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Happy Birthday Bonnie Raitt: 12 Standout Live Collaborations


Bonnie Raitt celebrates her birthday today. Born in Burbank, California on this date in 1949, Bonnie was quickly immersed in a world of music with her actor father John Raitt having been a successful star on Broadway. Since making her debut in the early-1970s, Bonnie Raitt’s music, anchored by her slide-guitar playing and instantly recognizable vocals, is integrated in the fabric of American blues-rock.

Throughout her career, Raitt has worked with an impressive array of equally talented musicians, including sharing the stage with her father. For Bonnie’s birthday today, below is a collection of memorable live collaborations the guitarist has participated in over the years. First is a video of Raitt and John Prine singing what’s become one of her signature songs, “Angel From Montgomery.” That’s followed by live performances with the Grateful Dead, Susan Tedeschi & Derek Trucks, Mavis Staples, The Rolling Stones, Willie Nelson, John Lee Hooker, James Taylor, Ruth Brown, Linda Ronstadt, Bruce Hornsby and Jackson Browne. Check out the live collabs below:

John Prine – Angel From Montgomery – Farm Aid, 1986

Grateful Dead – Big Boss Man – December 31, 1989

Susan Tedeschi & Derek Trucks – Never Make Your Move Too Soon – Holland International Blues Festival, 2016

Mavis Staples – Turn Me Around – Mavis Staples: I’ll Take You There An All-Star Concert Celebration, 2014

The Rolling Stones – Shine A Light – November 25, 2006

Willie Nelson – Getting Over You – ACL Hall of Fame New Year’s Eve, 2016

John Lee Hooker – I Didn’t Know – June 30, 1990

Little Feat & Emmylou Harris – Dixie Chicken – The Midnight Special, 1977

James Taylor – You Can Close Your Eyes – Harvey Can’t Mess With Texas, 2017

Ruth Brown – “(Mama) He Treats Your Daughter Mean” – Rock And Roll Hall of Fame Inductions Ceremony, 1993

Linda Ronstadt – Blowing Away- Lowell George Tribute, 1979

Bruce Hornsby – Rainbow’s Cadillac – VH1 Center Stage, 1993

Jackson Browne – My Opening Farewell, 1995