Bonnie Raitt picks her 10 favorite duets

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LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 23: Singer Bonnie Rait attends 'A Song Is Born' 16th Annual GRAMMY Foundation Legacy Concert - Arrivals at The Wilshire Ebell Theatre on January 23, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Rodrigo Vaz/FilmMagic)
Bonnie Rait, Bruce Springsteen and Patti Scialfa (Photo by KMazur/WireImage for The Recording Academy)
HOLLYWOOD - SEPTEMBER 30: Singers (L-R) Dolly Parton and Bonnie Rait perform on stage during the WOMEN ROCK! Songs from the Movies, the fourth annual concert for the fight against breast cancer, at the Kodak Theatre September 30, 2003 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
401611 168: Singer Bonnie Rait attends the 44th Annual Grammy Awards at Staples Center February 27, 2002 in Los Angeles, CA. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 15: Bonnie Raitt arrives at the The 58th GRAMMY Awards at Staples Center on February 15, 2016 in Los Angeles City. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 15: Singers Bonnie Raitt (L) and Gary Clark Jr. perform a tribute to the late B.B. King onstage during The 58th GRAMMY Awards at Staples Center on February 15, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - AUGUST 27: Bonnie Raitt attends the ceremony honoring Joe Smith with a Star on The Hollywood Walk of Fame on August 27, 2015 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Michael Tran/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 15: Singers Chris Stapleton (L) and Bonnie Raitt perform a tribute to the late B.B. King onstage during The 58th GRAMMY Awards at Staples Center on February 15, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
DANA POINT, CA - MAY 17: (L-R) Guitarist George Marinelli and Bonnie Raitt perform onstage at Doheny State Beach on May 17, 2015 in Dana Point, California. (Photo by Scott Dudelson/Getty Images)
DANA POINT, CA - MAY 17: Singer Bonnie Raitt performs onstage at Doheny State Beach on May 17, 2015 in Dana Point, California. (Photo by Scott Dudelson/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 06: Bonnie Raitt arrives at the MusiCares Person Of The Year Tribute To Bob Dylan on February 6, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 06: Bonnie Raitt arrives at the 2015 MusiCares Person of The Year honoring Bob Dylan held at Los Angeles Convention Center on February 6, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Michael Tran/FilmMagic)
AUSTIN, TX - JUNE 26: Musician Bonnie Raitt performs on stage during 'Austin City Limits Celebrates 40 Years' at ACL Live on June 26, 2014 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Rick Kern/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 10: Bonnie Raitt, Stevie Nicks and Carrie Underwood attends the 29th Annual Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Induction Ceremony at Barclays Center on April 10, 2014 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by Bobby Bank/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 10: Musicians Bonnie Raitt (L) and Emmylou Harris perform onstage at the 29th Annual Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Induction Ceremony at Barclays Center of Brooklyn on April 10, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)
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The veteran blues artist estimates that she has guested on more than 100 songs. Here, her shortlist of the most unforgettable -- with apologies to those left off the list.

"I'm in the Mood," with John Lee Hooker (1989)
This collaboration won a Grammy for best traditional blues recording, but that's not why it ranks among Raitt's favorites: "I shared musical heat with John Lee Hooker."

"Someone To Love," with Charles Brown (1992)
Her duet with the famed blues singer and pianist appeared on his eponymous album, Someone To Love. Raitt says, "I adored the man and miss him every day."

"Hey There," with John Raitt (1995)
One of three duets on her father's Broadway Legend album, this show-tune cover from The Pajama Game is, in Raitt's words, "a daddy-daughter moment to cherish forever."

"I'm Gonna Move to the Outskirts of Town," with Ruth Brown (1997)
"When I sang it live with Ruth Brown, I'd ad lib: 'I know it may sound funny / Funny as can be / But I've seen all your children / And one looks a whole lot like John Lee.' That would break her up."

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"I Gotta Right to Sing the Blues," with Tony Bennett (2001)
"Not sure I've got the right to sing with Tony Bennett," says Raitt, a guest on Playin' With My Friends: Bennett Sings the Blues. "But I sure as hell didn't refuse."

"You Remain" with Willie Nelson (2001)
"I really only sang the background," remembers Raitt, "But the song still stays in my heart."

"Do I Ever Cross Your Mind?" with Ray Charles (2004)
"Ray Charles was ill and Genius Loves Company was his final album, but still, I got to sing with the man!"

"A Sunday Kind of Love," with Alicia Keys (2012)
"Etta James had the voice I wish I had," says Raitt, who paid tribute to the vocal legend with Alicia Keys at the 54th annual Grammy Awards.


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"The Pleasure's All Mine," with Jimmie Vaughn (2014)
"I did it for the 40th anniversary of Austin City Limits," Raitt recalls. "Love looking at it on YouTube."

"Wrap It Up," with Brittany Howard (2014)
At that same ACL celebration, the Alabama Shakes frontwoman joined Raitt for this 1968 R&B single: "Two chicks with guitars rocking the Sam & Dave classic. Big thrill." Watch the performance here.

An edited version of this story originally appeared in the Feb. 27 issue of Billboard.


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