered as a special on August 19,...

1975.

2 TV shows
TV
Saturday Night Live

Saturday Night Live

6.36
1975
A late-night live television sketch comedy and variety show created by Lorne Michaels. The show's comedy sketches, which parody contemporary culture and politics, are performed by a large and varying ...
TV
Austin City Limits

Austin City Limits

1975
The event has popular music legends and innovative musicians.

Unknown Year.

1 Movie
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