LA TIMES Q&A: Bonnie Raitt on 'I Can't Make You Love Me': 'It struck me deeply'

JUNE 13, 2014
By Mikael Wood
Los Angeles Times


George Michael. Bon Iver. The R&B singer Tank.

These are just a few of the artists who’ve covered “I Can’t Make You Love Me” since Bonnie Raitt had a hit with the song on her Grammy-winning 1991 album “Luck of the Draw.”

Written by Mike Reid and Allen Shamblin, the tune -- about someone begging an indifferent lover to stay just one more night -- has become something of a modern standard, a go-to source of grown-up melancholy for established stars as well as the young hopefuls on televised singing shows “American Idol” and “The Voice.” (...)