Bonnie Raitt has paid tribute to the late

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Renée Geyer, an accomplished Australian soul

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and blues singer, who passed away at the age of 69. 

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Raitt spoke highly of Geyer's "inspiration"

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 and "staggeringly great singing.

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" Geyer had a successful solo career in

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 Australia in the 1970s, with popular

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covers such as "It's a Man's Man's World,"

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 "Heading in the Right Direction,"

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 and the upbeat 1980s pop song "Say I Love You.

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" Despite her talent, Geyer did not achieve the

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commercial success that her abilities deserved.

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