Her first television appearance was on The Mike Douglas Show.
She is the daughter to Broadway actor John Raitt.
BONNIE RAITT DISCOGRAPHY
1971 - Bonnie Raitt
1972 - Give It Up
1973 - Takin' My Time
1974 - Streetlights
1975 - Home Plate
1977 - Sweet Forgiveness
1979 - The Glow
1982 - Green Light
1986 - Nine Lives
1989 - Nick of Time
1990 - Collection
1991 - Luck of the Draw
1994 - Longing in Their Hearts
1995 - Road Tested
1998 - Fundamental
2002 - Silver Lining
She was married to actor Michael O'keefe for 9 years.
In 1983 Raitt was droped by Warner Brothers.
With 1982's Green Light, Raitt made a conscious attempt to revisit the sound of her earlier records, but to her surprise, many of her peers and members of the press would compare her new sound to the burgeoning New Wave movement.
1979's The Glow, was hoped to be a hit but sadly was released with bad reviews.
1977's Sweet Forgiveness gave Raitt her first commercial breakthrough when it yielded a hit single in her cover of Del Shannon's "Runaway."
In 1976, Raitt made a notable appearance on Warren Zevon's self-titled album with Warren Zevon's friend Jackson Browne and Fleetwood Mac's Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks.
Raitt was beginning to receive greater press coverage, including a 1975 cover story for Rolling Stone Magazine, but with 1974's Streetlights, reviews for her work were becoming increasingly mixed.
1973's Takin' My Time was met with critical acclaim, but these notices were not matched by the sales.
Her second album, Give It Up, was released in 1972 to universal acclaim, and though many critics still regard it as her best work, it did not change her commercial fortunes.
In 1967 Raitt entered Harvard's Radcliffe College as a freshman, majoring in African Studies.
She was married to actor Michael O'keefe.