November 13, 1941|
|Died||May 19, 1991(aged 49)|
|Associated acts||Paul Anka|
The daughter of an evangelical minister, Odia Coates was born in Vicksburg, Mississippi but as a young girl her family moved to Watts, California. From an early age, she sang in her church choir and eventually became a member of the Northern California State Youth Choir, co-founded by Edwin Hawkins.
Work with Paul Anka
Coates is best remembered for her duet with Paul Anka, "(You're) Having My Baby", that went to No. 1 on the Hot 100 on 24 August - 7 September 1974. The two recorded several more Top 10 & Top 20 hits, including 1974's "One Man Woman/One Woman Man" and 1975's "I Don't Like To Sleep Alone" and "(I Believe) There's Nothing Stronger Than Our Love". Coates also recorded "Make It Up To Me in Love", a sequel to "One Man Woman/One Woman Man", with Anka in 1977, a big hit (and still popular today) on dance floors in an extended version by producer Tom Moulton.
Odia Coates died from breast cancer in 1991, aged 49.
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