Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Redhead of the Week

Bonnie Raitt is a nine-time Grammy winner, a singer-songwriter born in Burbank, California, the daughter of Broadway musical star John Raitt.

While attending Radcliffe in the 1960s, Raitt met and befriended blues promoter Dick Waterman "much to the chagrin of my parents, who didn't expect their freshman daughter to be running around with 65-year-old bluesmen," says Raitt. "I was amazed by his passion for the music and the integrity with which he managed the musicians."

During Raitt's sophomore year, Waterman relocated to Philadelphia, and Raitt moved there, too. "It was an opportunity that young white girls just don't get, and as it turns out, an opportunity that changed everything." Raitt was soon playing clubs alongside established blues legends like Howlin' Wolf, Sippie Wallace, and Mississippi Fred McDowell, all of whom she met through Waterman.

Her first album came out in 1971, but Miss Bonnie didn't have a hit single until her 1977 remake of Del Shannon's "Runaway." A year after that, The Famous Author actually met her.

"My friend Buddy Deal is an incredible sax player," TFA said last night. "Buddy was asked to play in her band for a gig at the Los Angeles Forum, and Buddy took me down for rehearsal."

"And Buddy introduced you to Bonnie?"

"Well, we shouted at her and she waved back."

Touching.

Thanks to Wikipedia, Bonnie, and Buddy. You can go to Bonnie's website by clicking the Redhead of the Week headline.

1 comment:

cpapken said...

Hey TFA! I remember discovering Bonnie in the late 70's. Being a woman of diverse taste, I fell in love with her and Blondie at the same time. Bonnie had a smooth, sexy style that I had never heard before.

Thanks for the memories, my friend. You turned me into an excited 18 year old again.

MLF