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Chi Coltrane

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Racine, Wisconsin, USA (1970 – present)

Chi Coltrane (Chi is pronounced “shy”) (born 16 November 1948, Racine, Wisconsin, USA) is best known as an American rock-pop-jazz songwriter, pianist, and singer. Coltrane was one of seven children to a Canadian mother and a German violinist father. She played a number of instruments as a child. Her family moved frequently; her father died when she was ten. She gave her first piano recital at the age of twelve. In 1970, she used two sidemen, an upright bassist and a drummer, playing jazz, funk and rock in local Chicago clubs and bars. In 1971 she represented the U.S. at the International Rock Festival in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. She appeared on “The Tonight Show” and “The Midnight Special”.

Her first hit in the United States is “Thunder and Lightning,” released in May 1972. By August it reached #17 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart, and #12 on the U.S. Record World top 100 record chart and U.S. CashBox top 100, #18 on the Canadian RPM magazine charts, and #4 on the German hit list. It drove her first album, “Chi Coltrane”, to stay on the charts for three months. The song “Go Like Elijah” also received considerable airplay, and held the #1 position on the Holland hit list for one month.

After her first album was released, she released the album Let It Ride early in 1974 (on the Columbia label), Greatest Hits and Best Of albums in 1975, and in 1977 another album, Road To Tomorrow as well as Silk & Steel in 1981 .

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