1 May 1944, Nashville, Tennessee, USA, from mixed white and Cherokee Indian parentage. Coolidges father was a Baptist minister and she first sang radio jingles in Memphis with her sister Priscilla. Coolidge recorded briefly for local label Pepper before moving to Los Angeles in the mid-60s. There she became a highly regarded session singer, working with Eric Clapton, Stephen Stills and many others. She had a relationship with Stills and he wrote a number of songs about her including Cherokee, The Raven and Sugar Babe. In 1969-70, Coolidge toured with the Delaney And Bonnie and Leon Russell (Mad Dogs & Englishmen) troupes. Russells Delta Lady was supposedly inspired by Coolidge. Returning to Los Angeles, she was signed to a solo recording contract by A&M Records. Her debut album included the cream of LA session musicians (among them Booker T. Jones, by now her brother-in-law) and it was followed by...
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