Video Classics: ‘Thing Called Love’ – Bonnie Raitt

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Bonnie Raitt (Kevin Winter, Getty Images)

[lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Bonnie Raitt[/lastfm] recorded “Thing Called Love” in 1988 for her album Nick of Time, which was released early in 1989. The song appeared as the second track after the lead-off title track. The album itself went on to win three GRAMMYs, including Album of the Year.

It reportedly came about because of Raitt’s good working relationship with producer [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Don Was[/lastfm], whom she had met earlier during a one-off recording session for Disney. Raitt had been so pleased by that session that she asked Was to produce her next album.

Apparently it was a good call, because the album’s success was so pronounced it surprised even Raitt herself:

It was just so unexpected. I figured I might win the ‘Rock-Female’ award, that the record did well enough and people were gonna give me sort of a career nod: ‘Alright Bonnie, you got your [act] together. Got a new label, you wrote a song straight — hallelujah — let’s give you a prize.’ Kind of a pat on the back. But the others were beyond belief. I wasn’t even there the rest of the night, after the album won. [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Ella Fitzgerald[/lastfm] was reading my name! I mean, I’ll never get over it as long as I live.

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