Chanteuse Country US née le 1er Mai 1944, originaire de Nashville (Tennessee). Rita Coolidge a débuté en 1969 en compagnie de Joe Cocker. Elle fait un premier album en 1971 pour le label A & M Records et se marie avec Kris Kristofferson en 1973. Rita Coolidge chante de la variété Pop qui n'a rien à voir avec la Country Music et pourtant elle est considérée comme une chanteuse de ce style.

A versatile singer blessed with a clear, pure voice, Rita Coolidge was a capable stylist in rock, pop, R&B, country, and folk, and was a hugely in-demand session Vocalsist outside of her own solo recording career. Born near Nashville, TN, in the town of Lafayette in 1945, Coolidge was part Cherokee and first sang in the church where her father was a minister. She studied art at Florida State University, but also sang and wrote songs on the side, and decided to give music a shot before settling into teaching. She moved to Memphis after graduation and worked singing commercial jingles, sometimes with her sister, Priscilla, and soon landed a job touring with Delaney & Bonnie as a backup Vocalsist. She subsequently relocated to Los Angeles, where she sang on recording sessions by the likes of Eric Clapton, Stephen Stills, Leon Russell, and Joe Cocker, among others. After returning from the supporting tour for Cocker's Mad Dogs & Englishmen, Coolidge landed her own solo contract with A&M.
Coolidge's self-titled debut album was released in 1971, but despite critical acclaim for it and the follow-up, Nice Feelin', she failed to break through commercially. Over the course of the next few years, she moved into country-rock and Southern California soft rock, working territory not too dissimilar from Linda Ronstadt. She also married progressive country singer/songwriter Kris Kristofferson in 1973, the same year she recorded a duo album with him titled Full Moon. Full Moon topped the country charts, and "From the Bottle to the Bottom" won a Grammy for Best Country Vocals by a Duo or Group. The following year, the couple released a follow-up, Breakaway, whose "Lover Please" won them another Grammy in the same category. Coolidge finally broke through in her own right with 1977's Anytime, Anywhere, a collection of well-chosen covers with a strong R&B bent. Paced by the hit singles "(Your Love Has Lifted Me) Higher and Higher" (a Jackie Wilson cover that went to number two pop), "We're All Alone" (Top Ten), and "The Way You Do the Things You Do" (a Top 20 Temptations cover), Anytime, Anywhere climbed into the Top Ten and sold over a million copies. Coolidge and Kristofferson released one final duo album, Natural Act, in 1979, but their marriage was on the rocks, and they separated by the end of the year.
Coolidge never repeated the pop success of Anytime, Anywhere, but she did continue to land hits on the adult contemporary charts through the early '80s, including "You," "I'd Rather Leave While I'm in Love," and "All Time High" (the theme for the James Bond flick Octopussy). She parted ways with A&M after 1984's Inside the Fire, and spent some time away from the music business to devote herself to various social causes. She returned to recording with 1992's Love Lessons, on Critique, and went on to cut several albums for other small labels during the latter half of the '90s. 1995's Cherokee, in particular, signaled a renewed interest in her Native American musical heritage, and she teamed up with her sister, Priscilla, and her niece, Laura Satterfield, to form Walela, which explored those roots in greater detail over two albums in 1997 and 2000, respectively. Several anthology collections were released in the early 2000s; And So Is Love, an album of traditional jazz standards, marked Coolidge's first release for Concord in 2005. A holiday album, A Rita Coolidge Christmas, arrived seven years later in 2012 from 429 Records

Talents : Singer, Songwriter, Piano, Actress

Style musical : Country-Pop, Pop, Soft Rock

Years in activity :

1910 20 30 40 50 60 70 80 90 2000 10



1968 SP PEPPER 443 (US) Turn Around And Love You / Walkin' In The Mornin'
1972 SP A & M 1398 (US) . Fever / My Crew
11/1973 SP A & M S-1475 (US) . Rita COOLIDGE & Kris KRISTOFFERSON - Song I'd Like To Sing / From The Bottle To The Bottom
03/1974 SP A & M S-1498 (US) . Rita COOLIDGE & Kris KRISTOFFERSON - Loving Arms  / I'm Down
1974 SP A & M S-1545 (US) . Mama Lou / ?
11/1974 SP MONUMENT ZS8-8630 (US) . Rita COOLIDGE & Kris KRISTOFFERSON - Rain / What'cha Gonna Do
01/1975 SP MONUMENT ZS8-8636 (US) . Rita COOLIDGE & Kris KRISTOFFERSON - Lover Please / Slow Down
04/1975 SP MONUMENT ZS8-8646 (US) . Rita COOLIDGE & Kris KRISTOFFERSON - We Must Have Been Out Of Our Minds / Sweet Susannah
1977 SP A & M1922 (US) Higher And Higher / Whos To Bless And Whos To Blame
1977 SP A & M 1965 (US) We're All Alone / Southern Lady
1977 SP A & M 2004 (US) The Way You Do The Things You Do / ?
1978 SP A & M 2090 (US) . Love Me Again / The Jealous Kind
1979 SP A & M 2199 (US) . One Fine Day / ?
1979 SP A & M ? (US) . I'd Rather Leave While I'm In Love / ?
1979 SP A & M 2121-S (US) . Kris KRISTOFFERSON & Rita COOLIDGE - Not Everyone Knows / Blue As I Do
04/1980 SP CAPITOL 4865 (US) . Somethin' 'bout You Baby I Like (with Glen CAMPBELL) / Late Night Confession
1980 SP CAPITOL 1A 006-86155 (NL) Somethin' 'bout You Baby I Like (with Glen CAMPBELL) / Late Night Confession
1980 SP CAPITOL 11C 006-86 155 F (POR)

Somethin' 'bout You Baby I Like (with Glen CAMPBELL) / Late Night Confession

1981 SP A & M 2281 (US) . Fool That I Am / ?
11/1982 SP MONUMENT GOLDEN SERIES WS8 03441 (US) . Lover Please (Kris KRISTOFFERSON & Rita COOLIDGE) / For The Good Times (Kris KRISTOFFERSON)
1986 SP POLYGRAM ? (US) . Rita COOLIDGE & Rupert HOLMES - Touch And Go / ?


02/1971 LP 12" A & M SP 4291 (US)