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Singer, songwriter, activist and guitarist Bonnie Raitt was born into a musical family, and was given her first guitar at the age of eight, Raitt, kick-starting her musical journey. During her second year at college, Raitt moved to Philadelphia with a group of musicians and blues promoter Dick Waterman. From then on, she gained traction quickly within the blues circuit, opening for legends such as Sippie Wallace and Mississippi Fred McDowell. Soon she received a record deal from Warner Bros., who in 1971 released her self-titled debut album. At the time, there were few famous women guitarists in popular music, and her skills were widely praised by critics.