Rita Coolidge
American musician
Rita Coolidge
Rita Coolidge is a multiple Grammy Award-winning American vocalist. During the 1970s and 1980s, she charted hits on Billboard's pop, country, adult contemporary and jazz charts.
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Don't Be Mean in Seventeen
Huffington Post - 3 months
Notes from Indian Country By Tim Giago (Nanwica Kciji - Stands Up For Them) As the headline reads I pondered about how to start off the New Year with my first column of 2017 when I saw the slogan that makes up the headline on a television ad. Wow; sounds good to me, and so with that attitude in mind I sat down at my computer to kick off 2017. First let me digress here: I have written a column since 1981, and that makes 36 years of sometimes good and sometimes not-so-good columns. I will endeavor to make my columns beginning in the New Year better. One year my column won the H. L. Mencken Award from the Baltimore Sun. It was a column about my now deceased friend Enos Poor Bear and a Lakota Christmas. Over the holidays my wife Jackie went to visit Jim White at the Sound Pro in Rapid City and bought me an old fashioned turntable record player and a professional sound system to accompany it. She knew I had a box of old vinyl records I had packed in a box. I had been carrying ...
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Eleven More Bass Players Who Belong in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
Huffington Post - 4 months
"You ask the average person what a bass is, or what a bass sounds like, and most of the time, they don't know. But remove the bass from any piece of music and suddenly it becomes the largest missing piece in the world! Whoa, fifty percent of the music just went away with one instrument! It is an instrument that is much more conspicuous by its absence than by its presence..." As told to this writer by Michael J. Visceglia, bassist, author, educator, recording artist The 2017 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nominees were revealed a few weeks ago and I congratulate all the artists: Bad Brains, Chaka Khan, Chic, Depeche Mode, Electric Light Orchestra, J. Geils Band, Jane's Addiction, Janet Jackson, Joan Baez, Joe Tex, Journey, Kraftwerk, MC 5, Pearl Jam, Steppenwolf, The Cars, The Zombies, Tupac Shakur, and Yes. Some of the choices are obvious to me, some less so. A few leave me bewildered, but that's rock and roll...the mistakes make the music real. And I see that a few of the nomi ...
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Rita Coolidge on Sam Cooke and Aretha Franklin
Wall Street Journal - 12 months
Singer Rita Coolidge hears different protest messages in versions of “A Change Is Gonna Come” by Sam Cooke and Aretha Franklin.
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Paul McCartney's "Queenie Eye," Plus Chatting with The Rubens' Sam Margin, Sam Phillips and The Swimming Pool Q's' Jeff Calder
Huffington Post - over 3 years
Paul McCartney's "Queenie Eye" Can you spot the famous folks? A Conversation with The Rubens' Sam Margin Mike Ragogna: Sam, what's up and how the heck are you? Sam Margin: Not much and I'm good! MR: So this isn't your first American tour, but it might be your most important one, huh? SM: Yeah, I think it is because of the record that's out now. We've done a bit of American touring, not proper cross-the-country touring like we are now, but we did Bonnaroo and a couple of festivals, South-By, and stuff like that, which was good, a good lead-up to the record being released but I guess this is the most important so far. MR: Your band is pretty new to this country. SM: Yeah, definitely. We are new to the US. We spent a bit of time here, we recorded our album in New York for a few months, but yeah, in regards to the public and anyone really knowing who we are, we're really new. MR: Who's going to be the opening act when you tour with Bruce Springsteen back in Australia? You gu ...
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Mike Ragogna: 'Tis The Season: Chatting With Scotty McCreery, Rita Coolidge and Tom Keifer, Plus Slam Dunk's "Fantasy" Exclusive
The Huffington Post - over 4 years
A Conversation With Scotty McCreery Mike Ragogna: Hi, Scotty! Read More... More on Video
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Xaque Gruber: The Top 20 Best James Bond Theme Songs
Huffington Post - over 4 years
2012 marks the 50th anniversary of James Bond's cinematic debut, and is proving to be a banner year for the iconic franchise with the highly anticipated feature, Skyfall (November 9) as well as the release of Best of Bond, Capitol's expansive CD set spanning a half-century of remastered 007 music. As a Bond music fanatic, I've chosen to celebrate this anniversary by carefully re-listening to each showstopper. Here are my picks of the top 20 most compelling vocal productions in the James Bond pantheon of anthems... 1. "Goldfinger" -- Shirley Bassey (Goldfinger, 1964) When it comes to 007 themes, Goldfinger is the gold standard, setting the stage for every epic musical notion in the franchise to follow, and accomplishing this all in under two minutes and 50 seconds. Unlike most Bond themes, this is the antagonist's anthem, and it couldn't conquer in grander style. Opening with an inpenetrable wall of blaring horns to the ultimate climax: six glass smashing seconds of ...
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OREN PELI, WRITER, DIRECTOR, PRODUCER OF “PARANORMAL ACTIVITY” - Your-Story.org (press release)
Google News - over 5 years
Past TVIFF honorees include Smokey Robinson, Kenny Loggins, Raquel Welch, Dionne Warwick, Carl Reiner, Mary Steenburgen, Michael Madsen, Shirley Jones, Gena Rowlands, Michael York, Hector Elizondo, Ray Charles, Rita Coolidge, William Shatner,
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Are Professors Picking the Public's Pockets? - Miller-McCune.com
Google News - over 5 years
Professor Tatsuya Suda's home in Fallbrook, California, where he lives with his wife Rita Coolidge amid an avocado grove on a ridge overlooking the Camp Pendleton Marine base. (Rex Dalton) From his arrival in the US some 25 years ago,
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Simon Price: There's no going back to the Old Grey Twilight Zone - The Independent
Google News - over 5 years
If you want an enduring image of The Old Grey Whistle Test, think of Kris Kristofferson gazing across at Rita Coolidge with conspiratorial smugness, or one member of Focus looking at another with a "lost-in-music" face, or the drummer from the Edgar
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Today in Music History - Aug. 19 - mysask.com (press release)
Google News - over 5 years
In 1973, singers Kris Kristofferson and Rita Coolidge were married in Los Angeles. They were divorced six years later. In 1979, singer Dorsey Burnette died of a heart attack at 46. Burnette began as the bass player in his brother Johnny's "Rock 'n'
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Interview: Taylor Hicks - On Songwriting, Acting, and New Album - Blogcritics.org (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
Among the other headlining acts at this year's Telluride were Tower of Power, Allen Toussaint, and Rita Coolidge. That's damn impressive company for a guy who's been the butt of countless jokes in the mainstream media. Those who recoil at the sight of
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Interview: Paul Sinha, comedian - Edinburgh Festivals
Google News - over 5 years
The only other song we know is George Harrison's My Sweet Lord, but Sinha can make a decent stab at listing all the presidents and we end up with four out of the five artists by guessing Bryan Adams and Rita Coolidge. In the last round we are asked for
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Joshua Tree National Park comes of age, celebrates 75th anniversary - The Desert Sun
Google News - over 5 years
Long an inspiration for artists, Joshua Tree was rediscovered in the 1960s and '70s by the rock 'n' roll community, including Keith Richards, the Eagles and Gram Parsons. “I love it there; it's magical,” said singer Rita Coolidge before a park
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CALENDAR; Connecticut
NYTimes - over 5 years
A guide to cultural and recreational events in Connecticut. Items for the calendar should be sent at least three weeks in advance to ctcal@nytimes.com. Comedy COLLINSVILLE Bridge Street Live Paul Mecurio. Aug. 6 at 8 p.m. $25 and $35. Bridge Street Live, 41 Bridge Street. (860) 693-9762; 41bridgestreet.com. MASHANTUCKET Comix at Foxwoods Dov
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Events in Connecticut - New York Times
Google News - over 5 years
Rita Coolidge, jazz. Aug. 4 at 7:30 pm $60 to $80. Toad the Wet Sprocket, alternative rock. Aug. 5 at 8 pm $50 to $70. Al Stewart with Dave Nachmanoff, folk. Aug. 7 at 7:30 pm $30 and $40. Infinity Hall, 20 Greenwoods Road. infinityhall.com;
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Temecula Valley International Film & Music Festival continues to reel in ... - San Diego Source (subscription)
Google News - over 5 years
Past TVIFF honorees include Smokey Robinson, Kenny Loggins, Raquel Welch, Dionne Warwick, Carl Reiner, Mary Steenburgen, Michael Madsen, Shirley Jones, Gena Rowlands, Michael York, Hector Elizondo, Ray Charles, Rita Coolidge, William Shatner,
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JACKIE DeSHANNON'S WHEN YOU WALK IN THE ROOM REVISITS INFLUENTIAL SINGER ... - Zoiks! Online
Google News - over 5 years
... The Carpenters, Anne Murray, Delaney & Bonnie, Ella Fitzgerald, Steve Forbert, Pam Tillis, The Dave Clark Five, Tracey Ullman, Dean Martin, Mary Mary, Dionne Warwick, Bobby Vee, The Fleetwoods, Dobie Gray, Rita Coolidge, Duane Eddy and dozens more
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Gear up for the better jazz fests in Colorado in Telluride, Evergreen - Denver Post
Google News - over 5 years
... 2011 Telluride Jazz Celebration include saxophonist Paquito D'Rivera, who is this year's guest of honor and is scheduled to play in numerous situations, Tower of Power, Melvin Taylor, The Bad Plus, Taylor Hicks, Allen Toussaint and Rita Coolidge
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Rita Coolidge
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2016
    Age 70
    Her autobiography, Delta Lady: A Memoir, was published in April, 2016.
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  • FIFTIES
  • 2002
    Age 56
    Also as part of her Native American heritage, she performed with Robbie Robertson, who is Mohawk, at the 2002 Winter Olympics.
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  • 1997
    Age 51
    In 1997, Coolidge was one of the founding members of Walela, a Native American music trio, that also included Priscilla and her daughter Laura Satterfield.
    More Details Hide Details 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.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1983
    Age 37
    Jim Gordon was later convicted of killing his mother in 1983 after becoming schizophrenic and is still incarcerated as of 2015. 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.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1970
    Age 24
    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.
    More Details Hide Details 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 also was among the first hosts on VH1, a U.S. cable network. In 2006, Coolidge recorded a standards album, And So Is Love. In the recording of the original hit "Layla" by Eric Clapton's band Derek and the Dominoes in 1970, Clapton returned to the studio where he heard the band's drummer Jim Gordon playing a piano piece he had allegedly composed himself separately. Clapton, impressed by the piece, convinced Gordon to allow it to be used as part of the song in the coda section. Though only Gordon has been officially credited with this part, the band's keyboardist Bobby Whitlock claims, "Jim took that piano melody from his ex-girlfriend Rita Coolidge. I know because in the Delaney & Bonnie days, I lived in John Garfield's old house in the Hollywood Hills and there was a guest house with an upright piano in it. Rita and Jim were up there in the guest house and invited me to join in on writing this song with them called "Time." Her sister Priscilla wound up recording it with her husband, Booker T. Jones (of Booker T. & the M.G.'s).
    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: Suda is a Japanese citizen who retired in 2010, after a tenure of over twenty-five years as a professor at the Donald Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences (UC Irvine).
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  • 1969
    Age 23
    Rita's sister Priscilla Coolidge was also a singer & recording artist. Priscilla married Booker T. Jones of the popular '60s R&B band Booker T & The MG's in 1969; followed by TV journalist/broadcaster/reporter Ed Bradley in 1981 She then married Michael Seibert. Seibert and Priscilla were found dead in their home in October 2014, from what police called a murder-suicide allegedly perpetrated by Michael Seibert.
    More Details Hide Details Coolidge now lives in Fallbrook, California. She is currently a painter and has exhibited her work. Coolidge is also a sister of the Alpha Gamma Delta sorority.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1945
    Born
    Born on May 1, 1945.
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