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Encyclopedia > I Can't Make You Love Me

"I Can't Make You Love Me" is a 1991 popular song, written by Mike Reid and Allen Shamblin and recorded by Bonnie Raitt on her Luck of the Draw album from that year. See also: 1990 in music, other events of 1991, 1992 in music, 1990s in music and the list of years in music // 1991 was the year that grunge music made its popular breakthrough. ... Bonnie Raitt, (born November 8, 1949) is an American Blues-R&B singer, songwriter, and guitarist who was born in Burbank, California, the daughter of Broadway musical star John Raitt. ... Luck of the Draw is the eleventh album by Bonnie Raitt, released in 1991 (see 1991 in music). ...


Reid and Shamblin were both country music songwriters, who according to some accounts originally wrote the song as a fast, bluegrass number. Upon slowing down the tempo considerably, they realized the song gained considerable power. It then made its way to Raitt. This article includes a list of works cited but its sources remain unclear because it lacks in-text citations. ... Bluegrass music is considered a form of American roots music with its own roots in English, Irish, African and Scottish traditional music. ...


A pensive ballad, "I Can't Make You Love Me" was recorded against a quiet electric piano-based arrangment, with prominent piano fills and interpolations supplied by Bruce Hornsby. The singer depicts a one-sided romantic relationship about to end in soft but brutally honest terms: 68. ... An electric piano (e-piano) is an electric musical instrument whose popularity was at its greatest during the 1960s and 1970s. ... A grand piano, with the lid up. ... Bruce Randall Hornsby (born November 23, 1954 in Williamsburg, Virginia) is an American singer, virtuoso pianist, accordion player, and songwriter. ...

Turn down these voices, inside my head -
Lay down with me ... tell me no lies.
Just hold me close,
don't patronize ... don't patronize me
'Cause I can't make you love me,
If you don't.

Raitt recorded the vocal in just one take in the studio, later saying that it was so sad a song that she couldn't recapture the emotion: "We'd try to do it again and I just said, 'You know, this ain't going to happen.'"[1]


The song was a big hit for Raitt, reaching the Top 20 of the U.S. pop singles chart and the Top 10 of the Adult Contemporary chart, and helped solidify her remarkable late-in-career commercial success that had begun two years before. In the time since, "I Can't Make You Love Me" has gone on to become a pop standard and a mainstay of adult contemporary radio formats. The Billboard Hot 100 is the United States music industry standard singles popularity chart issued weekly by Billboard magazine. ... Adult contemporary music, frequently abbreciated to just AC, is a type of radio format that plays mainstream and pop music, without hip-hop or rap since, as per the name, it is geared more towards adults than teens. ...


The song is notoriously difficult to sing, due to its required vocal range, difficult phrasing and breathing, and the emotional content involved. At the televised Grammy Awards of 1992 Raitt performed it in an even more austere setting than on record, with just her and Hornsby highlighted. As she negotiated the final vocal line, she let out a big audible and visible sigh of relief that she had successfully gotten through it. The 34th Grammy Awards were held on February 26, 1992. ...


Although Hornsby had no hand in writing the song, his piano part on it became associated with him, and on his own subsequent tours he would often perform it whenever he had a female backing singer in his band to take on the vocal.


"I Can't Make You Love Me" has been recorded by a number of other artists, including George Michael, Prince, and Gina G to name a few. George Michael (born Georgios Kyriacos Panayiotou on June 25, 1963) is an English [1] singer-songwriter who performs soul influenced pop, and who (as a solo artist and half of the duo WHAM!) has enjoyed global success since 1982. ... Due to technical limitations, some web browsers may not display some special characters in this article. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ...


In August 2000, Mojo magazine voted "I Can't Make You Love Me" #8 on its The 100 Greatest Songs Of All Time list.[2] Mojo is a popular music magazine published monthly in the United Kingdom. ...


Despite the song's challenges, it has become a popular selection for contestants in televised singing competitions such as American Idol and Rock Star: INXS. Indeed one of the most successful Idol winners, Carrie Underwood, started on her path by performing "I Can't Make You Love Me" at her initial audition. More often than not, however, it is the song a contestant sings that gets her eliminated. For the current season, see American Idol (season 6). ... Carrie Marie Underwood (born March 10, 1983) is a two-time Grammy-award winning American country music singer and guitarist, who won the title of the fourth season of American Idol. ...


 
 

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