Rita Coolidge performing at an outdoor concert in Seattle in September 2002.
|Birth name||Rita Coolidge|
|Born||May 1, 1945|
|Origin||Lafayette, Tennessee, United States|
|Genres||Pop, adult contemporary, country, Native American, soft rock|
|Labels||A&M, Monument, Attic, Alpha, Spectrum, Pony Canyon, Caliber/Critique, Beacon, Innerworks, Concord|
|Associated acts||Eric Clapton, Leon Russell, Kris Kristofferson, Joe Cocker|
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 and won two Grammy Awards with fellow musician and former husband Kris Kristofferson.
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. She is of Scottish and Cherokee ancestry.
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. She sang for Leon Russell, Joe Cocker, Bob Dylan, Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, Dave Mason, Graham Nash, and Stephen Stills. 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.
In November 1970, she met Kris Kristofferson at the Los Angeles airport when they were both catching the same flight to Tennessee. He got off in Memphis with her, rather than continue to his intended destination in Nashville. The two married in 1973 and 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 is the daughter of "Dick" and Charlotte Coolidge, a minister and schoolteacher, with sisters Linda and Priscilla, and brother Raymond. Coolidge was married to Kris Kristofferson from 1973 to 1980. 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. 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.
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. 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.
Albums (North American)
|1972||The Lady's Not for Sale||46||—||27|
|1974||Fall into Spring||55||—||41|
|1975||It's Only Love||85||—||—|
|1978||Love Me Again||32||—||39|
|1983||Never Let You Go||—||—||—|
|1984||Inside the Fire||—||—||—|
|1996||Out of the Blues||—||—||—||Beacon|
|1998||Thinkin' About You||—||—||—||Innerworks|
|2005||And So Is Love||—||—||—||Concord|
|2012||A Rita Coolidge Christmas||—||—||—||429 Records|
Albums with Kris Kristofferson
|1990||Fire Me Back||Attic|
|1991||Dancing with an Angel|
|1995||Behind the Memories||Pony Canyon|
|1979||All About Rita Coolidge (Japanese release)||A&M|
|1987||Classics Volume 5|
|1991||A&M Gold Series (West German release)|
|1994||All Time High: Best of Rita Coolidge|
|1995||The Collection (Australian release)||Spectrum|
|2000||20th Century Masters - The Millenium Collection|
|2001||Universal Masters Collection|
|2004||Delta Lady - The Rita Coolidge Anthology|
|Year||Single||Peak chart positions||Album|
|1969||"Turn Around and Love You"||96||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||single only|
|1971||"I Believe in You"||—||—||—||38||16||—||—||—||Rita Coolidge|
|1972||"Fever"||76||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||The Lady's Not for Sale|
|"A Song I'd Like to Sing" (w/Kris Kristofferson)||49||12||92||53||3||54||—||97||Full Moon|
|1974||"Loving Arms" (w/Kris Kristofferson)||86||25||98||83||9||—||—||96|
|"Mama Lou"||—||—||94||—||—||—||—||—||Fall Into Spring|
|"Rain" (w/Kris Kristofferson)||—||44||87||—||40||—||—||—||Breakaway|
|1975||"Lover Please" (w/Kris Kristofferson)||—||42||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|1977||"(Your Love Has Lifted Me) Higher and Higher"||2||5||—||1||3||—||48||6B||Anytime...Anywhere|
|"We're All Alone"||7||1||82||5||1||—||6||32|
|1978||"The Way You Do the Things You Do"||20||9||—||16||6||—||—||74|
|"You"||25||3||—||17||1||—||—||—||Love Me Again|
|"The Jealous Kind"||—||—||63||—||—||—||—||—|
|"Love Me Again"||68||20||83||73||35||—||—||—|
|1979||"Hello, Love, Goodbye"||—||—||—||—||27||—||—||—|
|"One Fine Day"||66||15||—||89||4||—||—||68||Satisfied|
|"I'd Rather Leave While I'm in Love"||38||3||32||87||1||24||—||—|
|1980||"Somethin' Bout You Baby I Like"
|42||39||60||—||36||23||—||—||Somethin' Bout You Baby I Like
(Glen Campbell album)
|"Fool That I Am"||46||15||72||—||—||52||—||—||Coast to Coast soundtrack|
|"We Could Stay Together" (w/Booker T. Jones)||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||60||The Best of You (Booker T. Jones album)|
|1981||"Let's Go Dancing" (w/Booker T. Jones)||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||60||Satisfied|
|"The Closer You Get"||103||—||—||—||16||—||—||—||Heartbreak Radio|
|1983||"Lake Freeze"||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||Lake Freeze - The Raccoons Songtrack|
|"All Time High"||36||1||—||38||1||—||75||80||Octopussy soundtrack|
|"Only You"||—||37||—||—||—||—||—||—||Never Let You Go|
|1984||"Something Said Love"||—||15||—||—||—||—||—||—||Inside the Fire|
|1990||"I Stand in Wonder"||—||—||—||49||21||—||—||—||Fire Me Back|
- A B-side of "Fever"
- B Charted as a double A-side in Australia, backed with "I Don't Want to Talk About It"
-  AllMusic.com Biography
- Accomplished Alpha Gams, Alpha Gamma Delta fraternity.
- "Rita Coolidge Biography". Musicianguide.com. Retrieved 2010-04-10.
- Palisin, Steve (April 17, 2014). "Rita Coolidge shares Myrtle Beach area memories and more ahead of concert in Brunswick County". The Sun News.
-  AllMusic.com Song Review of Delta Lady
- http://www.mendocinobeacon.com/ci_21382290/charlotte-coolidge Charlotte Coolidge (obituary)], Mendocino Beacon, 23 August 2012. Retrieved 22 April 2014.
- Zimmer, Dave, and Diltz, Henry (1984). Crosby Stills & Nash: The Authorized Biography (First edition), St. Martin’s Press, ISBN 0-312-17660-0.
- Tribune, Chicago. "Rita Coolidge marriage". Retrieved 11 September 2012.
-  AllMusic.com Biography of Walela
- 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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