Bonnie Raitt

Bonnie Lynn Raitt (born November 8, 1949) is an American blues singer-songwriter, musician, 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 also 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"[1] and number 89 on the magazine's list of the "100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time".[2]

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Raitt playing guitar
Raitt performing in 2007
Background information
Birth nameBonnie Lynn Raitt
BornNovember 8, 1949 (age 69)
Burbank, California, U.S.
Genres
Occupation(s)
  • Singer
  • songwriter
  • musician
Instruments
Years active1971–present
Labels
Websitebonnieraitt.com

Early life

Raitt was born in Burbank, California, the daughter of the Broadway musical star John Raitt and his first wife, the pianist Marjorie Haydock. Raitt is of Scottish ancestry; her ancestors constructed Rait Castle near Nairn.[3] She was raised in the Quaker tradition.[4] She began playing guitar at Camp Regis-Applejack in Paul Smiths, New York, at an early age. Later she gained notice for her bottleneck-style guitar playing. Raitt says she played "a little at school and at [a summer] camp" in New York.

After graduating from Oakwood Friends School in Poughkeepsie, New York, in 1967 Raitt entered Radcliffe College, majoring in social relations and African studies.[5] She said her "plan was to travel to Tanzania, where President Julius Nyerere was creating a government based on democracy and socialism".[4] Raitt became friends with blues promoter Dick Waterman.[4] During her second year of college, Raitt left school for a semester and moved to Philadelphia with Waterman and other local musicians. Raitt says it was an "opportunity that changed everything."[4]

Career

1970–1976

In the summer of 1970, she played with her brother David on stand up bass with Mississippi Fred McDowell at the Philly Folk Festival as well as Opening for John Hammond at the Gaslight Cafe in New York, she was seen by a reporter from Newsweek, who began to spread the word about her performance. Scouts from major record companies were soon attending her shows to watch her play. She eventually accepted an offer from Warner Bros., who soon released her debut album, Bonnie Raitt, in 1971. The album was warmly received by the music press, with many writers praising her skills as an interpreter and as a bottleneck guitarist; at the time, few women in popular music had strong reputations as guitarists.

While admired by those who saw her perform, and respected by her peers, Raitt gained little public acclaim for her work. Her critical stature continued to grow but record sales remained modest. Her second album, Give It Up, was released in 1972 to universal "acclaim". Though many critics still regard it as her best work, it did not change her commercial fortunes. 1973's Takin' My Time was also met with critical acclaim, but these notices were not matched by the sales.

Raitt was beginning to receive greater press coverage, including a 1975 cover story for Rolling Stone, but with 1974's Streetlights, reviews for her work were becoming increasingly mixed. By now, Raitt was already experimenting with different producers and different styles, and she began to adopt a more mainstream sound that continued through 1975's Home Plate.

In 1976, Raitt made an appearance on Warren Zevon's eponymous album with his friend Jackson Browne and Fleetwood Mac's Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks.

1977–1988

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Raitt performing at the Berkeley Community Theater, 1976–1977

1977's Sweet Forgiveness album gave Raitt her first commercial breakthrough when it yielded a hit single in her remake of "Runaway." Recast as a heavy rhythm and blues recording based on a rhythmic groove inspired by Al Green, Raitt's version of "Runaway" was disparaged by many critics. However, the song's commercial success prompted a bidding war for Raitt between Warner Bros. and Columbia Records. "There was this big Columbia–Warner war going on at the time", recalled Raitt in a 1990 interview. "James Taylor had just left Warner Bros. and made a big album for Columbia...And then, Warner signed Paul Simon away from Columbia, and they didn't want me to have a hit record for Columbia – no matter what! So, I renegotiated my contract, and they basically matched Columbia's offer. Frankly the deal was a really big deal."

Warner Brothers held higher expectations for Raitt's next album, The Glow, in 1979, but it was released to poor reviews as well as modest sales. Raitt would have one commercial success in 1979 when she helped organize the five Musicians United for Safe Energy (MUSE) concerts at Madison Square Garden in New York City. The shows spawned the three-record gold album No Nukes, as well as a Warner Brothers feature film of the same name. The shows featured co-founders Jackson Browne, Graham Nash, John Hall, and Raitt as well as Bruce Springsteen, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, the Doobie Brothers, Carly Simon, James Taylor, Gil Scott-Heron, and numerous others.

For her next record, 1982's Green Light, Raitt made a conscious attempt to revisit the sound of her earlier records. However, to her surprise, many of her peers and the media compared her new sound to the burgeoning new wave movement. The album received her strongest reviews in years, but her sales did not improve and this would have a severe impact on her relationship with Warner Brothers.

Drop from Warner Brothers

In 1983, as Raitt was finishing work on her follow-up album, entitled Tongue & Groove, Warner Brothers "cleaned house", dropping a number of major artists such as Van Morrison and Arlo Guthrie from their roster. The day after mastering was completed on Tongue & Groove, the record label dropped Raitt also. The album was shelved indefinitely, and Raitt was left without a record label. By then, Raitt was also struggling with alcohol and drug abuse problems.[6]

Despite her personal and professional problems, Raitt continued to tour and participate in political activism. In 1985, she sang and appeared in the video of "Sun City", the anti-apartheid record written and produced by guitarist Steven Van Zandt. Along with her participation in Farm Aid and Amnesty International concerts, Raitt traveled to Moscow in 1987 to participate in the first joint Soviet/American Peace Concert, later shown on the Showtime television network. Also in 1987, Raitt organized a benefit in Los Angeles for Countdown '87 to Stop Contra Aid. The benefit featured herself along with musicians Don Henley, Herbie Hancock, Holly Near and others.

Tongue and Groove's name change and release

Two years after dropping her from their label, Warner Brothers notified Raitt of their plans to release Tongue & Groove. "I said it wasn't really fair," recalled Raitt. "I think at this point they felt kind of bad. I mean, I was out there touring on my savings to keep my name up, and my ability to draw was less and less. So they agreed to let me go in and recut half of it, and that's when it came out as Nine Lives." A critical and commercial disappointment, 1986's Nine Lives would be Raitt's last new recording for Warner Brothers.

In late 1987, Raitt joined singers k.d. lang and Jennifer Warnes as female background vocalists for Roy Orbison's television special, Roy Orbison and Friends, A Black and White Night. Following this highly acclaimed broadcast, Raitt began working on new material. By then, she was clean and sober, having resolved her substance abuse problem. She later credited Stevie Ray Vaughan for his help in a Minnesota State Fair concert[7] the night after Vaughan's 1990 death. During this time, Raitt considered signing with the Prince-owned Paisley Park label, but negotiations ultimately fell through. Instead she began recording a bluesy mix of pop and rock under the production guidance of Don Was at Capitol Records.

Raitt had met Was through Hal Wilner, who was putting together Stay Awake, a tribute album to Disney music for A&M. Was and Wilner both wanted Raitt to sing lead on an adult-contemporary arrangement created by Was for "Baby Mine", the lullaby from Dumbo. Raitt was very pleased with the sessions, and she asked Was to produce her next album.

1989–1999: Commercial breakthrough

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Raitt at the 1990 Grammy Awards

After working with Was on the Stay Awake album, Raitt's management, Gold Mountain, approached numerous labels about a new record deal, and she was signed to Capitol by a&r executive Tim Devine. At Capitol, after nearly 20 years, Raitt achieved belated commercial success with her tenth album, Nick of Time. Released in the spring of 1989, Nick of Time went to the top of the U.S. charts following Raitt's Grammy sweep in early 1990. This album has been voted number 230 in the Rolling Stone list of 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. Raitt herself pointed out that her 10th try was "my first sober album."[8][9]

At the same time, Raitt received a fourth Grammy Award for her duet "In the Mood" with John Lee Hooker on his album The Healer. Nick of Time was also the first of many of her recordings to feature her longtime rhythm section of Ricky Fataar and James "Hutch" Hutchinson (Although previously Fataar had played on her Green Light album and Hutchinson had worked on Nine Lives), both of whom record and tour with her to this day. Nick of Time has sold over six million copies in the US alone.

Raitt followed up this success with three more Grammy Awards for her 1991 album Luck of the Draw which sold nearly 8 million copies in the United States. Three years later, in 1994, she added two more Grammys with her album Longing in Their Hearts, her second no. 1 album. Both of these albums were multi-platinum successes. Raitt's collaboration with Was would amicably come to an end with 1995's live release, Road Tested. Released to solid reviews, it sold well enough to be certified gold.

"Rock Steady" was a hit written by Bryan Adams and Gretchen Peters in 1995. The song was written as a duet with Bryan Adams and Bonnie Raitt for her Road Tested tour, which also became one of her albums. The original demo version of the song appears on Adams' 1996 single "Let's Make a Night to Remember".

For her next studio album, Raitt hired Mitchell Froom and Tchad Blake as her producers. "I loved working with Don Was but I wanted to give myself and my fans a stretch and do something different," Raitt said. Her work with Froom and Blake was released on Fundamental in 1998.

2000–2007

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Raitt performing at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, April 23, 2004

In March 2000, Raitt was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio.

Silver Lining was released in 2002. In the US, it reached 13 on the Billboard chart and was later certified Gold. It contains the 3 singles "I Can't Help You Now", "Time of Our Lives" and the title track. All 3 singles charted within the top 40 of the US A/C chart.

On March 19, 2002, Bonnie Raitt received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for her contributions to the recording industry, located at 1750 N. Vine Street.[10][11]

In 2003 Capitol Records released the compilation album The Best of Bonnie Raitt. It contains songs from her prior Capitol albums from 1989 – 2002 including Nick of Time, Luck of the Draw, Longing in Their Hearts, Road Tested, Fundamental, and Silver Lining.

Raitt was featured on the album True Love by Toots and the Maytals, which won the Grammy Award in 2004 for Best Reggae Album, and showcased many notable musicians including Willie Nelson, Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, Trey Anastasio, Gwen Stefani / No Doubt, Ben Harper, Manu Chao, The Roots, Ryan Adams, Keith Richards, Toots Hibbert, Paul Douglas, Jackie Jackson, Ken Boothe, and The Skatalites.[12]

Souls Alike followed and was released in September 2005. In the US, it reached the top 20 on the Billboard chart. It contains the singles "I Will Not Be Broken" and "I Don't Want Anything to Change", which both charted in the top 40 of the US A/C chart.

In 2006 she released the live DVD/CD Bonnie Raitt and Friends, which was filmed as part of the critically acclaimed VH1 Classic Decades Rock Live Concert Series, featuring special guests Keb Mo', Alison Krauss, Ben Harper, Jon Cleary and Norah Jones. The DVD was released by Capitol Records on August 15. Bonnie Raitt and Friends, which was recorded live in Atlantic City, NJ on September 30, 2005, features never-before-seen performance and interview footage, including four duets not included in the VH1 Classic broadcast of the concert. With two hours of concert and interview footage, the concert, which was filmed in Hi-Definition and is presented in 5.1 audio, features Raitt performing 17 songs with her longtime band – George Marinelli (guitar), James "Hutch" Hutchinson (bass), Ricky Fataar (drums) and Jon Cleary (keyboards). Included are such classic Raitt hits as "Something To Talk About," "Love Letter" (with Mo'), "You" (with Krauss) and a knock-out encore of "Love Sneakin' Up on You" with Raitt, Jones, Harper, Krauss and Mo' as well as highlights from her latest studio album, Souls Alike, including "I Will Not Be Broken," "God Was in the Water", "I Don't Want Anything To Change" (with Jones) and "Unnecessarily Mercenary" (a duet with keyboardist Cleary, who wrote the song). The accompanying CD features 11 tracks, including the radio single "Two Lights in the Nighttime" (featuring Ben Harper). The Bonnie Raitt and Friends TV Special and DVD/CD was produced by Barry Summers of World Productions and Rock Fuel Media.

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." (ABC Radio NSW Australia interview with Interviewer Chris Coleman on January 18, 2007)[13]

In 2007, Raitt contributed to Goin' Home: A Tribute to Fats Domino. With Jon Cleary, she sang a medley of "I'm in Love Again" and "All by Myself" by Fats Domino.

2008–present

Raitt appeared on the June 7, 2008, broadcast of Garrison Keillor's radio program A Prairie Home Companion. She performed two blues songs with Kevin "Keb' Mo'" Moore: "No Getting Over You" and "There Ain't Nothin' in Ramblin'". Raitt also sang "Dimming of the Day" with Richard Thompson. This show, along with another one with Raitt and her band in October 2006, is archived on the Prairie Home Companion website.

In April 2011, the Bonnie Raitt and Friends DVD officially became RIAA certified gold.

Raitt appeared in the 2011 documentary "Reggae Got Soul: The Story of Toots and the Maytals," which was featured on BBC and described as "The untold story of one of the most influential artists ever to come out of Jamaica".[14][15]

In February 2012, Raitt performed a duet with Alicia Keys at the 54th Grammy Awards in 2012 honoring Etta James.

In April 2012, Raitt released her first studio album since 2005, entitled Slipstream. It charted at Number 6 on the US Billboard 200 chart marking her first top ten album since 1994's Longing in Their Hearts. The album was described as "one of the best of her 40-year career" by American Songwriter magazine.[16]

In September 2012, Raitt was featured in a campaign called "30 Songs / 30 Days" to support Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide, a multi-platform media project inspired by a project outlined in a book by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn.[17] In 2013, she appeared on Foy Vance's album Joy of Nothing.[18]

Raitt is listed at Number 50 in Rolling Stone's list of the 100 Greatest Singers of All Time.[19] She is also listed at number 89 in the Rolling Stone list of the 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time.[20]

In February 2016, Raitt released her seventeenth studio album Dig in Deep. The album charted at number 11 on the US Billboard 200 chart[21] and received favorable reviews.[22] The album features the single "Gypsy in Me" as well as a cover of the INXS song "Need You Tonight"

Raitt cancelled the first leg of her 2018 spring-summer touring schedule due to a recently discovered medical issue requiring surgical intervention. She reported that a "full recovery" is expected and that she planned to resume touring with already-scheduled dates in June 2018.[23]

Drug and alcohol use and recovery

Raitt used alcohol and drugs, but began psychotherapy and joined Alcoholics Anonymous in the late 1980s. She has said "I thought I had to live that partying lifestyle in order to be authentic, but in fact if you keep it up too long, all you're going to be is sloppy or dead".[24] She became clean in 1987. She has credited Stevie Ray Vaughan for breaking her substance abuse, saying that what gave her the courage to admit her alcohol problem and stop drinking was seeing that Stevie Ray Vaughan was an even better musician when sober.[25] She has also said that she stopped because she realized that the "late night life" was not working for her.[26] In 1989 she said "I really feel like some angels have been carrying me around. I just have more focus and more discipline, and consequently more self-respect."[27]

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."[24]

Raitt and actor Michael O'Keefe were married on April 27, 1991. They announced their divorce on November 9, 1999,[28] with a causal factor appearing to be that their careers caused considerable time apart.[29]

Political activism

Raitt's political involvement goes back to the early 1970s. Her 1972 album Give It Up had a dedication "to the people of North Vietnam ..." printed on the back.

Raitt's web site urges fans to learn more about preserving the environment. She was a founding member of Musicians United for Safe Energy in 1979 and a catalyst for the larger anti-nuclear movement, becoming involved with groups like the Abalone Alliance and Alliance for Survival.

In 1994 at the urging of Dick Waterman, Raitt funded the replacement of a headstone for one of her mentors, blues guitarist Fred McDowell through the Mt. Zion Memorial Fund. Raitt later financed memorial headstones in Mississippi for musicians Memphis Minnie, Sam Chatmon, and Tommy Johnson again with the Mt. Zion Memorial Fund.

At the Stockholm Jazz Festival in July 2004, Raitt dedicated a classic to sitting (and later re-elected) U.S. President George W. Bush. She was quoted as saying, "We're gonna sing this for George Bush because he's out of here, people!" before she launched into the opening licks of "Your Good Thing (Is About to End)", a song that was featured on her 1979 album The Glow. In 2002, Raitt signed on as an official supporter of Little Kids Rock, a nonprofit organization that provides free musical instruments and free lessons to children in public schools throughout the U.S. She has visited children in the program and sits on the organization's board of directors as an honorary member.

In 2008, Raitt donated a song to the Aid Still Required's CD to assist with relief efforts in Southeast Asia from the 2004 tsunami.

Raitt worked with Reverb, a non-profit environmental organization, for her 2005 fall/winter and 2006 spring/summer/fall tours.[30]

Raitt is part of the No Nukes group, which opposes the expansion of nuclear power. In 2007, No Nukes recorded a music video of a new version of the Buffalo Springfield song "For What It's Worth".[31][32][33]

During the 2008 Democratic primary campaign Raitt, along with Jackson Browne and bassist James "Hutch" Hutchinson, performed at campaign appearances for candidate John Edwards.

Discography

Guitar

Raitt's principal touring guitar is a customized Fender Stratocaster that became the basis for a signature model in 1996. Raitt was the first female musician to receive a signature Fender line.

My brown Strat—the body is a '65 and the neck is from some time after that. It's kind of a hybrid that I got for $120 at 3 o' clock in the morning in 1969. It's the one without the paint, and I've used that for every gig since 1969.[34]

Awards

Grammy Award
Year Nominee/work Award Result
1980 "You're Gonna Get What's Coming" Best Female Rock Vocal Performance Nominated
1983 "Green Light" Nominated
1987 "No Way To Treat A Lady" Nominated
1990 Nick of Time Album of the Year Won
Best Female Rock Vocal Performance Won
"Nick of Time" Best Female Pop Vocal Performance Won
"I'm in the Mood" (with John Lee Hooker) Best Traditional Blues Recording Won
1992 Luck of the Draw Album of the Year Nominated
"Something to Talk About" Record of the Year Nominated
Best Female Pop Vocal Performance Won
"Luck of the Draw" Best Rock Vocal Solo Performance Won
"Good Man, Good Woman" Best Rock Group Vocal Performance Won
Bonnie Raitt MusiCares Person of the Yeardagger Won
1995 Longing in Their Hearts Album of the Year Nominated
Best Pop Vocal Album Won
"Love Sneakin' Up On You" Record of the Year Nominated
Best Female Pop Vocal Performance Nominated
Best Rock Vocal Solo Performance Nominated
1996 "You Got It" Best Female Pop Vocal Performance Nominated
1997 Road Tested Best Rock Album Nominated
"Burning Down The House" Best Female Rock Vocal Performance Nominated
"SRV Shuffle" Best Rock Instrumental Performance Won
1999 "Kisses Sweeter Than Wine" (with Jackson Browne) Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals Nominated
2003 "Gnawin' On It" Best Female Rock Vocal Performance Nominated
2004 "Time of Our Lives" Nominated
2006 "I Will Not Be Broken" Nominated
2013 Slipstream Best Americana Album Won

dagger: Not a Grammy Award, but awarded by The Recording Academy

Americana Music Honors and Awards
Year Nominee/work Award Result
2012 Herself Lifetime Achievement Award for Performance Won
2016 Herself Artist of the Year Nominated
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
Year Nominee/work Award Result
2000 Herself Hall of Fame induction Won
Other Awards

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External links

1992 Eric Clapton World Tour

The 1992 Eric Clapton World Tour was a world concert tour held by the British rock musician Eric Clapton with the part-time support of Elton John and with special support guests Bonnie Raitt, Curtis Stigers, Jimmy Rogers, Joe Cocker, Paul Barrere, Tony Joe White, and Zucchero Fornaciari. Eric Clapton visited Europe and the United States in both legs in 1992, holding a total of 72 sold-out concerts. The tour kicked off on February 1, 1992, and came to an end on September 6, the same year. During the tour, Clapton and his friends promoted the album releases Journeyman (1989) and Unplugged (1992) as well as the singles "Runaway Train" and "It's Probably Me", both released in 1992.

Bonnie Raitt (album)

Bonnie Raitt is the self-titled debut album by Bonnie Raitt, released in 1971. A straight-blues affair, it was recorded at an empty summer camp on Enchanted Island, about 30 miles west of Minneapolis on Lake Minnetonka. "We recorded live on four tracks because we wanted a more spontaneous and natural feeling in the music", Raitt wrote in the album's liner notes, "a feeling often sacrificed when the musicians know they can overdub their part on a separate track until it's perfect."

Though album sales were modest, Bonnie Raitt was warmly received by rock critics. "[A]n unusual collection of songs performed by an unusual assortment of musicians", wrote Rolling Stone. "Raitt is a folkie by history but not by aesthetic", wrote Robert Christgau in his Consumer Guide column. "She includes songs from Steve Stills, the Marvelettes, and a classic feminist blues singer named Sippie Wallace because she knows the world doesn't end with acoustic song-poems and Fred McDowell. An adult repertoire that rocks with a steady roll, and she's all of twenty-one years old."

Bonnie Raitt discography

This article lists the discography of American blues and rock singer and songwriter Bonnie Raitt.

Feels Like Home (song)

"Feels Like Home" is a song written by Randy Newman for the musical Randy Newman's Faust, in which Bonnie Raitt sung it. Linda Ronstadt, also involved in the musical, recorded it for Trio II in 1994, but released it for solo album Feels Like Home in March 1995. Raitt's version was released on the musical's album soundtrack in September 1995. Raitt's version was also used the following year in the soundtrack to the film Michael. Linda Ronstadt's original version, with Emmylou Harris and Dolly Parton, the latter of whom was mixed out of Ronstadt's original release due to label disputes, was released in 1999.

The most successful version of the song was a version sung by Chantal Kreviazuk and released as a single from the 1999 soundtrack Songs from Dawson's Creek. The Kreviazuk version reached the top 40 in Ireland and the top 20 in the Canadian adult contemporary chart, and was later included on some editions of her 2002 album What If It All Means Something.

Fundamental (Bonnie Raitt album)

Fundamental is the thirteenth album by Bonnie Raitt, released in 1998.

Give It Up (Bonnie Raitt album)

Give It Up is the second album by Bonnie Raitt, released in 1972.

Home Plate (album)

Home Plate is the fifth album by Bonnie Raitt, released in 1975.

I Can't Make You Love Me

"I Can't Make You Love Me" is a song written by Mike Reid and Allen Shamblin and recorded by American singer Bonnie Raitt for her eleventh studio album Luck of the Draw (1991). Released as the album's third single in 1991, "I Can't Make You Love Me" became one of Raitt's most successful singles, reaching the top-twenty on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and the top-ten on the Adult Contemporary.

In August 2000, Mojo magazine voted "I Can't Make You Love Me" the eighth best track on its The 100 Greatest Songs of All Time list. The song is ranked at number 339 on the Rolling Stone magazine's list of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. On 27 November 2016, the Grammy Hall of Fame announced its induction, along with that of another 24 songs.

Luck of the Draw (album)

Luck of the Draw is the eleventh album by Bonnie Raitt, released in 1991.

After being nominated for Grammy awards in four different categories for the album Nick of Time, Raitt went for a creative retreat in Northern California to begin work on Luck of the Draw. "I did it on purpose to see if I could come up with anything," Raitt said in 1991. "In case I won, I wanted to make sure that I had done some writing and didn't feel that Nick of Time was a fluke. I didn't want to win just 'cause I quit drinking and spent twenty years not making any money, you know? There wasn't enough. So I basically forced myself to go to songwriting boot camp. There were three of four days when it didn't happen — but because I didn't have alcohol or unhappiness or anything to get in the way, it started to open up and I started three of the four songs of mine that are on this album. And then it didn't matter if I won or not, because I had proved to myself that it was okay."

The album surpassed Nick of Time's commercial success, having sold seven million copies in the United States alone by 2010, and was supported by a 180-date tour from 1991 to 1993. It replicated much of her U.S. success overseas as well, selling two million in France and Italy. It remains Raitt's biggest-selling recording to date.

In the liner notes, Raitt dedicated this album to the late blues guitarist Stevie Ray Vaughan, "still burning bright".

Nick of Time (album)

Nick of Time is the 10th album by the American singer Bonnie Raitt, released on March 21, 1989.

Nick of Time topped the Billboard 200 chart, selling five million copies, and won three Grammy Awards, including Album of the Year, which was presented to Raitt & producer Don Was. In 2003, the album was ranked number 230 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time. The album was also included in the book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die.

Nine Lives (Bonnie Raitt album)

Nine Lives is the ninth album by Bonnie Raitt, released in 1986. It was Raitt's most difficult release, due to the poor sales, negative reviews, and general circumstances surrounding its release.

Not the Only One (Bonnie Raitt song)

"Not the Only One" is a 1991 song by Bonnie Raitt, written by Paul Brady and produced by Don Was from the album Luck of the Draw. The single reached No. 13 on the Canadian charts, and No. 34 in the US.

Rock Steady (Bonnie Raitt and Bryan Adams song)

"Rock Steady" is a single from Bonnie Raitt's 1995 album Road Tested, written by Bryan Adams and Gretchen Peters. The song was written as a duet with Bryan Adams and Bonnie Raitt for her Road Tested tour, which also became one of her albums. The original demo version of the song appears on Adams' 1996 single "Let's Make a Night to Remember".

Silver Lining (album)

Silver Lining is the fourteenth album by Bonnie Raitt, released in 2002.

Slipstream (Bonnie Raitt album)

Slipstream is the sixteenth studio album by Bonnie Raitt, released in April 2012. American Songwriter Magazine praised it as "her best album in years and one of the best of her 40-year career."Two singles were released from the album, a cover of Gerry Rafferty's "Right Down the Line", and "Used to Rule the World", both of which charted on the Billboard Triple A chart. The album also spawned a highly successful concert tour. The Slipstream Tour was the 82nd best-selling American tour of 2012 earning 11.3 million dollars and selling 201,313 tickets.

Something to Talk About (Bonnie Raitt song)

"Something to Talk About" is a song written by Canadian singer-songwriter Shirley Eikhard and recorded by Bonnie Raitt in 1990, for her 1991 album Luck of the Draw. It was released to U.S. radio on June 3, 1991. Three single versions were released: the promo b/w the same song; the 7" single b/w "One Part Be My Lover" a song written by Raitt with her then husband actor Michael O'Keefe, which was also off Luck of the Draw; and a 12" single with these two songs and "I Ain’t Gonna Let You Break My Heart Again" off her previous album Nick of Time. In turn, this song was included on the EP version of Raitt’s 2000 single of "The Fundamental Things" taken from her 1998 album Fundamental. It was also included in 2003’s greatest hits compilation The Best of Bonnie Raitt. Live versions also appeared on 1995’s Road Tested and 2006’s Bonnie Raitt and Friends.

Streetlights (Bonnie Raitt album)

Streetlights is the fourth album by Bonnie Raitt, released in 1974.

The Glow

The Glow is the seventh album by Bonnie Raitt, released in 1979. One of the first albums to be recorded and mixed digitally

You Got It

Not to be confused with U Got It."You Got It" is a song from Roy Orbison's twenty-second studio album, Mystery Girl (1989). According to the official Roy Orbison discography by Marcel Riesco, "You Got It" was released in January 1989 with "The Only One" as the B-side. The A-side reached number nine on the Billboard Hot 100 and number one on the Adult Contemporary chart, returning Orbison to the Top 10 for the first time in 25 years. It also reached number three on the UK Singles Chart in early 1989, posthumously released after Orbison's heart attack on December 6, 1988. Although it is an Orbison solo single, Orbison's fellow Traveling Wilburys bandmates, Tom Petty and Jeff Lynne, co-wrote the song and played instruments on the record.

Orbison gave his only public rendition of the hit at the Diamond Awards Festival in Antwerp, Belgium on November 19, 1988, 17 days before his death. This footage was incorporated into the song's music video. A 2014 version incorporated videos of rehearsal and practice sessions.

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