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Rita Coolidge

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Rita Coolidge (born May 1, 1945, in Lafayette, Tennessee) is an American Singer.

Coolidge’s early career was as a backing vocalist, for artists such as Joe Cocker, Eric Clapton, and Leon Russell. Her performance of “Superstar” on the Cocker/Russell Mad Dogs and Englishmen album helped gain her attention. She became known as “The Delta Lady” and inspired Leon Russell to write a song of the same name for her. It was during this time that she met Kris Kristofferson; the two married in 1973. With him, she recorded several duet albums which sold well, and earned them 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.

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 means hummingbird in Cherokee.

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