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Playlist of Rita Coolidge

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  • Rita Coolidge - Were All Alone HD 0815007

    3:34

    Rita Coolidge - We're All Alone, ein Hit 1977. Audio-CD-Sound zu altem Video-Material aus TV-Show.
    Sound replaced by audio-cd-sound. Full song.

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  • Id Rather Leave While Im In Love

    3:26

    Provided to YouTube by Universal Music Group

    I'd Rather Leave While I'm In Love · Rita Coolidge

    Satisfied

    ℗ An A&M Records Release; ℗ 1979 UMG Recordings, Inc.

    Released on: 1979-01-01

    Producer: David Anderle
    Producer: Booker T. Jones
    Composer Lyricist: Peter Allen
    Composer Lyricist: Carole Bayer Sager

    Auto-generated by YouTube.

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  • I Cant Afford That Feeling Anymore - Rita Coolidge

    3:39

    From the album Inside The Fire (A&M Records, 1984)

  • Kris Kristofferson & Rita Coolidge Live ???? Help Me Make It Through The Night

    2:35

    The songwriter is Kris Krostofferson.

    The ultimate love song ~ You can see that love burn brightly in this clip, which captures their duet of Rita and Kris singing “Help Me Make It Through the Night.” The performance is from a 1972 episode of The Grey Whistle Test, a British TV music show. The show was filmed a year before they tied the knot and captures a love so rare ...

    ♫•*¨*•.¸¸✿¸¸.•*¨*•♫ ???? ♫•*¨*•.¸¸✿¸¸.•*¨*•♫

    Help Me Make It Through the Night

    Take that ribbon from your hair
    Shake it loose, let it fall
    Layin' soft against my skin
    Like the shadows on the wall

    Come and lay down by my side
    Till the early mornin' light
    All I'm takin' is your time
    Help me make it through the night

    I don't care what's right or wrong
    I don't try to understand
    Let the devil take tomorrow
    'Cause tonight I need a friend

    Yesterday is dead and gone
    And tomorrow's out of sight
    And it's bad to be alone
    Help me make it through the night

    I don't want to sleep alone
    Help me make it through the night

    ♫•*¨*•.¸¸✿¸¸.•*¨*•♫ ???? ♫•*¨*•.¸¸✿¸¸.•*¨*•♫

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  • Were All Alone

    3:41

    Provided to YouTube by Universal Music Group

    We're All Alone · Rita Coolidge

    Anytime... Anywhere

    ℗ An A&M Records Release; ℗ 1977 UMG Recordings, Inc.

    Released on: 1977-03-01

    Producer: David Anderle
    Associated Performer, Vocals: Rita Coolidge
    Composer Lyricist: Boz Scaggs

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  • Kris Kristofferson & Rita Coolidge - Please dont tell me how the story ends

    2:28

    They'd sing so real nice harmony together, it sounds so amazingly beautiful ...
    This song is just perfect - the tune, the lyrics, the harmonies ... awesome ... How can one dislike it??

    ... this is from Johnny Cash's Christmas Show 1978

    You can see it in their eyes - lots of desperation and scepsis, though also still love and hope - it had already been over at the end of 1978...
    That's what Rita said about their divorce


    I also love Kris' demo version from (ca) 1970 which is in my uploads too


    Kris today sings this song in the finale of his solo concerts - either this one is the last song, or it is Why me...

    Please don't tell me how the story ends (1970)

    This could be our last good night together
    We may never pass this way again.
    Just let me enjoy it 'til it's over, or forever
    Please don't tell me how the story ends.

    See the way our shadows come together
    Softer than your fingers on my skin
    Someday these may be all we remember of each other
    Please don't tell me how the story ends.

    Never's just the echo of forever
    Lonesome as a love that might have been.
    Let me go on lovin' and believin' 'til it's over
    Please don't tell me how the story ends.

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  • RITA COOLIDGE Were all alone

    3:49

    Artista: RITA COOLIDGE - Música: WE'RE ALL ALONE - Álbum: ANYTIME, ANYWHERE - Ano: 1977 - Gravadora: A & M RECORDS - Watch the video when Rita Coolidge sung live (Assista ao vídeo em que Rita Coolidge canta ao vivo) -

  • Rita Coolidge Higher and Higher

    3:40

    Highest quality, enhanced audio of Rita Coolidge performing her biggest hit (Your Love Has Lifted Me) Higher and Higher live in 1981. Rita Coolidge remade the Jackie Wilson song for her 1977 album Anytime...Anywhere, using the arrangement by her sister Priscilla Coolidge's husband Booker T. Jones.

    Rita Coolidge's single became her first major hit in nine years of recording. Higher and Higher peaked at No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100; number one on Cash Box. Both the song and the follow-up release, We're All Alone, earned Rita Coolidge gold records for each selling a million copies.

    In 1981, Rita Coolidge lip-synced her hit single in person (with overdubbed HQ CD stereo audio) live on Solid Gold in Hollywood, CA.

    Watch legendary Rita Coolidge 2015 concert live in Pasadena, CA on Cal Vid Playlist

  • Loving Arms - Kris Kristofferson Rita Coolidge

    3:48

    CircaSitenta presents...
    Loving Arms
    Kris Kristofferson, Rita Coolidge (up 3 G, C, D, Em)

    Intro: / G - - - / C -- D - / x2

    G (2)
    If you could see me now
    C (1) D (1) G (2)
    One who said that he'd rather roam
    C (1) D (1) G (2)
    One who said he'd rather be alone
    C (2) D (1) G (2)
    If you could only see me now.

    G (2)
    If I could hold you now (hold you now)
    C (1) D (1) G (2)
    Just for a moment, if I could make you mine
    C (1) D (1) G (2)
    Just for a while, turn back the hands of time
    C (2) D (1) G (2)
    If I could only hold you now.

    C (1) D (1)
    I've been too long in the wind
    G (1) C (1)
    Too long in the rain
    Am (1) D (1) G (1) G7(1)
    Takin' any comfort that I can
    C (1) D (1)
    Lookin' back and longin' for
    G (1) C (1)
    The freedom of my chains
    Am (1) D (1) G (2)
    And lying in your loving arms again.

    G (2)
    If you could here me now (hear me now)
    C (1) D (1) G (2)
    Singing somewhere through the lonely night
    C (1) D (1) G (2)
    Dreaming of the arms that held me tight
    C (1) D (1) G (2)
    If you could only hear me now

    Chorus

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  • Rita Coolidge - Were All Alone

    3:37

    Year 1977

  • Rita Coolidge - The Jealous Kind -

    4:23

    Rita Coolidge - The Jealous Kind -

  • KRIS KRISTOFFERSON & RITA COOLIDGE - Me And Bobby McGee

    3:17

    Kris Kristofferson duetting with Rita Coolidge on Me & Bobby McGee

  • Hello Love, Goodbye

    3:47

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    Hello Love, Goodbye · Rita Coolidge

    Love Me Again

    ℗ An A&M Records Release; ℗ 1978 UMG Recordings, Inc.

    Released on: 1978-05-01

    Producer: David Anderle
    Composer Lyricist: Booker T. Jones
    Composer Lyricist: Johnny Rodriguez

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  • Rita Coolidge - Fool That I Am

    3:12

    NO COPYRIGHT INFRINGEMENT INTENDED. I do not own nor claim any rights to the music & images used in this video. They remain the properties of their respective copyright owners.

  • Rita Coolidge - Dont Cry Out Loud

    3:04

    Rita covered it, Elkie Brooks and Melissa Manchester covered it as well. The Original? The Moments - We Don't Cry Out Loud (1977, R&B # 79).
    You can hear it here:

  • Rita Coolidge - Higher & Higher

    4:27

    UK hit 1977 peaked at No.49, 1 week on chart,
    Re entered chart peaked at No.48, 1 week on chart
    This without doubt should have been a bigger hit

  • Rita Coolidge - Hello Love, Goodbye

    3:50

    Fantastic Sentimental Hits 80

  • Your Love Has Lifted Me Higher And Higher

    4:02

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    [Your Love Has Lifted Me] Higher And Higher · Rita Coolidge

    Anytime... Anywhere

    ℗ An A&M Records Release; ℗ 1977 UMG Recordings, Inc.

    Released on: 1977-03-01

    Producer: David Anderle
    Composer Lyricist: Carl William Smith
    Composer Lyricist: Raynard Miner
    Composer Lyricist: Gary Jackson

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  • Rita Coolidge - Love Me Again

    3:56

    I Do Not Own The Rights For This.

  • Everybody Loves A Winner

    4:08

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    Everybody Loves A Winner · Rita Coolidge

    The Lady's Not For Sale

    ℗ An A&M Records Release; ℗ 1972 UMG Recordings, Inc.

    Released on: 1972-10-01

    Producer: David Anderle
    Composer Lyricist: Booker T. Jones
    Composer Lyricist: William Bell

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  • Fool That I Am

    3:09

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    Fool That I Am · Rita Coolidge

    Satisfied

    ℗ 1980 UMG Recordings, Inc.

    Released on: 1979-01-01

    Producer: David Anderle
    Composer Lyricist: Carole Bayer Sager
    Composer Lyricist: Bruce Roberts

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  • Whiskey, Whiskey

    4:04

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    Whiskey, Whiskey · Rita Coolidge

    The Lady's Not For Sale

    ℗ An A&M Records Release; ℗ 1972 UMG Recordings, Inc.

    Released on: 1972-10-01

    Producer: David Anderle
    Composer Lyricist: Tom Ghent

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  • RITA COOLIDGE THE WAY YOU DO THE THINGS YOU DO

    3:40

    You got a smile so bright, you know you could've been a candle,
    I'm holding you so tight, you know you could've been a handle.
    The way you swept me off my feet,
    You know you could've been a broom,
    The way you smell so sweet,
    You know you could've been some perfume.
    Well, you could've been anything that you wanted to
    And I can tell...
    The way you do the things you do,
    The way you do the things you do. Ah, baby
    (The way you do the things you do.)
    (The way you do the things you do.)

    As pretty as you are, you know you could've been a flower,
    If good looks cause a minute, you know that you could be a hour,
    The way you stole my heart,
    You know you could've been a cool crook,
    And, baby, you're so smart,
    You know you could've been a school book.
    Well, you could've been anything that you wanted to
    And I can tell...
    The way you do the things you do,
    The way you do the things you do. Ah, baby
    (The way you do the things you do.)
    (The way you do the things you do.)

    You made my life so rich,
    You know you could've been some money,
    And, baby, you're so sweet,
    You know you could've been some honey.
    Well, you could've been anything that you wanted to
    And I can tell the way you do the things you do,
    The way you do the things you do.
    (The way you do the things you do.)
    You really swept me off my feet.
    (The way you do the things you do.)
    You made my life complete.
    (The way you do the things you do.)
    You made my life so bright.
    (The way you do the things you do.)
    You made me feel all right.
    (The way you do the things you do.)

  • Rita Coolidge - Were All Alone 1985

    3:33

  • Rita Coolidge - Its Only Love

    3:19

    Title track from Rita's 1975 album. LYRICS:

    Sometimes love’s a wayward state of mind
    Those who feel the need to be confined
    Love to some is but a word
    So seldom felt, too often heard
    As I watched him leaving me
    I thought about it philosophically
    It’s only love
    It’s only love
    It’s only all the things that I’ve been dreaming of
    It’s but a life, it could begin
    And though I’m sad, I’ll rise above
    It’s only love
    It’s only love
    Love is never easy to forgive
    Though he’s not around, I feel it yet
    I can still go on without a song
    Sometimes it’s hard when nights get long
    ‘Cause when I saw what love could bring
    He took my heart, it’s such a little thing
    It’s only love
    It’s only love
    A simple word that’s something I’ve been dreaming of
    A common game I chose to play
    What I win, another day
    It’s only love
    It’s only love
    It’s only love
    It’s only love

  • RITA COOLIDGE - WERE ALL ALONE- SUBTITULADA AL ESPAÑOL

    3:34

    TREMENDO TEMA DE ESTA MAGNÍFICA CANTANTE Y QUE VOZ. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED BY COPYRIGHT.SONIDO ADMINISTRADO POR UMG

  • Rita Coolidge Live - Boz Scaggs Were All Alone

    4:51

    Smooth jazz-flavored rearrangement of We're All Alone, written by Boz Scaggs for his 1976 album Silk Degrees. We're All Alone was a 1977 top-ten hit for Rita Coolidge, featured on her album Anytime...Anywhere released in March 1977. Rita Coolidge would recall: When I was with A&M Records, it was like a family. I would visit Herb Alpert and Jerry Moss, and it was a very open, communicative group of people. One day I was in Jerry Moss' office and he said that the Boz Scaggs album Silk Degrees was in a million homes and there was a song on it that was perfect for a woman to sing. He said, 'It's called We're All Alone and as he's not doing it as a single, I think you ought to record it.'

    The original lyrics of We're All Alone include lines Close your eyes Amie and Throw it to the wind my love. Coolidge sings these lines as Close your eyes and dream and Owe it to the wind my love.

    Although the first single off the US release of Anytime...Anywhere was (Your Love Has Lifted Me) Higher and Higher, We're All Alone was the first single taken off the album in the UK where it reached #6 in August 1977 when (Your Love Has Lifted Me) Higher and Higher was moving up the US Top 10.

    We're All Alone was the first of Coolidge's two Adult Contemporary #1 hits - the second would be All Time High - and after (Your Love Has Lifted Me) Higher and Higher was her second single to be certified gold for US sales of 1,000,000.

    Reportedly the concurrent availability of both the Boz Scaggs original and the Coolidge version of We're All Alone at radio stations moved some disc jockeys to splice together the two tracks into one unofficial duet - perhaps the earliest instance of that phenomenon.

    Coolidge remade We're All Alone for her 2005 jazz release And So Is Love: Elysa Gardner of USA Today opined that Coolidge brings a new wistfulness and knowing to her own hit of yore...proving that good interpretive singers, like fine wine, improve with age. Source: Wikipedia

  • Rita Coolidge talks about her latest album Safe in the Arms of Time | ZuDhan Productions

    4:13

    During an interview for the documentary Havana Jam '79, music journalist Ernesto Juan Castellanos asked Rita Coolidge about her latest album Safe in the Arms of Time (Blue Élan Records), the first album of fresh material by Rita in twenty years.
    Havana Jam 79 was a three-day music festival that took place at the Karl Marx Theater, in Havana, Cuba, on 2–4 March 1979. It was sponsored by Bruce Lundvall, the president of Columbia Records, Jerry Masucci, the president of Fania Records, and the Cuban Ministry of Culture.
    The festival included, on the American side, Weather Report, the CBS Jazz All-Stars, the Trio of Doom (Jaco Pastorius, John McLaughlin, Tony Williams), Fania All-Stars, Stephen Stills, Billy Swan, Bonnie Bramlett, Mike Finnigan, Kris Kristofferson, Rita Coolidge, and Billy Joel. The Cuban acts included Irakere, Pacho Alonso, Zaida Arrate, Elena Burke, Orquesta de Santiago de Cuba, Conjunto Yaguarimú, Frank Emilio Flynn, Juan Pablo Torres, Los Papines, Tata Güines, Cuban Percussion Ensemble, Sara González, Pablo Milanés, Manguaré, and Orquesta Aragón.
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  • RITA COOLIDGE - DONT CRY OUT LOUD

    3:06

    古いビデオなので映像も音もそれなりです。
    第8回東京音楽祭
    世界大会グランプリ受賞曲
    ある歌番組で
    松坂慶子さんが愛の水中花を歌ってる後に
    リタ・クーリッジさんが座っていましたね。
    Old video!
    Sorry!
    Picture and sound are bad.
    8th Tokyo Music Festival
    Grand Prize.
    Great song!
    Love this so much!
    One of my favorites.

  • Rita Coolidge - Were All Alone - Live 1978

    3:40

    Estamos solos, es una canción escrita por Boz Scaggs, quien la presentó en su álbum de 1976, Grados de seda.
    Rita Coolidge hizo su propia versión en el álbum En cualquier momento... En cualquier lugar, en 1977.
    En 1978 Desfile estelar grabó esta presentación en vivo.
    Desfile estelar fue un programa alemán emitido en la segunda cadena de televisión más grande de Alemania, ZDF, durante doce años consecutivos entre 1968 y 1980.

    We're All Alone is a song written by Boz Scaggs, who presented it in his 1976 album Silk Degrees.
    Rita Coolidge did her own version on the album Anytime... Anywhere from 1977.
    In 1978 Starparade recorded this live performance.
    Starparade was a German TV show broadcast on Germany's second TV largest broadcaster ZDF for twelve consecutive years between 1968 and 1980.

  • Rita Coolidge - Words

    3:27

    UK hit 1978 peaked at No.25, 8 weeks on chart

  • Rita Coolidge - My Crew

    4:44

    From the 1972 album, The Lady's Not For Sale

  • ~ Rita Coolidge

    4:00

    ❤️ For Mark ❤️

  • Rita Coolidge. Superstar

    4:53

    Superstar is a 1969 song written by Bonnie Bramlett and Leon Russell (with a songwriting credit also given to Delaney Bramlett)
    During the first half of 1970, Joe Cocker's Mad Dogs and Englishmen Revue toured in the United States. Ex-Delaney and Bonnie vocalist Rita Coolidge was a backup singer on this tour, and song co-writer Leon Russell was the bandleader. Some accounts have Coolidge suggesting or inspiring the song's creation in the first place, and working with Bonnie Bramlett on her portion of the writing. In any case, Coolidge was given a featured vocal on the song during the tour, she took the verses with an air of resignation but the choruses with more anguish.

  • Rita Coolidge ‎– Anytime Anywhere, 1977

    36:16

    A1 (Your Love Has Lifted Me) Higher And Higher 3:55
    A2 The Way You Do The Things You Do 3:35
    A3 We're All Alone 3:38
    A4 I Feel The Burden (Being Lifted Off My Shoulders) 2:46
    A5 I Don't Want To Talk About It 3:36
    B1 Words 3:25
    B2 Good Times 2:42
    B3 Who's To Bless And Who's To Blame 3:37
    B4 Southern Lady 3:30
    B5 The Hungry Years 4:18

  • Rita Coolidge Dont Cry Out Loud Live 1979 Tokyo

    3:32

    Don't Cry Out Loud es una canción escrita en 1976 por Peter Allen con la letrista Carole Bayer Sager.
    La interpretación de Rita Coolidge de Don't Cry Out Loud se llevó el Gran Premio en el Festival de Música de Tokio celebrado el 17 de junio de 1979, con el álbum de Coolidge presentando la pista y nombrada así por convertirse en uno de los 20 bestseller japoneses ese verano .

  • Close The Window, Calm The Light - Rita Coolidge

    3:29

    Feche a janela, acalme a luz

    Lá fora a chuva começa
    E isso nunca pode acabar
    Então não chore mais
    Na praia, um sonho
    Nos levará para o mar
    Sempre mais, sempre mais
    Feche os olhos e sonhe
    E você pode estar comigo
    Sob as ondas
    Através das nossas cavernas
    Há muito esquecido agora
    Estamos sozinhos, sozinhos
    Feche a janela, acalme a luz
    E vai ficar tudo bem
    Não há necessidade de se preocupar agora
    Deixe sair, deixe tudo começar
    Aprenda como fingir
    Uma vez que uma história é contada
    Não pode deixar de envelhecer
    Rosas também amam
    Então lance suas estações ao vento
    E me abrace querida
    Oh, segure-me, querida
    Feche a janela, acalme a luz
    E vai ficar tudo bem
    Não há necessidade de se preocupar agora
    Deixe sair, deixe tudo começar
    Tudo está esquecido agora
    Estamos sozinhos, oh, estamos sozinhos
    Feche a janela, acalme a luz
    E vai ficar tudo bem
    Não há necessidade de se preocupar agora
    Deixe sair, deixe tudo começar
    Devo ao vento
    Meu amor
    Compositor: : William R. Royce Scaggs
    Imagens Internet

    ♥/(,).(.)♥★
    ..★/♥♥/█♥★
    .♥_| |__| |_ ♥

  • Rita Coolidge The Way you Do, The Things You do

    3:40

  • Echo My Heart Rita Coolidge

    4:57

    Rita Coolidge

  • Rita Coolidge - I Dont Want To Talk About It

    3:51

    Album : Anytime ... Anywhere (1977)

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  • Rita Coolidge - Were All Alone - Karaoke Version from Zoom Karaoke

    3:37

    This karaoke version has been produced by Zoom Karaoke and the recording rights are owned and controlled by Zoom Entertainments Limited -

    Song lyrics:

    OUTSIDE, THE RAIN BEGINS
    AND IT MAY NEVER END
    SO, CRY NO MORE
    ON THE SHORE, A DREAM
    WILL TAKE US OUT TO SEA

    FOREVER MORE
    FOREVER MORE

    CLOSE YOUR EYES AND DREAM
    AND YOU CAN BE WITH ME
    'NEATH THE WAVES
    THROUGH THE CAVES OF OURS
    LONG FORGOTTEN NOW

    WE'RE ALL ALONE
    WE'RE ALL ALONE

    CLOSE THE WINDOW
    CALM THE LIGHT
    AND IT WILL BE ALL RIGHT
    NO NEED TO BOTHER NOW
    LET IT OUT, LET IT ALL BEGIN
    LEARN HOW TO PRETEND

    ONCE A STORY'S TOLD
    IT CAN'T HELP BUT GROW OLD
    ROSES DO
    LOVERS TOO, SO CAST
    YOUR SEASONS TO THE WIND

    AND HOLD ME, DEAR
    OH, HOLD ME, DEAR

    CLOSE THE WINDOW
    CALM THE LIGHT
    AND IT WILL BE ALL RIGHT
    NO NEED TO BOTHER NOW
    LET IT OUT, LET IT ALL BEGIN
    ALL'S FORGOTTEN NOW

    WE'RE ALL ALONE
    OH, WE'RE ALL ALONE

    CLOSE THE WINDOW
    CALM THE LIGHT
    AND IT WILL BE ALL RIGHT
    NO NEED TO BOTHER NOW
    LET IT OUT, LET IT ALL BEGIN
    OWE IT TO THE WIND, MY LOVE

  • Fever

    3:30

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    Fever · Rita Coolidge

    The Lady's Not For Sale

    ℗ An A&M Records Release; ℗ 1972 UMG Recordings, Inc.

    Released on: 1972-10-01

    Producer: David Anderle
    Composer Lyricist: John Davenport
    Composer Lyricist: Eddie J. Cooley

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  • Dont Cry Out Loud

    3:34

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    Don't Cry Out Loud · Rita Coolidge

    Satisfied

    ℗ 1979 A&M Records

    Released on: 1979-01-01

    Producer: David Anderle
    Producer: Booker T. Jones
    Composer Lyricist: Peter Allen
    Composer Lyricist: Carole Bayer Sager

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  • Rita Coolidge - Love Me Again

    3:46

    Album : Love Me Again (1978)

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  • THE CLOSER YOU GET--RITA COOLIDGE HD AUDIO/720P

    4:21

    I had accidently deleted this video two years ago and has no copy of it anywhere (neither audio or video) of it so I decided to replace it with a completely new enhanced recording from scratch. It came out pretty good as I worked on it this afternoon. So many songs to choose from but this one was one I need to replace as it was a very popular one for the fans.

  • Rita Coolidge - Your Love Keeps Lifting Me Higher and Higher

    4:00

    Year 1977

  • Rita Coolidge - We Are All Alone

    2:58

    Visit my soft pop promotion page at

  • Rita Coolidge - Dont Cry Out Loud 1985

    2:23

    Duet with Hiromi Go (Japanese singer)

  • Kris Kristofferson and Rita Coolidge - Bobby McGee

    3:29

    Born on June 22, 1936 in Brownsville, Texas. Son of a military officer, Kristofferson was equal parts intellectual and athlete growing up. He was an award-winning short story writer as well as a Golden Gloves boxer. He graduated from Pomona College in 1958 with a degree in creative writing and went on to attend Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar. While in England, he performed under the name Kris Carson, playing country and folk music.

    After leaving Oxford, Kristofferson joined the United States Army in 1960. He served as a helicopter pilot in Germany. He turned down a teaching position at West Point to pursue his dream of becoming a successful songwriter.

    Moving to Nashville in 1965, he struggled and took odd jobs to cover the bills, including one working as a janitor at Columbia Records. His first big break came from Roger Miller who recorded Kristofferson's song Me and Bobby McGee. (This same song was later a rock hit for Janis Joplin in 1971.) The next country star to fall for Kristofferson's music was Johnny Cash. Cash took Kristofferson's song Sunday Morning Coming Down and helped make it a big hit. The song was popular with country fans and critics alike, winning the Country Music Association's song of the year award in 1970. Along with writing successful songs for others, he released his first album, Kristofferson, that same year.

    While his first album wasn't a huge commercial success, Kristofferson scored with his next effort Silver Tongued Devil and I (1971) with his own version of the song Loving Her Was Easier. He received two Grammy nominations for best song for Help Me Make It through the Night and Me and Bobby McGee and a nomination for best country song for For the Good Times in 1971. In the rest of 1970s continued to a productive, prosperous time for Kristofferson. In 1973 he married singer Rita Coolidge. The two received a Grammy award that same year for best country vocal performance by a duo for From the Bottom to the Bottle. They won the same award two years later for Love Please.

    Kristofferson also found success as an actor, especially in roles that played off his outlaw image. After a small part in The Last Movie (1971), he had his first major film role in Cisco Pike (1972) and went on do more than 50 films. Two of his most notable roles were in 1974's Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore and 1976's A Star Is Born, in which he starred opposite Barbra Streisand. Playing the part of a self-destructive musician, Kristofferson earned critical acclaim as well as a Golden Globe Award for his performance. Over the years, he has worked with many top directors, including Sam Peckinpah, John Sayles, and Martin Scorsese.

    For all of his accomplishments, Kristofferson had his share of personal and professional struggles. He has battled a problem with alcohol and his marriage with Coolidge ended in divorce in 1979. He starred in Heaven's Gate (1980), considered one of the biggest flops in movie history. After taking a break for a while, a renewed Kristofferson joined forces with fellow country music greats Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings, and Willie Nelson as a member of the Highwaymen. This group of country superstars released four albums: Highwayman (1985), Highwayman 2 (1990), Live! (1992), and The Road Goes On Forever (1995). As a solo performer, he released several albums, including Repossessed (1986) and Third World Warrior (1988), which both showcased the songwriter's views on political and social issues, such as the U.S. military involvement in Central America. ~SOURCE:

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  • Rita Coolidge - Can She Keep You Satisfied

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    Songwriters: Rita Coolidge & Priscilla Jones
    Producers: Booker T. Jones & David Anderle

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