Rita Coolidge Biography

Updated On Jul 11, 2018 Published On Jul 11, 2018
Facts of Rita Coolidge
Name Rita Coolidge
Father Dick Coolidge
Mother Charlotte Coolidge
Nationality American
Birth Place/City Lafyaette , Tennessee
Religion Christian
Ethnicity White
Profession singer
Net Worth $6 million
Famous for From the Bottle to the Bottom, Lover Please
Married Kris Kristofferson
Married to Tatsuya Suda
Children Casey
Divorce Kris Kristofferson
Awards Grammy Awards
Music Group Walela
Sisters Priscilla and Linda
Books Delta Lady: A Memoir
Albums Turn Around and Love You,And So is Love and A Rita Coolidge Christmas
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Rita Coolidge is an American recording artist born on May 1, 1944, in Lafayette, Tennessee, near Nashville. She is the daughter of Dick and Charlotte Coolidge. Rita has two sisters, Priscilla and Linda who are both talented singers just like Rita.

Rita and her family made a move to Florida when she was 15. She graduated from the Florida State University with a major in art. While at college, she formed a small folk-group called R.C. and the Moonpies.

She was performing around Memphis when she was discovered by Delaney & Bonnie. Amazed by her singing talent, they took her to Los Angeles where she immediately gained mainstream recognition and became a popular background singer on many other people's albums as well.

She has worked with many prominent figures of the music industry like Leon Russell, Joe Cocker, Harry Chapin, Bob Dylan, Jimi HendrixEric Clapton, Dave Mason, Graham Nash, and Stephen Stills.

Coolidge recorded her first album, Turn Around and Love You. Her album was a huge success within her region but failed to make any difference nationally.

She was later signed to A&M Records with whom she released a self-titled album in 1971. The album grabbed good reviews from music critics but had poor sales.

Rita then married country singer-songwriter Kris Kristofferson in November 1973. The two had met each other in 1970 when they were catching a flight to Tennessee. The singer got off with Rita in Memphis, instead of his intended destination to Nashville. Together they have a daughter named Casey who was born in 1974.

The duo recorded several duet albums which were a great success sales-wise and further earned a Grammy Award for Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal in 1974 for the song From the Bottle to the Bottom. They were again awarded the same in 1976 for Lover Please.

Rita's career reached great heights around 1977-1978, with her hit songs on pop charts. Ths singer had four consecutive top 25 hits.

Coolidge is the founding member for the trio group Walela, which she formed with her sisters Pricilla and Laura. The sisters recorded albums through 2000.

In 2006, she recorded a standard album And So is Love, her first jazz album. She also recorded a holiday album named A Rita Coolidge Christmas, which was released in October 2012.

Rita and Kris's marriage came to an end in 2012 when the two parted ways. The singer is now married to husband Tatsuya Suda, a retired professor of computer science at the University of California at Irvine. They now reside in Fallbrook, California.

In April 2016, Rita released her autobiography, Delta Lady: A Memoir. As of 2017, Rita Coolidge has a net worth of an estimated $6 million and a lot of followers in Youtube and other social media as well.

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Born in Lafayette, Tennessee

May 1 , 1944

Rita Coolidge was born to parents Dick and Charlotte Coolidge, on May 1, 1944, in Lafayette, Tennessee.

Met Kris Kristofferson

1970

She met Kris Kristofferson at Los Anges when they were both catching the same flight. Kris got off at Memphis with her, rather than continuing his journey to Nashville.

Married Kris Kristofferson

1973

The couple after being together for almost 3 years decided to take a step further into their relation, by getting married.

Won her first Grammy

1974

Rita Coolidge won her first Grammy Award for Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal with then-husband Kris.

Her second Grammy win

1976

Rita won her second Grammy Award along with her husband Kris, for their hit "Lover Please", making it the second win of her career.

Recorede her standards album And So Is Love

2006

In the year 2006, Rita Coolidge made a huge comeback with her standards album And So Is Love.

Married again to Tatsyu Suda

June 19 , 2004

After her divorce with Kris, she again married Tatsuya Suda, a retired computer science teacher in the Cook Islands.

Divorced Kris Kristofferson

1980

The duet between Rita and Kris as a married couple, only lasted for 7 years eventually leading to a divorce in 1980.

Released Delta Lady: A Memoir

2016

In April 2016, Rite released her autobiography. The book was titled Delta Lady: A Memoir, which went on to be best-seller.