Rita Coolidge

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Rita Coolidge
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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 68)
OriginLafayette, Tennessee, United States
GenresPop, piano rock, adult contemporary, country, Native American,[1] soft rock
OccupationsSinger–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 68)
OriginLafayette, Tennessee, United States
GenresPop, piano rock, adult contemporary, country, Native American,[1] soft rock
OccupationsSinger–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 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,FL. She is a member of the Alpha Gamma Delta sorority. She is of Scottish and Cherokee ancestry.[2]

Career[edit]

Coolidge is a graduate of Florida State University. She became known as "The Delta Lady" and inspired Leon Russell to write a song of the same name for her.[3] 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". Willie Nelson references her in Devil in a Sleepin' Bag on Shotgun Willie thus:

Just got back from New York City
Kris (Kristofferson) and Rita (Coolidge) done it all
Bought perfection there for all the world to see
Lord, I heard an angel singing in that Philharmonic Hall
Rita Coolidge, Rita Coolidge, cleft for me

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", and The Temptations' "The Way You Do The Things You Do", followed by "You".

Coolidge also was among the first hosts on VH1.

Personal life[edit]

Coolidge married Tatsuya Suda (mistakenly referred to as "Sudaon" by the Chicago Tribune) on June 19, 2004 in the Cook Islands.[4][5] Coolidge was married to Kris Kristofferson from 1973–1980.[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.[6] She was also involved with Leon Russell and Joe Cocker during their Mad Dogs and Englishmen tour.

Coolidge now lives in Fallbrook, California. She is a member of Alpha Gamma Delta sorority.[7]

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.[8] Walela means hummingbird in Cherokee.

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 ACUS CountryCANCAN ACCAN CountryUK[9]
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)49129253354Full Moon
1974"Loving Arms" (w/Kris Kristofferson)862598839
"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"251348Anytime...Anywhere
"We're All Alone"7182516
1978"The Way You Do the Things You Do"209166
"Words"25
"You"253171Love Me Again
"The Jealous Kind"63
"Love Me Again"6820837335
1979"Hello, Love, Goodbye"27
"One Fine Day"6615894Satisfied
"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
1981"The Closer You Get"10316Heartbreak Radio
1983"Lake Freeze"Lake Freeze - The Raccoons Songtrack
"All Time High"36138175Octopussy 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. ^ "Rita Coolidge Biography". Musicianguide.com. Retrieved 2010-04-10. 
  3. ^ [2] AllMusic.com Song Review of Delta Lady
  4. ^ Tribune, Chicago. "Rita Coolidge marriage". Retrieved 11 September 2012. 
  5. ^ http://www.utsandiego.com/uniontrib/20040715/news_lz1w15rita.html
  6. ^ Zimmer, Dave, and Diltz, Henry (1984). Crosby Stills & Nash: The Authorized Biography (First edition), St. Martin’s Press, ISBN 0-312-17660-0.
  7. ^ Accomplished Alpha Gams, Alpha Gamma Delta fraternity.
  8. ^ [3] AllMusic.com Biography of Walela
  9. ^ 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