GREY-HAIRED and dapper in a black tuxedo, John Raitt walked ever-so-slightly stooped as he looked for his stage mark in front of the Boston Pop Orchestra on July 12, 1992. He sat, looked down the barrel of the TV camera and the Broadway veteran began to sing a rendition of Hey There. Eyes sparkling, he then turned slightly to watch his daughter join him.
The broadcast remains the most memorable moment on stage for Bonnie Raitt in her 40-plus years in the music industry. "That one time, on public television, is a moment that sticks out," she said. The pair had been invited by conductor John Williams (famous for writing the Star Wars score) to join the orchestra.
The American singer learnt a lot from her touring father about the music business. John was best known for his roles in Carousel and Oklahoma. These days, Raitt always makes sure her band breaks from tours over important holiday periods so they can be home with their families.
Raitt, 67, grew up in Los Angeles, in the Quaker tradi...