Rita Coolidge

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Rita Coolidge
Rita Coolidge, 2002 - cropped.jpg
Rita Coolidge performing at an outdoor concert in Seattle in September 2002.
Background information
Birth nameRita Coolidge
Born(1945-05-01) May 1, 1945 (age 69)
OriginLafayette, Tennessee, United States
GenresPop, adult contemporary, country, Native American,[1] soft rock
Occupation(s)Singer–songwriter
InstrumentsVocals, piano
Years active1969–present
LabelsA&M, Monument, Attic, Alpha, Spectrum, Pony Canyon, Caliber/Critique, Beacon, Innerworks, Concord
Associated actsEric Clapton, Leon Russell, Kris Kristofferson, Joe Cocker
Websitewww.ritacoolidge.com
 
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Rita Coolidge
Rita Coolidge, 2002 - cropped.jpg
Rita Coolidge performing at an outdoor concert in Seattle in September 2002.
Background information
Birth nameRita Coolidge
Born(1945-05-01) May 1, 1945 (age 69)
OriginLafayette, Tennessee, United States
GenresPop, adult contemporary, country, Native American,[1] soft rock
Occupation(s)Singer–songwriter
InstrumentsVocals, piano
Years active1969–present
LabelsA&M, Monument, Attic, Alpha, Spectrum, Pony Canyon, Caliber/Critique, Beacon, Innerworks, Concord
Associated actsEric Clapton, Leon Russell, Kris Kristofferson, Joe Cocker
Websitewww.ritacoolidge.com

Rita Coolidge (born May 1, 1945) is an American recording artist and songwriter. During the 1970s and 1980s, she charted hits on Billboard's pop, country, adult contemporary and jazz charts[1] and won two Grammy Awards with fellow musician and former husband Kris Kristofferson.

Early life[edit]

Rita Coolidge at Willie Nelson's 4th of July Picnic in 1972.
Rita Coolidge with Kris Kristofferson at the private party after the premiere of the movie A Star Is Born, on the third floor of Dillon's Disco on December 18, 1976.

Coolidge was born in Lafayette, Tennessee. Coolidge attended Nashville's Maplewood High School. She graduated from Andrew Jackson Senior High in Jacksonville, Florida. She is a member of Alpha Gamma Delta sorority.[2] She is of Scottish and Cherokee ancestry.[3]

Career[edit]

Coolidge is a graduate of Florida State University. After singing around Memphis (including a stint singing jingles), she was discovered by Delaney & Bonnie, who took her to Los Angeles where, besides her work with Delaney & Bonnie, she became a popular background singer on many other people's albums.[4] She sang for Leon Russell, Joe Cocker, Bob Dylan, Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, Dave Mason, Graham Nash, and Stephen Stills.[5] She was featured in Joe Cocker's Mad Dogs and Englishmen tour and album, singing Russell's and Bonnie Bramlett's song "Superstar." She became known as "The Delta Lady" and inspired Russell to write a song of the same name for her.[6]

In November 1970, she met Kris Kristofferson at the Los Angeles airport when they were both catching the same flight to Tennessee and he got off in Memphis with her rather than go on to his originally intended stop in Nashville; the two married in 1973. With him, she recorded several duet albums which sold well, and earned the duo a Grammy Award for Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal in 1974 for "From the Bottle to the Bottom", and in 1976 for "Lover Please".

Coolidge's greatest success on the pop charts came during 1977-1978 with four consecutive top 25 hits, covers of Jackie Wilson's "(Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher and Higher", Boz Scaggs' "We're All Alone", The Temptations' "The Way You Do The Things You Do", and Marcia Hines' "You".

Coolidge also was among the first hosts on VH1.

In 2006, Coolidge recorded a standards album, And So Is Love.[5]

Personal life[edit]

Coolidge was the daughter of "Dick" and Charlotte Coolidge, a minister and schoolteacher, with sisters Linda and Priscilla, and brother Raymond.[7] Coolidge was married to Kris Kristofferson from 1973 to 1980.[1] They have one daughter, Casey. Coolidge previously had romantic liaisons with Stephen Stills and Graham Nash; her leaving Stills for Nash has been cited as a contributing factor behind the initial 1970 breakup of Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young.[8] She was also involved with Leon Russell and Joe Cocker during their Mad Dogs and Englishmen tour. Coolidge married Tatsuya Suda on June 19, 2004, in the Cook Islands.[9][10]

Coolidge now lives in Fallbrook, California.

Coolidge is a painter and has exhibited her work.[5]

Coolidge is a sister of the Alpha Gamma Delta sorority.

Walela[edit]

In 1997, Coolidge was one of the founding members of Walela, a Native American music trio, that also includes Coolidge's sister Priscilla and Priscilla's daughter Laura Satterfield. The trio released studio albums in 1997 (Walela) and 2000 (Unbearable Love), a live album and DVD (Live in Concert) in 2004 and a compilation album (The Best of Walela) in 2007.[11] Walela means hummingbird in Cherokee. Coolidge considered this group important not only in honoring her Cherokee ancestors, but also in bringing their culture to others. Also as part of her Native American heritage, she performed with Robbie Robertson, who is Mohawk, at the 2002 Winter Olympics.[5]

Discography[edit]

Albums (North American)[edit]

YearAlbumPeak positionsLabel
USUS CountryCAN
1971Rita Coolidge10571A&M
Nice Feelin'135
1972The Lady's Not for Sale4627
1974Fall into Spring5541
1975It's Only Love85
1977Anytime...Anywhere6234
1978Love Me Again3239
1979Satisfied9558
1980Greatest Hits10747
1981Heartbreak Radio160
1983Never Let You Go
1984Inside the Fire
1992Love LessonsCaliber/Critique
1996Out of the BluesBeacon
1998Thinkin' About YouInnerworks
2005And So Is LoveConcord
2012A Rita Coolidge Christmas429 Records

Albums with Kris Kristofferson[edit]

YearAlbumPeak positionsLabel
US CountryUSCAN
1973Full Moon1267A&M
1974Breakaway1910381Monument
1978Natural Act24106A&M

International albums[edit]

YearAlbumLabel
1990Fire Me BackAttic
1991Dancing with an Angel
1993For YouAlpha
1995Behind the MemoriesPony Canyon

Compilation albums[edit]

YearAlbumLabel
1979All About Rita Coolidge (Japanese release)A&M
1980Greatest Hits
1987Classics Volume 5
1991A&M Gold Series (West German release)
1994All Time High: Best of Rita Coolidge
1995The Collection (Australian release)Spectrum
1999Master SeriesA&M
200020th Century Masters - The Millenium Collection
2001Universal Masters Collection
2004Delta Lady - The Rita Coolidge Anthology

Singles[edit]

YearSinglePeak chart positionsAlbum
USUS
AC
US
Country
CACA
AC
CA
Country
UK[12]AU
1969"Turn Around and Love You"96single only
1971"I Believe in You"3816Rita Coolidge
1972"Fever"76The Lady's Not for Sale
1973"My Crew"Aflip38
"Whiskey, Whiskey"106
"A Song I'd Like to Sing" (w/Kris Kristofferson)4912925335497Full Moon
1974"Loving Arms" (w/Kris Kristofferson)86259883996
"Mama Lou"94Fall Into Spring
"Rain" (w/Kris Kristofferson)448740Breakaway
1975"Lover Please" (w/Kris Kristofferson)42
1977"(Your Love Has Lifted Me) Higher and Higher"2513486BAnytime...Anywhere
"We're All Alone"718251632
1978"The Way You Do the Things You Do"20916674
"Words"25
"You"253171Love Me Again
"The Jealous Kind"63
"Love Me Again"6820837335
"Slow Dancer"60
1979"Hello, Love, Goodbye"27
"One Fine Day"661589468Satisfied
"I'd Rather Leave While I'm in Love"3833287124
1980"Somethin' Bout You Baby I Like"
(w/Glen Campbell)
4239603623Somethin' Bout You Baby I Like
(Glen Campbell album)
"Fool That I Am"46157252Coast to Coast soundtrack
"We Could Stay Together" (w/Booker T. Jones)60The Best of You (Booker T. Jones album)
1981"Let's Go Dancing" (w/Booker T. Jones)60Satisfied
"The Closer You Get"10316Heartbreak Radio
1983"Lake Freeze"Lake Freeze - The Raccoons Songtrack
"All Time High"3613817580Octopussy soundtrack
"Only You"37Never Let You Go
1984"Something Said Love"15Inside the Fire
1990"I Stand in Wonder"4921Fire Me Back

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c [1] AllMusic.com Biography
  2. ^ Accomplished Alpha Gams, Alpha Gamma Delta fraternity.
  3. ^ "Rita Coolidge Biography". Musicianguide.com. Retrieved 2010-04-10. 
  4. ^ http://www.theuncool.com/journalism/rita-coolidge-biography/
  5. ^ a b c d Palisin, Steve (April 17, 2014). "Rita Coolidge shares Myrtle Beach area memories and more ahead of concert in Brunswick County". The Sun News. 
  6. ^ [2] AllMusic.com Song Review of Delta Lady
  7. ^ http://www.mendocinobeacon.com/ci_21382290/charlotte-coolidge Charlotte Coolidge (obituary)], Mendocino Beacon, 23 August 2012. Retrieved 22 April 2014.
  8. ^ Zimmer, Dave, and Diltz, Henry (1984). Crosby Stills & Nash: The Authorized Biography (First edition), St. Martin’s Press, ISBN 0-312-17660-0.
  9. ^ Tribune, Chicago. "Rita Coolidge marriage". Retrieved 11 September 2012. 
  10. ^ http://www.utsandiego.com/uniontrib/20040715/news_lz1w15rita.html
  11. ^ [3] AllMusic.com Biography of Walela
  12. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 119. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 

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Preceded by
Sheena Easton
For Your Eyes Only, 1981
James Bond title artist
Octopussy (All Time High), 1983
Succeeded by
Duran Duran
A View to a Kill, 1985