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Who Is Rita Coolidge

Updated on January 9, 2015

Multiple Grammy Award-winning American Vocalist Rita Coolidge

Rita Coolidge rocketed into the international spotlight in the 70's when she joined the "Mad Dogs and Englishmen" tour with Joe Cocker and Leon Russell. I became a fan when I heard the album she made with her then husband Kris Kristofferson. Later she formed the group Walela with her sisters. Her latest work is a jazz album. If you don't know Rita Coolidge I hope you will become a fan.

"Like her contemporaries Carly Simon and Linda Ronstadt, Coolidge has developed a deeper, more emotional (and better) singing style as she has aged"-People Magazine

A Rita Coolidge Christmas

Winner of the Native American Native Awards for: Best Female Artist
Rita Coolidge's A Rita Coolidge Christmas

Rita decided to capture the spirit and magic of her Christmas shows on her new album and it comes from the heart.

Rita Coolidge and Kris Kristofferson

Help Me Make It Through The Night was written by Kris and this version was recorded while he was married to Rita.

Delta Lady, The Rita Coolidge Anthology

"Delta Lady", The Rita Coolidge anthology is a must own collection for any old-time fans! This first career-spanning, most expansive retrospective of her career, two-CD anthology of 41 songs is a must have.

Leon Russell wrote Joe Cocker's "Delta Lady" about Rita.

Like her contemporaries Carly Simon and Linda Ronstadt, Coolidge has developed a deeper, more emotional (and better) singing style as she has aged.

— People Magazine

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Rita Coolidge and Kris Kristofferson Dillon's Disco 12/18/76 - photo by Alan Light

Rita Coolidge and Kris Kristofferson at the private party after the premiere of the movie A STAR IS BORN, on the third floor of Dillon's Disco 12/18/76 (photo is poor quality because it's a Polaroid SX-70 photo) - Permission granted "photo by Alan Light"

Lovin' You Was EasierThan Anything I'll Ever Do Again)~Rita Coolidge&Kris Kristofferson

All Time High Sung By Rita

"All Time High," the title song of the James Bond film, Octopussy was sung by Rita Coolidge.

Rita's recording of "All Time High" spent four weeks at #1 on the US Billboard Adult Contemporary singles chart in 1983 and was also a moderate pop hit at #36 on the Billboard Hot 100. The song was written by John Barry (composer) and Tim Rice. According to the Billboard Book of Number One Adult Contemporary Hits by Wesley Hyatt, however, Coolidge is said to have disliked the song despite its chart success (since it was written so quickly, she felt it was not a finished work), and in later concerts often had her backing musicians play "All Time High" as an overture so she wouldn't have to sing it herself.

Octopussy - All time high - Theme James Bond 007

Rita Coolidge Sings Blues Aboard the Steamboat "Mississippi Queen"


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 albums in 1997 and 2000.

Walela is the Cherokee word for Hummingbird and the symbol of inspiration for this family of women singers.

Walela from the 1998 album The Rough Guide To Native American Music

Cherokee Morning Song - Native American - Robbie Robertson and Rita

" of the most versatile female singers of the rock generation."

— Rita Coolidge Official Site

Circle of Light Walela

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      10 years ago

      Walela's music is amazing and beautiful. My 3 year-old granddaughter has been a fan since she was only a few months old. It was amazing how it calmed her when she was screaming in the car! Each of the songs on their first album strikes a cord inside me. If you don't have their music - buy it!


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