Odia Coates

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Odia Coates
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Background information
Born (1941-11-13)November 13, 1941
Vicksburg, Mississippi, U.S.
Died May 19, 1991(1991-05-19) (aged 49)
Oakland Medical Center, Oakland, California, U.S.
Occupation(s) Singer
Associated acts Paul Anka

Odia Coates (November 13, 1941 – May 19, 1991) was an American singer, best known for her high-profile hits with Canadian singer-songwriter Paul Anka.

Early life[edit]

The daughter of an evangelical minister, Odia Coates was born in Vicksburg, Mississippi. As a young child her family moved to Watts, California, where her father served as pastor in the Beautiful Gates Church Of God In Christ, where she sang in the church choir. She eventually became a member of the Northern California State Youth Choir, co-founded by Edwin Hawkins.

Work with Paul Anka[edit]

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 August 24-September 7, 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". She recorded "Make It Up To Me in Love", a sequel to "One Man Woman/One Woman Man", with Anka in 1977.[citation needed]

Solo work[edit]

She had minor success as a solo artist with the Anka-penned track "You Come And You Go" and a cover of the Electric Light Orchestra song Showdown.

Death[edit]

Odia Coates died from breast cancer in 1991, aged 49, at Oakland Medical Center following a four year battle with the disease.[1][2]

Referencers[edit]

  1. ^ Profile, books.google.com; accessed February 7, 2014.
  2. ^ Notice of death of Odia Coates, books.google.com; accessed February 15, 2015.