She inspired songs-Leon Russell wrote A Song for You and Delta Lady for her; Stephen Stills wrote Cherokee. She co-wrote songs- Superstar and, uncredited, the pia coda to Layla. She sang backup for Eric Clapton, Joe Cocker, and Stephen Stills before finding fame as a solo artist with such hits as We're All Alone and (Your Love Has Lifted Me) Higher and Higher. A muse to some of the twentieth century's most influential rock musicians, Rita Coolidge broke hearts and broke up bands. Her relationship with drummer Jim Gordon took a violent turn during Cocker's legendary 1970 Mad Dogs & Englishmen tour; David Crosby maintained that her love triangle with Stills and Graham Nash was the last straw for the group; and her volatile six-year marriage to Kris Kristofferson yielded two Grammys, a daughter, and one of the baby boom generation's epic love stories.Through it all, her strength, resilience, and inner and outer beauty helped her to t only survive but also to thrive. Delta Lady offers a front-row seat to an iconic era and illuminates the life of an artist whose career has helped shape modern American culture.
Rita Coolidge is a two-time Grammy Award winner. She began her music career in Memphis before moving to Los Angeles, where she became one of the most popular backup singers in the business, recording with Leon Russell, Joe Cocker, Eric Clapton, Stephen Stills, and other artists. Signed to A&M Records as a solo artist in 1971, she released more than two dozen albums in the years that followed, including the multiplatinum Anytime ...Anywhere, and continues to record and tour. She lives in Fallbrook, California. Michael Walker is the bestselling author of Laurel Canyon: The Inside Story of Rock-and-Roll's Legendary Neighborhood and What You Want Is in the Limo: On the Road with Led Zeppelin, Alice Cooper, and the Who in 1973, the Year the Sixties Died and the Modern Rock Star Was Born. He has written about popular culture for the New York Times and is a contributing editor at the Hollywood Reporter. He lives in Los Angeles.