Clay Aiken – Celebrating Five Decades of Song

In the summer of 2005, Clay Aiken rocked the stage as he set out on a unique tour celebrating all five decades of the rock era.

Called the Jukebox Tour, the songs reached back to the ’50s and ’60s for the earliest hits of rock and roll, moved into the ’70s and ’80s for songs from Clay’s childhood, and came all the way into the ’90s and ’00s for hits from modern times.  The Jukebox Tour was Clay’s 5th tour.

One of the most beautiful songs on the concert was I Can’t Make You Love Me, a 1991 hit song recorded by Bonnie Raitt.  The song became one of Raitt’s most successful singles, and reached the top-twenty on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart. The song is ranked at number 339 on the Rolling Stone magazine’s list of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.

ICMYLM was written by the songwriting team of Mike Reid and Allen Shamblin. It is said that Reid got the idea from a newspaper article about a guy who got drunk and shot up his girlfriend’s car. When the judge sentenced him and asked him what he had learned, he said, “You can’t make a woman love you if she don’t.”  An interesting aside: Before Mike Reid became a songwriter and Country music artist, he played defensive tackle for the NFL’s Cincinnati Bengals.

When Clay sang the song, he was sitting on a dark stage.  Each time, his talented pianist opened the performance with an amazing introduction.  When the stage light found Clay, he sang this beautiful song from his heart.

The following is a wonderful YouTube from SueReu that is a Video/Photo Montage with Clay singing I Can’t Make You Love Me.  

I hope you enjoy it!

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  1. I wish I had been a fan and had seen the Jukebox tour. I wish Clay could do another tour like this. Thank you for sharing all the info. I always learn something and have fun too.

  2. Jukebox tour was one of the best Clay has done, I wish there was a dvd copy of it. I'm also hoping he'll do another tour soon… Thanks Martha!!!

  3. Love this song. He sang so beautifully. Didn't know much about Clay then. Glad that I can go back and listen to his music.

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